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Bishop charges fathers to give priority to welfare of their families

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The Rt. Rev. Christian Onyia, Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Nike in Enugu State, has charged fathers to give priority to welfare and care of their families.

Onyia gave the charge on Sunday in a homily he delivered at St. Luke the Physician Specialist Hospital, Trans-Ekulu in Enugu in a special fathers’ programme – “Men in His Presence”.

The programme was organised by the Nike Diocesan Christian Men’s Fellowship (DCMF).

He said that fathers should arise and take their rightful place of being both the administrative and spiritual heads of their homes and “provide needed fatherly love and direction to every home”.

According to him, each home and children within each home needed the fatherly direction due to negative orientation and ideas of some groups and persons are propagating in the society today.

“Fathers must lead their families with love and understand; while shunning all forms of hatred, wickedness and lack of forgiveness.

“Today, you must go home and reconcile with your family members; while dropping your ego or holding up to wrongs individuals in the family did to you previously.

“Have you lost it, and you have started staying and keeping concubines outside the home; it is time to return and reconcile with your immediate family; which should be your top priority,” he said.

The bishop said that men are rejected or abandoned in old age due to how they had treated their family members with neglect and lack of forgiveness for long.

“When the man needs the family members the most, when his strength cannot carry him again, they are nowhere to be found.

“So there is need for reconciliation and accommodation of all family members notwithstanding differences and challenges within the family,” he said.

Onyia urged fathers to draw near to God to be able to draw spiritual strength in the word of God and prayers to be able to carry their numerous challenges and triumph over all.

“One of the benefits of being a child of God is that God always fight your battles; especially as you follow him sheepishly as he continue to direct you to the path of successes,” he said.

He advised fathers to take good care of their health and commitment their health always to the hands of God and “take issues easy but maturely within their families”.

The cleric also prayed for the health and economic well being of fathers as well as restoration of broken families.

Highlight of the event was the dedication and inauguration of the new executive council of the knights of the diocese.

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CAN appoints Professor Fatokun as General Secretary

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Professor Samson Fatokun, CAN General Secretary

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has announced the appointment of Professor Samson Fatokun as the new General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

This appointment came following the retirement of Barr. Joseph Daramola, who has served the organization for 11 years.

Fatokun is a Professor of Christian Religious Studies at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State.

A statement signed by CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh said the new General Secretary will bring to this position a wealth of experience in church leadership and administration, as well as a deep commitment to the Christian faith.

“We are confident that Professor Fatokun will continue to uphold the values and principles of CAN and work tirelessly to advance the cause of Christianity and promote religious harmony in Nigeria.

“We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to Barr. Joseph Daramola for his dedicated service to CAN. His leadership and contributions have been invaluable, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

“We pray for Professor Fatokun as he assumes his new role, that God will grant him wisdom, strength, and grace to lead with integrity, promote unity among Christians and advance the cause of Christ in Nigeria”. the statement said.

Professor Fatokun is a member of the General Council of The Apostolic Church Nigeria (TACN), First Classical Pentecostal Denomination and Mother of Apostolic Pentecostal Denominations as far as Nigerian Pentecostal Church History is Concerned.

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Knocks for Pastor Adeboye’s son over claim of making first million from selling wristbands, rubbers

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Leke, Pastor Enoch Adeboye's son
Nigerians on Twitter have dismissed a story narrated by Leke, the son of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Enoch Adejare Adeboye, of how he made his first million by selling wristbands and rubbers.

Leke also a Pastor, had disclosed in an interview on School of Wealth (SOW) that he made his first one million selling rubber.

He said that selling promotional gift items like rubber wristbands to a big Christian event with a small profit of N50 or N100 get to add up.

Leke said, “Promotional gift items for those that are doing branding wristbands are just rubber. But if I sell enough of those rubbers with a very tiny margin profit of ₦50 or ₦100 at a big Christian event, it adds up.”

Reacting, a tweep, Xperience_Snr said, “I don’t think is that hard to make a million naira from selling a “Wristband” among an African Church Congregation that’s over 5 million People. Especially when you tell them is for their Protection and Prosperity. An African Church biggest selling points.”

Dimeji Joseph said, “No doubt, especially when you have the monopoly of production and that huge number of patronage.”

Meanwhile, AimThaMachine_said, “If my father was Pastor EA Adeboye, I will sell rubber wristband, wristwatch, handkerchief, t-shirts, packed shirts, trousers, vest, briefs and boxers, braziers and everything I can think of by inscribing RCCG logo on it and I’ll become a Billionaire.

Samwellsg said, “They go around in armoured vehicles, wristband protection is for the members.”

Shozy said, ” I’ll believe him if it’s redeem church wrist band. They’ll buy more from him, with believe it will have special blessings, he’s the G.O son and a pastor. If he said he make 50 million off it I’ll still believe him.

One DuruChibuzorE said that, “10 million RCCG members multiplied by 200 naira wrist band. He can easily make his first million. That’s not a grass to grace story. It’s you taking advantage of naive worshippers”

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Pope Francis decries ‘icy winds of war’ at Easter Vigil

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On Holy Saturday, Pope Francis celebrated the festive Easter Vigil commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Around 8,000 spectators attended the celebration, according to Italy’s ANSA news agency.

In his homily, the pope condemned the “rampant injustice” and the “icy winds of war” that he said prevailed in the world.

However, he said, Easter encourages people and gives them hope.

“It motivates us to move forward, to leave behind the sense of defeat, and to look to the future with confidence because Christ is risen and has changed the course of history,” said Francis.

On the Holy Night before Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus after his death on the cross.

The ceremony sees an Easter candle be brought into St. Peter’s Basilica in complete darkness, to symbolise life without faith.

The candles of the priests and faithful are then lit to the “Lumen Christi” (Light of Christ) chant. Once bells sound, announcing that Jesus has risen, the basilica fills with light.

The pontiff, who was in hospital due to bronchitis last week and suffers from a knee condition, approached the altar in a wheelchair and remained seated throughout the Mass.

Francis baptised eight adults during the Mass, three Albanians, two people from the United States and one from Nigeria, Venezuela, and Italy.

On Sunday morning, Pope Francis is expected to celebrate the Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

Tens of thousands are once again expected to attend.

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