The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Yobe State Council has awarded Governor Mai Mala Buni with the “Inclusive Governance” award for his administration’s fairness to all ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds.
Yobe State CAN Chairman, Bishop Yohanna Audu, and leaders of the association presented the award to the governor on Tuesday during a Christmas homage to him at the Government House, Damaturu.
“You won this prestigious award because of your style of leadership that carries everybody along irrespective of tribe, region, or religion,” Audu said.
The association commended Governor Buni for appointing people from all faiths and ethnic backgrounds into his administration.
It also commended the governor for his commitment to peace and peaceful coexistence in the state where adherents of various religions coexist peacefully with love and trust.
The association said in preparation for Christmas, it organised a unity carol with participants from the six North Eastern states at a time when the Muslims were having the National Quranic recitation competition.
“This is a clear demonstration of the peace, trust, and tolerance we have in the state under your able leadership,” the association informed Buni.
It also lauded the Yobe state government for providing bulls during festivals, palliative to the less privileged, awards scholarships for foreign students, and allocation of slots for pilgrimage to its members.
Responding, Buni assured the association of more opportunities to all persons irrespective of religion, ethnicity, or cultural background.
He said the responsibility of building a peaceful society rests on everyone, urging religious leaders to always preach peace among their followers.
“We thank God for the stable peace we now enjoy across the state, and we all have roles to play in improving the relative peace enjoyed,” Buni emphasized.
He said the award given to him by the association would propel him to do more in supporting and carrying everyone along “It’s an award l will live to value it.”
Have We Had Bad Popes Throughout History?
By Val Obienyem
In 1300 the papacy suffered two major setbacks: the era of “antipopes” and the “Babylonian Captivity”. In 1305 through the influence of King Philip of France, a French archbishop was elected and crowned at Lyon as Pope Clement V. Clement moved the papal court from Rome to Avignon in 1309. The papacy remained in France during the reign of seven Popes, and this greatly reduced the prestige of the papacy. This period was known as “Babylonian Captivity” It ended in 1377 when Pope Gregory XI returned the papal throne to Rome.
This development made the papacy to be a subject of intense rivalry among Catholic countries. Unfortunately, it degenerated into the era of rival Popes, in other words, known as “anti-popes.” An anti-pope was he who had been improperly elected a pope. He sets himself in opposition to the pope who has been regularly chosen by canon law. The first anti-pope usually noted was Hippolytus; the last anti-pope was Felix. This schism divided the church for almost 60 years. As if the Church was recovering from it, subsequent popes posed a problem to the Church. Having obtained their election by bribe, they lived shamefully.
This was exemplified in the pontificate of Alexander VI. Alexander involved himself in the political maneuvering that characterized Italy from 1492 – 1503. The career of Alexander VI and some other Popes of the era demonstrated that they were typical Renaissance Princes occupied with Italian politics often to the neglect of their spiritual duties, thus bringing disgrace to the Church and the papacy into disrepute.
As an aftermath of this degenerative papacy, many Church leaders cried out for reforms. These cries continued unheeded until Martin Luther came forth. He was a Catholic Priest and a monk. In his 95 theses, he denounced many things in the Church, especially the indulgence. But let it be said here that even before Luther, Pope Boniface IX in 1392, Martin V in 1420, and Sixtus IV in 1478 had repeatedly condemned the misconception and abuses of indulgence. Luther’s concerns were legitimate. Some believe that his way of going about it was wrong, others believe otherwise. This debate continues.
In response to this protestant reformation, the Church called the Council of Trent, which met from 1545 to 1563. This Council reaffirmed the Catholic doctrines.
It needs to be said, and I do hereby say it that the personal immoralities of priests or popes do not nullify the divine character of the Church, the purity of its doctrines, or the graces and spiritual powers it transmits.
All in all, though the Catholic Church was founded by Christ, it is manned by sons of Adam susceptible to human frailties.
On papal infallibility and the document signed by the Pope:
Maybe we did not fully comprehend infallibility as we were taught in Catechism as kids. The teachings have not changed. The pope is as fallible as the man next door and susceptible to sinning. He has his confessor and goes to confession as often as required. If he were sinless, he would not need that. Infallibility comes into play when he makes pronouncements in matters of faith, usually in union with the cardinals and the bishops. Even the recent document on blessings does not fall within the issue at hand. What he signed is akin to practice direction for lawyers to priests.
I Saw The Caliphate, Backed By Yoruba To Fight Igbo People, Says Bishop Udeh
By Chuks Eke
Fiery cleric, Bishop Abraham Chris Udeh has disclosed that he saw the Caliphate, backed by the Yoruba to finish the Igbo people but they can never succeed because God is by the side of the Ndigbo.
He said if God had not been on the side of the Igbo, these Caliphates would have finished them a long time ago.
“It is better for President Bola Tinubu to resign and hand over power to the winner of the last presidential election because he has no acumen and articulates to handle Nigeria rather, the more he stays on that seat, the more Nigeria will continue to go down economically and politically, while injustice will continue to reign supreme as a result of lack of rule of law”.
Bishop Udeh said that he also saw the Almighty God sign and stamp the existence of the sovereign state of Biafra in the spiritual realm as a result of the continued detention and incarceration of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB, Nnamdi Kanu.
He said he saw the mighty hand of God signing and stamping the Biafran sovereignty state in the spiritual realm shortly after he concluded his annual 40 days and 40 nights of fasting and prayer session which he started in 2017 when the Nigerian military launched the dramatic operations python dance which claimed many lives of Ndigbo, including that of Kanu’s parent.
Bishop Udeh, General Overseer of Mount Zion Global Liberation Ministries Incorporated (a.k.a By-Fire-By-Fire) made this revelation at his Cathedral Church, Nnewii, Anambra state, while briefing newsmen ahead of last Friday’s Supreme Court judgment in the federal government’s appeal against Appeal court judgment which discharged and acquitted Kanu of all the charges brought against him by the federal government, declared: “I am very happy that the Biafran sovereignty state has at last been signed and stamped by the Almighty.
I am in the spiritual realm waiting for manifestation”.
He further declared: ” Instead of continuing to shed blood in the name of agitation or fighting agitation, let there be a referendum to kick-start the sovereign state of Biafra because the quantum of blood already shredded from 1945 till date in search of silencing agitation by the Nigerian government is so enormous that there is a need to conduct a referendum and end the agitation.
“In my 40 days and 40 nights of fasting and prayers, I saw the anger of God pouring on Britain and other superpower nations working with Britain to suppress Biafran sovereignty. I am seeing the Jihadists conquering Britain and taking over the mantle of leadership as a punishment for siding with the Jihadists in Nigeria.
“I am seeing the punishment of God against Britain for maltreating and suppressing the people they colonized. All the people they colonized are secretly being milked and sulked dry by the British”.
“America will soon be brought down because of the way they are working with Britain. So, America should be very careful because there is a small person down the valley pushing to bring down America. Even Vladimir Putin of Russia should be careful not to be eaten up by a magot because of his conquest style of leadership”.
“In the spiritual realm, I am seeing China, Iran and Russia coming together to pull down America. So, America should be very careful.
Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State should be very careful because I am seeing APC raising flags to the Agu-Awka Government House.
He should stick to his campaign promises to ensure he qualifies for a second tenure or else he will fail to secure a second tenure. He should also be very careful not to allow the ongoing conspiracy from APC from the federal level not to prevent him from going for a second tenure”, Bishop Udeh warned.
Arabic Day: Zulum Opens ‘ASALLIN’ National Conference In Maiduguri, Honours Governor
Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, on Monday, declared open the 18th national conference of the Academic Society for Arabic Language and Literature in Nigeria (ASALLIN) which was organized to commemorate the International Arabic Day slated for the 18th of December every year.
The event was held at the International conference hall of Musa Usman Secretariat, Maiduguri.
Zulum, in his remarks, emphasized the importance of preserving and promoting Arabic language and Islamic scholarship in Nigeria.
He highlighted the rich cultural and historical significance of the Arabic language and its contributions to literature, science, and religious texts.
The governor noted that his administration intends to construct 27 High Islamic Colleges, one in each Local government to promote Arabic education in Borno.
Zulum also launched ASALLIN’s annual journal titled “AL-LISAN JOURNAL OF THE ACADEMIC SOCIETY FOR ARABIC LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE IN NIGERIA where he announced the purchase of 50 copies at N5m.
The conference with the theme: “Arabic Culture In West Africa & The Journey Over Centuries: Achievements And Prospects” aims to explore strategies for sustaining and enhancing the study of Arabic knowledge in Nigerian educational institutions.
Professor Mashood Jimba, President of ASALLIN, expressed her gratitude to Governor Zulum and the organizing committee for their efforts in hosting the conference.
… Governor honoured “Knight of Arabic Language”
Meanwhile, the Academic Society for Arabic Language and Literature in Nigeria (ASALLIN) has honoured the Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, with an award titled “Faris Lugga Arabiya” which translates as the “Knight of Arabic Language”.
The award according to the organizers was to recognize Zulum’s commitment to promoting the teaching and learning of the Arabic language in Borno State.
The award was presented to the Governor by the Director of the Nigerian Arabic Village, Ngala, Professor Ibrahim Muhammad.
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