Top Nigerian Govt Official Dies In Office, Buhari Mourns, Scare As Religious Violence Looms

Kwara director found dead in office

There was tension on Monday at the Kwara Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ilorin as a director, Dr Khalid Ibrahim Ndaman, was found dead in his office.

It was gathered the deceased was a director of the veterinary in the ministry.

It was also gathered the late director was well and sound.

A staff of the same ministry, who had an official matter with him, found his lifeless body in his office, it was gathered.

“The staff knocked on his door, but no response so after some time he went inside.
“There was a pending official matter since Friday that he needed to conclude with him so he needed to see him.

“Having waited outside and no response the staff went inside the office and met him resting his head on the table.

“He greeted him no response until he moved close and touch him to realise that he’s already dead,” another staff confided in our reporter.”

The spokesman of the Police Command Kayode Okasanmi confirmed the incident.

He said: ”I’m aware of the incident. For now, it’s a case of sudden natural death until we complete the investigation. We will brief the press depending on the outcome of our findings.”


Source: The Nation



Buhari mourns former Kano MILAD, Kontagora

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of Col. Aminu Isa Kontagora, former Military Administrator of Benue and Kano States, urging family, friends, and associates to accept the will of God, and find solace in Kontogora’s good works.

The President’s message to the loved ones of the late Kontagora was contained in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu

“President Buhari believes the career military officer, who served in many leadership positions and military formations across the country, lived a life of sacrifice and dedication to the betterment of others, and making remarkable impacts, with the Benue State Arts Theatre Complex named after him.

“The President affirms that Col. Kontogora’s experience, wisdom, and cherished political support will be sorely missed, praying that the Almighty God will forgive his sins, and accept his soul in eternity,” the statement said.


Source: The Nation



Forces plotting to unleash religious violence against Nigeria – DSS alerts

The Department of State Services has raised the alarm that some unnamed forces are plotting to unleash religious violence on the country any moment from now. But a statement by the Spokesman for the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya, has also assured that its men are on top of the situation and will work to protect crush the interest of the country and Nigerians.

The statement made available to Vanguard on Monday, listed the states being targeted by the masterminds said to be working with external forces to include Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Oyo, Lagos and those in the South East. The statement said: “The DSS wishes to alert the public about plans by some elements working with external forces to incite religious violence across the country. “Targeted States include Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Oyo, Lagos and those in the South East.

“Part of the plans is to cause inter-religious conflicts as well as use their foot soldiers to attack some worship centres, religious leaders, personalities, key and vulnerable points. “Consequently, Nigerians are advised to be wary of these antics and shun all divisive tendencies aimed at inciting or setting them against one another. “While the Service pledges to collaborate with sister agencies to ensure that public order is maintained, those hatching these plots are warned to desist from such in the interest of peace, security and development of the country. “However, law abiding citizens and residents are encouraged to report suspected breaches of peace around them to the nearest security agencies,” the DSS said.


Source: Vanguard



Pope Francis Amends Catholic Church Law So Women Can Serve On Alter

Catholic Church law has been amended to allow for women to read and serve on alters.
The head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State, Pope Francis made this known in an apostolic letter released on Monday, January 11, 2021, Naija News understands.

According to the clergy, the amendment was to allow women to act as readers and altar servers in liturgical celebrations. The Church leader, however, insisted that women are limited to the new development and are not allowed to become priests.

The change according to the pope “shines a light on how some ministries instituted by the church have as their foundation that common condition of baptism and the royal priesthood received in the Sacrament of Baptism.”

Naija News understands that the Pope in the letter, titled ‘Spiritus Domini and issued ‘motu proprio,’ changes the Code of Canon Law to explicitly allow women to be installed in the Catholic Church as lectors and acolytes.

In the Christendom: Lectors are people responsible for reading aloud excerpts of the scripture at a liturgy. They proclaim readings at Mass and other liturgical celebrations in the Catholic services while Acolytes or Altar servers are ministers who typically assist priests in preparing the altar during the Mass or in distributing communion.

However, Pope’s amendment of the Catholic Church law (lay men” as the category of those who can formally serve in the ministries with laypersons) would require all global Catholic bishops to accept women into those roles, Naija News understands.


Source: Naija News



Heaven is ashamed of you – Pastor to people who wear face mask to church

A pastor with the Christ Embassy Church, Biodun Lawal, has said that heaven is ashamed of Christians and pastors who wear face mask to church.

In the viral video, Lawal who is based in the church’s branch in Ghana said it is a shame to wear the face mask in the presence of God.

He berated the people who do so, calling them spiritual babies;

”If you still want to wear a mask, wear it but do not call yourself a man of God. He is a baby of God. We can’t even call you son. You are a baby of God. Son is too high. We can’t even call you child of God.

You can frown if you like. I have seen some people wearing mask to pray inside church. Heaven is ashamed of you. Inside the house of God, you wear mask and you are praying to God?’‘ he said in the video


Source: Lailas News



Just in: Bitcoin falls by 20%, worst since March, barely 5 days it passes $30,000

Bitcoin, the leading virtual currency has fallen by 20%, barely five days its price pass $30,000 on Saturday for the first time in just its latest record high. According to The week is off to a bearish start for cryptocurrency as the price of Bitcoin fell nearly $10,000 from its Friday high of nearly $42,000, temporarily ending an unprecedented rally. On Monday morning, Bitcoin was trading under $33,000—a more than 20% drop from its recent high—while some other cryptocurrencies fell still further. The fall in crypto value comes amid a broader retreat on Monday for stocks, and a resurgence in the U.S. dollar.

While Bitcoin’s latest price tumble is dramatic in percentage terms, it is well shy of the wipeout that occurred last spring at the outset of the pandemic. In March, the digital currency fell nearly 60% to a low of around $3,800. This week’s price collapse is also just the latest in Bitcoin’s long history of crashes, which have defined the currency since it launched in 2009. Other notable setbacks include a fall from $29 to $2 in 2011, and the popping of the 2017 bubble, which saw Bitcoin bottom out near $3000 after hitting a then-record high of nearly $20,000.


Source: Vanguard