Ex-Boko Haram Terrorists Seek Forgiveness In Gombe  

Some repentant members of the Boko Haram sect have asked for forgiveness from their respective communities.

The former insurgents asked for forgiveness on Thursday while taking an oath of allegiance to the Federal Government at a rehabilitation camp in Gombe State.

Some repentant Boko Haram members taking an oath of allegiance to the Federal Government at a rehabilitation camp in Gombe State.

 

They had willingly surrendered to security forces who helped them in the process of being re-integrated into the society.

After 11 months of de-radicalization with Operation Safe Corridor of the Nigerian Army, the repentant terrorists are pleading to be taken back as normal citizens

 

One of the repentant Boko Haram terrorists, Bala Shuwa.

 

During their stay in the camp, they undertook vocational training as well as other programmes aimed at transforming their lives.

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The Commandant of De-Radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration camp, Colonel Beyide Martins, declared the repentant terrorists fit to be part of the society again without any fear.

One of the ex-terrorists, Bala Shuwa, who spoke in the Hausa language said he was indeed transformed and was optimistic that himself and his other colleagues would be accepted back to the community.

 

 

He, however, appealed to members of their families not to stigmatize them, saying that they have learned from their past mistakes to be better ambassadors.

Ooni Reveres Jesus Christ, Says His Forgiving Spirit Must Be Coveted

Adeyeye-Ogunwusi-Ooni-of-IfeThe Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) has described Jesus Christ as the Lord of Peace and Love with an unparalleled forgiving spirit that the world must covet for absolute peace.

He believes Christ should always be remembered and honoured with the existence of love and peace by the Christians, saying it is the only way harmonious co-existence can be achieved not only within the ranks of his followers but also among the members of the larger global society for whom Jesus lived and died over 2,000 years ago.

Ooni Ogunwusi made the admonition on Saturday in his Christmas message through a press statement by his spokesman, Comrade Moses Olafare.

He stressed that the people of the world must see themselves as one before God Almighty and must treat one another with forgiveness, peace and love, as symbolised by Jesus Christ if the world must be a conducive place for everyone to survive.

“There is no greater gift and honour you can give to Jesus Christ other than exhibition of forgiving spirit, display of love and ensuring of absolute peace because these are what the lord Jesus symbolises.

“We all must see ourselves as equal before the almighty God who purposefully created us with different cultural backgrounds.

“The surest way of achieving the much needed global harmony is when we always imbibe the spirit of forgiveness and extend hand of love and peace to one another. With this, Jesus Christ will be happy in heaven, God will always smile to us and of course the world will become a better place for all of us to dwell happily,” he said.

The African foremost monarch while wishing all the Christians in Nigeria and across the globe a merry Christmas, also urged religious leaders to always lead by example by not just preaching like Jesus Christ but always acting like Him if their followers should take them seriously.

Northern Governors Urge Christians To Pray For Nigeria

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The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has called on Christian faithful to use the opportunity of Easter celebrations to pray for the quick resolution of the security challenges confronting the nation.

In a statement, the chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Muazu Aliyu,  called on Nigerians to be mindful of the need to continue to work for peace which underscores the essence of Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

The forum also urged Christians to imbibe the ideals of perseverance, sacrifice and commitment to the will of God which characterised the Lenten season.

The forum then congratulated Christians and all Nigerians who are alive to witness 2014’s Easter, reminding the faithful that “we are alive today only by God’s grace and favor and not that; we are in any way special before the almighty.”

The statement reiterated the need for Nigerians to pray for and work towards peace, stability and progress of Nigeria. It also emphasised the need for Nigerians to support their leaders at all levels for the benefit of all.

He wished Nigerians a memorable Easter celebrations.