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As the 2020 main pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Jordan kick-off, the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) has warned intending pilgrims against abscondment. The Executive Secretary of the commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam, gave the warning at the event held on Saturday at the Yakubu Gowon International Airport Heipang, near Jos, with the theme: “Pilgrimage of Peace and Development”, said pilgrimage was purely a spiritual exercise and not tourism. Pam announced that 2,500 intending pilgrims would be...

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The former Chief of Army Staff, Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), has said the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Dr. Matthew Kukah, got it all wrong when he told the US Congress recently that Nigerian Christians, especially in the North, were being persecuted under the Buhari administration. He said, on the contrary, the majority of the victims of the ongoing terrorism in the North are Muslims. Dambazau, who is the former minister of interior, spoke in...

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) says in spite of the cancellation of the 2021 Hajj for intending pilgrims by the authority of Saudi Arabia it assured intending Hajj Pilgrims from the country of getting their deposits made since 2019. Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, Chairman of the Commission gave the assurance at a One-Day seminar organised for information offices, state Public relations officers, Spokespersons and Head of media at pilgrim’s welfare boards by the...

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Friday said Pope Francis recovery from intestinal surgery is continuing normally but Sunday’s prayer would be led from Rome’s Gemelli hospital. The Vatican said the pontiff is walking and working but he is not well enough to return to the Vatican in time for his Sunday noon blessing there. The situation is indicating that the pope’s recuperation could last longer than the seven days originally anticipated. There had been...

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LAGOS — The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has appealed to the Lagos State Examinations Board to shift one of the dates of its Entrance Examination into Lagos State Model Colleges which fell on July 19 due to the  Salah celebration. The group said that July 19 and 20 were still being considered for the Muslim festival of Id Al-Adha while neither date had been confirmed. The group made this known in a statement on Thursday,...

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By David W. Virtue, DD More than 500 mostly Nigerian Anglicans packed Holy Trinity Cathedral Church in Houston on Saturday for an African style dedication of a new cathedral. Abuja-based Nigerian Primate, Henry Ndukuba, archbishop of the largest province in the Anglican communion, officially dedicated the new $5 million structure. The Rt. Rev. Bill Atwood, Dean of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) for International Affairs, said there were about 15 bishops present, plus...

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has accepted the cancellation of this year’s Hajj. Saudi authorities announced the restriction of this year’s Hajj to citizens who are resident in the Kingdom over the COVID scare. “In the light of what the world is witnessing with the continuing developments of the pandemic COVID-19, and the emergence of new variations, Hajj 1442 will be limited to the residents and citizens from within the Kingdom of Saudi...

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Bereaved members of the Synagogue Church of All Nations held a mini service at the church’s main entrance following the death of the founder, Prophet Temitope Joshua. The bereaved members were wailing, worshipping, and praying. The members said it is necessary to hold the service to honour God for giving them a cleric like TB Joshua who has fought a good fight and won. One of the worshippers, Jane Maduko, said: ‘We need to hold this...

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IBADAN — Dr. Nathaniel Omilani, a Science Educator, from the Department of Science and Technology Education, University of Ibadan, has urged parents to desist from comparing their children with their other mates and siblings. Omilani gave the advice on Thursday during Children’s Day celebration organized by Trinity Council Mission, Ibadan. He remarked that comparing çhildren with others could make them feel unloved, lack confidence, and inferior to their mates. He calls on parents to always...

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced that only 60,000 pilgrims will be allowed to partake in the 2021 hajj. The announcement followed uncertainty if the 2021 pilgrimage would hold after the Kingdom suspended the 2020 hajj due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of pilgrims was reduced in accordance with the COVID-19 protocols as the country usually hosts over two million Muslim faithful to the holy city of Mecca to perform the rites The...

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