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The Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has called on all Nigerians to unite despite the differences in ethnicity, religion and language.

The IMN leader stated this on Sunday in a statement made available in Abuja by Abdullahi Musa, who is the Secretary, the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria titled: “Eid-El Maulud, a Season of Unity,” to mark this year’s occasion.

“This month is a special month for Muslims and humanity in general. It is the month of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who stood against tyranny and fight for justice.

“This birthday is referred to as Maulud. On that alone, it is worthy of being designated as the month of unity.

“According to popular narrations, it was on the 12th of the month that Prophet Muhammad was born, while authentic traditions have it that it was on the 17th of the month.

“Our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who was discharged and acquitted from illegal detention almost three months ago, has been calling on the Muslim Ummah in particular and the nation, in general, to live in unity despite the differences between us.

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“He has been preaching that our points of convergence far outweigh the points of divergence in our social well-being.

“He reminded us of the well-known saying of Imam Ali (AS) that ‘people are of two kinds. They are either your brothers in faith or you’re equal in humanity.’

“Therefore, as we live together there are rights we need to take care of in our social coexistence.

El-Zakzaky calls for unity despite differences among Nigerians

“Some people become apprehensive when the issue of unity among the Muslim Ummah is mentioned, thinking that unity demands that they abandon whatever they hold dear in the Islamic faith.

“However, in reality, this is not the main focus of unity among Muslims; it is all about understanding each other, and working together for the benefit of the Ummah at large,” he said.

El-Zakzaky also called on the Muslims to “unite themselves to defeat the abominable plan of sowing the seeds of discord between the Muslim Ummah in the name of Shi’a/Sunna sectarian divide.”

According to him, we should always remember the wise saying of Imam Khomeini of blessed memory that those seeking to divide the Muslim Ummah in the name of defending Shia or Sunna are neither Shiites nor Sunnis.

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“Hence we condemn with strong terms the recent bomb attacks on Shi’a mosques in Afghanistan causing the death of close to a hundred innocent worshippers in two Friday mosques.

“At this juncture, it’s sad to note that the Muslim Ummah suffer most in the various terror attacks and the so-called banditry plaguing Northwest and Northeast of the country.

“This might not be unconnected to the ploy of global arrogance to plunge the Muslim Ummah into chaos so that they can have a field day stealing their natural resources.

“We urge the Muslims to unite and defeat this monstrous conspiracy against them,” he added.

He recalled the event in which the IMN followers were attacked by the Nigerian army.

“In conclusion, even though we are in a celebratory mood, we will never forget the calamity that befell the Muslim Ummah on the first day of Rabi’ul Awwal 1437, when the Nigerian Army embarked on a murderous mission against Shaikh el-Zakzaky (H) and his followers in Zaria, killing 1000+, maiming hundreds and destroying places of worship and Islamic centres of learning, which led to the incarceration of the Sheikh, his wife and several others in hundreds.

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“The latest in their attempt to annihilate the Islamic movement is the brutal killing of Muslims by the police during Arbaeen symbolic trek in Abuja last month.

“Why shouldn’t we mourn that genocide, when Sheikh el-Zakzaky (H) is the champion of unity among the Muslims and even their non-Muslim neighbours?

“Why shouldn’t we mourn when Sheikh el-Zakzaky (H) the torchbearer of Maulud celebration is still being denied his freedom to travel abroad for proper medical treatment upon all that has been done to him unjustly?

“We, therefore, call in the strongest term for the prompt release of his international passport and that of his wife Malama Zeenah Ibraheem,” Musa said.

The IMN procession to mark this year’s Maulud started at exactly 3:00 pm on Sunday from Utako Market and ended peacefully at Sky Memorial.

“This is another evidence that all rallies, protests and processions organised and carried out by followers of Sheikh el-Zakzaky on different occasions in Abuja for the past five years were peaceful unless the security operatives attack and violate the fundamental rights of innocent citizens,” Musa said

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Stop Rebuking Me And Pray For Me – Ortom Begs Christians

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has urged Christians in the state to pray for him and his administration rather than castigate him as he gives his best to ensure purposeful leadership in the state.

He said prayer is a duty the people owe their leaders assuring that his responsibility to the people of the state would continue to be his topmost priority.

The Governor spoke Thursday in his message at the Special Church Service heralding the dedication of the new Church auditorium of the RCN Embassy in Makurdi.

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He said: “the people owe their leaders the duty to pray for them. Even if I am doing the wrong thing it is your responsibility to pray for me for God to lead me in all that I do.

Stop Rebuking Me And Pray For Me – Ortom Begs Christians

“As a person, I have been working with God and it accounts for the successes I have been recording in life. I urge Christians to always pray for me rather than castigate me.

“As for me, I will always stand up for the truth. I will always ensure that God takes preeminence in all that I do and I will also abide by the dictates of equity, fairness and justice.”

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The Governor who commended the founder of RCN Embassy Apostle Arome Osayi for putting up the edifice and his Ministry in Makurdi the state capital as well as giving his life to the service of God and humanity said millions of lives would be transformed by the messages that come from the altar.

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Feast of Christ the King: A Time to Renew Your Faith in Christ – Orji Kalu

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In times when many world leaders seem to be indifferent or opposed to the Christian way of life, it is vital that we remember who truly is king, who truly reigns over our societies and our lives.

This is an excellent moment to reflect on this, as we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. It is a time to remember Christ’s words: “In the world you shall have distress: but have confidence, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Happy Christ the king Sunday. – OUK

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Secessionists Are Wasting Their Time — Olumba Olumba Obu

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Brotherhood of the Cross and Star (BCS), a Christian religious organisation, has said that some separatists agitating for secession were wasting their time, assuring that “Nigeria will remain one united nation.”

BCS, founded by Olumba Olumba Obu in Calabar in 1956, said this when its
Bishop of Lagos, Jude Uwaezuoke, visited the Lagos Office of NAN on Friday.

NAN reports that the visit was part of the annual weeklong commemoration of the organisation’s Feast of Divine Manifestation.

Uwaezuoke said the prophecies of its leader, Olumba Olumba Obu, had assured that “agitators were wasting their time because Nigeria will not break up”.

“When you are talking about this division, our leader said those agitating are wasting their time.

“He said that he has arrested all those causing confusion, kidnapping and other crimes.

“He said he has arrested all. It is not a revelation, it is an order. He made the pronouncements early this year,” the BCS Bishop said.

Theclergymann said that after a week of the order by their leader, the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was arrested.

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Secessionists Are Wasting Their Time — Olumba Olumba Obu

He said Olumba Olumba Obu also predicted an end to the Coronavirus and immediately a vaccine was found for the pandemic.

Also speaking during the visit, another BCS cleric, Paul Ikpi, said Olumba Olumba Obu did not believe in the division of Nigeria, saying God is after the unity of Nigeria.

“Division is not the solution to what we are facing because people can divide today and if there is no love, understanding and there is greed, there cannot be peace.

“If, for example, 10 of us are children of the same father and there is an oil well in my father’s land if there is greed, can that oil bring peace? One man would want to take that oil and kill everybody.

“So, the problem of Nigeria is not in agitation; Igbo can divide, Yoruba can divide, but if there is no love, forgiveness, tolerance, if there are no virtues of God instilled and embedded in them, there will still be division and confusion,” he said.

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Speaking on the security situation in the country, Ikpi said a return to the truth would resolve the challenges.

“The insecurity and everything that is facing the country today is because of desperation. which is lack of the Holy Spirit,” he said.

He warned Nigerians against justifying crime. according to him, unemployment in Nigeria is not the reason for crime, insecurity, banditry and kidnapping.

“The only thing government can do is to key into God’s plan because if a good leader falls into God’s plan, God would direct that leader because even some leaders are governed by greed and carnal exposition,” he said.

Ikpi said the Holy Spirit would help leaders to become sensitive to the needs of those they are leading as contained in the teachings of Olumba Olumba Obu in his book entitled ‘The Everlasting Gospel.’

He said that the BCS leader encouraged members of the organisation to participate in politics to sanitise the system.

“Our advice for the nation and the leaders is that Nigerian leaders need to submit themselves and key into God’s divine plan, do away with greed and personal interest,” he said.

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He said God’s plan would help the nation’s leadership to become servant leaders.

Speaking on rape and defilement of minors, Chinwe Wali, a female BCS cleric said that the vices were rising in Nigeria because humans had deviated from God’s love and nature.

Wali said God was concerned about rape and defilement of minors and called on Nigerians to embrace His love to kick the menace out of the society.

“It is a very serious matter as far as the father is concerned and I will say that the cause of minor defilement is that man has deviated from the laws of nature, from the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“If that man that is defiling the child has the love of God, he will not do that, knowing that Christ dwells in every one of us here because He created us and it is His Spirit that is keeping us going,” Wali said.

She added that “love closes racial, gender and cultural barriers to ensure harmony and peaceful coexistence.”

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