Controversial on-air personality (OAP), Daddy Freeze has attacked a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, for asking members of the church during a cross over service to buy comb and comb their hair forward and not backward.
According to Freeze, the pastor told the members that by combing their hair forward, forwardness and not backwardness will be their portion.
He wrote: “Samson in the Bible had dreadlocks… how would he have combed his hair backward or forward?
“All these demented doctrines by delusional dingbats that don’t have a clue about Christianity…
“◄ Judges 16:13 ► If you weave the seven braids of my head into the fabric…”
Trouble in the House of God: Buhari’s cash gift divides CAN
National Christian Elders Forum, NCEF, is accusing the leadership of the Christian of Nigeria (CAN) of corruption and abuse of office.
Specifically, the forum alleged that the leadership of the umbrella organisation for Christians in Nigeria collected N25 million or N40 million from the Presidency during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, criticising the action and calling for sanction. It also alleged that the CAN leadership bought official vehicles at questionable prices.
The CAN President, Rev. (Dr) Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, dismissed the allegations, branding them as “a catalogue of lies” designed to smear his reputation.
In a memo, titled ‘NCEF Protests: Is NEC of CAN Guilty of Negligence?’, and signed by the Chairman, Elder Solomon Asemota, SAN, on behalf of members, including, but not limited to retired Generals Joshua Dogonyaro, Zamani Lekwot, Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma; Elder Matthew Owojaiye, Justice Kalajine Anigbogu (ret.), Elder Shyngle Wigwe, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Pastor Bosun Emmanuel (Secretary), NCEF is calling on the National Executive Council, NEC, to investigate alleged high handedness of the CAN President.
According to the memo, NEC should immediately convene an emergency meeting to consider the issues raised and set up the process for the investigation of Ayokunle and immediate suspension of the President of CAN, until all these allegations have been investigated and he is cleared of wrong doing.
Continuing, the memo urged the NEC to ensure that the investigation looks into the activities of other officials of CAN on whose heads allegations of wrong doing and misconduct hang.
The Christian Elders argued that it has the statutory right to “make its position public to all Nigerian Christians and alert them that, if Christianity is destroyed in Nigeria or Christians continue to get slaughtered, the present NEC of CAN should be held responsible.
NCEF began its memo by expressing its condolence to CAN and all Christians in Nigeria on the death of Dr. Musa Asake, CAN Secretary General, on Friday, May 11, 2018.
The memo went on to level the allegations against the CAN to include corruption, high handedness and abuse of office. It alleged that a vehicle that was purportedly purchased for the use of the CAN Vice President at a cost of N11 million in Cotonou was being sold in Nigeria at N5 million. Dr. Ayokunle is yet to explain what happened to N6 million. In all, N43 million was spent to purchase four second hand vehicles in Cotonou. This allegation is too big to be swept under the carpet. (This vehicle is parked at the National Christian Centre, Abuja),”the Christian Elders said.
They went on: “On the 10th of November, 2017, a delegation of CAN, led by the President of CAN, Rev. Dr. Ayokunle, met with President Muhammadu Buhari and, after the visit, collected ‘transportation’ money. While informed sources claim it was N40 million, CAN officials insist it was N25 million and it was alleged to have been shared by somebody who is not an official of the National Secretariat of CAN.
“NCEF insists on proper investigation of how the money was shared and how much each person received. In addition, NCEF insists on proper sanction of every Christian leader that took part in sharing money from President Buhari. It is unethical and very insensitive for Christian leaders to collect money from the man every Christian is aware has compromised security to the detriment of the Church”.
Saying the auditor presented a financial report to CAN that did not include the N43 million spent on vehicles in Cotonou, the memo said: “Where did N43 million disappear to?”. The group pointed out that NEC was yet to properly investigate how N28 million the former President of CAN provided before he left office, to minister to persecuted Christians, was spent”.
Continuing, the Christian Elders said various alleged infractions on the constitution of CAN, as listed by the Vice President of CAN, had to be investigated including the Report of the
12 things Muslims should do more during Ramadan
There are things scholars enjoin Muslims to avoid in the Holy month of Ramadan.
But there are numerous other acts they are advised to do more to maximize the blessings of the holy month. Here are 12 of those things:
1. Read the Holy Quran
Muslims are enjoined to dedicate more time to reading the glorious Quran during Ramadan because of the bounties that it brings. Scholars have said that one receive multiple rewards for every letter recited in the Holy month.
2. Intensify efforts in the remembrance of Allah
The days of the Holy month is expected to be spent remembering Allah through various acts of Ibadah. Reading the Quran and reciting different chapters of the Holy book as a form of creating bond with Allah is highly recommended.
3. Give to charity
Ramadan, in essence, is for sober reflection. Muslims are advised to give to the poor in their everyday life but giving of alms is highly encouraged in the Holy month.
4. Visit the sick and the poor
It is also advised to visit fellow Muslims who are sick and may not be able to fast in the glorious month. It is expected this will create bond within the Ummah and give them a sense of belonging.
5. Observe Laylatul Qadr
The Night of Majesty – Laylatul Qadr – is observed towards the end of the Holy month and Muslims are enjoined to double their acts of Ibadah during the period to enjoy its benefits.
6. Give food to the needy
Many Muslims are fasting with no resources to sustain the fast – both in the evening and by midnight. Muslims, especially those with the financial muscle, are highly advised to give food to the needy to help their fellow Muslims.
7. Pray at the appropriate time
Observing the compulsory Solawaat -five daily prayers – is of importance in the Holy month. Muslims have no excuse in the pang of hunger during Ramadan to miss their solat.
8. Mingle with fellow Muslims
It is also advised in Islam that Muslims mingle with fellow Muslims in the Holy month. It is more pronounced for the privileged in the society to mix with those on the lower rung of the societal ladder – both in the Holy month and afterwards.
9. Donate to worthy causes
There are numerous Islamic causes that could help propagate the messages of the deen that Muslims are advised to partake in during Ramadan. Worthy causes may include donating to the publication of Islamic sensitisation materials or sponsoring radio and television programmes to spread the message of Islam.
10. Mend broken fences
Allah rewards the one who mends broken fences and aid healthy relationships in the Ummah – Muslim community. Hence, Ramadan offers Muslims the opportunity to mend broken relationships and live peacefully.
11. Offer Zakat ul Fitr
Muslims are enjoined offer Zakat ul Fitr ahead of the Eid prayers after Ramadan. This is to enable the needy, the poor and the less-privileged also celebrate the festival with joy.
12. Spread the message of love
Ultimately, Islam is peace and Ramadan offers the best of opportunities to spread the message of love, especially to non-Muslims. Scholars advise that even when provoked, a Muslim should simply embrace peace by saying “I am fasting, I am fasting”. Such peaceful conducts should be extended beyond Ramadan.
10 things Muslims should avoid during Ramadan
Ramadan, the ninth month of Islam, is here and Muslims across the globe are enjoined to adhere to the rules that guide fasting in the glorious month.
Scholars have opined that there are some acts that must be avoided in the holy month. While Islam preaches that every Muslim must abstain from these acts in their everyday life, total abstinence is more pronounced in the holy month because engaging in any of them might invalidate one’s fasting. Here are 10 things that must be avoided in the month of Ramadan:
1. Control your gaze
Purity of the mind and soul is encouraged in the holy month; hence, Muslims are advised to watch how they gaze at the opposite sex during Ramadan. Gazing at the opposite sex without caution could pollute the mind.
2. Do not smoke
Smoking is highly prohibited during Ramadan. The act is a subject of controversial debates in Islam, with some scholars suggesting that it should be avoided totally in everyday life. It is however not accepted in whatever form during fasting.
3. Avoid alcohol, wild parties
Alcoholic drinks are highly forbidden in Islam; during Ramadan, it is pointless saying that it is not accepted. But because there are Muslims – in Nigeria too – who drink alcohol, it must be stated that it is totally prohibited in the month of Ramadan.
4. Avoid excessive consumption
Fasting avails Muslims the opportunity to feel the pang of hunger and know how the needy feels. But sometimes, the urge to make up for the long hours of fasting pushes people into excessive consumption during ‘Iftar‘ (break of fast) period. Muslims should avoid this.
5. Do not be lazy/Inactive
Muslims are not expected to stay idle all day because they are fasting. Laziness is not encouraged in the holy month as fasting is no excuse to remain unproductive.
6. Avoid meaningless, non-productive engagements
As much as Islam advises Muslims to be active during Ramadan, it does not encourage involvement in baseless activities. Muslims are expected to limit their engagement with things of the world during Ramadan and engage in lots of Ibadah – acts of worship.
7. Do not hold grudges
Islam is a religion of peace and it is expected that Muslims should reconcile with people against whom they hold grudges even outside Ramadan. It is doubly so in Ramadan as doing otherwise could invalidate one’s fasting.
8. Do not ‘socialise‘ too much
The advent of the internet and the proliferation of social media have changed how people live their lives. Many Nigerians, the youth especially, spend long hours on the internet engaging in frivolous conversations. Ramadan should be a time for sober reflection and lots of Ibadah.
9. Avoid excessive sleep
While it is not prohibited to sleep in the holy month, Muslims are enjoined to spend a significant part of the month observing prayers and reciting the Quran – day and night.
10. Avoid adult talks and lewd conversations
Adult talks and lewd conversations are commonplace today, especially on the internet. A Muslim is expected to be decorous in the Holy month (and beyond) by avoiding lewd, immoral talks or acts.
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