Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, His Eminence, Cardinal Francis Arinze, has decried quest for materialism and high level corruption in places of worship in the country.
According to him, religion is neither a commodity for market nor an arrangement for financial betterment.
Arinze, who was former Prefect for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacrament in the Vatican, said religion should be about love for God and neighbours.
Speaking on the topic, ‘Proliferation of Churches in Nigeria,’ the priest said it was left for Christians to make efforts to see that there was Christian unity.
He also expressed regrets about the high level of corruption in the country, despite multiplicity of religious bodies.
“Jesus Christ prayed that those who believe in him may be one, and instituted only one church, so, there is no doubt that multiplicity of the religious bodies is against the will of God.
“Proliferation of the churches has not really benefited man, because for some people, it may be capable of gathering those with a particular state of need.
“People with need for babies, marriage, progress in their business, healing in their sickness, they may have spiritual problems or they just want to read the Bible and get it interpreted in a way they like because there is another way it is interpreted elsewhere they do not like.
“Jesus Christ recommended one flock, one Shepperd to ensure plenty of attention to people’s problems and needs, Catholic Church in Japan, England, America and Italy may not be the same but believe in one God.
“Jesus Christ instituted one church, so having up to ten thousand churches in Nigeria is alarming. However, if that is the case, the nine thousand nine hundred and ninety nine came out of one church He instituted.
“If Nigerians are having many churches and they are still corrupt, lack of love for God and neighbours, and steal what belongs to the public, then we must conclude that they are not following what God is preaching, and the teaching of Jesus Christ.
“If Nigerians love God and their neighbours, the country will become a minor paradise; bribery, corruption, kidnapping and political backstabbing will stop; people will be content with what they have,” Cardinal Arinze said.
Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report
Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).
The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.
According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.
“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.
However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.
“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”
Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.
The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.
Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.
The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”
Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun!
My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer in sha Allah. May Allah forgive & be Merciful to her.
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) November 23, 2020
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.
The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.
Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.
He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.
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