Niger State Hosts First Ever Christmas Carol Festival In Minna

Niger State Hosts First Ever Christmas Carol Festival In MinnaThe Niger State Government in partnership with its Ministry of Information, has organized the first ever Christmas carol festival with the theme ‘The Dynamics of Praise and Worship’.

The festival witnessed presentations from different choir groups representing various tribes such as: Nupe, Gbagi, Hausa, Igbo, Tiv, Yoruba, Kamokun and Calabar.

The festival which was its maiden edition also witnessed a large turnout of Christians and surprisingly, Muslims in the state.

Asides signifying oneness amongst the two major religions in the state, top dignitaries were also in attendance and they were full of praise for the Governor, Abubakar Bello, who despite not being a Christian, chose to show concern to the Christian community in the state.

Speaking through his representative, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Niger State, Nasara Danmallam, said that the Governor was full of praise to the Christian community and appreciated their level of understanding and peaceful coordination amongst the non-Christians in the state.

While promising the sustenance of the festival, he used the opportunity in wishing all Christians in the state and Nigeria in general a peaceful celebration.

The convener of the Christmas carol festival, Commissioner for Information Culture and Tourism, Hon. Jonathan Vatsa could not hide his feelings as he was also full of praise to the Governor.

He also assured the Christian community that the best was yet to come and called on them to come together in unity.

He wished every Christian in the state a happy and peaceful celebration.

Ajimobi Drums Up Support For APC-Led Administration

Ajimobi Drums Up Support For APC-Led AdministrationThe Oyo state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has drummed up support for the APC-led administration in the country calling on all to eschew corruption and encourage templates of integrity, sacrifice, and selfless service as exemplified by the spirit of Christmas.

Governor Ajimobi made the call during the 2016 Christmas Carol and Thanksgiving Service held at Agodi Gardens, Parliament road, Secretariat, Ibadan.

He said that the present administration is aware of the poor state of the economy which has exposed the citizens to suffering and hardship, stressing that necessary steps are being taken to address the challenges.

While noting the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest the recession presently facing the nation’s economy, Ajimobi stressed the need for all to be more understanding.

The Governor also called on the people to follow the rules and injunction of the Holy Bible by learning to forgive, accommodate, and embrace selfless service.

He said the 2016 carol service was a celebration of government’s courage to tackle the challenges of the present and determination to change current indices for an improved future.

In his sermon, the Prelate Emeritus, Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Ola Makinde, condemned the high level of corruption in the society right from the church leaders to the politicians to the judiciary and security agents.

He regretted that the greater the number of churches and mosques in the country, the greater the level of corruption and sinful acts in the society, stressing that the church has become a money spinning business in the society.

He said politicians, religious leaders and other people in high places have corrupted the image of God in them through unfulfilled promises, bribery and false prophesies and this calls for serious redemption.

The 2016 carol service had three lessons which were read by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Micheal Adeyemo, the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Alake-Adeyemo and wife of the Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi.

Prayers for the state and the country were offered amidst colourful rendition of spiritual songs by prominent gospel artistes.

The symbolic candlelight and the fireworks wrapped up the evening.

Make Humility Your Watchword, Adeboye Urges Leaders

AdeboyeThe General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has advised the country’s leaders to make humility their watchword in order not to fall from grace to grass.

Speaking at the Oyo State 2015 Christmas Carol and Thanksgiving Service, held at the Agodi Gardens, Ibadan, he said that many leaders had fallen from the ladder of success due to lack of humility.

Quoting copiously from the Scriptures, the celebrated cleric cited the example of the biblical Samson, whom he said was forsaken by God due to his disobedience to the divine directions and lack of humility and thus fell into the hands of his enemies.

He stressed the need for all mortals to be closer to their Creator, live a holy life, and submit themselves to His will so as to succeed in their divinely ordained-assignments here on earth.

In the same vein, the State Governor, Mr Abiola Ajimobi, expressed the optimism that Nigeria would experience divine visitation in 2016 and triumph over its current economic challenges and unrest in the Northern part.

Ajimobi assured the people of Oyo State that the state would be better placed in terms of socio-economic development in the coming years, stressing that with divine intervention and economic re-engineering, Oyo would overcome its current challenges.

He said, “What I want to say is that God will make us ‘Emmanuel’. He will continue to be with us and make Oyo State ‘Emmanuel’. When God is with someone, such a person will always be victorious over his enemies.

“This is what He has done for us in Oyo State and that is why we have been moving from one victory to another and triumphing over the enemies of the state.”

The occasion witnessed an assemblage of eminent personalities, clerics, politicians and Christian faithful and choristers from different churches, who all expressed appreciation to God through singing and dancing for witnessing the 2015 Carol service.

The choir from the University of Ibadan put up a spectacular performance with the rendition of melodious Carols.

Dignitaries present at the occasion included the wife of the Governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr Michael Adeyemo, the Chief Judge, Justice Munta Abimbola and the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Laz Ilo among others.