As efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to gather pace, the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Fr Ejike Mbaka, has cancelled the Christian congregation’s popular prayer meeting usually held every Wednesday.
This, according to the ministry, is in compliance with the social restriction order issued by the Catholic Church which is aimed at limiting the spread of the virus.
In a statement on Tuesday, Mbaka said: “The Wednesday prayer of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria, also known as ‘E No Dey Again Programme’ will not hold tomorrow March 25, 2020.
“This is in adherence to the Diocesan regulations and in joining the whole world to manage COVID-19 pandemic. On that date, all worshippers are urged to stay safe and continue to pray for God’s intervention in the pandemic.”
Meanwhile, Enugu residents have continued to go about their normal businesses despite the rising cases of COVID-19 infections in the country, which currently stands at 40 confirmed cases, with one dead, a former Managing Director of the PPMC, Suleiman Achimugu, who died early Monday morning.
Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu Nigeria, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, has denied that he prophesied the newly sworn-in Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri will only last two months in power.
Mbaka, in a statement issued by his media aide, Ike Maximus Ugwuoke, said he never prophesied about the Diri.
“Our attention has been drawn to a report in a section of the media that the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Fr. Mbaka has prophesied that the newly sworn-in Governor of Bayelsa State, Diri Douye, will stay in office as governor for only two months.
“The report alleged that he predicted this in ‘Delta State at a ceremony to celebrate his friend and colleague who clocked 68 years.’
“For the sake of justice and fairness, we challenge the originators of this false and mendacious report to mention the name of the so-called Fr. Mbaka’s friend and colleague whose ceremony he attended in Delta State,” the statement said.
Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, who trended on Twitter after his prophecy about who will be made the governor of Imo state came to pass, has said that he has more prophecies that will come to pass before the end of this year.
The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, prophesied earlier this year, saying: “I don’t know the manner the revelation will manifest but no prophecy has ever been declared on this prayer ground without coming to pass.
“In spite of all that would happen this 2020, there is hope. In Imo State, there is hope. Hope, hope, hope! Hope in Imo State. Imo people have suffered but God is raising a new hope that would be an agent of salvation for them.”
After Hope Uzodinma was declared the governor of Imo state, Mbaka revealed there are 39 more prophecies of his that will come to pass in 2020.
He said this in a statement while reacting to the removal of the Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, by the Supreme Court and the inauguration of Senator Hope Uzodinma as governor.
In the statement by his spokesman, Maximus Ugwuoke, Mbaka said he gave 40 prophecies on New Year’s Eve.
The statement read in part, “Uzodinma becoming the governor of Imo was just a part of the about 40 prophetic prayers Fr. Mbaka made on December 31. But that became the only issue people satanically picked against him.
“God has vindicated Fr. Mbaka as He has always done for Fr. Mbaka and adoration ministry in all the battles, vituperations and attacks the ministry had faced in the past. To God be the glory.”
Maximus Ugwuoke said the victory of Uzodinma was evidence that Mbaka was truly an anointed man of God.
The statement further stated that the fact that the Supreme Court’s seven justices unanimously agreed to the judgment showed that God was behind the prophecy.
It read: “The Judgement has for umpteenth times vindicated Fr Mbaka as a true prophet of God. People should learn to fear God and respect His anointed whenever he says ‘Thus says the Lord’.
“We are not all gifted alike, Fr. Mbaka’s prophetic gift should be a source of pride for the Catholic Church and indeed all true Christians as a living evidence of divine presence within the Church. As a lawyer, I tell you that there are double fold angles to this miracle.
“One is the miraculous resuscitation of Hope Uzodinma from the far away position he was placed in the election result announced by INEC in Imo State. The second is the unanimous confirmation of the seven Justices of the Supreme Court (without a dissent view) that Uzodinma was the rightful winner of the election.”
Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rt. Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah, has accused the Federal Government of being sympathetic to Islamist insurgents.
He alleged that the government, by allocating key positions to hardline Muslims, gave tacit approval to insurgent to reign.
This is as the outspoken cleric condemned the beheading of 10 persons believed to be Christians by members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).
In a statement through the Diocese’s Communications Office, Kukah accused the Federal Government of using different methods to achieve the same goal of Islamic dominance in Nigeria.
“The only difference between the government and Boko Haram is that Boko Haram is holding a bomb.
“They are using the levers of power to secure the supremacy of Islam, which then gives more weight to the idea that it can be achieved by violence.
“With the situation in Nigeria, it is hard to see the moral basis they have to defeat Boko Haram. They have created the conditions to make it possible for Boko Haram to behave the way they are behaving.” he added.
Bishop Kukah said the only thing preventing Nigeria from being engulfed in civil war was the peaceful tenets of Christianity.
“Christians have every reason to feel insecure and also there is a general feeling of their marginalisation from the political process. If the principles of our religion were different, there would be a civil war by now.
“It is the glory of our religion that this hasn’t happened. It is difficult to preach peace in this context. Any resolution depends on how Christians decide to react. They won’t use violence, but what will they do?” he queried. .
“If the people in power don’t do enough to integrate Christians then they give oxygen to Islamism. If they have countries where everybody is Muslim in power then you give vent to the idea that Islam should be supreme,” he said.
He also criticised western nations for being preoccupied with mining resources in Africa, and not committed to defending the people.
“Western nations are not doing enough. They have shown that the resources of Africa are more important than the ordinary people.
“Clearly, the Western nations could have reduced the influence of Boko Haram by 80 or 90 percent but they have deliberately not done enough,” he said.
Meanwhile, the military has overpowered Boko Haram insurgents who attacked Monguno sector 3 base in Borno State.
Sources said troops battled for several hours to repel the attack which happened late Tuesday.
Suspected members of the ISWAP faction of Boko Haram had attempted to invade the community which serves as a mega camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Some of the 1,200 Chadian troops who pulled out of Nigeria during the weekend made use of the base.
The insurgents were said to have stormed the base around 7pm after which a gun battle ensued.
The Air Force was said to have joined the Army in the battle forcing the insurgent to beat a retreat.
Since the withdrawal of the Chadian troops from the Multinational Joint Task Force operation, there have been rumours of planned attacks by insurgents on key locations of Borno.
Gospel singer and founder, Believers Faith Jesus Outreach Ministry, Rev. (Mrs.) Stella Adaeze Obi, is brimming with joy and excitement. Her new album, A Child Is Born was launched amidst fanfare on Sunday, December 1, and she’s full of praises to God Almighty.
Blessed with a handsome husband, Edward Obi, who is also the church’s Senior Pastor, the singer popularly known as ‘Inspirational Stella’, is confident that her latest work will make waves all over the world.
In this exclusive interview, Obi narrates her journey into gospel music. She also talks about motherhood, happiest moment, how she met her hubby, and reason she’ll make heaven. Enjoy it.
As a pastor, singer and mother, how has the journey being?
When God calls a man, he calls the entire family; whatever will be an obstacle or hindrance to you, God will not allow it. Being a pastor, I believe God has called my entire family. My children all work in the vineyard with me.
What inspired your foray into gospel music?
It was another calling on its own. Every night during my quiet time with the Lord, I would be singing; songs that are incomplete. At a certain period in 2007, each night after family prayers, when I was alone, I would start hearing songs. And once I start hearing the songs, I would start singing them. I wasn’t that good at singing, though I listened to songs of other gospel artistes and I enjoyed them. One day, some songs came to me and I picked up my diary and wrote out 21 songs. Right now, out of all the songs, only three have been released. They are ‘Jehovah Jireh’, ‘The All Knowing God’ and ‘A Child Is Born’, which is the title of the album.
Could you describe the happiest moment of your life?
The happiest moment of my life is when I hear my church members testify about what God has done for them, it gives me joy. Also, I am happy whenever I remember that when I die, I will go to heaven, because I am born again and I do the will of God. All these give me joy.
What role did your husband play to get your music to this stage?
My husband has been supportive. I lost my voice recently. He took me to where my voice was trained and polished. Sometimes when I sing in the night, he uses his phone to record and later plays it for me. He is the only person that lays hand on my head. He knows how to calm me down after a stressful day. He has been so supportive of my music career.
How did you meet your husband?
It was like a miracle. Just like before the creation of this world… God knew His own actually. I’ve always hoped to marry this very rich man, maybe a pilot. I met my husband and we were both young, and the funniest part of it was that we were both of the same age, 24-years-old, back then; and immediately I set my eyes on him I knew he was the one for me. When we met, he had no car of his own, and I was the type that would not want to go out without a car. Yes, I was born of a middle class family, so I always wanted to settle down with someone higher than the level I was. But as God has destined it, we met and got married. The rest, as they say, is history (laughter).
How do you compose your songs?
It’s either I hear the song in the dream or during meditation while praying. My husband and children are always there to write it down for me.
What has been your lowest moment as an artiste?
I will not say there were no challenges, they came but God brought solutions. So many projects were in the pipeline; the building of the children’s department gave me concern. I was told that the first set of my music would be released in December but I was running many programmes including Month of Settlement, Couple’s Seminar etc. I knew it would involve lots of money and I was advised to talk to some people for financial assistance, but I am not the type that likes asking people for money. Rather, I gave up and it took me a lot of efforts… I didn’t have another option than to summon courage and I went to discuss with some people who promised to assist me. Before I knew it, my younger sister and my husband also supported me and I became encouraged. In fact, the money I raised was more than enough to run the project.
How did your children feel when they saw the extra gift you had as a singer?
They embraced my singing talent with joy. In fact, one of my daughters is among my backup singers and a member of my group called ‘Inspirational Stella’.
Do you wish any of your children step into your shoes?
Pastoral calling is a true calling. One of my daughters is already navigating to that angle; she is currently enrolled at a school of theology.
What advice do you have for up and coming gospel artistes?
No matter the challenges facing gospel artistes, things will always get better. I believe the God that has given you the talent will not let you down.