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Some policemen on Sunday prevented members of Embrace International Assembly, Ikorodu, Lagos, from gaining access into the church’s premises. The policemen, who blocked the main entrance into the church with their van, also manned strategic places within and outside the compound to prevent worshippers from going in. As a result of the development, members, who had turned out in large numbers for the day’s service, erected a canopy by the church’s fence to conduct Sunday service in the rain.

After the emotive but brief service, a mild drama ensued when one of the policemen disembarked from the van and attempted to chase away the members, who displayed placards bearing different inscriptions and chanted songs of solidarity in front of the church. As this went on, the policeman and two other colleagues shouted at the protesters to leave the premises or be dealt with, an act which resulted in hot exchange of words between both parties for minutes.

The blockade of the church since Thursday by policemen followed an alleged order from the authorities of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria due to a dispute with the senior pastor of Embrace, Rev. Isaac Adeyemi. Foursquare church claimed that Adeyemi, who used to be a minister under its ministry, converted its branch to his church. In a chat with Punch, Adeyemi said he had yet to understand why the church was allegedly sealed by Foursquare.

He said, “I really don’t want to talk about this because the matter is already in court. In all the courts Foursquare had taken me to, they lost the case. Their grouse is not against Embrace International Assembly, but me as an individual. So, why are they now sealing the church? I will let the court handle the matter”Also speaking on the matter, a high ranking member of the church, Mr. Samuel Turoti, said they had no business with Foursquare because it contributed nothing to the acquisition of the land and construction of the church.

He said,“Foursquare does not own Embrace International Assembly; this church was built by the members. All the documents of the church do not indicate in any way that Foursquare is a part of us, so why are they interested in taking over what does not belong to them? This is illegality of the highest order”. When contacted, the National Secretary of Foursquare Gospel Church, Rev. Ikechukwu Ugbaja, said the property under contention belonged to Foursquare and that Adeyemi merely changed the name and converted it to his own after being dismissed from the organisation.

He said, “Isaac Adeyemi used to be one of our pastors in Foursquare until he was dismissed for indiscipline. So, instead of going in peace, he and some rebels changed the name of our church to Embrace. That was where the problem started from. “For the fact that the church belonged to Foursquare, we took him to court and the court gave an injunction for him never to enter there again. “It was the court, while granting our prayers, that sent a bailiff to lock up the place last Thursday. It was not Foursquare that sent the police to seal the place; it was the court that did that”.

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Two security guards, Samuel Linus and Adekunle Ogundana, who allegedly stole two underwears belonging to the daughter of a clergyman within a church’s premises in Akure metropolis, were yesterday paraded alongside suspected kidnappers by Ondo State Police Command.

Briefing newsmen in Akure, the state Police spokesperson, Femi Joseph, said the daughter of the clergyman washed two of her pants and spread them on the line at about 8p.m. in the presence of the guards and by 6a.m., next day, the panties disappeared.

Joseph said the suspects, who are attached to the orthodox church, were posted to the apartment, which was highly fortified by a private security outfit in the state.

The suspects, however, denied complicity in the offence for which they were paraded.

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While the clamour for change in government from President Mohammodu Buhari to Atiku Abubakar may have been something that has taken over the national discuss and rightly so as the elections draw near, it may be noteworthy to pause and reflect on the character of the prospected replacement.

The big question on our mind should be can we trust Atiku? What really is the new thing he is coming to offer bearing in mind he was once the number two citizen of this great nation for 8years? If we insist the position of a vice president is not as powerful as the president, haven’t the achievements of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo knocked out such narrative?

The Nigerian vice president has proven times without number that he is as useful as the president of Nigeria and records are there to show for it. Where are the achievements of Mr. Atiku?

If you ask Nigerians, most of what they would remember about his days in office would be the national assets he sold to his colleagues and the long running battle he had with his principal, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

Aside from the fact that there should be no vacancy in Aso Rock, Osinbajo is more presidential than Atiku. Don’t take my words for it, below were some of the things his then boss said and wrote about him chronologically.

2003 “I regret picking Atiku Abubakar as my vice”.

2004 “I can no longer work with Atiku, his integrity is in question “.

2005 “Atiku cannot be trusted “.

2006 “Atiku cannot escape justice over corruption cases “

2007 “Do not vote Atiku he is corrupt”.

2008 “Atiku is a corrupt leader”.

2009 “Nigerians can never forgive Atiku”.

2010 “Atiku is not an option to leadership in Nigeria “.

2011 “I have never seen a leader as greedy as Atiku “.

2012 “Nigerians should pray for leaders imbued with integrity not Atiku “.

2013 “Atiku should apologize to Nigerians over his political sins”.

2014 No political party with the aspiration to assume leadership should think of Atiku”.

2015 “Nigeria has grown beyond a corrupt leader like Atiku”.

2016 “I will never reconcile with Atiku “.

2017 “I never knew Atiku was this corrupt ” “I can never be on the same page with Atiku. God forbid!”.

2018 January to August “God will not forgive me if I support Atiku “.

2018 August “Atiku has the capacity to save Nigeria’s economy from collapse”.

If such verdicts could come from Obasanjo who was his direct boss, what doubts should Nigerians have in rejecting such bad market and move on to the next level with the present administration bearing mind that Obasanjo once said, “As an engineer, I know a point I can use tractor to hit and a storey building would come down within few minutes, but it would take years to erect such.”

Nigeria is undergoing transformation. The administration of president Mohammodu Buhari has used his first term to lay a good foundation for him to start building on in 2019 and it only make sense to key in.

God bless Nigeria.

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A group named Nigeria First Professionals has joined the fray of the country’s political landscape, lending it’s voice to the 2019 campaigns.

According to a member of the group, Mr. Sola Fajobi, it has become imperative for true proffessionals to take active part in determining how their country is run, and move away from the docile disposition of the past.

Mr. Fajobi further said it will be incumbent on Nigerians to take a critical look at the resources available to politicians and public officials, and what they’ve either done with it, or what they’re able to do with it.

He added that the Nigeria First Professionals group will assess the issues on ground, consider results, and establish the yearning of Nigerians in order to determine which candidates can best deliver them, and then help the electorate make informed decisions.

According to Mr. Andy Akporugo, another member of the group, the need to facilitate Good Governance should be very dear to every discerning professional, especially as Nigeria was overdue for being counted amongst the world’s most remarkable countries.

Nigeria First Professionals is made up of top Executives and professionals from major walks of life, including Media, Medicine, Law, Aviation, Engineering, etc.

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