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Youths under represented in ministerial list– PFN group

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The Youth Wing of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in Kwara has expressed dissatisfaction over the under representation of youths in the recently released ministerial nominees list.

The group also urged religious bodies to take their responsibilities to youths more seriously.

The Chairman of the PFN Youth Wing in Kwara, Mike Ayodele, gave the group’s position in Ilorin on Wednesday at a forum to herald the fellowship’s Annual Youth Conference with the theme: “Youthful but Watchful”.

Ayodele said that the conference would address some issues negatively affecting youths in the society.

“The rate at which youths are involved in social vices is alarming.

” Some of these include the prevalent use of Sniper to commit suicide, suicide bombing, criminal activities such as internet fraud, robbery armed banditry, rebellion, cultism, militancy drug abuse, rape, prostitution and indecency.

“It is, however, sad that the set of people involved in the above mentioned social vices are young people between the ages of 13 and 15,’’ he said.

He said the most vibrant stage of a man’s life remains the teenage years, adding that youths should be committed to devoting their lives toward outstanding achievements.

“The root cause of these problems is traceable to the pathetic state of education in Nigeria and the alarming rate of unemployment.

” Youths in Nigeria are not gainfully employed and represented in governance.

“We, therefore, use this medium to decry the under representation of youths in governance in Nigeria.

“The society is not at peace, life is practically unsafe for living, this is a great problem on our hands which needs greater attention.

“If the church can wake up fully to her responsibilities, the youths would be rescued.

“Our youths should no longer allow themselves to be used and dumped by desperate politicians and the entertainment industry should be wisely engaged by youths.

“We advise our youths to see how their talents can be better utilised in a profitable way and for the betterment of Nigeria.

“It is against this backdrop that the PFN youth wing in the state is organising the youth conference.

” The conference which will begin on Friday, Aug. 2 and end on Saturday, Aug. 3 promises to tackle the problems and pressures youths are faced with in the society today.

“It will be an eye opener to our youths in the areas where they have missed it and the way forward.

“We hope that through the conference, they will be able to stand against temptations of committing suicide and others evil vices.

“We urge parents to support and release their wards for this life changing encounter,’’ Ayodele said.

The Nigeria News Agency   reports that the youth conference is an annual event of the group to promote youth discipleship, empowerment and discipline.

 

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Sustain your spiritual rebirth, Cleric urges Oyo Christian pilgrims

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Bishop Ademola Moradeyo, Chairman, Oyo State Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, Christian Wing, has advised pilgrims in the state to continually sustain the spiritual rebirth they had inculcated while in the Holy Land.

Moradeyo gave the advice on Wednesday at a thanksgiving service held for the pilgrims at the premises of the board in Ibadan.

He urged the pilgrims to renew their commitment to serving God and humanity and disallow issues of life to take away their love to fellow humans and service to the society.

The chairman enjoined the pilgrims not to deviate from the essence of the pilgrimage and abstain from any activity capable of making them backslide in faith and spiritual growth.

He noted that many Christians easily forget the lessons they learnt during pilgrimage to the Holy Land due to distractions and challenges of life which, he said, were inevitable in the journey of life.

“Christian pilgrims, who seek spiritual re-birth in the holy land, need to develop the passion to pray for remedy to the ills confronting the society as they return from the Holy Land.

“I urge you to move closer to your Creator and imbibe the teachings acquired during your sojourn in Jerusalem. You must also not forget to pray for the growth and prosperity of the state.

“If you do this, you can boast within yourself that you have achieved spiritual growth,” he stated.

Edited by Remi Koleoso and ‘Wale Sadeeq

 

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Cleric advises returning Muslim pilgrims on good morals

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Alhaji Issa Salahudeen, the Chief Imam of Ansarudeen Central Mosque, Omu-Aran, has  advised Muslim pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia to reflect on the impact of their pilgrimage in their way of life.

Salahudeen, gave this advice on Tuesday during a special prayer for peace and development in Omu-Aran, Kwara.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that some Muslim pilgrims to Mecca have started returning to their respective states after the completion of the hajj.

Salahudeen said the pilgrimage to Mecca was a good opportunity for the pilgrims to intercede through prayers for workable solutions to the nation’s challenges.

He stressed the need for the pilgrims to appreciate Allah for the opportunity to be part of the exercise and for ensuring their safety.

According to him, some of the people, who paid for the same hajj died before they took off while many others even died during the exercise in the Holyland.

Salahudeen urged the pilgrims to continue to be of good morals as exhibited in the holy land in order to build a virile and decent society.

“I urge all the returning pilgrims to continue to maintain good Islamic principles and shun any acts capable of tarnishing their image.

“With your new status, you should be good examples and be the mirror of the society in both your actions and deeds.

“Your prayers as you have done in the holyland, should be a continuous exercise in moving our country forward.

“You should also realise in your prayers that Nigeria is facing some difficulties as regards insurgency, kidnapping, corruption and secession agitation among other challenges.

“As Muslims and more importantly, pilgrims from the holyland, we should devote our time and energy to prayers for an end to these ugly trends.

“This is the only way we can continue to live in peace and harmony, irrespective of our diverse ethnic, religious, political and cultural backgrounds”. 

 

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Cleric urges Christians to be relevant in church for the body of Christ to grow

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Rev. Levi Obeagu of St Paul Anglican Church, Enugu state on Sunday urged Christians to be relevant in church activities for the body of Christ to grow spiritual and physically.

Obeagu, who gave the advice in his sermon during the Sunday service, said that participating in the works of God attract divine blessing more than being mere church goers.

He added that Christians should be pillars and not caterpillars in their churches urging them to help in building the church positively for it to stand firm.

The priest called on Christian mothers to make good use of all they learnt from their August meetings to help their families and the church to grow spiritually so that the society would be a better place for everyone.

The Cleric thanked all the women for making the August meeting a success, adding that the church would continue to support them in their good works.

He urged everyone to continue to live upright and always pray for God’s protection and mercy on the church and the society.

 

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495 Katsina pilgrims depart Makkah for Jeddah en route Nigeria

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The first batch of 495 Katsina state pilgrims have left Makkah to Jeddah en route Nigeria.

Malam Badaru Bello, the Public Relations Officer of Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board, made this known in an interview with journalists in Makkah on Saturday.

He said the plane to transport the pilgrims was expected to arrive from Nigeria tonight, though he did not mention specific time as to the scheduled departure and arrival time of the plight in Nigeria.

He said that all the pilgrims scheduled for departure to Nigeria were in good health and high spirit, adding; “ we thank God that we have started transporting our pilgrims back to Nigeria in good time”.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the second flight is expected to depart Saudi Arabia to Katsina on  Monday, Aug 19.

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Cleric tasks Christians on righteousness, prayer

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Pastor Ugo Nwajagu of the Anglican Church of Ascension, Achara Layout, Enugu, has urged Christians to continue to pray for unity and peaceful coexistence of Nigerians.

Nwajagu, who gave the advice in his sermon during the Sunday service in Enugu, said that to have a peaceful society, Christians must uphold righteousness and prayer.

He said that by praying and living uprightly, the society would overcome both its spiritual and security challenges.

According to the pastor, uprightness means wearing the whole amour of God, which include truthfulness, faithfulness, prayers and obedience to the word of God.

“The secret of Christian’s victory in any warfare is prayer and obedience because it is written in the Bible that obedience is better than sacrifice,” he said.

He called on Christians to always obey the words of God, the laws of the land and pray always for the society to move on well and peacefully.

He added that praying always helps every society to understand the challenges of life and as well overcome them.

“We should not allow the devil to tamper with our prayer life because once we begin to get weak in prayer, the society will begin to face a lot of challenges, “ he added.

 

 

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