Denominational barriers pulling back, as Lagos CAN announces collaborative faith-building programmes

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It is a new dawn in the body of Christ in Lagos State, and Nigeria at large, as the church, more than ever before, is making itself ready for God’s divine visitation.

This is evident in the well-laid out programmes that will usher in new wave of spiritual awakening and unprecedented revival that will break all denominational barriers and empower the church for the challenges of this end-time.

“It is such a revival that will spur us to effectively fulfil Christ’s mandate of world evangelisation and get believers ready for heaven. We must arise, set aside all denominational divide and inhibition in response to the Spirit’s call for this crisis hour, and really, it is a crisis hour,” Alexander Bamgbola, chairman Lagos State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said enthusiastically as he rolled out series of programmes that will herald the heavenly outpouring.

According to Bamgbola, the coming events are direct offshoot of a recent ministers’ development and networking summit convened by the General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, William Folorunso Kumuyi, aimed at equipping church leaders for kingdom expansion.

Recall that the summit brought together about 20, 000 ministers from all denominations in Lagos for edification, equipping and empowerment of the church leaders.

The CAN chairman, Lagos State, recalled that “The summit delivered on its promise as it is already yielding positive results.”

According to him, “To sustain this momentum, we have decided to leverage this positive development by putting in place networking support programmes that aim at further integrating and empowering the body of Christ.”

He further said that the convener of the summit, Pastor Kumuyi, has volunteered to put in time, financial and spiritual resources to help in this regard.

Bamgbola expressed the optimism that the church and its ministers stand … Read More...

Body of Christ eulogises Archbishop Obembe as he journeys home

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It was a moment of great tribute on Friday 15 June, as the body of Christ in Lagos led by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and the International Communion of Charismatic and Apostolic Ministries (ICCAM), eulogised the late Archbishop Joseph Olanrewaju Obembe as his body finally laid to rest.

The church leaders, who in turn spoke about their personal interactions with the late Obembe, described him as a man of uncommon faith. Until his death, Obembe was the presiding Archbishop of El-Shaddai Bible Church and Apostolic Cardinal ICCAM. Also, he was at a time the chairman of the Lagos chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship Nigeria (PFN).

Matthew Ashimolowo, the senior pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), in a short sermon said Archbishop Joseph Olanrewaju Obembe is not in the presence of sorrow, but in the presence of his Lord. “…I am persuaded that Archbishop Joseph Olanrewaju Obembe: not of works, lest any man should boast but of grace; his Lord and Saviour has called him and he is in the presence of our Lord. While here today, we feel the pain that we have lost a loved soul; I know him when he was a young bachelor, 40 years ago in 1979,” he said.

Ashimolowo in eulogizing Obembe said there are three approaches to death; to the unsaved man, death is an enigma; to the Atheist death is an end, but to the believer, death is an entrance. “The New Testament did not end, we are the end of the New Testament,” he said.

The children of the late Archbishop also took turns to eulogise their father, who they described as their first love, friend and chairman.

A special prayer was said for his immediate family, his church and the congregation. The ex-General Overseer … Read More...

‘You need more than Christianity or religion to lead successfully’

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Olumide Emmanuel is the overseer, Calvary Bible Churches worldwide, The Empowerment Assembly and The Glorious Church International. He speaks on the church in Nigeria and some key national issues. Excerpts by SEYI JOHN SALAU

Former president Obasanjo said President Buhari is trying to Islamise Nigeria; what is your reaction to this?

With all due respect to the age and position of the former president, I do not think his comment deserves a reaction from me because a close observation of his track record does not make any of his comment meaningful to someone like me.  Today, he is for Buhari; tomorrow he is not for Buhari, so his inconsistency is a joke to me. On the issue of islamisation of Nigeria or the Islamic agenda as some choose to call it, my concern is really on why we are so bothered about people fulfiling the agenda of their god and strategically pursuing their beliefs while the church abandons their own agenda and seems to operate without a clear strategy than to be crying Islamic agenda. We have a Christian Vice President yet we are still talking of Islamic agenda when we should be talking of Christian apathy.

But in answering the call of God, some have gone ahead planting churches, and expanding their ministries; is the call of God just for church planting?

The call of God is not just for church planting but the reason why a lot of people in this part of the world go more into church planting when they sense a call is because they lack understanding; though the church is the most prominent and popular aspect of ministry. There are different dimensions to the call of God and many don’t wait to get the full picture before they move. We … Read More...

Xtralarge Farms introduces meal products into Nigerian market

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As part of its determination to ensure that Nigerians enjoy the health benefits of eating pure organic foods, produced without chemical addictives and preservatives, XtraLarge Farms, a Nigerian agricultural investment firm, has introduced its newest product known as Xtralarge meal.

The meal, which is made up of plantain and local rice, appears as smooth as pounded yam, and can be, consumed any kind of soup after preparation.

The firm, which has the vision of raising a generation of passionate farmers, has also unveiled its Agritech City, which would be driven by technology and Xtratoken that will serve as a means of exchange that would be used to pay for the products and services that would be rendered in the proposed Agritech City.

Speaking to journalists at the prelaunch event held in Lagos on Wednesday, Seyi Davids, chief executive officer of Xtralarge Farms, said the concept of establishing an Agritech City, which would be driven by technology, was to encourage more youths to have interest in agriculture.

“Xtralarge Farms has a lot of products and services that would be rendered in the Agritech City. This was why the Xtratoken would serve as a means of exchange within the city. The city is about 3,000 acres of land and the Xtratoken will be made available for only family members, who bought into the Xtralarge ideas and values,” he said.

According to him, the City is located along Idiroko area of Ogun State and work will commence immediately. “Before building, there are preliminary works that includes getting the town planners to license the establishment of the city and it is expected to open for business in 2021,”  he said.

“Xtratoken is a utility token for general transactions within the Xtralarge family and will serve as the only acceptable medium … Read More...

Keyamo faults EU election observation mission’s report on 2019 elections

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Head of the media team of the President Muhammadu Buhari Presidential Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo, on Saturday faulted the reports of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) in Nigeria on the 2019 Presidential election “for not coming to a conclusion in its report”.
“The result reflects the overall wishes of Nigerians,” Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said while addressing newsmen after the report was submitted in Abuja. “That was the report by so many observers.”
The EU Observer Mission had in its report said the election was marked by severe operational shortcomings and violence, calling for reforms in subsequent elections to avoid reoccurrence.
But reacting to the report, Keyamo said, “If you are an observer, you should come to a definitive conclusion, don’t be dodgy about it, don’t run away from that fact because we have 120,000 polling units across the country and in all their report I don’t think they discussed at most 500 polling units.
“If you observed certain anomalies, it could not have been more than 500 or 1,000 polling units and if you do observe anomalies in those polling units, how does that substantially affect results coming from 120,000 polling unit?
“So it is not enough for you discuss the anomalies, they must discuss the overall results coming from the entire country and whether it did reflect the wishes of the people. This is what we want to know because they have problems in the US elections, there are problems in the EU and even UK elections.”
Keyamo said there was need for “a detailed analysis to come to a definitive conclusion about the overall result of the election”.
BusinessDay gathered that the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) in Nigeria, while also commenting on the controversial … Read More...