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NCPC urges Christians to pray for Nigeria

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Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) has called on Christians to pray against various difficulties facing the nation.

The Executive Secretary, NCPC, Rev Tor Uja, gave the charge during a courtesy visit by Christian Leaders Forum of Nigeria (CLFN) to the Commission on Thursday in Abuja.

Uja said that Christians must provide a positive direction by faith because God is taking Nigeria to a greater glory.

”We have no other country but Nigeria.

“So, we must put in our best in building and developing this great nation.

“We must pray and stand together until we get the change we are praying for.

”We must, as Christians, advocate for what is right.

“The time we are in doesn’t call for silence from the church; this is a time for the church to lend its voice in moving the country forward.

”Nigeria is going through difficulty now.

“Nigeria is surrounded by all kinds of challenges now, no doubt we are living in one of the most difficult times, but it will pass, Nigeria will surmount these challenges.

”Only the word of God has the power and effect to change and shape lives.

“We must remove denominational differences and be united by the word of God; it is time to prove your Christianity,” he said.

Uja also said that pilgrimage was one of the key ways to move the country forward.

According to him, when Nigerians go for pilgrimage they learn new things aside praying, they move round to see new developments that could be brought home.

”We also screen to know those who want to go for pilgrimage and those who want to abscond.

“Nigeria is a great nation and if you run to other countries, you will go there and become a slave.

”I am proud of what we have achieved already and what we will achieve in future, we are a more developed community than other developing countries,” he said.

Uja, however, noted that the Commission was building a pilgrims’ heritage house with about 1500 seating capacity.

He said the heritage house would be where all churches would be free to do their programmes and a hotel where Christians could relax for little amount of money.

Anglican Bishop, Nathan Inyom, who led the CLFN, stressed on the need for Nigeria to stand together in unity and fight all the challenges facing it.

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NiMet predicts rainfall on Tuesday

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Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted rainfall activities over most

parts of the country on Tuesday.

NiMet forecast day and night temperatures to be 29 to 33 degree Celsius and 20 to 22 degree Celsius respectively.

“For Cetral states, cloudy conditions are expected with chances of thunderstorms over Nasarawa, Jos, Abuja, Niger, Kwara, and Kaduna axis in the morning hours.

The agency further forecast day and night temperatures to be at 30 to 32 degrees and 22 to 24 degrees respectively.

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NEMA advocates adequate protection for humanitarian workers

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Twenty-two persons lost their lives in the incident, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Mr Sergio Vieira de Mello.

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Presidency dismisses reports on FIRS boss, says he’s not under investigation

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Rainfall: Flood destroys worship centres, farmlands, houses in Kuje

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Rainfall: Flood destroys worship centres, farmlands, houses in Kuje

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Among worship centres affected were “Omega Fire Ministry” belonging to Apostle Johnson Suleiman, and White Garment Church.

The flood, which followed a heavy downpour that started on Sunday, Aug. 18, and ran into the early hours of Monday, Aug. 19, also affected a bridge linking unto Kuje-Gwagwalada road.

Our correspondent, who visited the area, found that the flood had taken over most of the roads, forcing residents to either remain indoors or move through the water to their destinations.

Some of the residents, who spoke with NAN, said that flooding was a recurring decimal in the community that was situated close to a riverine area.

Mr Zaka Tukura, whose house collapsed, told NAN that he was asleep when water submerged his house.

“I was asleep when water submerged my house. I had to quickly move my children to a neighbour’s house.

“The level of destruction is devastating; it is quite unfortunate that the flood has affected many people in this community,” he said.

Another resident, Mrs. Sarah Musa, said she could not sleep with her family throughout the night due to the heavy downpour,

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“We could not sleep throughout because of the downpour. When the rain kept persisting, we knew we were in danger and started removing our property from the building even when we were not sure which area could be safe,” she said.

She said that her family members succeeded in moving some important household items before the house collapsed.

Mrs. Machbery Modupe, Head, Department of Works, Kuje Area Council, told NAN that the council was already assessing the situation.

“We are already assessing the situation to ascertain the number of houses affected by the flood. The aim is to see how the victims can be supported,” he said.

Edited by Ephraims Sheyin

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