Christians Celebrate Easter In Southwest Nigeria

Easter - Christians Jesus ChristChristians in southwest Nigeria have joined their counterparts globally to observe the Easter Sunday which is believed to signify the resurrection of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago.

At the House on the Rock Church in Lagos State visited by Channels Television crew, the entire church was in the mood of thanksgiving with a strong conviction that Jesus Christ has resurrected.

There was also a pleasant side attraction lined up to make the Easter service an unforgettable one as international gospel icon, Don Moen, performed some of his hit tracks.

In his Easter message, the Senior Pastor of the House on the Rock Church, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, urged citizens to adopt a positive approach and good deeds towards the reprieve that has come the way of Nigerians.

In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, and wife joined other Christians at the St. Peters Cathedral, Ake to be part of the thanksgiving service marking the Easter celebration.

In his Easter note to the populace, the Bishop of Egba Diocese, Bishop Emmanuel Adekunle, admonished Nigerians to continue to have faith in God in the face of the many challenges currently facing the country.

Similarly, Christians in Osun State were not left out of this year’s commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as they all trooped out to their various places of worship.

It was a filled day for choristers and bands at the various worship centers in Oshogbo, the state’s capital, which were packed full with worshippers apparently in joyous mood dancing and singing.

In their various sermons, clergymen at the various worship centres sued for ‎peaceful coexistence among Nigerians and emphasised living in love and humility between the rulers and the ruled.

They urged leaders‎ to embrace the virtues of sacrifice and tolerance in governance, stressing that the welfare of the people should be their priority.

In Edo State, the Bishop of the Benin Catholic Archdiocese, Most Reverend Augustine Akubeze, admonished Christians to see the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the right path to eternal life.

The Edo State Police Command also had a special thanksgiving at the cathedral to commemorate the end of activities for 2016 Nigeria Police Force Week.

Governor Amosun Settles Alleged Rift Between Alake, Awujale

AmosunIt appears the purported rift between the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, and the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, over the ranking of obas in Yoruba land may have been put to rest.

This is coming as the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, waded into the crisis that has pitched the two paramount rulers against each other.

The Governor held a closed door meeting with both monarchs which lasted three hours at the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Governor Amosun emphasized the need for peace and unity among Yoruba obas for the harmony and progress of Nigeria’s southwest region.

While fielding questions from reporters after the meeting, the two paramount rulers maintained silence over the alleged crisis, vehemently denying any rift.

Insecurity: Interior Minister Indicts Political Class Over Pace Of Attacks

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, has indicted the nation’s political class for the high level of insecurity and the spate of killings and loss of property, saying their utterances and deeds have continued to unsettle the polity.

He was speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital during a courtesy call on the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, after the commissioning of an administrative block and 36 unit staff quarters at the Civil Defense College of Security Management.

The Minister pointed an accusing finger at the political class for the level of insecurity in the country, while soliciting the cooperation and support of traditional rulers in ensuring peace in the country.

The Minister also used the opportunity to deny any merger of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, with the Nigeria Police as being clamoured for in some quarters.

The paramount ruler, while giving assurances of his support, however, demanded the issuance of diplomatic passport for traditional rulers to further straighten the respect for traditional rulers.

Giving his goodwill message at the occasion, the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, challenged government at all levels, irrespective of party affiliation to always give ample support to security agencies in the country.

The Commandant-General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Dr. Ade Abolurin, said that the College of Security Management was established to provide human capital development in the security sector, as well as to reengineer and strengthen the capacity of security agencies.