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Notorious gang, 400 Mawozo responsible for abduction of 17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries in Haiti, official says
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Notorious gang, 400 Mawozo responsible for abduction of 17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries in Haiti, official says

A group of American and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti over the weekend are being held by one of the country's most notorious gangs, according to a Haitian police official. The sixteen U.S. nationals and one Canadian missionaries were traveling by vehicle Saturday to Titanyen, north of the capital Port-au-Prince, after visiting an orphanage in the Croix des Bouquets area. Among those being held are five children, who were also abducted along the route between the two places. "Join us in praying for those who are being held hostage, the kidnappers, and the families, friends, and churches of those affected," Christian Aid Ministries said in the statement. The gang, known as the 400 Mawozo, abducted the missionaries in the Ganthier commune east of the country’s capital, P...
Stop Praying for Nigeria – Seun Kuti
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Stop Praying for Nigeria – Seun Kuti

Singer Seun Kuti has asked Pastors and Imam to stop asking their congregants to pray for Nigeria. According to the singer, clerics should start telling their congregants to fight for the country instead. He backed this up by pointing out that Pastors who underperformed in their churches, were sacked and not prayed for. Kuti added that girls who accused Pastors of raping them weren't prayed for, including men who accused Pastors of sleeping with their wives. He concluded by stating that Nigerians should fight for the country. He wrote; Switch up the sermon! I mean when some Pastors in some churches weren’t performing, we didn’t pray for them, we sacked them ( fought) from office. When some girls say some pastors raped them we didn’t pray for them na. When one man say one pasto...
Churches are denied certificates of occupancy in many Northern states while many public schools have removed CRK from their curriculum – CAN
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Churches are denied certificates of occupancy in many Northern states while many public schools have removed CRK from their curriculum – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has raised an alarm on the alleged persecution Christians in the country are being subjected to. CAN’s Assistant General Secretary and Chairman of CAN’s anniversary celebration committee, Elder Biodun Sanyaolu who spoke at the association's 45th anniversary in Abuja, alleged that there are attempts to hijack its leadership and destabilise the association. Stressing that the country is under the siege of “external forces” including Boko Haram and the Islamic State West African Province terrorists, Sanyaolu added that while Christians are allegedly being persecuted by being denied promotion and appointments, churches are allegedly being denied certificates of occupancy in many Northern states and many public schools have removed Christian ...
COVID-19: Edo government Imposes Restriction on Mass gathering
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COVID-19: Edo government Imposes Restriction on Mass gathering

The Edo State Government has restricted mass gatherings across the state in a bid curb the spread of COVID-19. Governor Godwin Obaseki made the announcement while flagging off the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise on Monday August 23. Obaseki also added that from the second week of September 2021, large gatherings, as well as high traffic public and private places will only be accessed by persons who have proof of taking at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination. He said; “Beginning from the second week of September 2021, large gatherings, as well as high traffic public and private places will only be accessed by persons who have proof of taking at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination. People who have not yet been vaccinated at all will depend on remote acce...
Contrary to a Coordinated propaganda, Borno government has demolished 11 mosques and four churches – MURIC claims
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Contrary to a Coordinated propaganda, Borno government has demolished 11 mosques and four churches – MURIC claims

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has waded into a controversy that trailed the demolition of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa Nigeria (EYN) church in Moduganari area of Maiduguri, Borno state, claiming that the Borno state government has demolished more mosques than churches. The group's director, Ishaq Akintola claimed that 11 mosuqes have been demolished in the state, while only 4 churches have been demolished so far. He also alleged that a coordinated propaganda is being carried out over the demolition even though it is in line with the government's decision dating back to 2010. The statement read; “Contrary to a coordinated propaganda over the demolition of an EYN church in Maiduguri, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) can authoritatively report that the Borno...
Borno: Gov Zulum demolished 11 mosques, only 4 churches – Islamic group claims
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Borno: Gov Zulum demolished 11 mosques, only 4 churches – Islamic group claims

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has revealed that the Borno State Government actually demolished 11 mosques and four churches. The revelation by MURIC is contrary to claims that only churches were demolished by the state government. MURIC made its findings known to journalists in a statement signed by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola. He said, “Contrary to a coordinated propaganda over the demolition of an EYN church in Maiduguri, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) can authoritatively report that the Borno State Geographic Information Systems (BOGIS) created by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, actually demolished 11 mosques and four churches, in the metropolis. The exercise began from 29th May, 2019 up till last week,” the statement said. “A team of investigators working w...
My family’s experience during my parents’ funeral reaffirmed my reservations about Nigerian churches -Chimamanda Adichie
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My family’s experience during my parents’ funeral reaffirmed my reservations about Nigerian churches -Chimamanda Adichie

Renowed author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has said that her family's experience during the funerals of her parents has reaffirmed her reservations about churches in Nigeria.   Chimamanda lost her mum, Grace Ifeoma Adichie, on March 1, 2021, months after she lost her father. She along with her five other siblings buried their mum in May.   In an article titled ''Dreaming as a singe family'' which was published in the latest edition of the L’osservatore Romano weekly bulletin, Ms. Adichie alleged that the church did not treat her family with compassion as they should during the funeral of both her parents.   ''My family’s experiences during my parents’ funerals served to reaffirm, if not renew, my reservations about the Nigerian church. So much could hav...
Another Nigerian Pastor Korede Komaiya acquires a jet
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Another Nigerian Pastor Korede Komaiya acquires a jet

Pastor Korede Komaiya, Senior Pastor, The Master’s Place International Church, popularly called Pastor KK has acquired a jet. The Master’s Place International Church, one of the fastest growing Churches in Nigeria, headquartered in the City of Warri, Delta State. A photo of Komaiya was displayed on the Instagram page of Therealchurchgist where he showed the level he was in 1996 and 2021. In 1996, the photo portrayed Komaiya preaching the gospel profusely and then in 2021 sitting comfortably inside a jet. He wrote: “This was me in 1996 preaching with vigour, power and grace under a batcher at N’jamena Tchad and now 2021 in a private jet. “We did not arrive here by accident. The entirety of my life has been a walk of faith and by consistent practice of the covenant. The co...
Bishop Oyedepo warns his members against taking COVID19 vaccine, advices them to take anointing oil instead
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Bishop Oyedepo warns his members against taking COVID19 vaccine, advices them to take anointing oil instead

Bishop David Oyedepo, the senior pastor of the Living Faith Church International (Winners Chapel), has advised his members not to take the COVID19 vaccine. The clergyman who has always expressed doubts about the COVID19 pandemic, said this during the 40th-anniversary thanksgiving service of the church in the Ota Cathedral in Ogun State on Sunday, May 9. Speaking to his members, Oyedepo said “Let me warn you against this deadly thing circulated round the country, because it has not been duly tested. An elder of this church, who works with the World Health Organisation, confirmed this, thanking me for always speaking the truth about the authenticity of the COVID-19 vaccine,” he said. He said vaccinators went to churches to get people vaccinated, adding that it is an “insult,” and...
99% of Gospel Artistes are Poor and Arrogant – Asu Ekiye
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99% of Gospel Artistes are Poor and Arrogant – Asu Ekiye

Popular Gospel singer Asu Ekiye has stated that majority of the gospel artistes in Nigeria are poor and arrogant His made the statement in a Facebook post on Sunday, which he titled . GOSPEL ARTISTES AND ARROGANCE. He wrote: GOSPEL ARTISTES AND ARROGANCE I honoured an invitation three weeks ago and was chauffered by my host to the venue a little behind schedule. But already, I had asked my team to go to the venue and wait for me. While they were there at the venue, they held a brief unscheduled meeting with themselves and reached a decision on what they think would be best for me. So immediately I arrived, the team leader (name withheld), I know he is reading this, whispered to me, “Oga, we need to talk o.” “About what?” I retorted. “Oga, you don big pass some ...
Abia State Government Seals Five Hotels for Violation of COVID19 Protocols, Ban Night Clubs
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Abia State Government Seals Five Hotels for Violation of COVID19 Protocols, Ban Night Clubs

The Abia state government has sealed five hotels in the Aba North Local Government Area of the state for poor compliance to all the COVID10 protocols for hotels in the state. This development comes as the state government banned all night clubs and cultural activities in the state. In a statement released by the chairman of the state COVID19 committee and Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Chris Ezem, the state government threatened that eateries and hoteliers who contravene the COVID19 protocols by the state government would pay N100, 000 fine.   According to Ezem, burials and wedding ceremonies are now restricted to 50 persons while churches are to accommodate 50 persons per stream. This is even as the state government has made wearing of face masks compulsory,...
#EndSARS: Femi Adesina Blames Churches, Mosques
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#EndSARS: Femi Adesina Blames Churches, Mosques

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has blamed churches and mosques as well as some sections of the media for promoting messages of hate. He added that the #EndSARS movement was a vehicle of hate messages. The President’s spokesman said this in an article titled, ‘If Nigeria Dies, Hatred Killed Her’. Adesina wrote, “The EndSARS campaign began as an agitation against police brutality, in which there was unanimity of purpose. And suddenly, it became a vehicle of hate. Against leadership, against national cohesion, an opportunity to settle political scores, and equally prepare for power grab in 2023. Hatred came into the mix.” Several influential clerics including the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch ...
EndSARS: Daddy Freeze Slams Churches And General Overseers Over Silence
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EndSARS: Daddy Freeze Slams Churches And General Overseers Over Silence

Popular broadcaster, Ifedayo Olarinde aka Daddy Freeze has hit out at the Churches and their leaders who are yet to lend their voices in the ongoing #EndSARS campaign against police brutality in Nigeria. Taking to his Twitter page, The Lagos-based On Air Personality acknowledged others who have spoken out and pleaded with the rest to publicly come out and stand for the people like late American Christian minister and activist, Martin Luther King Jr, did for his own people. He wrote; ”The silence from the Churches/GOs regarding #EndSARS is so loud! Except for a few that spoke earlier, everyone else in church leadership is so conspicuously silent? Please, I plead with you, Stand with the people like Martin Luther King did! He was a reverend! ~FRZ #SARSMUSTEND”
Bishop Oyedepo Fumes Over Plans By Government To Close Accounts Of Churches
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Bishop Oyedepo Fumes Over Plans By Government To Close Accounts Of Churches

The defender of the gospel in Nigeria, The Media Apostle, posted a video on his Gospel page on Facebook where Bishop David Oyedepo issued a fierce warning to Alhaji Garba Abubakar, the Registrar General of CAC who sent him a circular and to other GOs of megachurches. The circular reads " The Chief Registrar of CAC has the power to remove trustees of the church, close the account of the church and no court can invalidate it. Watch video here https://youtu.be/GM6_ol54TgM
Abia Govt Blows hot, Accuses Churches of Violating Directive on COVID-19
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Abia Govt Blows hot, Accuses Churches of Violating Directive on COVID-19

<img class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" style="max-width: 100%; display: block !important;" role="presentation" src="data:;base64," alt="" aria-hidden="true" /> The Abia State Government has berated some churches in the State for paying lip service to Government directives and order on COVID-19. Recall that the State Government had mandated 50 persons per stream of every church service, as well as other necessary protocols as part of precautionary measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease. On Wednesday, the Abia State Enforcement Team of Inter-ministerial Committee on COVID-19, sealed Chapel of Answers International Church, located at Jubilee Road in Aba, for allegedly violating the State Government’s ...
Lagos State Government Suspends the Reopening of Churches and Mosques
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Lagos State Government Suspends the Reopening of Churches and Mosques

Lagos state governor, Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, has suspended the planned reopening of religious centers in the state. Recall that on June 4, the state governor announced that religious centers will be allowed to open for worship provided they follow the COVID-19 guidelines. He said Mosques will be allowed to resume worship on June 19 while churches in the state will be allowed to conduct services from Sunday, June 21. However at a press briefing this afternoon, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the reopening of worship centers has been suspended. He said the decision is based on the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state. With 7319 confirmed cases, Lagos state has remained the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
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Churches and mosques to operate at 25 per cent capacity, Oyo state government reviews curfew

The Oyo state government has reviewed the curfew order issued to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state. Governor Seyi Makinde’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa said the curfew would now run from 10pm to 4am. While churches and mosques were directed to operate at 25 per cent capacity; public gathering in the state are to have not more than 25 persons. The state government also announced the resumption of classes for Primary Six, JSS3 and SS3 students from Monday June 29; and the resumption of work by all category of workers at the state secretariat from June 22. This is to enable students prepare well for their examination. The statement read; “The schools are to observe the COVID-19 protocols as released by the Task Force, ensure that stations for washing of ha...
Oyo State To Open Schools, Mosques And Churches On June 29
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Oyo State To Open Schools, Mosques And Churches On June 29

The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has relaxed the curfew imposed on the state following the ravaging coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made public after a meeting presided by its chairman, Governor Seyi Makinde. Seyi Makinde also said that Students that are in final year like pry6 ,jss 3 and ss3 will resume on June 23.
Churches, Mosques Toilets Must be Locked – NCDC
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Churches, Mosques Toilets Must be Locked – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has directed churches and mosques to ensure that their toilets are shut to members as part of the guidelines for religion center reopening across the country. Also part of the guideline is that children and elderly people aged 60 and above to stay back at home. Disclosing the guidelines for the reopening of places of worship on its website, the NCDC urged churches and mosques to fumigate their halls, car parks and wipe all surfaces with disinfecting agents. According to the NCDC, provision must be made for running water, soap and hand sanitizer at points of entry. The NCDC said, “There should be no entry without face masks; provide disposable face masks where practicable. To help educate on COVID-19, it is recommended for p...
Pastor Chris Blasts Church Leaders Over New Guidelines for Church Reopening
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Pastor Chris Blasts Church Leaders Over New Guidelines for Church Reopening

The founder of the Christ Embassy Church, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has berated church leaders who approved the new guidelines for churches to open for worship. The pastor while speaking on Sunday 6th June, said church leaders who supported the continued lockdown on churches did it out of fear, greed, and jealousy. The man of God said: ”One of the reasons you still have lockdown of churches in several countries right now is not even the government. You will be amazed. It is church organizations that are keeping many churches locked up till now. The so called advisers of government. The government invited certain church leaders, consulting with them whether to open the churches or not to, they advised the government to keep the churches locked because of their own fear, greed an...
TB Joshua Makes Statement On FG Reopening Churches, Keeps SCOAN Closed
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TB Joshua Makes Statement On FG Reopening Churches, Keeps SCOAN Closed

STATEMENT FROM PROPHET TB JOSHUA ON REOPENING OF CHURCHES BY THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT: Viewers, don't forget there was a revelation three times concerning the church closing. Viewers, that same God we are waiting to hear from on when to reopen – when things will go back to normal – as usual. God’s time is the best. We are waiting at His feet for that time. We are tarrying for the Holy Spirit’s instruction. Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Meet us as usual on Emmanuel TV until we hear from God when to reopen, the same God who gave us the prophecy three times about the church closing. It is God’s work, not our work. Here, our thanks go to the authorities for understanding. Jesus is Lord!
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It’s Safer to Worship at Home – FG

The federal government on Tuesday June 2, made a clarification on lifting of the ban on religious gathering. Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the presidential task force on COVID-19 who spoke at the daily briefing today said it is safer for people to worship at home in spite of relaxation of the ban on religious gathering. According to Aliyu, Coronavirus might easily spread in religious centers due to the nature of worship across the country. He said; “The federal government decided to reopen worship centres under specific guidelines but if you can worship at home, please do so because it is safer to worship at home. It is better to stay at home and worship than to go to a place of worship. “Places of worship that do not comply with required measures should not be...
Churches, Mosques To Remain Closed In Lagos
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Churches, Mosques To Remain Closed In Lagos

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said that churches and mosques in the state might not be reopened soon for worshippers. The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, said this on the sideline of the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing commemorating the first year in office of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The Federal Government had on Monday, June 1, lifted the ban on mosques and churches in the country, based on guidelines and protocols agreed with state governments. Elegushi said that the reopening of the worship centres was not possible soon, as the state was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. ”Even before the pronouncement by Federal Government, we have been having meetings with the religious leaders, we even had one with Safety Commission, looking at ...
FG Relaxes Restriction On Churches, Mosques
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FG Relaxes Restriction On Churches, Mosques

The Federal Government has announced the relaxation of the restriction placed on places of worship as part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced this during the daily briefing of the panel on Monday. Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to Government of the Federation, said the ban on inter-state travel is still in place.
Buhari Govt under Attack for Reopening Churches, Mosques, While Schools Remain Shut
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Buhari Govt under Attack for Reopening Churches, Mosques, While Schools Remain Shut

A cross-section of Nigerians has reacted to the reopening of Churches and Mosques by Nigerian government. DAILY POST had reported that Buhari on Monday lifted the ban on religious gathering across the country but announced that schools should remain closed. Chairman of the Task Force, Boss Mustapha, made the announcement during the briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Monday. Mustapha said Churches are to reopen for the next four weeks spanning 2nd – 29th June 2020, and is subject to review. Reacting on social media, some Nigerians queried why the ban on religious gathering was lifted and schools remain closed. Some of them are of the opinion that the children locked at home will still visit religious centres. Here...
President Buhari Set To Approve Reopening Of Worship Centres
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President Buhari Set To Approve Reopening Of Worship Centres

President Muhammadu Buhari is likely to approve the reopening of churches and mosques from Monday this week. Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha says appropriate recommendations on the reopening of worship centres have been forwarded to the President for approval. Mustapha was responding to questions from journalists after he led members of the PTF to brief the President as the first phase of the easing of lockdown restrictions elapses nationwide. He says the states have a critical role to play in the second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown. After submitting the fourth interim report to President Buhari on the gradual reopening of the economy at the Presidential Villa, the PTF said Nigeria is ...
Daddy Freeze Calls Donald Trump A Complete Joker, After The US President Orders Reopening of Churches and Mosque
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Daddy Freeze Calls Donald Trump A Complete Joker, After The US President Orders Reopening of Churches and Mosque

Controversial Media personality Daddy Freeze has reacted to US President Donald Trump ordering religious houses to reopen amidst the pandemic. According to Trump, America needs more prayer and not less. Reacting to this, Freeze called the president a joker saying if that is what is needed, people can pray in their homes. ”If America truly needs more prayers then people should pray at home, most of the New Testament church gatherings were in people’s homes! – ”Trump is a complete joker, America failed woefully with the response to COVID-19 leading to the highest number of infections and deaths globally, now this??? – ”Why does he want to sacrifice more lives? Pray on Zoom, pray at home this is not worshipping God, this is testing God (Mat4:7). So far, 33 pastors have died o...
Benue Reverses Decision To Reopen Worship Places, Markets
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Benue Reverses Decision To Reopen Worship Places, Markets

​Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has rescinded the order allowing churches and mosques in the State to reopen for religious activities. Ortom announced the cancellation of the order on Saturday in Makurdi during the weekly news briefing on activities of the Covid-19 Quick Response Team Recall that on Thursday, Governor Ortom has ordered that churches and mosques to open. He explained that the decision to revert to status quo was based on the apprehension expressed by the Federal Government over decisions by some state governments to reopen religious activities.
Buhari, Governors Strike 5-Point Deal For Opening Churches And Mosques
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Buhari, Governors Strike 5-Point Deal For Opening Churches And Mosques

There were indications on Friday that President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors reached a five-point agreement on containing the coronavirus disease while easing the lockdown nationwide. It was learnt that the deal addressed the apprehension of some governors on the observance of Sallah prayers and reopening of worship centres. A major thrust of the agreement is that gatherings in mosques or churches and the observance of Eid-el-Fitr prayers will not exceed 50 people at a time. Muslims are also not expected to go to any praying ground but they can use a neighbourhood mosque with only 50 worshippers. It was gathered that the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi, also had talks with the President of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs...
COVID-19: Why Churches will Remain Closed – CAN
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COVID-19: Why Churches will Remain Closed – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN has insisted that churches must remain closed, despite increased pressure from leaders and members. This was according to a statement personally signed by CAN President, Rev. Supo Ayokunle, on Friday. According to Ayokunle, the relaxation of lockdown had seen the country witnessed more coronavirus infection. “Champions for the reopening of worship centres argue that if people had contracted the virus in the markets and other places, closing the church from worshipping becomes unreasonable! “It is like using medicine after death! Furthermore, the church is more organised and a place of healing,” part of the statement read. Ayokunle, therefore, urged “all churches to remain closed because the daily increasing infected peopl...
Trump Declares Churches & Mosques As Essential Asks Governors To Reopen Them
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Trump Declares Churches & Mosques As Essential Asks Governors To Reopen Them

President Trump on Friday announced that new CDC guidance will classify houses of worship as “essential,” as he called on governors to allow them to open “right now.” Trump announced the policy for churches, synagogues and mosques, during a briefing at the White House. “If they don’t do it, I will override the governors. In America, we need more prayer, not less,” he warned.
Places Of Worship Remain Shut In Abuja – FCT Minister
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Places Of Worship Remain Shut In Abuja – FCT Minister

The Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has said that places of worship in the territory remain shut based on advice from medical experts and guidelines from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. Churches and mosques have been shut down for the past two months as part of measures to check the spread of COVID-19. Malam Bello, who held a meeting with representatives of the FCT Christian and Muslim communities led by the FCT Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman, Dr. Samson Jonah, and the FCT League of Imams Initiative (FLII), Dr. Tajudeen Mohammed Bello Adigun, explained that medical experts and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had directed that all measures approved two weeks earlier be extended for another two weeks. A statement by the minister’...
FG Frowns As States Reopen Mosques, Churches
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FG Frowns As States Reopen Mosques, Churches

In one fell swoop, four states in the North – Borno, Gombe, Adamawa and Zamfara – on Thursday reopened Mosques and Churches. It was a major easing of the lockdown imposed to curb Coronavirus spread. The Federal Government frowned at the situation having not been consulted as expected, in line with the COVID-19 protocol. Besides, the Federal Government believes that the situation of the virus spread had not reached the stage of lowering the guard. Coronavirus cases in the country last night surpassed the 5,000 mark, with close to 200 deaths recorded. The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Control has resolved to engage with the governors. Minister for Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said: “We are always working together with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (...
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COVID-19: Gombe and Adamawa State Lift Lockdown

The coronavirus lockdown imposed in Adamawa and Gombe states have lifted by their respective governments. In Adamawa state, churches, mosques, and markets can now open for activities but must observe social distancing and all other COVID-19 precautionary measures. This was made known in a statement from Humwashi Wonosikou, press secretary to Ahmadu Fintiri, governor of Adamawa. The statement read; “Churches, Mosques and the international cattle markets under lockdown can now reopen, but must ensure social distancing with no more than 50 people at a time. Other measures include provision of hand sanitisers or washing of hands and temperature checks at the point of entry. Government now believes the contagion rate is low enough to justify a cautious easing of the r...
No disagreement with Oyedepo, Oyakhilome on closure of churches, Oyemade reacts
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No disagreement with Oyedepo, Oyakhilome on closure of churches, Oyemade reacts

The Senior Pastor of The Covenant Nation Poju Oyemade has disclaimed widespread media reports stating that he disagreed with prominent pastors Chris Oyakhilome and Bishop David Oyedepo. “My attention has been drawn to articles going around some websites that an article I wrote on how one can remain effective during these times was written in response to Bishop Oyedepo’s statement on the closure of churches. That assumption/inference is simply incorrect,” Oyemade said in a statement on Saturday. Pastor Oyakhilome and Bishop Oyedepo had recently spoke against the continuous closure of churches as the coronavirus pandemic lingers saying it was against the expansion of the church. However, Oyemade in a post on his Instagram page said that the closure of churches does not in any way st...
My Article Not Directed At Oyedepo – Poju Oyemade
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My Article Not Directed At Oyedepo – Poju Oyemade

My attention has been drawn to articles going around some websites that an article I wrote on how one can remain effective during these times was written in response to Bishop Oyedepo's statement on the closure of Churches. That assumption/inference is simply incorrect. Facts can easily be verified by checking time-lines. My article was written before Bishop Oyedepo spoke. I do understand that certain narratives drive traffic to websites and sowing seeds of division does attract attention. I will like to make it clear and on record that my article was written 48hours before he spoke. In the article I did emphasise that criticising other ministries and churches operations is not a sign of strength on one's part so the article contradicts the conclusions being inferred.  ...
Pastor Oyemade Disagrees With Oyedepo, Oyakhilome On The Closure Of Churches
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Pastor Oyemade Disagrees With Oyedepo, Oyakhilome On The Closure Of Churches

The Senior Pastor of The Covenant Christian Centre Lagos, Pastor Poju Oyemade, has disagreed with prominent preachers against the continuous closure of churches over the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the lockdown has been eased in Lagos, Ogun and FCT, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered worship centres will remain shut till further notice. But founder of Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, slammed the authorities for closing churches, saying they should be healing centres. Founder of Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, backed Oyakhilome, stating the continuous closure of churches was suspicious. According to him, it was part of the moves to stop the church of God from expanding. But Oyemade, whose birthday on his Instagram page, said the closure of churches does not in...
Bishop Oyedepo Questions Non Re-Opening Of Churches Amid Covid-19
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Bishop Oyedepo Questions Non Re-Opening Of Churches Amid Covid-19

Nigerian pastor and general overseer of Living Faith Church Worldwide also known as Winners’ Chapel International, Bishop David Oyedepo has questioned the inability of government to re-open churches after they’ve allowed markets to open. According to him, he can smell something fishy. And that if markets could be allowed to be open for six hours, why can’t churches open for two hours. He said this on Wednesday, May 6 during Covenant Hour of Prayer Programme. His statement reads below; “There is something wrong; for people to be allowed to be in the market for six hours and can’t be in church for two hours, it is an upside-down way of looking at things. “Which one is more orderly? The market or the church? “I can smell a rat. The Lord spoke to me on it so strong yester...
Obiano Relaxes Lockdown In Anambra, Asks Churches To Resume Activities
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Obiano Relaxes Lockdown In Anambra, Asks Churches To Resume Activities

The Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, has relaxed the lockdown on the state and has asked churches to commence full activities, MCI reports. The governor stated this in a broadcast to the people of the state on Saturday evening. Before the Saturday broadcast, church activities had been restricted for 14 days as one of the measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But on Saturday, Obiano asked the churches to resume full service, stating that the worshipers must wear face masks and observe the World Health Organisation’s guidelines about the pandemic during worship. He listed the protocol to include regular hand washing, avoiding handshakes, application of hand sanitizers, and social distancing. The Governor announced that movements around the state were not...
Churches Are Not Places Of Infection But Places Of Blessings – Chris Oyakhilome
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Churches Are Not Places Of Infection But Places Of Blessings – Chris Oyakhilome

Coronavirus: Churches are not places of infection but places of blessing - Pastor Chris says as he supports relaxation of lockdown order for churches to reopen Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has reacted to the decision of some state governors to relax the lockdown order in their states for churches to celebrate Easter. While preaching on Friday April 10th, Pastor Chris said the church is not a place of infection but rather a place of blessings. He prayed against anyone coming to church and getting infected. The clergyman who last week said the lockdown in Lagos and Abuja was for the Federal government to install 5G network in the state, said any wise government knows not to trouble the church. The best thing in any government is to always leave the church alone. It is always the best ...
Governr Wike Cancels Permission he Granted for Celebration of Easter in Churches
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Governr Wike Cancels Permission he Granted for Celebration of Easter in Churches

Governor Nyesom Wike has reversed the permission he granted earlier for some religious activities to hold in churches and mosques in the state. The Commissioner for Information and Communication, Paulinus Nsirim said the decision was taken after the Rivers State Governor held a meeting with eminent clergy men, well-meaning Nigerians and civil society groups. The statement released by the commissioner reads; The Rivers State Government has cancelled the concession granted churches to hold Easter Church Services with their full congregations. This decision was taken after due consultations with eminent clergy men, well-meaning Nigerians and civil society groups. For the avoidance of doubt, churches should stick to the 50 persons per service to maintain social distancing.
UAE Extends Closure Of Mosques, Churches
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UAE Extends Closure Of Mosques, Churches

United Arab Emirates, UAE has extended the closure of mosques and places of worship until further notice, according to state news agency WAM. The extension was made as part of the precautionary measures taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus. UAE is home to thousands of mosques, over 40 churches, and a Hindu temple. The announcement comes days ahead of Easter, the holiest day in the Christian calendar. UAE first announced the suspension of prayer in all houses of worship on 16 March 16. The ban was meant to last four weeks. At the moment, there are 2,990 coronavirus cases in the UAE, with 14 deaths.
I Didn’t Dare Government Over Closure Of Churches In Enugu – Bishop Chukwuma
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I Didn’t Dare Government Over Closure Of Churches In Enugu – Bishop Chukwuma

Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican Communion) and Bishop of Enugu Anglican Diocese, Most. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, has denied media reports alleging that he said that “the Province will not shut any of its branches over Coronovirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic”. Addressing newsmen at the Government House, Enugu after a closed-meeting with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmad AbdurRahman, Archbishop Chukwuma, said he was “very embarrassed to read the story in the newspaper and new media stressing that the story was untrue and misleading. He, therefore, stated that he did not dare the government or the security agencies as was erroneously reported.
COVID-19 Lockdown: NSCDC Commends Cross River Residents For Obeying Govt’s Directives
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COVID-19 Lockdown: NSCDC Commends Cross River Residents For Obeying Govt’s Directives

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has commended residents of Cross River State for complying with the stay-at-home order of the government. This comes amid efforts made by the Governor Ben Ayade’s administration to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the state. Speaking to Channels Television on Sunday during a patrol in Calabar to monitor the level of compliance, NSCDC Commandant who doubles as a member of the State Task Force Committee on COVID-19, Elisha Danjuma, was satisfied with the situation. “I came out today to go around and see the level of compliance with the directive of His Excellency Professor Ben Ayade and we have gone around markets, mosques churches and we have seen the level of compliance and here. “I am in this beat because of the b...
How to Report Church and Social Gatherings Above 50 People
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How to Report Church and Social Gatherings Above 50 People

If you are wondering how you can report social and church gatherings above 50 people in Lagos, then you can call these numbers provided below. The Lagos state government had on Saturday advised that there should be no gathering beyond 50 people across the state, especially on Sundays when churches hold their services. Reports on social media show that many churches across the state went contrary to this order and officers of the Nigeria Police Force have been spotted in some areas dispersing the crowd in the churches. A check however revealed that many of the top churches in the state opted for online services. For instance, the House On The Rock Churches informed members to watch out for the commencement of online services starting from today. A statement signed by th...
Kaduna State Govt Suspends all Muslim Daily Congregational Prayers Over Coronavirus Pandemic
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Kaduna State Govt Suspends all Muslim Daily Congregational Prayers Over Coronavirus Pandemic

As part of measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the state, the Kaduna state government has ordered all Muslim daily congregational prayers be suspended immediately in the state. According to a statement by Muyiwa Adekeye, the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, the state government said while no case of Covid-19 has been reported in the state so far, the government has a duty to work with all leaders and residents of our state to jointly ensure that everything is done to reduce the chance of the disease taking root and spreading in the state. Imams are advised not to hold Juma’at services today. In this regard, the government is taking cue from the decision of the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam not to hold such ...
Coronavirus: Lagos Moves to Stop Sunday Church Gatherings, Juma’at Services
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Coronavirus: Lagos Moves to Stop Sunday Church Gatherings, Juma’at Services

The Lagos state government is set to ask religious leaders in the state to suspend all religious gatherings. These include Sunday Services in churches and Friday Jummat services in the various mosques. The state Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotosho, made this known at a press briefing today March 18th. “We are all aware that the Federal Government asked the National Youth Service Corps to shut down orientation camps. Yesterday (Tuesday) the Commissioner for Home Affairs said there will be a meeting with religious leaders today (Wednesday). It is going to be suggested to them to maybe stop Friday and Sunday services – wherever we have large gatherings. Going by the new development, I am sure they will be advised to shut down the services in the interest of the public a...
There is no Persecution of Christians in Nigeria – Sultan of Sokoto Insists
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There is no Persecution of Christians in Nigeria – Sultan of Sokoto Insists

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar has denied claims made by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and other Christian religious leaders about the persecution of Christians in the country, especially in the northern region. Reacting to the recent prayer protests by CAN and Catholic Bishops against an alleged campaign by state and non-state actors to eliminate Christians in northern Nigeria at the first quarterly meeting of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) meeting in Abuja on Thursday March 12, the Sultan of Sokoto maintained that there is no religious persecution in the country. He also urged religious leaders not to allow terrorists bring division across the country. Sa’ad Abubakar said; “It pains me when we gather at NIREC or other meetings and agree on meas...
Police Arrest Woman Used by Different Pastors to Perform Fake Miracles
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Police Arrest Woman Used by Different Pastors to Perform Fake Miracles

The Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Lagos have arrested 44-year-old woman, Bose Olasukanmi, who was used by several pastors to perform fake miracle in their churches. The woman's fake miracle was brought to light in October last year after several videos of her being ''healed'' of her bad hand, surfaced online. According to Guardian, police sources say Olasukanmi moved to a different church after being paid for every successful performance so that their trick would not be exposed by people or relations who may see her during her next performance. Speaking to newsmen after her arrest, Olasukanmi recounted how she got into the business of ''fake miracles'' “I am from Ilesha, Osun State. I am married. I had three children. Unfortunately, two died f...

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