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Hajj: Kaduna completes airlift of over 4,000 pilgrims

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Hajj: Kaduna Completes Airlift Of Over 4,000 Pilgrims

Kaduna State has airlifted over 4,000 pilgrims to perform Hajj in Saudi Arabia this year. The last batch of over 300 pilgrims departed with the…

Kaduna State has airlifted over 4,000 pilgrims to perform Hajj in Saudi Arabia this year. The last batch of over 300 pilgrims departed with the state’s Amirul Hajj and Emir of Lere, Eng. Sulaiman Umar, and other officials.

Max Air was the designated airline for Kaduna pilgrims.

Meanwhile, Governor Uba Sani has commended officials of the state Pilgrims Welfare Agency for their diligence in ensuring the success of the 2024 Hajj, urging them to ensure the pilgrims get value for their money during their stay in Saudi Arabia.
The Amirul Hajj conveyed the governor’s commendation while delivering a farewell message to the last batch of the state pilgrims at the Mando Hajj camp on Monday.
He said that Governor Sani thanked the officials of the agency for getting decent accommodations for the pilgrims at the best bargain, adding that other states had followed that example.
According to him, the agency also got good caterers, in collaboration with the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), that serve good meals for the pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.
Engr Umar reminded the intending pilgrims that Hajj is not just a mere journey to the Holy Land but an act of worship which should be performed according to the Islamic injunctions.
He enjoined the intending pilgrims to follow the guidance of preachers and Hajj officials who will also be performing the pilgrimage with them, adding that they should not hesitate to ask questions.
In his welcome address, the Executive Chairman of Kaduna State Pilgrims Agency, Malam Salihu S Abubakar, thanked the governor for giving the agency all the necessary support to perform its duties.
He also commended Kaduna State pilgrims, the airline and officials of the agency for sticking to schedule throughout the Hajj airlift.
In his vote of thanks, Air Vice Marshall Mohammed Dabo (rtd), a member of the board, praised the media for effective coverage and commended personnel of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Customs and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, for screening intending pilgrims promptly.

Source: Daily Trust

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Finally, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade resigns from RCCG

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The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has suspended the Senior Pastor of the City of David Parish of the church and also the head of the

Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, a former senior pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, City of David Parish, Region 20, has resigned his appointment with the church.

Iluyomade was until last week, the pastor of the hugely successful branch until he got transferred to the Throne of Grace branch, Ebute Metta, Lagos, which serves as the headquarters of the mission, by the church leadership.

He was expected to take charge at his new station where he will serve as the Pastor-in-Charge of elders.

The former Pastor in charge of RCCG Resurrection Parish of Region 11, Pastor Charles Kpandei, has since been seconded to the City of David Parish to take over from Iluyomade.

Ironically, Kpandei preached at the combined Service of Songs held on March 7, 2024, at the RCCG Resurrection Parish, Lekki, Lagos State for the late Wigwes.

However, the transfer didn’t go well with Iluyomade and his wife, Siju, both of whom were conspicuously absent during church service this past Sunday when his transfer was announced, hence his decision to pull out of the RCCG family.

Reliable sources reveal that he turned in his resignation on Tuesday, June 4, 2024.

Iluyomade’s transfer may not be unconnected to the obscene and lavish 60th birthday party his wife held on February 18, 2024.

The birthday party which had all the trappings of luxury held at the Eko Hotels & Suites in Lagos with highlife, sensual singer, Chinedu Okoli aka Flavour leading the pack of singers, who serenaded guests at the party which included Tony Elumelu, the chairman of United Bank for Africa, UBA; Nneka Onyeali Ikpe, the managing director of Fidelity Bank; Oba Ghandi Olaoye, the Soun of Ogbomoso, who was a former RCCG pastor, among several other prominent guests.

A cross-section of Nigerians thought it was insensitive for the Iluyomades to throw such a party particularly when it was just too soon after Herbert Wigwe, founding CEO of Access Holdings Plc, his wife, Chizoba and son died in a helicopter crash in the US on February 9.

Wigwe was a prominent member of the church and one of the church’s financiers.

This act of insensitivity prompted the Wigwe family to distance themselves from the Iluyomades and the City of David branch. More so, because despite the General Overseer of the church, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adegboyega personally paying the mourning family a condolence visit, the Iluyomades couldn’t care less.

The Iluyomades have remained silent as events unfold just as they have kept their next plan close to their chest.

 

 

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RCCG: Who is after Pastor Iluyomade?

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The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has suspended the Senior Pastor of the City of David Parish of the church and also the head of the

By Bayo Akinwale

The Pastor of City of David, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, fondly called Pastor ID, has maintained absolute silence since the issue with his parish became public.

He was directed to report at the Ebute Metta Heaquaters and to attend his services there, after his suspension. He complied and has been worshipping there since then.

He has continued to maintain profound silence in spite of varying rumours and palpaple falsehood being sponsored in the media by various interests.

The latest claim is an alleged N320million debt. But this is a clear fallacy.

What could be called debt in the church account with Access Bank is N373, 578,342.77 which is actually the interest from N16.6 billion loan of the church of which N10.5 billion is the loan and N6.1billion, the interest that accrued over the years. But it is important to note that the church has paid back N7.6billion of this loan between January and June, this year. Yes, N7.6biillion paid in six months, leaving an outstanding principal of N9billion as stated by Access Bank.

In its email dated May 14, 2024 and signed by Chinelo Chinwendu Nwajagu, a Branch Manager, with the title, “Current Outstanding Balance of Trinity Towers Facility.”

The bank put the sum of N373,578,342.77 as the interest due on July 21, 2024 in addition to a total outstanding principal of N9billion.

Indeed, the N373.5million is not due for payment until July 21 but COD under Pastor Iluyomade has already deposited N200million in the account. Left then is N173million to complete the interest sum. This amount would have been raised before the July date but for this whole saga.

It is this interest sum that is now being mischievously altered and bandied in the media as debt. It is undoubtedly a hoax.

There is also the news that the COD account is being audited by KPMG. This is true. But the fact is that the Parishes of Apapa Family that Pastor ID heads are audited every year just like other RCCG Parishes.

So, if COD is being audited at this time, it is only fair that all the 60,000 Parishes of the church in Nigeria should be audited .

And just a while ago, there was this loud whispering that Pastor ID’s issues was a result of building Trinity Towers in his family name.

The hard fact however is that the cultivated lawyer and Pastor erected a timeless, iconic edifice for RCCG and not his family.

He has endured all the outrage and scandals and gave RCCG officials all the cooperation they needed for their investigation.

One of those on the investigation mission was reportedly so touched by their findings that so vindicated Pastor Iluyomade that he said, “This man deserves a better treatment”.

So, why is his name being subjected to this brazen infamy? Why is he being hounded? Is it a sin to build a glorious edifice for the Lord?

What is Christianity all about. Lord, have mercy on the church.

Culled from ThisDay

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MFM’s GO, Olukoya, denies sending former pastors to jail

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Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry, (MFM) and the General Overseer, Dr. Daniel Olukoya have said that he did not frame or jail his former pastors Mr. Femi Jimoh and Caleb Oloruntele or any other person for nine years or for any period.

It will be recalled that the convener of RevolutionNow, Mr. Omoyele Sowore through the Sahara Reporters, an online platform recently called on the Nigeria Police Force to immediately arrest, and prosecute MFM Founder, Dr. Olukoya for allegedly influencing the incarceration of pastor Femi Jimoh for nine years without trial.

In the report, Pastor Femi Jimoh who identified himself as a former MFM pastor had accused the church of being behind his incarceration for nine years without trial, over the alleged armed robbery.

Speaking at the Yaba headquarters of the church, on behalf of the church and the General Overseer, the Chief Legal Adviser, Davidson Adejuwon, explained that Jimoh was only remanded and granted bail, adding that after he was granted bail, the family refused to get two individuals to stand as sureties to perfect the bail and secure his release.

Source: The Nation

 

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Saudi declares June 16 Sallah day

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Saudi declares June 16 Sallah day

Saudi Arabia has announced the sighting of the Dhul Hijjah crescent which signaled the beginning of the 12th Islamic month.

The announcement was made on Thursday.

Consequently, tomorrow will mark the beginning of the holy month. Also, the Hajj pilgrimage for 1445 AH-2024 will commence on Friday, June 14, with the day of Arafah falling on Saturday, June 15.

With the development, the Muslim biggest festival, Eid Al-Adha, will be observed on Sunday, June 16, 2024.

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The Arafat Day, which precedes the festival, will fall on June 15.

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court had on Wednesday called on all Muslims across the Kingdom to participate in the sighting of the crescent moon of the Arabic month Dhu Al Hijjah.

This action is expected to help determine the commencement of the new and last month of the Hijr and also the day the festival falls on (Islamic) calendar.

Eid Al Adha, the biggest Islamic festival falls on the 10th of Dhu Al Hijjah.

Eid ul-Adha is celebrated by Muslims all around the world on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah (the twelfth month of the Islamic lunar calendar)

It is the second major Islamic festival celebrated by Muslims after Eid-ul-Fitr.

 

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Saudi Arabia arrests 7 Nigerian pilgrims over NUSUK hajj pilgrim cards

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The authority of Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom has arrested seven Nigerian pilgrims performing this year’s holy pilgrimage in Makkah for failure to be in possession of NUSUK identity cards.

The seven Nigerian pilgrims from two states were said to have been arrested in front of their hotels on June 5 and 6 over the Nusuk ID cards, otherwise known as hajj permit.

In Saudi Arabia, not having Hajj permits, harbouring or aiding those without it attracts a SR10,000 fine, six months’ imprisonment, deportation and banning from Saudi Arabia for 10 years as penalty.

Names of the arrested pilgrims were not yet made public and it could not be ascertained yet if retrieves have come their way through the intervention of Nigeria’s hajj commission.

Reacting to the development, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, re-iterated its appeal on the collection and use of the cards for their Hajj exercise in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In a circular issued to all the state pilgrims welfare boards, agencies and commissions, as well as licensed Hajj tour operators, the commission disclosed that seven Nigerian pilgrims from two states were arrested in front of their hotels on June 5 and 6 over the Nusuk ID cards.

This activity, NAHCON warned in the circular signed by its Makkah Coordinator, Dr. Aliyu Tanko, on behalf of the chairman, Malam Jalal Arabi, is expected to intensify as the month of Dhul Hijjah begins soon.

The commission requested all State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and all tour operator companies to intensify awareness to their pilgrims on the mandatory possession of Nusuk ID cards, saying “all pilgrims must collect their cards on arrival in Makkah from the Mutawwif officials.”

It added that after possessing the Nusuk cards, “it is imperative to carry these cards at all times, as they are the recognized means of identifying pilgrims and also having access to key areas during Hajj.”

“Pilgrims with smartphones can download the Nusuk app from Playstore or iTunes stores, use their passport and visa numbers to activate and access digital copies of their Nusuk cards,” the commission advised.

On the penalties, NAHCON warned that “not having Hajj permits, habouring or aiding those without it attracts SR10,000 fine, six months’ imprisonment, deportation and banning from Saudi Arabia for 10 years.”

“We urge all SMPWB’s and tour operators to ensure that their pilgrims adhere strictly to these guidelines to avoid any inconvenience or disruption in their spiritual journey,” the commission stated.

NAHCON had a few days ago urged pilgrims to ensure the use of NUSUK cards (identification and access card) to avoid being arrested by the Saudi Arabian Authority.

Its chairman, Jalal Arabi, made the call in a statement by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Hajia Fatima Sanda-Usara.

He said: “The commission wishes to address the recent concerns and complaints regarding pilgrims being arrested or prevented from accessing the Masjidul Haram in Makkah for not being in possession of their NUSUK ID cards.

“NAHCON had at different fora with State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and Hajj Tour Operators in Nigeria before the commencement of transportation of pilgrims stressed the importance of the card.

“The card is a crucial document required for identification and access to the masha’er during the hajj exercise.

“The highest religious body of Saudi Arabia has issued a fatwa in this regard making it mandatory for every pilgrim to obtain a Hajj permit for the wellbeing of all.”

Source: Dailypost

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Apostle Suleman, wife mark 20th wedding anniversary

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Apostle Suleman, wife mark 20th wedding anniversary

The renowned senior pastor and general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, is celebrating 20 years of marriage to his wife, Lizzy.

In a heartwarming tribute posted on social media, Apostle Suleman expressed his deepest gratitude to his wife for her unwavering support, friendship, and peace.

He wrote on Instagram: “Happy anniversary to 26 years of friendship and 20 years of marital glory. Thanks, Lizzy for being a blessing and a gift to me. Thanks for the peace you give. Thank you, Lord, for life, health and blessings…It’s my 20th marriage anniversary. Say a prayer for us…”

Source: The Nation

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