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Nigerian Pastors Are Cherry Pickers, Says Daddy Freeze |The Republican News

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It’s certain that the controversial On-Air-Personality and Leader of the Free Nation in-Christ Online Church, Cool FM’s Daddy Freeze, is not yet done with Nigeria’s Pentecostal pastors. In this no-holds-barred interview, Freeze wants the ‘men of God’ to come out clear and confess all the lies they had told their congregations just to get money out of them, in addition to Bishop Mike Okonkwo’s recent confession. Tai Anyanwu reports

 

You really don’t need any introduction; but all the same, tell us something about yourself for those who might not know you

My name is Ifedayo Olarinde. I am a radio presenter, a sociologist by training and the convener of Free The Sheeple Movement and Leader of Free Nation in Christ Online Church.

Interesting; what is your movement out to achieve

I wouldn’t say it is out to achieve because we set out what we wanted to do in mind which is to correct the false doctrines that have been propagated under the name of Christianity. These doctrines have been enslaving, they have been painful, they have been manipulating and they have left us poorer and dormant. So, it is high time somebody stood up, corrected and helped people unlearn the lies; and relearn the truth. That is what we stand for.

Tell us about your growing up and what probably informed why you are who you are today?

I was born in Romania in Europe. In fact, I came to Nigeria when I was three years old; had my primary, secondary and university education here.

 

Today, you are a celebrated broadcaster. Tell us about your life and challenges as an On-Air Personality.

Hmmm…if you say so.

 

Yes, I say so…

On-Air-Personality life is generally quite easy, we are playing with the talk and whether we like it or not, we have to add value to the system because when you are talking what you are saying has to impact lives. I have been a broadcaster for 22 years now. I started when I was 19 years old, and I am 42 this year. So it is been a lifetime. It can be more like 22 years now because it’s all I have done all my life.

How would your assess private radio and television operations within the context of the contribution of electronic media to the nation’s development?

It is crucial; because before every Mallam had a tin and a kettle. But these days every Mallam has a radio. You cannot over-estimate the power of the media especially the radio in a period such as this. It will be disastrous to those who opt to do that.

What are the challenges faced by private electronic media operators in Nigeria?

Lots of challenges; multiple-taxation, you know the regular challenges of running a business in Nigeria; not getting support and unnecessary bills. In Nigeria, you know, a radio station has to run with electricity. It is not like a nightclub where you can switch off power during the day and have it on at night. A radio station has to be within 24 hours of the day. So it is very challenging to run. That much I can tell you. And it’s one of the reasons why I have not gone private myself because it is not something you can run on a low budget. You got to have a proper budget to run things properly.

Is there anything government can do to make it easier for private electronic media owners, for greater effectiveness?

It is to remove the multiple-taxations. That will really help. Cutting it down will really help.

Recently, you started this controversy that paying tithe is a sin and not biblical. What informed your war against tithing?

I have been preaching on the radio since Dan Forster left Cool FM and there was nobody to do Praise Jam. I found myself doing the show as part of my responsibilities; I was just thrown there. Luckily for me, I studied the Bible a bit more. So I just used to go there and tell them what I learn from the church. Sometimes, I listen to my pastor’s message on Sunday then mix it a bit and next Sunday will be the previous message. Or I listen to few other pastors and join their messages together you know; and it was fun. It was nice, it was inspiring, and I had a crowd following me initially.

But after a while, it wasn’t adding up for me. There were so many things that were not adding up in the Bible with regard to so many of the things they were preaching. They couldn’t be basically backed, and the more I studied the Bible the more I got a revelation about the Bible before I realised I will mix everything in my own version.

Now because I was on the radio as a gospel presenter on the weekend, I had access to “many men of God” or houses of worship. I also saw a lot of human hypocrisy in these houses of worship. I saw the fact that they will say one thing and do the other or they will cherry-pick. This is their biggest problem. Nigerian pastors are not pastors, they are cherry pickers. They have a cherry farm; they work very well, they know how to pick cherries. So they will sit down, they will cherry-pick the doctrine, twist it to the left, twist it to the right and come up with what they have and it wasn’t adding up for me.

I started little by little trying to challenge. I said: ‘come, guys, we know these things are not the way you people are saying it.’ Then they all came to attack me. Then I decided that it is not about us sitting down. Let’s go into full flare scriptural back-up. Let’s show if you people believe that you know what you are doing, bring your biblical support, bring your historical support, bring everything the way it is and I will also submit my piece. I made a claim. I said paying tithe is not scriptural for Christians. Then they all attacked me.

After a while, they started creeping out of their little holes and saying eh you cannot. You saw the (Pastor) Adeboye video late last year where he said it’s a curse if you don’t bring tithe. Then another one said it is not a curse but a must.’ Then another one said you shouldn’t even pay at all. I was like this is not Christianity versus Islam oooo. It’s not even Catholic versus Anglican; this is Pentecostals versus Pentecostals. You guys obviously don’t really know what you are doing. I said ok I will teach you guys what the Bible is saying.

The Bible is clear, tithing is of the law.

If you read Mathew 22:23, Jesus described it; he was talking to the Scribes and the Pharisees who were the teachers of the religious law. He said: ‘Oh ye Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; you tithe on your meals, on your incomes and your earnings, but you neglect the weightier matters of the law. Yet you still bribe.’

Some people try to defend that Jesus said we should tithe. No, he was talking to the Scribes and the Pharisees. The entire Galatians chapter two, Galatians chapter three, Galatian chapter 5:1-4, Hebrew 7:18 all nullify the law. Hebrew 7:18 describes the law as unprofitable and useless. So, if the teaching of Jesus was truly the book of Galatians chapter two has made it very clearly. Before Christ came, the law was our guardian. But now that Christ has come, we have a better covenant and that covenant absolutely nullifies the law. So they realized that they can’t sell tithe through Malachai again because Malachai is the law and the law has been done away with. They are now trying to sell a bunch of cunning devices. They say Abraham paid tithe to Melchizedek and Melchizedec is a representation of Christ in the Old Testament.

I said very well, there are two Christ; Christ before the sacrifice and Christ after the sacrifice. Whatever Christ did before the sacrifice does not count for Christianity. Our covenant with God starts on the cross. That is Christ for us. Melchizedek represented Christ of before our covenant. The Christ now does not need money or your tithe or anything. If he needed them he would have collected, there would have been a visible reference. Jesus Christ speaking to the multitude would have said time has come for you to pay your tithe.

Even those days, who were they paying tithe to? They were paying tithe to the temple and temple was run by a religion called Judaism, not Christianity. In the book of Galatians chapter three verse one, Paul was addressing the Galatians and said: “You foolish Galatians, were you redeemed by the law or by Christ?” Those who lean on the law were described as foolish. Galatian chapter 3:10 says when you follow the law you subject yourself to curse. Tithing is the law and by tithing, you subject yourself to a curse. Galatian 5:1-4 says “when you try to justify yourself by the law you cut yourself from Christ and you fall from God’s grace.”

It puts you in a position where you are cut-off from Christ and when you fall off from the grace. Then, Apostle Paul said it’s useless and unprofitable. The Bible said this much to them who lean on the law and none of our pastors, who are supposed to be our shepherds, can actually come out and tell the people the truth; that look, forget about tithe. They should look for other means to collect money from you because this tithing cannot fly. It is actually exposing the poor people that you are preaching it to flaw and then the curse of the law.

There are 613 laws of Moses; you have to obey every one of them. You can’t cherry-pick them. If you are caught in adultery, you should be stoned to death. If you work on the Sabbath, you should be stoned to death. These are all of the laws of Moses; that is where tithing came from. You can’t pick what you want to pick and leave the rest. The Bible is very clear on this. It says to obey the whole law, if you want to justify yourself by the law you must obey the whole law. A woman who loses her virginity when she is not married should be stoned to death. If you touch a woman during her period you are unclean until evening. A man is not allowed to cut the side of his hair or trim his beards. And Daddy GOs that a preaching this tithe matter are all clean shaven. How can a clean-shaven man tell me to go and obey the law that they themselves are disobeying? And guess what? Jesus gave us two laws.

He said all the laws and all the prophets are summed into two laws; love God and love your neighbour as yourself. How can you, a pastor, collect money from the congregation to build a school and the children of that congregation cannot attend that school? Do you love your neighbour like yourself? And your own children even attend better schools? You that is a pastor; you are disobeying Jesus then telling me to go and obey Malachai under the law. Are we Christians or are we Malachaians?

So you see, it is a faulty doctrine from the devil and the more we allow it the more we run into it. More people are realising that we worship God in error. If you go to the book of Act chapter 17:24, Paul was talking to the men in Athens and he points to a shrine and on the altar written ‘to an unknown God’. He said this altar dedicated to an unknown God, something you worshipped in ignorance is what I am here to teach you about. I have assumed that position. We have worshipped God in ignorance for too long.

Many people think that if you pay your tithe God blesses you. The richest men in the world, the top ten; none of them is even Christian let alone a tither.

Bill Gates, the first man to cross the $100 billion mark is not religious. These people don’t care about religion they work. China is out of poverty, it is a Buddhist nation; India is predominantly Hindu. We have more poor people in Nigeria than India. India has 1.3 billion people, we have less than 200 million people and we have more churches, more pastors more ‘believers’ and many of these things are not adding up. We are getting poorer by the day and more religious by the day.

I am enjoying all of this, but at the same time getting a bit worried. Aren’t you preaching atheism here?

I am preaching the word of Jesus because what we have been taught for so long has been so much of a lie. I tell you 95% of what we have been taught about Christianity when I point out the truth they think it’s blasphemous. The same thing they did to Jesus. Why was Jesus nailed to the cross? Blasphemy, that’s it. Do you understand?

Do you consider yourself a Christian?

Of course I am!

Have you ever paid tithe or refused to? Why?

I have paid tithe back in the days when I worshipped God in error. But now that I know it is a faulty doctrine, it is actually a sin for you to pay tithe. Any time you put yourself under the law it is a sin. Do you want me to read it to you from my Bible? Let’s go to Galatians chapter 2. I am reading from the New Living Translation verse 14 which says: “When I saw that they were not following by the truth of the gospel message, I said to Peter in front of all the others. Since you, a Jew by birth, have discarded the Jewish law and are living like these gentiles why are you trying to make these gentiles follow the Jewish tradition?” Tithing was a Jewish tradition. Peter who was born a Jew had discarded tithing. I will take it further. If you go to verse 17 he says: “But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean Christ has led to sin?” Then verse 18 answers it and it says absolutely not. Rather I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down. When you rebuild tithing you are a sinner. To pay tithe is a sin in Christianity. They will never teach you that because they are thieves, they are greedy, they are hungry you know.

Aren’t you afraid continuing these attacks on our Daddy GOs, at least, the Bible says touch not my anointed and do them no harm; because they are representatives of God?

No, I was never afraid of them. Who told you that they are representatives of God? Touch not my anointed is an Old Testament Bible verse taken from King David, who was not a Christian. A lot of people make that mistake. Christianity did not start until after the crucifixion, until after Jesus Christ.

Then why is Abraham called the father of the Christian faith?

Abraham was the father of three religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For you to sit down and say Abraham is the father of Christianity is very ambitious. There was no Christianity until our covenant with God and that covenant cannot be backdated. Abraham was never the likeness of Jesus and he still was not covered by our covenant. Our covenant started from the cross an Abraham did not partake of the gift of the Holy Spirit which started after the resurrection. The same thing goes for Jacob and that is why is dangerous to borrow doctrines of these people.

I will give you an example, whether you like it or not, it is true. Jacob stole his brother’s blessing. That is not quite Christ-like. It worked for them at that time during that period when that is how things worked. But Paul did not steal Peters blessing. That is not Christianity; they were prophets of God and all that but they are our history, they are not our religion.

Abraham is not the father of Christianity, Jesus is the father of Christianity, Abraham is our ancestor. Is like saying Ojukwu’s father is the father of Biafra. No, the father of Biafra is Ojukwu and his father you can say is the ancestor of Biafra because Biafra started with Ojukwu.

How did you feel when some Nigerians expressed displeasure that you called Bishop Oyedepo a bald-headed fowl?

I never did such a thing.

Eeeeh. It was on your twitter handle though no name was mentioned?

I never called anybody. I don’t like calling names, I just preach my doctrine and I help people unlearn their lies. So that was the figment of the reporter’s imagination. You know reporters have very fertile imaginations. I know that whoever owns the message knows it and those who he is or who she is, anyone who is operating under false doctrine can fall under that line.

How does it feel to know that one of the leading Bishops has confessed that they conjured all sorts of semantics to frighten the congregation to pay tithes?

They have owned up to frightening people because we have been able to show, with the scriptures that it is wrong to pay tithes! My question is what else do they manufacture? When you come out and say you were conjuring, I want them to come out the whole truth of what they were conjuring. So that is my message to them. We want the whole truth.  (New Telegraph)

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Video: Bishop Mike Okonkwo Makes Shocking Confession About His Teaching On Tithing

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Former president of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and founder of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission TREM church, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, recently admitted he had been wrongfully teaching his members on the very controversial topic, Tithing.

In a video making the rounds on social media, Bishop Mike Okonkwo admitted he had in the time past preached frightening messages to his congregation just to get them to pay their tithes. He admitted that pastors conjure all kinds of things just to get their members to give the tithe.

”If you don’t tithe, things will be tight for you” he listed this and some others as the erroneous words clergymen say to get their members frightened to give their tithe.

He went on to add that Christians are to give to God willingly and not be cajoled or forced to give. Watch the video below

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Toilet Found In 3,000-year-old Shrine Verifies Bible Stories Against Idol Worship

Archaeologists have discovered a symbolic toilet from the eighth century B.C. in Jerusalem that could be a clue to religious reforms in the Kingdom of Judah. Religious reforms, in this case, is a euphemism for quite literally defecating on the holy places one wishes to drive out of business.

The stone toilet sits in Tel Lachish, a sprawling Iron Age city and the Kingdom of Judah’s most important one after the capitol, Jerusalem. It was found in what the archaeologists believe to be a gate-shrine within Israel’s largest ancient city gate. The ruler at that time, King Hezekiah, enacted campaigns of religious worship and reform that made their way into the Hebrew Bible on multiple occasions.

In one corner of the shrine sits a stone seat with a hole in the center. The archaeologists believe that not only is it definitely a toilet, it’s a toilet that was installed for the express purpose of literally desecrating the shrine. Hezekiah, it seems, was just following instructions against idol worship in the scriptures:

“Then they demolished the pillar of Baal, and destroyed the temple of Baal, and made it a latrine to this day” (2 Kings 10:27).

Sa’ar Ganor and Igor Kreimerman, the archaeologists who conducted the excavations on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), described their work in the article “Going to the Bathroom at Lachish” in the November/December 2017 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review.

“The cult worship was eradicated, here’s the evidence, smashing the altar horns. But not only was it annulled, in Lachish they put in a throne, the same stone you see here,” Ganor told Times of Israel while pointing to the stone toilet.

toi-640x400     The stone toilet discovered in a gate-shrine in Israel. Times of Israel

Discovered on-site at the gate complex, which measures 80 square feet, were storage jars belonging to Hezekiah that could be indicative of his preparations for siege by Assyrian rivals. Tel Lachish was ultimately destroyed in 701 B.C.

Alters within the shrine had been deliberately desecrated. The archaeologists believe the damage lines up with the Biblical references to Hezekiah’s campaigns to concentrate all religious worship (only of Yahweh) in Jerusalem and outlaw it everywhere else, Lachish included.

Hezekiah’s behavior basically stemmed from his belief that his ancestors hadn’t worshipped piously enough by turning to other gods, a lapse he apparently intended to remedy by both literally and figuratively defecating on holy places set up to worship those gods.

According to Biblical Archaeology, Hezekiah’s religious cleansing campaign is discussed in multiple verses including 2 Kings 18:4, which reads that he “removed the high places (bamot), broke down the pillars (masseboth), and cut down the sacred pole (asherah).” (Newsweek)

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Bible: Explorers Claim They’ve Discovered Noah’s Ark From Book Of Genesis

A general view of the area, which has allegedly trace of Noahs Ark on Mount Ararat© Getty A general view of the area, which has allegedly trace of Noahs Ark on Mount Ararat

More than 100 international researchers recently convened for a three-day symposium to discuss new evidence that the Biblical ark from the Book of Genesis made landfall at Mount Ararat in Turkey, according to the Nation. One “ark hunter” in particular believe he’s found the ark’s final resting place.

“The result of my findings will be published in books, publications and journals, but at this point it is too early to know what we are going to find,” Raul Esperante of the Geoscience Research Institute said, according to the Nation. “Once the scientific community knows about the existence of Noah’s Ark in Mount Ararat, we can make it available to the general public.”

In 2010, evangelical Chinese and Turkish researchers claimed to have found wooden remnants from an “ark-like” structure around 13,000 feet up Agri Mountain, the highest peak in Turkey, according to the Nation.

 They said that carbon dating had revealed the wood to be around 4,800 years old, which conceivably places it in the same historical period as when the flood was said to have occurred. Esperante asked for funds to be able to continue that work, according to the Nation.

The Book of Genesis records that the ark came to rest in the mountains of Ararat, which corresponds to Agri, after riding out the Great Flood for 150 days.

“There have been, from the 19th century through the present, many claims that Noah’s Ark has been discovered around Mount Ararat,” Brent Landau, a biblical scholar at the University of Texas at Austin who was not affiliated with the recent work, told Newsweek over email.

“But these claims have almost always been made by biblical literalists, who believe that the Bible is 100 percent true, so they are certainly not conducting their investigations from a neutral scientific perspective.”

The Geoscience Research Institute isn’t an impartial entity; it’s sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Esperante hadn’t responded to a request for comment as of press time.

The existence of the Great Flood itself is highly contested for obvious reasons, but there’s evidence accepted by both religious and secular scientists (including Landau) that such an event could have occurred, even if the timeline differs a bit from what appears in the Book of Genesis. Still, a great many people who go searching for the ark itself seem to find it, and the evidence doesn’t usually get much traction.

The 2010 discovery was widely debunked as a hoax, according to outlets like NBC. At the time, the Christian Science Monitor also quoted an evangelical scientist (and former member of the research group behind the alleged discovery) as saying he had believed “proper analysis may show this to be a hoax.” Still, Esperante and many like him think otherwise.

“All of the previous claims that Noah’s Ark has been discovered have turned out to be outright hoaxes—with wooden beams or other artifacts planted there by the discoverers themselves—or natural rock formations that look somewhat like a giant boat,” Landau wrote to Newsweek. “I am quite confident that this present claim will turn out to be more of the same.”       (Newsweek)

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Tithe: Nigerian GO, Ufuoma Apologises To Congregation For Collecting Tithe Over The Years

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The general overseer of the Godist Church, Port Harcourt, Pastor Bernard Ufuoma has come out openly to acknowledge that collection of tithe from his congregants is indeed against the scripture, as he put it in his Facebook wall write-up.

The writer has known Bernard for some years and could attest that he is a very passionate preacher and founder of Godist Church.

Pastor Ufuoma has written and spoken out vigorously against the politics in Pentecostal church establishment, where politics takes the front seat when it comes to change of guard or general overseer, when or if the old one steps down or passes on.

He has as well spoken out about the demise of the founder of Olumba Olumba Obu, who claimed that he was God and will never age or die, but according to him, Obu grew old and died and his burial was shrouded in secrecy. He said “the handsome first son of the founder Roland Obu and his  sister Ebum Obu are now fighting for the control or leadership of the Olumba Olumba Obu, OOO.

In his passionate and open apology to his followers, Pastor Bernard Ufuoma declared that Daddy Freeze has opened his eyes and he will henceforth not receive tithe in his church.

Here is his apology on his Facebook wall:

I repent for collecting tithes. As the GO of the Godist Church I declare tithing is unscriptural and unscrupulous and our ministry will no longer receive tithes. Daddy Freeze opened my eyes. I used to scare my members with Malachi 3:8 and honestly it invokes fear in them and they comply. Am so sorry for the manipulations.

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He said that tithing is unscriptural and unscrupulous and his ministry will no longer receive tithe. He cited how the Holy book Malachi 3:8 is potently used to instil fear on congregants to psychologically cause them to give tithe.

Pastor Ufuoma apology on The Republican News Facebook page received some strong criticism from readers, and one of them was very harsh.

Mr Emman Arkney, had this to say to Pastor Bernard Ufuoma: “To Bernard Ufuoma, General Overseer. Godist Church, PH

Pls go and re-examine your calling as a pastor. From every indication, you are not a pastor. You do not have testimony of Christ as your Redeemer and Savior. You are a fraud. You must repent and be truly born again.

If in all your years of pastoring till you became a founder and general overseer of a church, you never had a right perspective of tithing, your ministry has more questions than answers. You do not have any moral justification to mount any alter of God to preach.

If you’re now convinced by a mere radio broadcaster that tithing is unscriptural, then you have a lot of restitution to make… return all the tithes you collected to their payers. In addition, you should return the tithes with 5%. It’s only then you can free yourself from guilt. If you fail to do so, anybody who sits under your ministration is under curse.”

Daddy Freeze seemed to have unleashed some barrage of ammunitions that could revolutionise the tithe-collecting churches.

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Pastor Bushiri Allegedly Introduces Anointed ATM Card For Tithe, Offering Payments |RN

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A pastor, Shepherd Bushiri, who reportedly recently bought a G-Wagon for his wife one month after she bought him a Rolls Royce has allegedly released customised ATM cards for his church members to use in paying tithe and offerings.

It is not known, however, how the alleged ATM cards are supposed to work for the alleged purpose they are meant for, considering that ATM cards are issued by banks for customers who maintain accounts with them.

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Shepherd Bushiri. Facebook photo

The Malawian, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, popularly called Major 1, is the founder of the Enlightened Christian Gathering, ECG.

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Pastor Bushiri and his wife. Facebook photo

According to amonpointtv, “Bushiri had, in the past, showed off his private jet, a fleet of cars and lavish lifestyle even as some of his church members wallow in abject poverty.”

“This time around, he has introduced customised Automated Teller Machine cards with his face, for members to pay tithe money into his account,” the online television outfit claims.

A Facebook user had shared the photos on social media and written: “Prophet Bushiri rolls out new ATM cards to make it easy for church followers to pay for tithes automatically every Sunday. What would Jesus say?”

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Meanwhile, in an unverified Facebook wall allegedly owned by the pastor, Bushiri had warned his congregation that there were people who tried to blackmail his ministry by linking him to all sorts of things, including the sale of anointed soaps that allegedly allow users to commit sin all day, and then wash off their sins with the soap at night.

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Shepherd Bushiri has yet to comment on the new allegation concerning the anointed ATM cards.   (Punchng.com)

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HAJJ: 2 Male Kano Pilgrims Die In Saudi Arabia |The Republican News

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Two pilgrims from Kano State have died during the 2017 Hajj in Saudi Arabia, the  State Pilgrims Welfare Board said on Thursday.

The Board’s Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Nuhu Badamasi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the telephone from Makkah that the deceased who were males died in Makkah after performing their Hajj rites at the Ararat.

“The two pilgrims who lost their lives during this year’s Hajj died in Makkah after they performed the most significant Hajj rites, that is staying at the Arafat,” he said.

Badamasi said the deceased who were from Dala and Doguwa local government areas, had since been buried in Makkah in accordance with the Islamic rites.

On preparations for the transportation of the state pilgrims back to Nigeria, Badamasi said the exercise would commence on Sept. 15.

He said most of the pilgrims had visited Madinah while the few that had not, were now preparing to go from Makkah.

“Almost all our pilgrims have visited Madinah with the exception of about 15 officials who are now preparing to visit the Holy city from where they will be transported back home,” the spokesman added.

No fewer than 5, 500 pilgrims from the state performed the Hajj. (NAN)

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JUST IN: September 1st Is Eid-El-Kabir |RN

The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared September 1, 2017, as Eid-el-Kabir day.

This is contained in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sokoto Sultanate Council.

The statement, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Wednesday, indicated that the declaration followed the sighting of the new moon of Zulhijja on Tuesday.

“The advisory committee in conjunction with the National Committee on Moon Sighting received various reports on moon sighting across the country confirming the sighting of the new moon of Zulhijja on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017,’’ it said.

The statement said that following the development, Muslims in Nigeria would observe Friday, Sept. 1, as Sallah day.

It added that the Sultan felicitates with all Muslims and wished them Allah’s guidance, blessings and protection.

The statement also quoted Abubakar as urging Muslims to continue to live in peace and engage in continuous prayers for the development and progress of the country and the world at large. (NAN)

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Russian Ban On Jehovah’s Witnesses Comes Into Force |The Republican News

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Russia’s justice ministry said Thursday that it has added Jehovah’s Witnesses to its black list, formalising a ban for the Christian movement over alleged “extremist activities.”

In a statement, the ministry said that the decision “had entered legal force” to ban the activities of the central organisation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia and also all 395 local offices.

The evangelical movement also appeared in the ministry’s online register of banned organisations.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have fought a long legal battle against the ban, culminating in a Russian Supreme Court ruling in July to reject an appeal.

In April, the Supreme Court issued a ruling banning the Christian group and seizing its property.

That decision came after the justice ministry said it had found signs of “extremist activity” within the religious movement and requested that it be banned.

Members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses — a Christian evangelical movement that was born in the United States in the 19th century — consider modern churches to have deviated from the Bible’s true teachings. They reject modern evolutionary theory and refuse blood transfusions.

Washington last month called the ruling against the group “the latest in a disturbing trend of persecution of religious minorities in Russia.”

There are more than eight million Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, with some countries classifying the group as a sect.

Its members are known for preaching on doorsteps, where they offer religious literature and attempt to convert people.

In 2004 Russia dissolved the Moscow branch of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2010 that the move had violated the right to freedom of religion and association.

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Gilbert Deya,’Miracle Babies’ Pastor Extradicted To Kenya To Face Charges |RN

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Pastor Gilbert Deya

The UK has extradited a self-styled Kenyan pastor, who claimed he created miraculous pregnancies, to Kenya to face child-trafficking charges. Gilbert Deya’s extradition came after he failed in his decade-long legal battle to remain in the UK.

He denied charges of stealing five children between 1999 and 2004 when he appeared in court in Nairobi.Concerns were first raised about the conduct of Mr Deya, who ran a church in London, in a BBC investigation in 2004. Infertile or post-menopausal women who attended the Gilbert Deya Ministries church in Peckham, south-east London, were told they could have “miracle” babies. But the babies were always “delivered” in backstreet clinics in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

Mr Deya later moved to Scotland, and was arrested in Edinburgh in 2006 under an international arrest warrant issued by Kenya. His Gilbert Deya Ministries is being investigated by the UK Charity Commission for alleged mismanagement. “Our statutory inquiry into Gilbert Deya Ministries is ongoing. We are currently considering the implication of Gilbert Deya’s extradition on our investigation,” the commission said in a statement.

A former stonemason who moved to London from Kenya in the mid-90sSet up the Gilbert Deya Ministries as a registered charity, with African and Asian branchesKnown for his blend of charismatic, performance-style preachingHad income of £652,800 ($858,000) for the financial year ending December 2015.

Spent £609,300 Described by UK Labour MP David Lammy as a “modern-day snake-oil salesman” Says he was consecrated as an Archbishop by a US evangelist in 1992.

When the BBC asked Mr Deya during its 2014 investigation how he explained the births of children with DNA different to that of their alleged parents, the 65-year-old Mr Deya said: “The miracle babies which are happening in our ministry are beyond human imagination.”

It is not something I can say I can explain because they are of God and things of God cannot be explained by a human being.”Kenya’s police spokesman Charles Owino told the BBC that Mr Deya had arrived in Nairobi aboard a Kenya Airways flight following his extradition. Mr Deya had opposed his extradition, saying he feared being tortured and sentenced to death.

In 2007, his wife, Mary, was sentenced to two years in prison in Kenya after being convicted of stealing a baby. In 2011, she was sentenced to three years in jail after being convicted of stealing another child.

Desperate women, some past the menopause and others who were infertile, were convinced that being prayed for by Mr Deya and travelling to Kenya would result in a child. Once there, they were convinced by Mrs Deya and others that they were experiencing labour and taken to illegal clinics where they believed they had given birth. But they were actually given babies which had been taken from local women.

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