The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 Northern states and Abuja has expressed great shock over what it described as attempts to further divide the nation by the Presidency, the leadership of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) and other individuals and groups aimed at “twisting the crux of the homily Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah gave at Christmas.”
CAN Northern States in a statement issued and signed by its vice chairman, Reverend John Joseph Hayab that “Of grave misgiving is the baseless claim in a statement signed by the President of MURIC, Prof Ishaq Akintola, that Bishop Kukah had “referred to Islam as a violent religion” and “calls for a coup.”
According to the statement, “That such a statement comes from Prof Akintola is not only laughable but misleading and tissue of lies.
Records show MURIC’s leadership is often careless with assertions and many times acting as if it was a political platform instead of a religious one”.
CAN 19 northern states and Abuja, therefore, condemned in its entirety what it termed the misleading and inciting statements of MURIC and its likes and called on the international community as well as the local community to particularly counsel Prof Akintola of MURIC to learn to walk the path of honour and not be a merchant of crisis.
“Reading through Bishop Kukah’s ‘A Nation In Search of Vindication’ CAN is unable to find any expression suggesting an affront to Islam or a call for a coup. Sadly, MURIC aims to incite citizens against one another along the lines of faith instead of denouncing the insecurity witnessed across the country which is the point of Bishop Kukah’s message. From the east to the south, west and all over the north, travelling has become a nightmare while hapless people are dragged from their homes for ransom,” CAN said.
Pastor Chris Accused Of Rape, Sells Church Building
A cleric, Chris McDouglas Omosokpea of Peculiar Generation Assembly Church, Oshodi, Lagos, who is facing a charge for the rape of his member’s teen daughter has allegedly sold his church building and fled to an unknown place to establish another church.
Omosokpea, who was arrested in June 2020 by officers of the Makinde Police Station where the family of the victim reported the matter, was granted bail on health grounds before the Lagos High Court.
It was gathered that the pastor had allegedly s£xually abused a 14-year-old girl for the past four years before he was arrested and charged before the court for defilement.
The case came up again on Tuesday before the Presiding Magistrate, Kubeinje, at Ogba Magistrates Court, Lagos, but Omosokpea was conspicuously absent while the complainant and some members of his church were present. The matter was adjourned till April 21, 2021.
The pastor’s decision to dispose of the church shocked his members, who went there, only to see that the structure had been pulled down by the new buyer.
Some members of the church expressed their shock over how Omosokpea sold the church without informing them after he had convinced them that he was innocent of the allegation of defilement.
Before he was arrested, the victim claimed the pastor deceived her with fake prophecies and she kept the abuses away from her parents, who had been members of the church for over 12 years, with a strong belief that Pastor Douglas was a real man of God.
However, when she could no longer bear it, she started threatening to commit suicide over the trauma and was persuaded to open up on what she was passing through.
It was then she opened up and told her parents that Pastor Douglas had abused her for the past four years and instilled fear into her not to tell anyone.
SaharaReporters learnt that Omosokpea had allegedly established another church in an undisclosed location at Lekki, Lagos.
Youths In Kogi Beat Pastor To Coma Over Refusal To Allow Masquerade In Church
About 20 youths in Kogi State on Monday night beat a Pastor to Coma, over the latter’s refusal to allow Masquerade perform in his church.
Pastor Michael Samson of United Evangelical Church in Iyano community under Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State, North Central, Nigeria was reportedly beaten around 11pm on Monday night.
It was reported that the trouble started when Pastor Samson denied the Youths access into his church with their Masquerade during their ceremony in the day.
The youths who felt angered by the Pastor’s action returned at night with dangerous objects to beat the pastor when he was fast asleep.
The Pastor was later rushed to Idah General hospital where he is receiving treatment.
It was gathered that the incident had been reported to Police Division in Onyedega under Ibaji Local Government Area and the Police are currently working to ensure the culprits are made to face justice.
Man Donates His Family House To Christ Embassy, Family About To Be Thrown Out
Commotion as man donates his family house to Christ Embassy, leaving his family members at risk of being homeless
A family has come out to ask for justice after their son donated the family house as a seed to Christ Embassy in Warri, Delta state.
The abroad-based man, identified simply as Shedrack, is said to have returned to Nigeria last year and became serious with religion, to the approval of his family.
Last year, he sowed his car as a seed to the Church and his family members had no problem with it.
However, he went on to donate the family house to the church not long ago.
His family members were not aware their home had been donated until Shedrack’s father noticed men going around, viewing the property.
When the older man made enquiry, he was told the property now belongs to Christ Embassy and has been valued to be sold at 25 million Naira.
The house was built on land owned by the entire family and with money contributed by the whole family, though Shedrack contributed the lion’s share.
The house is occupied by Shedrack’s father, cousins and 4 tenants who paid rent.
The father of Shedrack said he has written to the senior pastor of Christ Embassy in Warri and he promised to take action but a month has passed and nothing has happened.
The father has now lawyered up after reporting to the police, and so has Christ Embassy.
In a statement, Shedrack’s father pleaded with the General Overseer of Christ Embassy, Chris Oyakhilome, to intervene.
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