Connect with us

News

LAGOS GOVERNOR FLAGS OFF 2019 CHRISTIAN PILGRIMAGE EXERCISE

Published

on

Crime

 

…Advises Pilgrims To Be Nigeria’s Ambassadors

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday flagged off the 2019 Christian Pilgrimage to the Jerusalem, charging the pilgrims to use the opportunity to renew their faith in God.

The Governor described the journey to the holy sites as “important religious exercise” for those who believe in God, saying it is one of the bold efforts Christians make to attain spiritual guidance and contentment.

The flag-off ceremony was organised by the National Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) and held at Chapel of Christ the Light Church in Alausa. The ceremony preceded the airlift of all Nigeria pilgrims to Jerusalem.

Reading from Exodus 6:4, Sanwo-Olu urged the pilgrims to establish new covenants with God and change attitudes that may deny them the rewards of the exercise. He also asked them to pray for unity and harmony in Nigeria.

He said: “God has considered you all worthy to be part of this pilgrimage to the holy land. This is an opportunity for you to rediscover yourself and strengthen your faith. Your are going on a journey with God and you must come back better than you are leaving.

Also Read:  DIZZY K. FALOLA ARRIVES LAGOS FROM LONDON FOR COSON WEEK

“This pilgrimage is an opportunity for you to attain a new level of spirituality. You must come back to be good example people want to see in Christianity. You must portray attitude that must showcase the good values of your faith. Create time for fellowship with other Christians and pray not only for your families, but for your state and our country at large.”

Sanwo-Olu charged the pilgrims to refrain from actions that may embarrass the country in the holy land, stressing they were going to Jerusalem as ambassadors of Nigeria.

President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Supo Ayokunle, praised Sanwo-Olu for honouring the invite to flag off the event, noting that the Governor displayed high respect for the Church and Christendom.

In his three-point admonition to the pilgrims, the CAN leader reminded them of their duty to God, saying the journey to Jerusalem was a form of worship to earn God’s pleasure and reward.

Also Read:  Senator Shehu Sani Reveals Those Behind Failing Refinery

He observed the dispute over the ownership of the holy sites in Jerusalem was an indication that God’s eyes remain on the land.

He advised pilgrims nursing the intention to abscond not to do so, saying such action would rob other Nigerian pilgrims of dignity and respect.

NCPC chairman, Rev. Yomi Kasali said Lagos was chosen as flag off location for the pilgrimage because the State remained unique in its preparation for the religious exercise.

He urged the pilgrims to portray Lagos and Nigeria in good light and be responsible while in the holy land.

Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, is leading the Lagos State pilgrims on the journey to Jerusalem.

Dignitaries at the flag off included the Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, Chief of Staff to Lagos Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, and representatives of the Vice President, Prof Yemi President.

 

Share
Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

DSS React To Sowore’s Rearrest Drama

Published

on

Bichi

The Department of State Security, (DSS), has reacted to the criticisms that it has been recieving following the drama that greeted the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore in court.

Releases

Reacting to the criticism, the DSS said its officers did not arrest the convener of the #RevolutionNow movement in court, adding that the journalist’s supporters were only acting an “orchestrated drama”.

Also Read:  Senator Shehu Sani Reveals Those Behind Failing Refinery

A statement signed by Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesperson said there were none of its officers involved in the incidents recorded in the courtroom.

See the full statement below:

(more…)

Share
Continue Reading

News

Atiku Frowns At DSS Re-arrest Of Sowore

Published

on

Re-arrest

 

Erstwhile Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has frowned at the manner with which the DSS re-arrested Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters.

Sowore was re-arrested on Friday having been released from a DSS detention facility hours earlier.

Reacting to the arrest of the convener of the Revolution Now Protest, Atiku said that he was angered in his spirit as he watched the commotion that unfolded when the DSS attempted to re-arrest Sowore and Bakare in the courtroom.

In a statement, Atiku described the treatment of the presiding judge, Justice Ojukwu as a “rape on the sanctity of the court,” calling on Nigerians not to keep mute until justice is achieved.

“Today, I am in extreme anguish of spirit having watched the unfortunate drama that played itself out at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, in which agents of the state caused a commotion in court in order to frustrate a judgment of a court of competent authority.

Also Read:  Breaking: Arraigned Social Media Star, Mompha Gets N100m Bail

“Never in the history of Nigerian democracy has a judge been treated in such a disdainful and brazen attack on not just her person and office, but on the entire judiciary. This is unacceptable. It is a rape on the sanctity of the court.

“Nigeria is not a dictatorship. We are a democracy, no matter how inconvenient this fact is to the powers that have forced themselves on us.

“I call for an immediate inquiry to be set up to identify those responsible for the maltreatment meted out to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu and the desecration of her court, and indeed the Nigerian judiciary. They must be sanctioned to the highest extent permissible by our laws.

“I further call for all law enforcement agencies in Nigeria to immediately respect not just the court order made by Justice Ojukwu, but the order of any court in Nigeria, on any detainee, be it Omoyele Sowore, Sambo Dasuki or Ibrahim Zakzaky, among others.

Also Read:  Money tips for young adults

“We cannot have a situation where our government is quick to obey foreign court orders and even quicker to disobey domestic court orders. This is symptomatic of a mindset that is servile to foreign powers and brutal to Nigerians.

“Without the rule of law, there can be no rule at all. Power in Nigeria still flows from the people, not from the barrel of a gun. I call on all men and women of goodwill not to keep quiet or sit on the fence at times like this.

“To keep Nigeria democracy is the paramount duty of all concerned stakeholders. Please speak up against this tyranny and side with the Nigerian people,” Atiku wrote.

 

Share
Continue Reading

News

DSS Rearrest Omoyele Sowore After Standoff

Published

on

Bichi

Barely 18 hours after being released by the Department of State Service (DSS), Omoyele Sowore has been rearrested.

The publisher of Sahara Reporters was arrested in court on Friday after minutes of standoff between him and men of the DSS.

DSS allegedly tries rearresting Omoyele Sowore in court room today.. (photos)

Sahara Reporters reported that  DSS operatives initially refused Sowore and his lawyers exit from the court room, laying siege on the court.

Also Read:  KSA Hits Stage After Birthday Celebration

According to reports, after a standoff resulting from trying to rearrest Sowore, his lawyer, Femi Falana opted to drive the activist to the office of the DSS.

In the process of driving Sowore to the office of the DSS, Falana had a brief  discussion with the lawyer of the secret police Hassan Liman, however the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) was not allowed out of the court premises by armed security operatives who blocked the court gate, attempting to rearrest Sowore again.

Also Read:  DIZZY K. FALOLA ARRIVES LAGOS FROM LONDON FOR COSON WEEK

Falana however suceeded in driving out of the court with security operatives in pursuit.

Share
Continue Reading

Facebook

Trending

Copyright © 2019, February13 Media