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[OPINION]: Enugu Agog Over Corpus Christi as Igbo Pastors Sensitizes for End time Revival

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by Obinna Akukwe
The city of Enugu was agog on Sunday 24th November 2013 while celebrating the Catholic Church feast of Corpus Christi-Christ the King. Catholic faithful left their different parishes on procession to Holy Ghost Cathedral, chanting, singing and proclaiming the Kingship of Jesus Christ. The Catholic adherents left their parishes including St Mary’s Catholic Church, Trans Ekulu, Christ the King Parish, GRA, Sacred Heart Parish, Uwani, St Paul’s Parish, Awkunanaw, St Bridget Abakpa, St Mary’s Uwani and St Theresa Ugbo Odogwu among hundreds of parishes and trekked towards Holy Ghost Cathedral in unprecedented jubilant mood and occasionally the Blessed Sacrament was showered with flowers and incensed while the faithful kneel in adoration.
Enugu simply came to a halt. It was Corpus Christi like never before. Over two hundred thousand persons converged at Holy Ghost Cathedral to terminate the procession and the moment was ecstatic for the participants. Prayers was said at the Cathedral and Diocesan Bishop , Callistus Onaga dismissed the jubilant congregants who proceeded back to their various bases mostly on foot while thanking God for this year’s unusual Corpus Christi.
The city of Enugu had in recent times been experiencing strange spiritual visitations which suggest that something new is about to happen to the Igbos of South East Nigeria. From September 12th -14th there was a three day crusade titled ‘Enugu Restoration Crusade’ organized by Christ Living spring Apostolic Ministry (CLAM) , a Lagos based church in conjunction with Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN),Enugu State Chapter  . CLAM is known for hosting city wide crusades in places directed by God and the three evening crusade was held at Okpara Square Enugu. It featured prophetic prayers for the restoration of the spiritual and economic fortunes of the city.
The preacher, Pastor Wole Oladiyun prophesied that God had restored the coal industry in Enugu and that in a few years time many industries would spring up in the city as a result of economic revival. He also explained that revival is coming to the city and that God will raise a gospel minister from Enugu that will galvanize the people for a new move of God. The three day crusade was attended by leaders from various denominations including Archbishop A A Nwodika, Bishop Obi Onubogu, Ven Ejemba, Venerable O C Obi Okoye, Apostle Uzodike, Rev Obinna Akukwe, and Pastor Tony Ochu among others.
In October 2013 from the 27th -29th, Igbo ministers who spearheaded the fabled Pentecostal revival of the early 70’s converged at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium for three days under the aegis of Igbo Restoration Assembly (IRA) to pray for the spiritual revival of Igbo nation and the restoration of its lost glory in Nigeria. The gathering of prophets told the congregation that the next phase of the expected worldwide end time revival that will herald the second coming of Jesus Christ will come from the South East. They referred to prophecies which emanated towards the end of famous Azusa Street Pentecostal Revival of Los Angeles, California, United States of 1913 explaining that after 100 years another revival that will signal the coming of Christ will come. The Azusa street revival is the origin of the Pentecostal movement and the return of speaking in tongues back to the church after it was lost for over 1500 years. The gathering identified 2013 as that 100th year after the Azusa revival and urged Igbos to prepare to lead in the coming revival that will turn people back to God.
Some participants and preachers at the occasion include Anglican Bishop of Enugu, Emmanuel Chukwuma; Methodist Primate Archbishop88, former National President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria(PFN) , Bishop Mike Okonkwo; former Chaplain of Aso Villa Chapel, Rev Williams Okoye; President of PFN Anambra State Chapter, Bishop David  Eberechukwu; President of PFN Enugu Bishop Obi Onubogu ;Archbishop A A Nwodika, Bishop Edward Ezenwafor, Apostle Austin Ukachi, Rev Obinna Akukwe, Bishop Paul Nwachukwu, Apostle Olughu Orji, Professor  Uzodimma Nwala among others.
Two weeks later, clerics in the city hosted Rev Rosy Madugba and Prophetess Sabina Akachukwu who introduced the Prophetic-Apostolic mandate on the 14th of October with a revival night vigil which drew clerics from different denominations at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium and also with church leaders’ special session on the 15th at Oakland Hotels. The participants were also told that some renowned expatriate prophets around the world have prophesied that the next worldwide revival will start from Nigeria while some others narrowed it specifically to the South East Nigeria.  The clerics were told to prepare themselves and sensitize the people to follow in the end time revival. Archbishops Nwodika, Bishop Obi Onubogu, Apostle Uzodike, Rev Obinna Akukwe, Rev Celestine obi among numerous others received the Apostolic counsel from the Port Harcourt based missionary evangelist, Rev Rosy Madugba and the prayer sessions during the two days were like no other.
Though Corpus Christi is an annual event, the 2013 edition was celebrated with much pomp as though the King is just about to appear, in a manner never witnessed since the inception of the diocese. Some attributed it to the fact that it coincided with the church synod which ended the day before while others suspected unusual spiritual presence. Many participants including some priests and sisters actually wondered aloud at the level of excitement following this year’s edition and concluded that something unusual is happening while many pondered the meaning.
The answer is that God is preparing the Igbos of the South East to spearhead the spiritual revival that will transform the world and this impending revival will broke no denominational barriers.

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

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According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

Read the release report below;

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Government official has a hand in the present situation of the country – Babangida

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Government official has a hand in the present situation of the country – Babangida

Former Military president of Nigeria, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has disclosed that the government has a hand in the mayhem going on in the country.

The 79-year-old made this remark owing to the massacre in Lekki toll gate and other parts of the country. He quoted Gen. Sani Abacha and disclosed that any insurgency that exceeds 24hours is being manipulated by the government.

Taking to his Twitter page he wrote;

“Once again, I will like to quote Late Gen. Sani Abacha: “Any Insurgency that lasts more than 24 hours, a government official has a hand in it.”

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