December 4, 2022

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NIGERIA IS A SECULAR STATE…NOBODY CAN ISLAMISE IT – ADEBOYE

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Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye has lent his voice to the growing concerns of Nigerians especially People of Christian faith over the lopsided educational policy of the federal Government of Nigeria that is forcing all students, both Islamic and non-Islamic, to take Islamic studies.

The world renowned Pastor and the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God has allegedly picked holes in this policy of the Nigerian government which says Christian religious Studies, CRK, should be removed from being a stand-alone subject and imbibed in other subjects as topics.

According to sources close to this “pastor of pastors”, removing Christian Religious Knowledge from schools Curriculum is against the ideals of any secular state the world over. He is said to have said this to a select audience at a forum recently but he did not issue strict warnings to the federal government concerning the issue even though he’s said to be very unhappy over the issue.

Meanwhile, Bishop Oyedepo we learnt is still very bitter about the development. The President of Living Faith Ministries Worldwide who is also one of the most influential pastors in the world last week issued a strong warning against the government of the day over the controversial introduction of Islamic Studies to schools’ curriculum and the merging of the Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) with other subjects. Bishop Oyedepo also warned against students of Christian backgrounds to offer Islamic Studies as this in itself is a form of intimidation.

We also gathered that the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria(PFN) is at the moment talking tough about the development and same met a couple of times during the week sending representation to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in order to express their grievances and seek proper clarification over the issue which is capable of causing religious tension in the country.

Also, fiery and controversial pastor and President of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide has also issued a strong warning to the federal government and Minister of Education saying “You cannot force our students to study Islamic Studies or Arabic Studies, ”In the same vein, the PFN, which is led by Rev Felix Omobude, has also expressed concerns about the development.

The PFN and top Christian Religious leaders across the country has written the presidency and the Minister of Education about its displeasure over the revised Basic Education Curriculum, especially the unnecessary collapse of Christian Religious Studies as part of an omnibus subject known as Religion and National Values.

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UBA Foundation Rings in The Yuletide Season, Lights Up the Lagos Marina Africa’s Global bank, United Bank for Africa, through its Corporate Social Responsibility Arm, the UBA Foundation, on Tuesday, held its annual Christmas Lighting ceremony to mark the start of the festive season. The brilliant Christmas Lights of the UBA Foundation Gardens at the UBA Head Office on the Marina in Lagos, were activated by the bank’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Oliver Alawuba, in a grand ceremony which was witnessed by key management staff and some customers of the bank. Alawuba, who addressed attendees at the ceremony, reiterated that the annual Lighting event is a symbol of hope for the coming year, the future and all the goodness it will bring into people’s lives. Alawuba said, “The UBA Foundation is focused on touching lives and giving back to its host communities. UBA through its foundation, the UBA Foundation desire remains is committed to improving lives in whatever way we can. We want to give back always and this event is quite symbolic as it represents the affinity we have towards our customers, employees and associates as well as our communities.” The CEO of the UBA Foundation, Mrs Bola Atta, said that the Christmas lighting ceremony was important for the Foundation adding: “Today is significant. All over the world, it is known in the advent period as Giving Tuesday. It is a time to give back to those who don’t have enough. It is a time to shine light on others, to give hope and give gifts. Today we gave out a lot of gifts and people were happy as we lit up the Foundation gardens to symbolise joy and hope. We are constantly reminded as an institution, of our promise to continue to touch lives and show kindness. In these difficult times, sharing even a little bit, goes a long way.” The lighting ceremony was attended by UBA staff members and customers who were serenaded with Christmas carols by the UBA Customer Fulfilment Centre’s choir. It ended with a guided tour around the UBA Foundation gardens on the Lagos Marina. Over the years, the UBA Foundation has been very active in creating sustainable development in its host communities and as part of its corporate social responsibility, the Foundation will be feeding tens of thousands of people across Africa during this festive season. UBA Foundation, the CSR arm of the UBA Group, is committed to the socio-economic betterment of the communities in which the bank operates, focusing on development in the areas of Education, the Environment, Economic Empowerment and other Special Projects.

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