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BREAKING: Adeboye, El-Rufai meet days after release of kidnapped RCCG members

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The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Tuesday, met with the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.

The meeting was held at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House in Kaduna.

At the meeting were top cabinet members of the state government as well as top RCCG officials.

The meeting came days after the 79-year-old general overseer disclosed that eight members of his church kidnapped in Kaduna had been released.

The PUNCH had reported that members of RCCG, Region 30, Trinity Sanctuary, Kaduna, were attacked on March 26 near Doka along the Kachia-Kafanchan Road, on their way to a programme.

Subsequently, Adeboye had on April 8 said all the eight kidnapped members of the church were taken to hospital for examination after they regained freedom.

This newspaper had also reported that on the night of March 11, bandits invaded the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation Mando in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State and abducted 39 students.

Though about 10 of the students have regained freedom, others are still in captivity.

El-Rufai had also ruled out payment of ransom or any form of negotiation with the kidnappers.

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TRAGEDY IN CHURCH, Popular Nigerian Socialite, Dies After Being Doused With Perfume Spray, At A Lagos Celestial Church

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It’s a shocking tragedy in a Celestial Church in Lagos as a popular socialite has reportedly died at a hospital in Gbagada, Lagos, after his body was on fire during a programme and prayer session in the Church.

The socialite who was reported to be named Kayode Badru

allegedly met an untimely death while praying in the middle of burning candles in the church.

Reports say he died on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Before his death, Badru had landed in Lagos from Dubai to attend the graduation ceremony of 40 students he gave scholarships to study at Academy For Innovative Art and Technology, (ACIATECH).

He was said to have visited his church on Wednesday for Isegun – (Victory) programme, after attending the graduation ceremony.

Badru was asked to kneel down at the middle of the church and was surrounded with white candles. He also held one candle in his hands.

While kneeling down, a prophet began to spray perfume on his body and within a few minutes, his body was on fire due to his closeness to the candles and strong attraction from the perfume.

He was said to have been rushed to a hospital in Gbagada, where he eventually died.

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It is well, Pastor Adeboye breaks silence on son’s death

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General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye on Friday night broke his silence after the demise of his son, Dare Adeboye.

The Nation reports Dare, 42, died in his sleep on Tuesday, May 4 in Eket, Akwa-Ibom where he was pastoring a church.

Many prominent personalities have continued to pay glowing tributes to the deceased.

Adeboye, who preached at the May 2021 edition of the church’s Holy Ghost service, urged everyone to always thank God and say ‘It is well’ even in the face of crises rather than ‘blame and question God’.

The programme which was monitored by The Nation observed that Adeboye spoke from the studio of the church’s station – DOVE Media – alongside few officials including his wife, Folu Adeboye, while members of his church gathered at the auditorium along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

He said: “Whatever we have is given to us by God, be it wealth, wife, husband, children e.t.c and if it got taken away by God, all we can do is give God glory for actually giving us the privilege to enjoy those wealth or kids temporarily and it is not for us to complain, blame and question God.”

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With biblical reference to Ezekiel 24:16, he said, “God took away Ezekiel’s wife and asked him not to mourn over her”.

“What we see as sorrows might be joy in the sight of God, I mean His ways and thoughts are not the same with ours, we shouldn’t forget that both good and bad happen at God’s command. (Lamentations 3:38).

“Finally in all things let’s learn to say thank you father and It is well. God bless all of you in Jesus’ name,” Adeboye said.

The RCCG overseer further stated that peace is one of the blessings only God can give saying “There is a peace that passes human understanding. It is only God that can give that peace. I thank God that I have that peace.”

Adeboye also allayed fears on over possibility of a third wave of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria, saying it was due to the prayers of Christians that COVID-19 did not take a detrimental dimension.

“Don’t listen to any person who says it is by their own wisdom that coronavirus is now subdued in Nigeria. It is because you prayed. You asked God for mercy, and God heard and in the mighty name of Jesus, there will be no third wave.

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“But, I want to encourage you that you need to pray again. We have problems of many kinds in Nigeria so very soon; you might be summoned to pray again.

“We need to pray against all the problems we are facing, and God will answer when we pray,” Adeboye said.

 

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2023: There are satanic plans against us – APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused some persons of “satanic plans” against the ruling party ahead of 2023.

The APC raised the alarm after a report on alleged bickering involving Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and National Caretaker Chairman and Yobe Governor, Mai Buni.

The chieftains were accused of disagreement over who will occupy the seat of the President after the next general elections.

In a statement on Friday, Buni’s spokesman, Mamman Mohammed insists there is no conflict, adding that claim was false.

Mohammed said “the satanic plans being orchestrated by mischievous elements” were meant to distract the APC leadership and discredit the President Muhammadu Buhari led government.

“They (Lawan and Buni) have remained good brothers in a very good relationship with a common goal of contributing to the development of their state, party and country.”

Mohammed said his principal was preoccupied with the task of governance of his state and rebuilding the party.

He noted that any member canvassing for the top political office, two years into the tenure of a sitting President, was engaging in insubordination.

Mohammed added that Buhari has two more years to complete his tenure and must be supported to succeed.

“It is compulsory for the party and every loyal member to support him and the APC administration. We cannot contemplate anything outside the set plans of the party”, the statement read.

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