Closing Your Eyes While Praying Is Not Scriptural - Reno Omokri

Closing Your Eyes While Praying Is Not Scriptural - Reno Omokri
| February 18th, 2020

Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has shared an eyeopener with Christians by revealing that closing eyes while praying is not biblical.
 
He said he got the information after visiting Ethiopia and attended an Orthodox Church where he joined them in prayer.
 
According to him, he was approached by a priest who proved to him that the act is not scriptural.
 
He wrote: “I am in Ethiopia, where I went to an Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The priest asked the congregation to pray and I closed my eyes to pray.
 
The priest came to me and asked in Amharic ‘why are you closing your eyes’. I said ‘because we are praying’. He said ‘where do you see that in Scripture’. I was speechless. Ethiopians are the oldest Christians in the world, bar none.
 
They became Christians a year after Christ’s death (Acts 8:38). Jews and Ethiopian Christians do not close their eyes to pray. The practice is a European tradition, originating from the practice of making petitions to kings, of which protocol demanded that your eyes be closed. So many traditions we think are Scriptural, are not!”
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BILL TO ESTABLISH ANAMBRA STATE DRAINAGE AND FOREST PRESERVATION LAW SCALES SECOND READING

BILL TO ESTABLISH ANAMBRA STATE DRAINAGE AND FOREST PRESERVATION LAW SCALES SECOND READING
| February 05th, 2020


Hon. Charles Obimma member representing Oyi State Constituency highlights the importance of the Bill as he commend the States Executive and colleagues at the State Assembly for the epic Bill._



Yesterday, February 4, 2020 Members of the Anambra 7th Assembly resumed plenary having returned from their enriching legislative retreat trip in the city of Kigali, Rwanda. 




The house members ably led by the courageous, young and ebullient Speaker Rt. Hon. Uche Okafor made history with the the Bill for Anambra State Drainage and Forest Preservation Establishment Law scaling second reading at the hallowed Chambers of the House. 


Hon. Charles Obimma, member representing Oyi Constituency made a very significant contributions while reacting on the floor of the Assembly; The brilliant and powerful legislator added that the bill if eventually passed, will develop and promote responsive, affordable, well informed and decentralized forestry advisory services to farmers, communities and the forest industry in the state. He noted the bill will among others control the building of structures that may compromise waterways in major cities of the state. 


Reacting further, Hon. Obimma asserted, "If the Earth is sick human life is not safe, therefore to save human life, we must first save the earth"


This bill when passed will go a long way in the life and future of our dear Anambra State. 


©️Obimma Media

State House Assembly 

04/02/2020




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US Watchlist: CAN blows hot

US Watchlist: CAN blows hot
| December 23rd, 2019

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) believes that the US government was rightly justified to have included Nigeria on a special watchlist for having “engaged in or tolerated severe violations of religious freedom”.

CAN in a statement by Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant (Media &Communications) to its President, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, said it is an open secret that Nigerian Christians are having a raw deal under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We are not happy that our country is being listed among the nations where religious intolerance is one of their hallmarks but it gladdens our hearts that, at least, the global community is not unaware of the fact that Nigerian Christians are becoming endangered species in their Fatherland,” the statement read.

The watch list contains countries such as Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

CAN’s reaction came on the heels of another statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, condemning the US action.

The government statement rejected the US designation of the country as a nation that engages in or tolerates severe violations of religious freedom, saying the iniquitous tag stems from an orchestrated narrative that has long been discredited.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the good people of Nigeria enjoy unfettered freedom to practise their religion, and blamed failed politicians and disgruntled elements – some of them supposedly-respected leaders – for latching on to religion as their trump card, especially in the run up to the last general elections, to oust the Buhari Administration.

The full statement by CAN:

RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC INTOLERANCE: US IS STANDING ON THE SIDE OF TRUTH FOR PLACING NIGERIA ON SPECIAL WATCH LIST

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) welcomes the placing of the country on a special watch list by the US government despite the fact that we were not contacted before the decision was taken. We are not happy that our country is being listed among the nations where religious intolerance is one of their hallmarks but it gladdens our hearts that, at least, the global community is not unaware of the fact that Nigerian Christians are becoming endangered species in their Fatherland.

The reasons given by the United States are too glaring to be disputed. The US, like every other country, has an embassy here that monitors and reports back what the country is going through and the approach being adopted by the government to addressing the situation. Is it not true that “The Nigerian federal government failed to implement effective strategies to prevent or stop such violence or to hold perpetrators accountable,” as noted by the US government?

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has made this known to President Muhammadu Buhari in all our meetings with him to see the whole country as his constituency and to avoid nepotism as much as possible; but instead of correcting the imbalance, one of his aides is fond of abusing and insulting the Association using every unprintable words.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, few days ago, called for amendment to the Constitution with a view to adding more Sharia contents. Since the Chief Justice has not denied the story and the government has failed to call him to order, it is crystal clear that the US government has more facts than the government thinks. If the government is sensitive to our yearnings and aspirations, how come no Christian is heading any of the three arms of government in the present dispensation? This is unprecedented in the history of this country since Independence. Is that one of the reasons why no Christian worthy of occupying any of those sensitive positions?

Another slap on our face is the composition of the National Security Council of the country. We learnt that 98 per cent of its members come from one part of the country and people of same faith. Let the government unmask its members including their religions and states of origin. The government is telling us that Christians are not worthy for those key appointments but to play the second fiddle.



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Breaking: Senate Probes Dss over invasion of court  and Sowore's Re-arrest

Breaking: Senate Probes Dss over invasion of court and Sowore's Re-arrest
| December 12th, 2019

The Senate has begun probe into the action of Department of State Services, DSS, operatives following the rearrest pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, at the premises of a Federal High Court in Abuja.


Consequently, the Senate on Thursday mandated its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters chaired by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, All Progressives Congress, APC, Ekiti Central to carry out a holistic investigation into the matter and report back in one week.


Resolution of the Senate was a sequel to a Point of Order on the issue raised by Senator Bamidele on the invasion.

Bamidele came under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Orders as Amended that did not allow for contributions from other Senators.

Details later…



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Air peace boss case goes tough as EFCC seize passport

Air peace boss case goes tough as EFCC seize passport
| December 02nd, 2019



On the 23 of November, 2019, Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema, the Chairman of Air Peace was charged with 27 counts of money laundering by one U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.

Mr. Byung said that Onyema moved more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of airplane.

The US court had since then issued a warrant to arrest Onyema and authorised US marshals service to bring him into custody.


In view of the above, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Sunday, went tough on him by seizing his passports and restricting his movement.

A source according to The Nation disclosed this.

His words, “Following his interaction with our detectives, it became imperative to restrict his movement to the country because we will need him from time to time.


“We have seized his passports for unfettered comprehensive investigation. And so far, he has cooperated with our team.

“During our interaction, he maintained his innocence. We have, however, made progress in our preliminary investigation”.

On the likelihood of extraditing Onyema to the US, the source added: “This depends on the MLAT between Nigeria and the US. For now, we are only investigating.


“The extradition process is within the purview of the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation. You should not forget that the EFCC has to investigate, establish prima facie case and arraigning the suspects in court before any extradition application can be initiated.

“The US government knows what to do as far as the invocation of the MLAT is concerned. We are only fulfilling our own part of the collaboration with the relevant US agencies.”



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High-fat diet by mothers could cause brain damage in unborn children

High-fat diet by mothers could cause brain damage in unborn children
| November 19th, 2019


Researchers in Austria have found that high-fat maternal diets could cause life-long changes in the brains of the unborn child.


According to the findings of a new study published in the journal ‘Molecular Psychiatry,’ when a pregnant woman consumed a diet high in polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids, her body would produce an excess of endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids), which overload the foetal system and impair the development of healthy brain networks.


In animals that give live birth, the foetal circulation is the circulatory system of a foetus. The term usually encompasses the entire foetoplacental circulation, which includes the umbilical cord and the blood vessels within the placenta that carry foetal blood.



The ‘Medical Express’ reported that an excess of endogenous cannabinoids could overload the corresponding cannabinoid receptors in the foetal brain and limit their ability to signal.


Consequently, nerve cells would no longer be able to correctly integrate into the brain to fulfil their prospective functions.


Endocannabinoids serve as a fundamental communication system in the brain as well as other organs are substances produced by the body. In the adult brain, endocannabinoids limit communication (‘chemical neurotransmission’) between neurons by binding to cannabinoid receptors. “This means that any substance that influences either endocannabinoid levels or directly affects cannabinoid receptor function will inevitably impinge upon brain development,” the ‘Medical Express’ reported.


Similarly, the study also showed that these impairments persist throughout life of the affected offspring and could serve as critical triggers to developing psychiatric disorders later in the life of the child.


Psychiatric disorders that could result from this impairment include the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia and anxiety disorders.


It is however, unlikely that such damage could simply be reversed by a subsequent change of diet.


A person with ADHD has differences in brain development and brain activity that affect attention, the ability to sit still, and self-control. ADHD can affect a child at school, at home, and in friendships.


The study examined in cell and mouse models, how intake of high-fat diets throughout pregnancy (rich in polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids) impacts foetal brain development.

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Jamb releases withheld results

Jamb releases withheld results
| June 02nd, 2019


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has released the withheld Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination results of 4,536 candidates.

The board stated that the results were released following the consideration of a committee that reviewed the results of 4,760 candidates that were earlier withheld for multiple facial matches with different names during registration for the examination.

JAMB’s Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, broke the news in a statement yesterday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He stated that the release became necessary following facial match recognition carried out by specialised software and Information Technology (IT) experts.

“Following the consideration of the Committee on the 4,760 candidates whose results were withheld due to multiple facial matches with different names during the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) registration exercise, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the results of 4,536 absolved of complication.

“The release became necessary following facial match recognition carried out by specialised software and IT experts,” the statement said.



He also said the board had released the UTME results of 231 candidates who sat for the examination at the Nigeria Navy Secondary School, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Benjamin said the board has however, suspended the centre for “acts not acceptable to the board.”

He said the results of 127 candidates would be subjected to further physical examination while those of 97 candidates established to have been involved in multiple registration and other forms of infractions have been withheld.

According to him, candidates whose results would be subjected to further physical examination would be contacted and must appear before an inspection team to clarify other likely areas of multiplicity.

He said the 127 candidates have been grouped into zones for convenience and easy accessibility.

“The board has also released the result of 231 candidates who sat for the examination at the Nigeria Navy Secondary School, Abeokuta, Ogun State from diligent investigation, it was discovered that all that transpired was not the fault of the candidates. However, the centre has been suspended for acts not acceptable by the Board.

“Out of the number subjected for screening, the Board would subject the results of 127 candidates for further physical examination while the results of 97 candidates established to have been involved in multiple registration and other forms of infractions have their results withheld.

“Those to be subjected to further physical examination would be contacted. They must appear before an inspection team to clarify other likely areas of multiplicity. The 127 have been grouped in zones for convenience and easy accessibility”.

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Andy Ruiz dumps Anthony Joshua

Andy Ruiz dumps Anthony Joshua
| June 02nd, 2019

Anthony Joshua has suffered the first defeat of his professional career in a shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden.

Making his US debut at one of boxing’s hallowed venues, Joshua was stunned by the unfancied Ruiz, who sent the Briton to the mat four times en route to becoming the new IBF, WBA (Super) and WBO champion in front of a stunned New York crowd.

Ruiz had taken the fight on less than six weeks’ notice following Jarrell Miller’s failed drugs test in what was his second crack at world title gold, having fallen short against Joseph Parker in his only professional defeat.

He was dropped by Joshua early in the third round but responded emphatically, dropping the champion twice with the Olympic champion never truly recovering.

Joshua came forward with another flurry in the seventh round but again, left himself open with Ruiz capitalizing magnificently – sending the champion down for the third time in the contest.


Moments later, he was down again, leaving the surreal image of Joshua on all fours spitting his gumshield out, bereft of ideas and confidence.

Referee Mike Griffin stepped in to end the contest before more damage was done.

Derided for his unconventional physique, Ruiz produced a performance that will send shock waves through the sport. A rematch clause means the two will likely meet again later this year.

For now, Joshua joins the likes of Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson in the fraternity of once-dominant champions to suffer stunning defeats.

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JUST IN: Senate confirms Sadiq as president FCT customary court of appeal

JUST IN: Senate confirms Sadiq as president FCT customary court of appeal
| May 30th, 2019

The Senate on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Abubakar Musa Sadiq as the President of the FCT Customary Court of Appeal. The letter for Sadiq’s nomination was read on the floor of the Senate on Thursday.

 Senators had to suspend their rules to confirm the nominee, who appeared in person on the floor of the Senate. The legislators indicated that they had to act fast on the nomination because Thursday’s sitting would be their last conventional plenary as the next one will be their valedictory session.


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