Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Several dead as army troops battle with militia in Benue state

 https://www.naija.ng/1184566-several-dead-army-troops-battle-militia-benue-state.

The army troops killed an unspecified number of the militia while trying to dislodge them from their camp 

Troops of the Nigerian Army, on Saturday, August 4, while on a clearance operation along Gbajimba to Akor area of Guma local government in Benue state found the men armed with AK-47 rifles with large herds of cattle and engaged them. The Punch reports that the army said the troops killed an “unspecified number of the militiamen while others escaped into nearby bushes with gunshot injuries.”

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

ACTING PRESIDENT OSINBAJO SAVES THE DAY ONCE AGAIN


As reported by Barrister Emma Ogebe

Breaking news out of Nigeria indicates that Nigerias Acting President a Law Professor has fired the head of Nigerias secret police in the most major government shakeup of this administration in 3 years.

The move followed the besiegement this morning of the parliament by masked secret police in the third week running of attempts to topple the senate.

VP Osinbajo took over as Acting President when President Buhari left for London on vacation. However some analysts saw it as a set up to distance the president from the coup against the Senate President.

From online videos we heard senators calling out the VP during the siege and a courageous female MP daring the secret police to shoot.

Acting President Osinbajos swift and decisive action will stabilize the polity and halt the rapid slide into anarchy.

Last month in a radio interview in Washington, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Ogebe JSC had this to say, what makes me so disturbed  as a lawyer and a judge is that the government has no respect for the rule of law. They do what ever they like.  A court will make an order against them but they will not obey and that is not what we voted for. We want to have democracy similar to what is happening here. We want people to have liberty and freedom of speech just as it is in America, but that is not what is happening. We have dictatorship there.

It is not certain if Prof Osinbajos dismissal of Lawal Daura the President Buharis powerful nephew will stand. Daura has been retired from the secret police for incompetence but was made the head when his uncle Buhari came to power.

Daura is part of the Presidents shadow cabinet and is in fact believed to be a key member of the cabal that runs the presidency and the president himself to the exclusion of VP Osinbajo and sometimes even Buhari.

Analysts see this as an epochal move by the VP who has been criticized for standing by in the face of executive lawlessness to be on the right side of history. Inaction on his part could have brooked impeachment or total breakdown of law and order.

It is doubtful if Prof Osinbajo did this without consulting the president but regardless as a law professor he knows full well that as acting President he is able to do this.

Ironically Prof Osinbajo has been the redeeming grace for this woeful failure of an administration. Last year he ruled a few times while Gen Buhari was abroad on sick leave but his popularity stemming from his urbane and humane disposition caused Buharis hawks to circumscribe him.

It is dire times in Nigeria right now and people are calling for prayers for Osinbajo whom they see as facing his Esther moment - if I perish, I perish!

It should be noted that Prof Osinbajo avoided a constitutional crisis last year when he appointed a Chief Justice for Nigeria while he was acting President. President Buhari had delayed the appointment of the first southern Christian Chief Justice in 30 years.

Similarly, Prof Osinbajo had also indicted and recommended the removal of Buharis longest-serving cabinet member for theft of funds meant for victims of terrorism. While President had defended the Secretary to the Government despite a senate report that indicted him, Prof Osinbajo did not exculpate him.

Although the president reluctantly fired the secretary to the government, he has still not been prosecuted and remains a high profile poster boy for this administrations selective justice.

Whatever the case, these are sensitive times for Prof Osinbajo. The fate of Nigeria seems to be in the hands of this humble, brilliant and God-fearing man at least for another week.
Emmanuel Ogebe

Friday, July 20, 2018

Ola Aresa of Masifa gone to be with the LORD



Ola Aresa of Masifa, Kabiyesi Oba Mathew Oyekale. Ministering at a Technical Session for traditional rulers and chiefs at  Ifewara for Christ event organized by the RCCG at Ifewara in 2013

The amiable christian monarch, Kabiyei Oba Mathew Oyekale, the Ola Aresa of Masifa has returned to his Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
He is being buried this weekend 20-21st July 2018.

Church Arise! celebrates a life gloriously spent in the service of the LORD Jesus. May his soul rest in peace and his memory continue to be sweet.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

15 Year old Christian Girl, Jennifer Yohanna, in Islamic captivity for more than 5 months

HACFO Breaking News..
KIDNAPPING OF CHRISTIAN GIRLS, FORCEFUL CONVERSION TO ISLAM AND CHILD MARRIAGE AGAINST THE CONSENT OF THEIR PARENTS, A NEW SYSTEMATIC WAY OF UNLEASHING TERROR ON THE CHRISTIANS IN NORTHERN NIGERIA.
A PAINFUL STORY OF JENNIFER YOHANNA, A 15 YEAR OLD CHRISTIAN GIRL THAT HAS BEEN IN ISLAMIC CAPTIVITY FOR MORE THAN 5 MONTHS.

Two years ago (2016), Mr. Yohanna Matthew Shagari’s younger sister Blessing was kidnapped and converted to Islam by some of the Muslims of Pambegua in Kubau LGA, Kaduna State Nigeria. Despite all the threats and harassments he faced, Yohanna insisted for the return of his beloved sister, and God so kind, he secured her freedom with the help of the then Divisional Police Officer of Pambegua after 21 days in captivity. Even though they came after her to kill her for their claim of her committing apostasy (going back to her original Christian faith from the islam she was forced into), Yohanna still stood his ground and God saw them through unhurt. Ever since then, the Muslim community of Pambegua vowed to severely deal with him for being anti-Islam just because he fought the injustice done to his sister who was kidnapped, converted to Islam and detained against her wish and that of her parents and family.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

AUDIOS OF PASTOR BOSUN EMMANUEL'S MESSAGE AT THE CETCON 2018



Church Arise! was privileged to host Pastor Bosun Emmanuel, Secretary to the National Christian Elders; Forum, and Publisher of Karis magazine at the Campus Endtime Conference, which held Thursday May 24th at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

Please find BELOW the links to the message by this special vessel of the Lord for our generation.
Apart from the entire message in a file, we have also divided the message into some 10 clips dealing with key sub-topics.  This is to facilitate sharing the appropriate link to specific audiences.

God bless you as you reflect on these messages, and share them widely within your circle of influence.

Joshua Ojo
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CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD FULL MESSAGE:
FULL MESSAGE:THY KINGDOM COME O LORD: RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP AND NATION BUILDING

 CLICK ON ANY OF THE LINKS BELOW TO DOWNLOAD SPECIFIC CLIPS
DISCIPLESHIP
THE KINGDOM EXPLAINED
KINGDOM VALUES AND PRACTICES
PARABLE OF THE SOWER
COMMITTMENT
CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES OF CAMPUS CHRISTIANS
LEADERSHIP CRISIS IN THE NIGERIAN CHURCH
THE PROBLEM WITH NIGERIA (AND SOLUTIONS)
WE CAN STILL WIN THIS BATTLE
DON'T BE A TOOL FOR THE ENEMY


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

MAY 29 IN HISTORY

In light of current developments with respect to May 29, we are re-posting our article first published in 1999 tracing the historical and spiritual importance of May 29 to the Islamic world.  Note that we pointed out in the article that May 29 had lost its potency to the Islamic world with the inauguration of a christian (Olusegun Obasanjo) in 1999.
Download the edition of Church Arise! (Vol 2 No 3, 1999) containing the original article here
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"Many a discerning Christian have wondered how the date May 29 was arrived at, as the date the 'millitants' will hand over power to a civil regime. In fact, then Presidential aspirant, Chief Olu Falae in trying to persuade the government to agree to postponing the Presidential election of Feb 27, openly commented that the gap between Feb 27 and May 29 is too long and serves no visible purpose. If the elections were not to be postponed,why wait till May 29 to swear in the new governments?

What no one can doubt however is that those in authority, heavily influenced by Islamic spirits, do not trivialize such weighty issues as the date power will be relinquished! The date would have been most carefully chosen - to serve as much of their own interests as possible. To sensitize the Church of Christ to the need to be on high prayer alert in this one month leading to the promised transition, and in keeping the flavour of history on this edition as expected, we present the following accounts of some significant events in history that occurred on some May 29s in the past.

In the larger Christian World

May 29 is no doubt a date the spirit of Islam will hail as their BIGGEST day of victory ever in history. For on that day in the year 1453, Islam secured her most significant victory over her 'arch-rival', Christendom, as it were, when the seemingly impregnable Christian city of Constantinople fell to the forces of Mehmed II, Sultan of the Ottoman Turks. With the collapse of Rome about a thousand years earlier, Constantinople had become the only remaining bastion of Christianity. The manner of the fall of the city is very pathetic and should be instructive to Christians in these end time conflicts.

Following is an excerpt from Christian History Institute's account of the event:
"Around 1.30 a.m. on this date, May 29, [Mehmed II] ordered the assault. The Christians fought with furious determination... The Turks were repulsed. But a gate left open allowed a few to break through. They were killed but left flags on the city wall. The outermost defenders, looking back, saw the Muslim flags and thought the city had been taken. They wavered…. The Sultan noticed it.. As dawn broke, the Christian line collapsed.… The land where Paul and Barnabas preached salvation through Christ's death and resurrection now belonged entirely to Islam".

In Nigeria

May 29 1966 was the date the foundation of the present structure for Nigeria was laid! It was on that day, that the Islamic North, up to that point seeking to secede ('Araba') from an oppressive Federal Nigeria, swung the scale, and reverse the tides, taking over the reins of power in Nigeria.

The "Araba" riots which took off on schedule that day, was a carefully planned, pre-determined, systematic decimation of Southern Nigerians/Christians by certain elements (there were a number of sympathetic Northerners!) in several cities in the North. According to Colonel Shuwa, one of the sympathetic Northerners, he was restrained and commanded by "higher authorities" to withdraw his troops which he had used to prevent the rioters in Kano city. He subsequently "saw private homes, churches, shops, schools, and market stalls belonging to southern Nigerians in flames" for days.

Another account from Sokoto is even more gripping: "while other towns rioted, the Southerners went into their Church to pray to their God for the return of peace. While they all gathered there and prayed, the Church was cordoned off. Having poured petrol over the Church building, it was set ablaze, and the multitude died while praying for peace". Details of the gory event that claimed over 3000 lives can be found in the book by Alexander Madiebo (The Nigerian Revolution and the Biafran War pg 35-42).

 According to Obasanjo's My Command (pg 10-11), on account of that event, the Biafran leader was
quoted as saying "we are finished with the Federation ... it is all a question of time". The resulting declaration of Biafran independence a year later on May 30, 1967 led to the very bloody 30-month civil war in Nigeria, yielding the present structure of Nigeria and the Nigerian armed forces.

If the same spiritual forces that carefully chose May 29 for the genocide against Christians in 1453, and in 1966 have again chosen the same May 29 as the day they will disengage from rulership in Nigeria, Church Arise! believes the Church cannot afford to be casual towards the date. There are Biblical precedents for us to expect God to work out great victory for us and frustrate whatever hidden agenda the enemy mightbe nursing toward that day:

"On the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them" (Esther 9:1).

As will happen at the battle of Armageddon, the forces of the anti-christ will choose the date and location of the final battle. Only they wouldn't know they are merely fulfilling what God had already appointed (Rev 17:17a, Acts 4:28). They will suddenly find the battle turned against them!

CALL TO PRAYER

We call on every Christian to spend at least 15 minutes each day in the month of May to pray towards May 29 1999. Christians who fold their hands and look forward to an automatic smooth handing over of power on May 29 are like the son described in Proverbs 10:5. It is our responsibility to execute the written judgements (Ps 149:9). And this time around, we shall not leave any gate opened by mistake. Neither shall we overlook any enemy flag left flying on our City wall. Victory is imminent. It is sure.
Church Arise!
PS:: Churches and other Christian groups may wish to organize prayer chains for the week leading to May 29.

Monday, June 4, 2018

LETTER TO PARTICIPANTS AT CETCon 2018


Dearly beloved,

A big congratulations for your participation in the just-concluded CETCon.  As the Scriptures say, “Many are called, but few are chosen”.

In his talk, Pastor Bosun Emmanuel shared a perspective the LORD had given us earlier: to accomplish an extra-ordinary monumental victory, the LORD deliberately required Gideon’s initial army of 32,000 to be whittled down to a mere 300 men (Judges 7).  And that was sufficient to accomplish the LORD’s counsel!

The CETCon was conveyed because like Daniel in Daniel 9:2-3, we are convinced that the time is ripe for the fulfilment of the prophecies written for Nigeria. We knew we only had to sign up and be available for God to use us to be part of His vehicle for bringing these prophecies to pass.  Like the small smooth stone that crushed the head of Goliath (I Samuel 17:49).  Like the small stone cut without human hand that smashed and overwhelm the existing  new world order structure of the anti-christ (Daniel 2:44-45). Again, we rejoice in the LORD that you also are part of His moves these exciting endtimes.

But the CETCon was only just the beginning, the initial phase.  Moving forward, the Creation Science Society is scheduling her first meeting for Wednesday June 13, at 5.00pm. It will be a time to discuss (over a cocktail), the wide range of topics in Scientific Creationism, browse through dozens of resources available, and decide on action plans for the Society. Please join us at this meeting, if you are at all able. And kindly help spread the word to others that might be interested to come join us. The venue for the meeting is Room 238, Physics Building, White House on OAU campus. You may obtain further details from Mr Dimeji Babatunde on 08038272108.

Similarly, I am to intimate you, if you are not already aware of this, that the City Builders Network (CBN) is already operational on the Obafemi Awolowo University.  The vision of the CBN is to promote nation-building following the patterns of Abraham, whom the Bible records, sought to build a city with foundations (Hebrews 11:10).  The CBN is determined to contribute to the building of nation Nigeria one “city” at a time, where the “city” ranges from geographical settings and people groups, to various sectors of society.  In doing this, we would need to contend against the existing occult-based foundations promoted through various forms of cultism, drug-fuelled gangsterism and the like. You might be interested in attending a critical meeting of the CBN scheduled for the evening of Friday 20th – Saturday 21st July 2018 at Mount Carmel Prayer City, Ifewara.  The handbill for this meeting was circulated during the CETCon. Please contact me or Dr Lekan Jesuleye (on 08157609726) if you require more details.  

Finally I hope you did respond to the invitation by Pastor Bosun to visit www.csmnigeria.org and register with the Christian Social Movement of Nigeria. The CSMN is one of the official platforms of the Christian Association of Nigeria designed to mobilize Christian professionals and young adults to nation-building in Nigeria while projecting and defending Christian values and interests.  A strategic meeting of the CSMN in the South West Zone of Nigeria is scheduled to hold at Ibadan on Saturday 30th June.  Please contact me for details if you will like to be part of this potentially-historic meeting.

In addition to these formal activities leveraging the moves set in place by the Almighty God at CETCon 2018, we are trusting the LORD that one or two of you out there will be receiving visions for new initiatives to fill yawning gaps the LORD is pointing your attention to, either right here on our campus or in the general society.  Please do not hesitate to make the moves the LORD is requesting you to make.  And kindly feel free to share this with us at Church Arise!

Meanwhile I suggest that we all keep in touch in real time via social media.  If you would like to be subscribed on a Whats’App Group to be created for this purpose, kindly respond to this mail, sending your Name, Affiliation and Whats’app number. We shall be sending you in due course links to the various video and audio clips of the Conference as they are posted on the internet. If you come with a flash drive to any of the meetings announced here, you might also copy directly the videos and audios of interest to you.

Go in this thy might, thou man/woman of valour! (Judges 6:12,14)

Your brother in promoting the Lord’s Kingdom

Joshua Ojo
Church Arise! LivingWater Ministries, Ile-Ife
8 Surulere Line 2, (near Victory Chapel), Oke-Opa, Ile-Ife
Telephone: 08057106482