Founder of the Household of God Church, Oregun, Lagos, Rev. Chris Okotie, says the Christian Association of Nigeria, can not speak for Christians regarding coronavirus in the country.
The cleric in a statement signed by his media adviser, Ladi Ayodeji on Sunday, described CAN as “ an amorphous organisation sustained by a Christian appellation.”
This comes after the CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, rolled out the guidelines for the reopening of churches, which according to him would be discussed with the Federal Government for approval, after consultation with the leaders of other religious bodies.
“It is bereft of any authority to speak on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ. Arrayed in Episcopalian vestments, they are the modern-day Pharisees who arrogate divine honors to themselves.
“They have a form of godliness and yet hobnob Nicodemusly with enemies of the Lord Jesus. The true ministers of the sanctuary must recognise CAN’s treachery and reprehensible Phariseeism. That which a man spits against heaven shall fall back upon his face. We shall not bow to the idol called coronavirus. Jesus is Lord,” the statement read.
As for the recommended distancing in the seating arrangement in churches, proposed by CAN, Okotie described it as “blasphemous infidelity” and desecration of the Church of Jesus Christ.
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Okotie however expressed his support for social distancing and other safety measures ordered by the government to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic but not for the church.
According to him, if social distancing is practiced in churches, it means seats would be reordered and it would also determine the size of congregational worship per service.
To him, such an arrangement was “to nullify the redemptive work of Jesus, which involves healing.”
FEC Approves N2.9bn For Printing Of Question Papers, Others
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a sum of N2.9 billion for the printing of both sensitive and non-sensitive examination materials.
The council also approved a total of N4.5 billion for projects in the Ministry of Education and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
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This decision was reached at FEC virtual meeting on Wednesday, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu said the contract was awarded to a group of eight printers.
According to the Minister, the materials are for the Basic Education Certification Examination, the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, and the National Common Entrance Examination.
Ike Ekweremadu Gets New Appointment
The former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has been appointed by the International Parliamentary Congress as the Chief Coordinator for Africa.
The development was disclosed in a letter forwarded to Ekweremadu by the Secretary-General of the IPC and member of the Pakistani national parliament, Senator Muhammad Ali Saif.
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“We are proud to inform you that the Honourable President of the IPC has nominated your good self as Chief Coordinator Africa with immediate effect.”
This was announced in a statement by the media adviser to the Enugu West lawmaker, Uche Anichukwu, in Abuja.
Gov Ayade Orders Restriction Of Trucks Conveying Scrap In, Out Of Cross River
Governor of Cross River, Professor Ben Ayade has ordered the restriction of trucks conveying scrap in and out of the State.
This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by his Special Adviser, Media, and Publicity, Christian Ita.
The governor expressed that the attention of the state has been drawn to information that looters are attempting to move stolen items out of the state as scrap.
The governor directed all transporters and motorists in the state to report anyone that approaches them to move scraps out of the state to security agents.
He also warned that any of them caught transporting looted items will be regarded as an accomplice and treated as a looter.
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