ALERT!!! National Youth Council of Nigeria Three Day Unity and Prayer Summit Calling...

The Forum of State Chairmen of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN in partnership with Belema Foundation and Jack-Rich Tein Special Support Initiative hereby announces a national youth prayer session for the peace and unity of Nigeria.

The event which would hold at the Federal Capital Territory Abuja will feature prayers for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly, the Judiciary and national security. It would feature prayers for national development as well as prayers for Nigerian youths.

The event would also feature Special prayers for PLATEAU STATE, the Administration of Governor SIMON BAKO LALONG, the plateau State House of Assembly, the State Judiciary and Security Agencies in the state.

All State executives and members of the various chapters of the National Youth Council of Nigeria and it affiliates are invited to the National Youth Prayer Session.

The event is expected to bring together over ten thousand youths from various states across the federation, religious leaders, government functionaries, diplomatic community and the international media.

The National Youth Prayer session holds as follows;

Date: Wednesday 6th to Friday 8th September 2017

Venue: Eagle Square Abuja.

Time: 6pm daily

Announcer
Dr Fabong Jemchang Yildam,
MBBS, FMCFM
Chairman,
Plateau State Youth Council.

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Nigeria Moving Towards Dictatorial State - Middle Belt group

A group, Core Middle Belt Values (CMBV) says it is saddened at the way Nigeria is moving towards a "dictatorial state" under the present administration.

In a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Odeh Akatu and three others, the group cited "fragrant violation of human rights" under the present government.

It particularly expressed worry over the "continued" detention of some Nigerians including Kaduna journalist, Luka Biniyat 'against' court orders for their release.

The statement reads:

PRESS RELEASE BY THE CORE MIDDLE BELT VALUES ON THE 29TH AUGUST 2017

TITLE: RELEASE LUKA BINNYAT NOW

Fellow Nigerians, compatriots and Gentlemen of the press
We bring to the notice of the whole world of the fragrant violation of fundamental human right of one our own and many Nigerians under the APC led federal and state government in Nigeria.

We are saddened and concerned at the way Nigeria is moving towards a dictatorial state under this administration. It is very unfortunate to see the government that gained power via respect for rule of law now trying to jettison Nigeria constitution. The activities of this administration since its inception point to this direction.

It is obvious that this government did not respect the sanctity of the judgment from the court. For example, former National Security Adviser (NSA) to Goodluck Jonathan, Sambo Dasuki is still in custody even after several judgments of courts granting him bail.

We should not also forget the continuous incarceration of El Zazakky despite calls by well-meaning Nigerians and protest by his followers to release him and his wife.

Recently, the Nigeria army had threatened to censor social media and arrest people that speak ill of this government. And the acting President Prof. Yemi Osibanjo labeling hates speech as an act of terrorism conclude the whole matter. This is a bad signal for the growth of democracy in Nigeria.

This is an attempt to silence opposition and dissenting opinions and all patriotic Nigerians should stand up to condemn this evil plan by the government. The most disturbing part of this is that the state governments under the leadership of APC have now decided to follow in the footstep of the federal government to silence opposition by all means in their respective state. Leading other APC state government in this fight against opposition is the Kaduna state government under Governor Nasir El- Rufai.

Today, we have another political prisoner, a journalist, Mr. Luka Biniyat under custody for expressing his views on the happenings in Kaduna state. He has been in detention for more than 50 days now This is dangerous for the unity of Nigeria and for peace and progress of our dear nation.More so, his detention was ordered by a man who did worst some few years .

Today, we have law for two groups of people; one for those who are in support of the government and the other for those against. We have Fulani herdsmen killing and raping people in many parts of Middle belt and none was arrested.

We have AREWA YOUTHS giving and revoking quit notice to the IGBO in the Northern part of Nigeria and none was arrested despite local and international call for their arrest.

Where were Governor Elrufai and his collaborators when people of Southern Kaduna were massacre by Fulani Herdsmen?

We the Middle Belt strongly condemn the continuous arrest and detention of Mr. Luka Binniyat and other Nigerians held as political prisoners under this administration.We call on the federal government, international organizations, the media and the entire world to prevail on Governor Nasir Elrufai to immediately order the release of Luka.

We believe that those who should remain in custody are those who kill with A-K 47 guns, those who issue quit notice considered to “question our collective existence as a nation” and those who disrespect the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria. Injustice to one is injustice to all.

We also condemn the killing of a ten year old boy in Imo State and call for the prosecution of the murderers as well as those who ordered the military into what is purely a civilian matter .

Long live federal Republic of Nigeria
Long live Middle Belt
Long live Core Middle Belt Forum
Signed:

Michael Odeh Akatu
National Cordinator

David Ayuba Azzaman
M .BOT

Alex Agbo
Kogi Cordinator

OjoMakpenen Success
Deputy Spokesman.

"We Killed CrisIs Through Salary Payment" - Lalong

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State says his administration's prioritization of workers' salaries is responsible for the relative peace being enjoyed in the state.

Speaking at the new government House in Rayfield, Jos, Lalong said his administration will never joke with workers' salaries towards creating the enabling environment for investment to take place in the state.

A popular traffic warden in Jos, "Akuya" giving yellow
card to a misbehaving motorist: Credit, Masara Kim
Lalong who was receiving a group of entertainment stars and other stakeholders called the Ambassadors of Voice for Change in Nigeria (AVCIN) on a courtesy call said, "We inherited a state where people were owed salaries for up to 11 months. 

"How will there be no crisis in that kind of place? Everybody was hungry, and a hungry man is always an angry man.

"Hunger was eating even down to the grassroots but the moment we started paying salaries, peace returned back to Plateau.

"We are not joking with the issue of salaries and we are not joking with the opportunity to create the enabling environment for investors like you in your profession to come back to Plateau State," he said.

He said his administration has offered a structure to be used as a headquarters for Nollywood as a way of boosting tourism, assuring that crisis has been grounded in the state.

President of AVCIN who led the delegation, Mr. Clem Ohameze told the governor that the team was in the state in solidarity with his peace initiatives.

Mr. Clem, a veteran Nollywood actor said the team equally notes with delight the efforts of the government in paying salaries as and when due.

He said the group is organizing a nationwide anti-corruption, peace and unity tour to canvass support for the present administration at the federal level in its quest for lasting peace and corruption free Nigeria.

The team had held a two-day concert in the state capital involving top movie and music icons including Patience Ozokwo, Kanayo O Kanayo, Okon Calabar, Ice Prince, Classic, African China, Danfo Drivers and many others.

The group's next point of call is Kaduna where it hopes to hold the last phase of the tour for the northcentral region before moving to Gombe.

Pla-Poly Hostel Fire Incident: Youths Seek Assistance for Affected Students

The Plateau Youth Council (PYC) has appealed to the Executive Governor of Plateau State, the RT. Hon. Barr Simon Bako Lalong to help students who lost valuables in the state polytechnic's Monday inferno.

In a statement, the PYC  also sought the speedy rehabilitation of the burnt hostel.

The statement signed by the PYC Chairman, Dr. Jemchang Fabong equally calls on the 'good people' of Plateau State to "show love and solidarity to the students, and management of this great citadel of learning."

A "little help can make a world of difference," it says.

Proudly Plateau: Young Bokkos Activist, Machief Mallo Appointed African Union Director

A young activist and development expert from Plateau, Machief Mallo has been appointed Director of Partnership by the African Union Students Association (AUSA).

The appointment which is for 12 months subject to renewal was communicated in a letter dated 1st August 2017.

The letter signed by the AUSA President, Mary Asemota as obtained by this platform says the appointment is on "merit".

It is premised on strategies adopted by the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC) to promote the participation of African students in the implementation of policies and programs of the union as directed by its executive council, the letter says.

Mr. Mallo as the body's partnership director will be working on volunteer basis to develop strategies for partnerships with students, organizations, local and international governments and educational stakeholders among others to achieve the African Union agenda for 2063.

The appointment is effective August 1, 2017.

Peace Concert: Nollywood Stars, Others Leave Jos for Kaduna

Top entertainment stars earlier in Jos for last weekend's peace and unity mega concert leave for Kaduna today for a similar show.

President of the Ambassadors of Voice of Change in Nigeria (AVCIN), Mr. Clem Ohameze told this platform that the Kaduna edition of the event holds next week after Sallah.

After Kaduna, the group's next point of call would be Gombe, after which the group moves to Kano, he said.

After Kano, the team according to Mr. Clem takes the peace and unity campaign to the South Eastern Nigeria region.

It hopes to move to the South West after covering the East before it holds the its grand finale in Abuja, the AVCIN boss revealed.

The group aims to round off this phase of its programmes (peace, unity, peace and anti-corruption crusade) by June next year.

Gov. Lalong Offers Self for Anti-corruption Probe After Tenure

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State says government should go after him should he leave office with traces of corruption.

Speaking at an interactive session with beneficiaries of the Federal Government's Social Investment Programmes in Jos, Lalong said he is determined to set a precedence for transparency in governance.

He said his administration will hunt down anyone who has siphoned state funds in the past.

The aim he said is to return the dues of the state for proper usage in line with democratic principles.

It is also to set the tone for future governmental operations where every governor must adhere to due process and eschew corruption, he said.

Gov. Lalong Offers Self for Investigation After Tenure

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State says government should go after him should he leave office with traces of corruption.

Speaking at an interactive session with beneficiaries of the Federal Government's Social Investment Programmes in Jos, Lalong said he is determined to set a precedence for transparency in governance.

He said his administration will hunt down anyone who has siphoned state funds in the past.

The aim he said is to return the dues of the state for proper usage in line with democratic principles.

It is also to set the tone for future governmental operations where every governor must adhere to due process and eschew corruption, he said.

Rep, Hon. Maren Weeps Over Death of Ex COCIN President

Member representing Mangu/Bokkos constituency at the National Assembly, Hon. Solomon Maren says the rich advice, prayer, visitation and companionship of ex COCIN President, Rev. Luther Chishak will greatly be missed.

Rev. Chishak's death was reported this morning after battling health challenges for some time.

In a condolence message, Hon. Maren said, "Baba has lived a fulfilled life to the admiration of all, his departure even at a ripe age has created a vacuum in our lives."

His message reads:

On behalf of myself family and indeed the very good people of Mangu/ Bokkos Fed Const, received the sad news of the departure of our father, elder statesman, spiritual leader , mentor and Preacher of the Gospel Late Baba Rev Luther Chishak Former COCIN President who has gone to be with the Lord.

Baba has lived a fulfilled life to the admiration of all, his departure even at a ripe age has created a vacuum in our lives; the rich advice, prayer, visitation and companionship will greatly be missed.

I bring words of comfort to Mama, the children, family members, the people of Kerang, the Mwaghavul Nation , Mangu LGA, the COCIN family and Plateau state as whole.

Let's take solace in the fact that " to live is Christ and to die is gain" to those who have fought the good fight and the crown of righteousness awaits them which by no doubt Baba fulfilled.

May his gentle soul Rest In the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ amen.

Once more my condolences.

Hon. Solomon Bulus Maren MNSE, MHR.

Bode George Team in Plateau Swings into Action ahead of PDP Polls

Members of "I STAND FOR Bode George to Contest for the National chairman of the People's Democratic Party PDP" from Plateau State have held their first meeting in Jos.

Top among resolutions reached at the meeting is a visit  stakeholders of the Party from the state.

The meeting which was held  yestersay at NTA College Jos chaired by the Plateau State Coordinator of I STAND FOR BG, Mr Pam Musa and State Secretary, Mr Ismail Yakubu resolved to meet with various stakeholders from the state towards achieving the mandate of group.

The coordinator while speaking with Journalists after the meeting said the move is to ensure the smooth acceptability of Chief Bode George in the state.

According to him, Chief George is a man of integrity and leadership qualities that the PDP needs to redeem its lost glory.

Meanwhile, Hon. David Racha, Former chairman of Bassa LGC of Plateau state and strong key stakeholder in the Party from the state has advised that all relevant stakeholders should be contacted especially leaders of the party from the state to give a direction regarding the National chairman mandate.

Why Wande Coal, Phyno, Others Didn't Come for Jos Peace Concert

The Ambassadors of Voice of Change in Nigeria (AVCIN), a coalition of top entertainers and trade unions says it planned to flood Jos with an unprecedented number of international stars for the just concluded peace concert.

However, its plans failed due to three major events that clashed with its own on Saturday.

According to the President of the group and Veteran Nollywood Star, Clem Ohameze, Glo's Mega Music Show in Kubwa, Abuja holding same day with the Jos Peace concert prevented many of the artistes from coming.

Equally, Wande Coal and Okey Bakasi had shows in Atlanta and London respectively same day.

Many of the artistes and actors invited to Jos had confirmed their availability for the charity concert, he said.

Problems of distance and time to have covered both was however the main factor behind their inabilities to make it.

The Kubwa Glo show had in attendance Phyno, Korede Bello, Runtown, Yemi Alade, Kiss Daniels and many other stars earlier billed to perform in Jos.

Other entertainers at the Glo show were Richard Murphy Damijo (RMD), Uche Jumbo and among others, Kanayo O. Kanayo.

Kanayo O. Kanayo was however in Jos for the town hall meeting the group organized in Rayfield on Saturday.

He and Patience Ozokwo were among the speakers at the town hall held at Mees Palace.

'Bereavement of its Ambassador'

The AVCIN boss, Mr. Ohameze had on Saturday at the town hall broken into tears while delivering a speech.

This followed news of the bereavement of one of the group's members who lost his daughter the previous day.

Clem himself has been treating a leg injury arising from a recent accident he had.

The group's resolve to continue the event amidst these challenges deeply moved the Plateau State government.

The Plateau state Coordinator of the Peace Building Agency, Joseph Lengman regarded the efforts as the greatest sacrifice for peace.

The group is expected to proceed to Kaduna from Jos for a similar show as it plans to tour the entire Middle Belt and beyond.

Breaking News: Pla-Poly Hostel on Fire

Breaking News: Plapoly Hostel Jos on Fire

By Masara Kim

The girls hostel of the Plateau State Polytechnic, Jos Campus has been gutted by fire.

The fire is said to have been caused by a gas cylinder explosion.

Fire service have arrived the scene, and have achieved reasonable success in fighting the fire.

Students affected have however been seen crying as they count their losses.

No life has however been lost in the incident.

Updates later

Jos Crippled Dancer Pulls Shocking Stunts at Peace Concert

A crippled dancer yesterday shocked spectators at the Pollo Field, Jos, venue of the mega peace and unity concert with incredible stunts.

The dancer who performed mainly on Zule-Zoo's Kerewa song threw his body vigorously about, as he swung on monitor speakers and a plastic chair.

He was brought on stage with his skate board on which he moves using his hands to propell it.

His two legs are crippled following what appeared to be a childhood polio disease infection.

Many who watched him expressed shock that he could perform such stunts.

News Update: Jos Repeat Concert Starts Now

All is now set for the continuation of last night's aborted peace concert at the Pollo Field, Jos.

This platform had this morning reported that the event was being considered for a repeat.

The President of the Ambassadors of Voice of Change (AVCN) and Nollywood veteran actor, Mr. Clem Ohameze just confirmed in a telephone interview that it is holding.

"All the artistes are still around and we are continuing the show shortly.

"People are already gathered and soon we will get our guest entertainers there," he said.

The repeat of the program it was learnt is to make up for last night's inconveniences following the premature ending of the program.

This platform learnt that the move is part of the group's resolve to be people oriented in line with its ethical reorientation goals.

More updates soon.

Nollywood's Okon, Mama-G, Others Repeat Jos Peace Concert Today

Yesterday's thwarted  anti-corruption, peace and unity concert in Jos is being considered for a repeat today at the Pollo Field.

Sources close to the organizers say top entertainment stars including nollywood's Moma-G, Okon, Funke of Jennifer's Diary as well as KC Limpopo, Stereo man, Danfo Drivers and among others, African China are still in Jos for the event.

The show was last night prematurely ended due to the uncontrolled behaviour of over excited crowd that nearly caused a stampede when some of the top stars started performing.

More updates later

Jos: Wild Crowd Disrupts Peace Concert, Okon, Kevin Pam Speak

Yesterday's anti corruption, peace and unity concert in Jos organized by the Ambassadors of Voice of Change in Nigeria (AVCN) came to an emergency end following a near stampede caused by a wild crowd.

The event started well but turned rowdy when guest artists and movie stars stormed the venue, Jos Pollo Field at about 8:30pm.

Series of performances by local artistes and comedians were smoothly taken before and shortly after then.

The event began turning rowdy following an MC's announcement for all spectators to vacate the back stage and occupy the frontage of the podium.

The move was somewhat in a bit to secure the environment for special guests from the entertainment industry who were being harassed by over anxious fans.

After thrilling performances by Lagos' Stereoman, Kaniwood's Dan Auta and Dan Tsarki, Benue's ZuleZoo, Nollywood's Okon and Danfo Drivers among others, an unexpected power failure forced the already electrified crowd against the securities guarding the podium.

The development led to the wounding of an NTA cameraman and some children who were quickly rescued by the securities.

The crowd advanced against the securities by the minute, defyin vigorous efforts to control it which included the use of force.

Popular arts including Nollywood's Okon and "Labister" who had his early life in Jos as well as Kevin Pam of Big Brother Africa who is also from Jos had attempted appealing to the crowd for order.

The somewhat uncontrollable crowd however was too loud and wild to be addressed.

Some of the youths in the crowd kept shooting in unison, "no light, no peace", "We want Ice Prince" and the likes.

The rowdiness lasted till 11pm when the event organizers had to fold up for lack of an option especially as the electricity faults appeared unresolvable.

'Deliberate Act by Event Manager'

The event managers, G-Productions are believed to have deliberately disrupted power supply to hit back at the organizers for failing to fulfill some parts of their agreements.

This platform had at about 4pm caught the chief executive officer of the outfit on record saying he was going to switch off the electric generator by 6pm.

The stage had not been lit at that time and it appeared the funds for that arrangement were not supplied by the organizers.

The Secretary of AVCN, Dr. Aminu Abubakar was seen trying to appeal to the firm's boss for understanding.

'Not disappointed'

Meanwhile, Nollywood comedian, Bishop Umoh aka Okon has said he is not disappointed by the way the event ended.

In an interview, Okon as he is fondly called attributed the rowdiness of the crowd to over-excitement by the spectators having not seen their favourite stars in a long time.

Ex Big Brother Africa winner, Kevin Pam also told this platform that he and his friends from Nollywood and other entertainment sectors were fulfilled seeing their fans despite the challenges.

"Events like these are bound to witness such things so it is a normal thing for us.

"What matters to us is the connection we have been able to reestablish with our fans," he said.

The event had started with a townhall meeting at Mees Palace, Rayfield featuring talks by Patience Ozokwo, Kanayo Kanayo and among others, Miatta Haggans from Liberia.

The Real Reason Nollywood, Music Stars are in Jos

By Masara Kim

Nollywood Veteran actor and President, Ambassadors of Voice of Change in Nigeria (AVCN), Mr. Clem Ohameze says Gov. Simon Lalong's strides in peace and civil service advancement is what attracted the group to Plateau.

Mr. Ohameze told this platform that the group is in the state on its own arrangements, in solidarity with Lalong over his achievements.

The AVCN chief said, "Amongst the governors of all the states, his Excellency, Barr. Simon Lalong is the only man that is on a zero-salary payment level.

"What is key in we coming in solidarity with the government is his Excellency's ability to hit that zero salary payment level.

"It is very important to us and we are trying to encourage those who are doing well to go on and challenge those who are not to wake up.

"What comes to Plateau from FAAC is quite small compared to the oil producing states and yet these big states are still owing salaries.

"So if within the meager resources that he gets as allocation, he is still able to achieve this feat, then it is worthy of emulation."

Mr. Ohameze added that the group is pleased with the peace efforts of the state government and wants to encourage it.

"We want to tell the government that we appreciate the work that it has been doing and then ask the governor to go ahead.

"The people of Plateau to the best of our knowledge are behind him and we as Ambassadors of Voice of Change in Nigeria are also behind him.

"We are doing this in the light of the little research we did that reveals what he has done so far within his short tenure in office which has greatly impacted the IGR.

"If peace didn't return back to Plateau, investors wouldn't come back.

"Right now as wee speak, investors have returned back to the state hence the geometrical increase in the IGR of the state.

"It was dangling between N150-N300m a month and right now as we speak, the IGR stands at about N1.4bn."

The group, its Secretary General, Dr. Aminu Abubakar disclosed is a 'fully' registered nongovernmental, nonprofit organization set up to join government in the fight against corruption, crime and violence.

The group which has existed for nearly three years comprising movie and music entertainment stars and pressure groups among others, Dr. Abubakar said has held a mega anti corruption, peace and unity rally for the north central zone in Minna, Niger state but intends to replicate same in all other states of the region.

The team is expected to proceed to Kaduna from Jos for a similar event.

The Jos phase of the program which commenced Friday with a road show is expected to climax with a mega anti corruption, peace and unity concert at the Pollo Field, Jos.

A town hall meeting involving various stakeholders in community development, conflict resolution and among others, crime and drug abuse is expected to preceded that phase of the program.

Among the celebrities available for the event are Patience Ozokwo, Olu Jacobs, Ice Prince Panshak Zamani, Danfo Drivers, KC and a host of others.

The event is free and hopes to thrill thousands of participants with live musical performances, motivational talks and comedy.

Plateau Born Ex Pulse TV Pointsman Opens First Ever African Photo Exhibition in Jos

An ex Pulse TV journalist and presenter, Namang Banah is to commence a two-day arts and photography exhibition in Jos today.

The program tagged "We are Artfricans Creative Photography Exhibition" is thought to be the first of its kind in contemporary African photo-arts in Plateau.

In an interview, the 'Black Photos' CEO said the initiative is a creative photography exhibition 'with a twist of reality'.

"This exhibition is a fusion of Photography, Art, Monogram, graphics and real-life mannequin.

"Photos from plateau state landscape, creative photos and abstract, African motif, body paint and brush strokes on the human body, monogram Tshirts, caps, mugs and so on all customized will be available.

"Equally, computer graphics will be on display.

"Real-life mannequin such as live body paint and glow in the dark presentation on a model will also feature."

The project according to Mr. Banah is to promote Plateau's tourism potentials as well as inspire photographers in Jos to "think outside the box".

Exhibitors at the program according to him are Black Photos, Mascoteda, KD Breed, Metaboxmedia and Toks.

Others are Dakshaks NG, Olamide Baritone, Navacs Studios and the event planner Hajarabest among others.

The program billed for 24-26th August, 2017 by 10am - 7pm holds at Chillers Portakabin, before JIB Breweries, Old Airport junction, Jos.

The program will feature direct sales and services of top class art and photography works throughout the period.

The general public is therefore expected to grace the 'historic' event.

Miriam Dangote Slams Buhari Over Rat Reports, Gets Death Threats

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote might be facing security threats following his daughter's hard criticism of the Presidency's rat story.

Miriam Dangote had Wednesday described President Buhari's excuse to work from home as a disgrace to the nation.

She wrote on her Facebook page that Nigerians must be less than rats to believe the stories on rats.

Her post reads, "In as much as I support Buhari, how he is handling his reason for working at home is a total disgrace to the nation and cast aspersion on his integrity.

"It means there is no person whose duty is to keep the office clean for the past 4 months.

"We must be less than rats to believe this.

"Lets pray this era of stupidity and buffoonery will pass away."

She wrote back yesterday to say that she has received several threats following that criticism.

She wrote on her timeline on Facebook, " I criticized the shameful rat story yesterday and immediately I started getting threat to my life, my family and my business. It was serious.

"People sent me harsh words like 'If I see you pass again through the street I will make sure you are lynched.'

"Some of my friends called to say that I should take it easy that I am a woman.

"Others said that I am aggrieved or paid, while some suggested that I am playing in the hands of the enemy."

She however said she was not afraid to speak her mind despite being from the north and a woman.

Miriam said, "Let me make it clear, being a woman or being from the north or being a Buhari support doesn't forbid me from airing my opinion.

"The days that I can be intimidated to keep quiet are gone.

"For those who have been my friends on Facebook can attest that I have been sporadic on Facebook for this past two years.

"Yes, I admit those days I was intimidated to keep quiet.

"And what has been the reward for keeping quiet and not airing your opinion, more intimidation?

"I will never fear the consequences of saying my mind."

Tears as Acclaimed First Pastor in Bokkos Exits

It was an outburst of emotions as thousands of people gathered to bid farewell to the acclaimed father of Christianity in Bokkos LGA, Plateau state, Late Rev. Col. John Mashem.

Many people who attended the funeral expressed pain at his departure giving his impact in their spiritual lives.

His wife, Mrs. Juliana Mashem specifically referred to him as a friend whose main concern was the recruitment of many including his children into the service of God.

Through his influence coaching, his son, Rev. Yakubu Sagai, the head pastor of the COCIN Headquarters Church, Jos joined the ministry, one thing the COCIN President, Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri, through his vice, Rev. Dr. Obed Dashan expressed joy about.

The late Rev. Mashem had served the church in different capacities including operating the church at the warfront under the Nigerian Army Chaplaincy during the civil war.

He passed on in the early hours of August 6, 2017 after a prolonged illness shortly after burying his brother, Mallan Sagai.

The Vice Chairman of COCIN RCC Bokkos, Rev. Yunana Maphiof reading from Psalm 116:15 in a sermon saw this as the only way he could have claimed his inheritance in heaven.

No one who lives an unrighteous life, said Rev. Maphiof ever claims anything in heaven.

There death, he observed is worthless before God.

The records and testimonies of the deceased clergy are however an assurance that he has transited to glory, Rev. Maphiof said.

The Blessings from the Anambra Church Massacre

By Masara Kim, Jos

Enough has been said about the shootings in St. Philips Catholic Church in Anambra State.

Perhaps what is now left is for the church universal to pick up its pieces and move on.

Too many lives of innocent Bible believing souls have been lost in different parts of the world from similar violent attacks.

From the anti-Christian crusades in the Middle-East, to the One-World movements in the West; from the Islamist and humanist extremists’ campaigns in parts of Europe and the West African region to mention a few…

There is no gainsaying the fact that enough losses have been recorded and probably still are being recorded by the church.

The Bible already forewarned against these occurrences thousands of years ago. As a matter of fact, the church has suffered violence right from the days of the Prophets who foretold the birth of Christ.

Therefore, wailing over the lives lost in the Ozubulu incident, as unfortunate as it seems might not change things. Christian martyrs are in fact seeds for Gospel expansion. 

The Church must soldier on no matter the obstacles. In doing so however, total care has to be taken. This is to avoid dining with the devil and somehow expecting that he would change from his evil self.

It is true that the biggest suspect in the crisis, “Bishop” whom the Church had already named a Saint, Aloysius has denied all allegations against him.

But while it was simply unreasonable and perhaps premature to draw any conclusions on his involvement in the conflict, his disclaimer which comes with legal threats is just not good enough.

The stories and evidences of the Bishop’s involvement in Church and community development are overwhelming. He has built different multimillion naira cathedrals including the St. Philips Church.

Singlehandedly Building Churches

He has single-handedly tarred roads measuring kilometers. That is in addition to numerous other donations he has made to different families, individuals, groups and organizations.

From the records, his personal contributions to the church and the community he lives in can simply be measured in billions.

In fact he seems to have had a culture of celebrating his birthdays with one form of philanthropic project or the other.

Now if he is that rich as to take up the responsibilities of the government in his community, how comes he has never been listed among the top 100 richest men in Nigeria?

There is indeed no smoke without fire. He might not necessarily be into drug related business but whatever it is that he is into, no one can really vouch for his legitimacy in business.

Unfortunately, both the church and the government have joyously loosed itself in heightened sense of receptiveness to his entire humanitarian work without concern.

Deep Spiritual Need

This young man could be in a situation of deep spiritual want. Rather than being won over to the light however, he is busy winning the church over to himself. Same is the situation with many churches across Africa and perhaps the world at large. Self-control is one of the characteristics of the Holy Spirit.

That however seems lacking in today’s church when it comes to financial cravings, a good sign that the Holy Spirit is nonexistent in it.

That perhaps explains why the church can only hide its fears in ceaseless spiritual consultations in the face of physical attacks.

Church behind its problems.

Ordinarily, one should expect that just by the mention of a word as Christ did, every principality would bow. But that is only possible when the Holy Spirit is alive and active.

Thus, we pray and never end it let alone to execute any actions in line with the answers or instructions we must have received in the course of the two-way communication – prayer.

The church today seems to celebrate edifices more than spirituality, positions more than righteousness and offerings more than obedience to the word of God.

No wonder, it can’t possibly rebuke wrong doing let alone to concern itself with where or how members get the wealth they lavish on its programs.

Chairman of the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOUWICAN), David Kadzai recently expressed anger at this and it did so for a very good reason.

People are dying and need salvation but the emphasis is on something else. In the end, no gain is made spiritually and no gain physically.

We would still be attacked and killed as people who genuinely serve the lord. After all, those against the church don’t know the difference between a genuine and a pretentious Christian.

Rearrange priorities

The idea here is for the church to rearrange its priorities and adhere strictly to its mandate of making disciples. This is the great commission that it exists for. Making disciples here means grooming people in the way of God and preparing them for heaven.

A disciple in simple terms means someone who learns at the feet of another and seeks to pattern his life after the person teaching him. It is a combination of practical coaching in terms of skills impartation and exemplary guidance.

The church in this regard is called to set the pace as light and salt – direct the lives of the people through proper lifestyles and teachings.

The values of the church in other words should be seen to be influencing the world around it and not the other way round.

Unfortunately, what we see today is people of the world somewhat influencing the church. The church is the one being coached and most often than not, transformed by the world it is called to affect.

That is why it is difficult to turn down any gift just as it is difficult to maintain independence and authority in executing decisions with regards to the lives of members. Accepting gifts is no problem but it shouldn’t blur the vision of the church with regards to its goals.

Obedience the bible says is better than sacrifice. If an individual brings a gift to the church, knowing such is being done in the name of God, the only fair thing the church would do for him is to not just pray for him but draw him closer to God in order that his investment wouldn’t be a waste.

In drawing such a one to God, the church must be ready to sacrifice what it is benefitting from the person in question by letting out the necessary sanctions or rebuke when they err.

Truth of course is hardly compatible with power. But knowing it is done in the interest of the person receiving it and in the interest of salvation, man’s access-point to heaven, made available by God through love in Christ, it should never be compromised.

Asking the difficult question and rejecting any gifts or offerings where in doubt is one sure way to stay in charge spiritually and in line with its call.

And unless the church retains its independence and sense of authority, it would perhaps always end up going cap in hand begging for people to stay around it and be of support.

And where such comes to play, people can continue doing the wrong things as long as they have something the church wants, and in the end, the great commission would have been violated.

After Kano, Hon. ID Gyang Hits Jigawa Over UBE

Rep ID Gyang led members of the House Committee on Basic Education on oversight visit to Jigawa State on Wednesday, 23/08/17.

The team  inspected  projects under the UBEC Intervention Capital Grants.
Thereafter, the members were received by the  Deputy Governor on  courtesy call.

Details soon