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OPM Dedicates Free Restaurant To Leah Sharibu

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The General Overseer of Omega Power Ministries (OPM), Apostle Chibuzor Gift Chinyere has rededicated and renamed its free restaurant after the tone Dapchi Schoolgirl in Boko Haram captivity, Little Miss Leah Sharibu.
Speaking during the rededication and renaming of the OPM Free Restaurant at Rumuagholu, in Port Harcourt, last Friday, the cleric charged Rivers State youth involved in criminal activities including kidnapping and prostitution, among other negative vices to desist and emulate the faith of little Sharibu.
The Tide reports that Leah is the only Dapchi Schoolgirl, among the 110 others, abducted by Boko Haram this year in Yobe State, who is still being held for refusing to renounce her faith in Jesus Christ.
“We decided to rename this OPM Free Restaurant, which has been in existence for the past five years, in honour of our beloved Sister, Leah Sharibu in solidarity with the exceptional faith she showed to the world that Jesus Christ was the only answer to all human problems, no matter the pressure. Surely, God said ‘weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning’.”
Chinyere reminded the congregation that they must hold on to their faith no matter the challenges of life just as little Leah did not to renounce Jesus Christ, but rather stood firm as did the three Hebrew brothers, Daniel, Shedrach and Abednigo, despite their sufferings by Satan, adding that Miss Sharibu stands as a symbol, hero and an icon of faith to all in the world, especially those that would come into the restaurant to eat.
He restated his resolve to offer free scholarship to the highest level of education to Leah, once she regains freedom, adding that construction work was already ongoing on a three bedroom flat he promised her parents, noting that in the soonest Leah would be set free by her abductors as the body of Christ was praying fervently for her release.
He charged other churches to emulate the free-spirit driving the 11-year old OPM’s success in transforming lives positively, frowned that many churches were not impacting lives positively with their huge offerings, tithes, and seeds of faith due to greed and corruption that have beclouded many men of God.
“When Jesus Christ came to spread the gospel and the people were hungry, He gave them both physical and spiritual foods to eat. This is why I make it a point of duty to ensure that every Sunday, we have food for those who need it, and are able to come to church.
The man of God emphasized that apart from the skills acquisition training, rehabilitation of militants, giving of physical foods to the hungry, over 30 ex-militants have also been assisted to gain meaningful employment the church also embarks on other charitable works.
He further listed them to include eight different estates built donated to less privileged persons, extending alms to prisoners by availing them opportunity to acquire computer and tailoring skills while in prison, so they could be useful to themselves and society after life in prisons, opening of businesses for their wives, providing platform for educating their children in schools, among others.
In his remarks, President, OPM Divine Distributors, Chief Matt Offeh extolled the worthy contributions of Chinyere’s to peace and social stability in the state through his selfless services, affirming that in OPM, there was no social stratification on the basis of class or tribe.
Offeh stressed that OPM’s mission was to bring salvation to the needy, rather than Christians, through the provision of economic and spiritual foods to sinners who were hungry for Christ’s love and care.
OPM’s Welfare Director, Mrs Maureen Chukwu stated that the Leah Sharibu Free Restaurant was mainly to reduce the high level of hardship if not alleviating completely and specifically dedicated to the less privileged, the widows, widowers, orphans and the down-trodden in the society, while calling on the government and other well-meaning individuals to come to the aid of the down-trodden in the society that need food to be strengthened and move on in life.
In his testimony, one of the repentant cultists, Nnabuife Emmanuel said OPM has demonstrated that a church was not only a place where sermons were preached, but also where spiritual blends with material foods to salvage the sinners, thereby returning them to Christ, while also expressing gratitude to the servant of God for giving a new meaning and focus to their lives.

 

Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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Declare Buhari’s Seat Vacant, Owuru Urges Court

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The candidate of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) in the last presidential election, Chief Ambrose Owuru, has approached the Federal High Court in Abuja, asking it to declare the seat of President Muhammadu Buhari vacant.

Owuru, who was among the four petitioners that went to tribunal to challenge Buhari’s re-election, in his fresh suit, sought for an order to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), from “undertaking or planning any other election into the office of the President”, in 2023.

The Plaintiff, in his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/480/2021, maintained that Buhari is “an unlawful President that is illegally occupying the Presidential seat”.

It would be recalled that Owuru and his party, HDP, had in an earlier appeal they litigated up to the Supreme Court, insisted that the Justice Mohammed Garba-led Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, erroneously dismissed a petition they lodged against the return of Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as winner of the presidential election that held on February 23, 2019.

They specifically prayed the apex court to sack Buhari on the premise that he emerged through an illegal process.

According to the Appellants, INEC, failed to follow condition precedents stipulated in the Electoral Act, when it unduly postponed the presidential election that was originally fixed for February 16.

The HDP claimed that its candidate, Owuru, secured over 50million votes in a referendum that was conducted by both electorates and observer networks that were dissatisfied with the unilateral postponement of the presidential election by INEC.

However, in a unanimous decision, a five-man panel of Justices of the Supreme Court led by Justice Mary Odili, struck out the appeal for constituting “a gross abuse of the judicial process”.

Meantime, in the fresh suit, Owuru and his party argued that their suit against Buhari at the Supreme Court was inconclusive.

The Plaintiffs argued that the case was fixed outside the 60 days period that was allowed by the law.

Owuru asked the court to declare him the authentic winner of the last presidential poll, as well as, to issue an order for his immediate inauguration to take over from Buhari.

He prayed the court to declare that he is entitled to serve out a tenure of 4 years after his formal inauguration.

More so, the HDP presidential candidate, aside from asking for Buhari’s immediate removal from office, equally prayed the court to compel him to refund all salaries, allowances and emoluments he collected while he unlawfully stayed in office as President.

Owuru also asked the court to give an order that salaries, allowances and emoluments be paid to him from May 29, 2019, when he ought to have been sworn in, till date.

The Plaintiff further applied for, “An order of interlocutory injunction restraining the Respondents by themselves and acting through their agents, servants, privies and or proxies howsoever from any further organizing, undertaking or planning of any other election into the office of the President of Nigeria or any such other Presidential Election interfering, harassing and or disturbing the Applicant adjudged acquired right as unopposed and unchallenged winner of the original scheduled and held the February 16 Presidential Election thereof until the 1st Applicant unserved constitutional four years term of office is served pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit by this honourable court”.

Cited as 1st to 3rd Respondents in the matter were Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation, and INEC.

Meanwhile, no date has been fixed for the matter to be heard.

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World Bank Report Exposes Buhari’s Lies, PDP Affirms

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the report by World Bank that 7 million Nigerians have been pushed into poverty in the last year, has clinically belied the integrity posturing of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The opposition party said the World Bank report came in the face of the recent claims by President Buhari that his administration has lifted over 10 million Nigerians out of poverty in the last two years.

The PDP asserted that the report by the World Bank has further vindicated its position that President Buhari runs an uncoordinated and clueless administration that thrives on lies, false performance claims, deceit, and perfidious propaganda.

The statement added that, “Nigerians can now clearly see why the APC and President Buhari’s handlers are always in a frenzy to attack our party and other well-meaning Nigerians whenever we point to the poor handling of the economy and on the need for President Buhari to always be factual on pertinent issues of governance in our country.

“Unfortunately, it indeed appears that Mr. President enjoys living in denial while watching millions of Nigerians go down in abject poverty, excruciating hunger, and starvation as our country now ranks 98th out of 107 in Global Hunger Index under his watch.

“Otherwise, why would Mr. President claim that his administration has lifted over 10.5 million Nigerians out of poverty while official figures even from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) show worsening poverty rate with 142.2% growth in food inflation and over 82.9 million Nigerians being unable to afford their daily meals due to the failure of the administration to take practical steps to grow and protect the food sector?

“Under President Buhari, Nigerians are now subjected to the worst form of poverty and hardship, with collapsed purchasing power, occasioned by a voodoo economy management that has wrecked our productive sectors and pummeled our naira from the about N167 to a US dollar in 2015 to the current over N500 per dollar.

“It is unfortunate that Mr. President will choose to always bandy fictitious figures and false performance claims, when he has, in a space of six years, destroyed our national productivity and reduced our country to a beggarly nation, a laughing stock and object of pity among the comity of nations.

“The PDP invites Nigerians to note President Buhari and APC’s similar false performance claims in other critical sectors, including power, transportation, road infrastructure, health, education, agriculture, security, aviation among others, where the Buhari administration has been bandying fictitious figures with no tangible project to point at.

“Our party counsels President Buhari, his handlers as well as their party, the APC, to note that Nigerians have seen through their deceitful clams.

“The PDP, once again, urges Mr. President to end his false performance claims and get more competent hands to manage the economy before every Nigerian is turned into a street beggar.”

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Amnesty Kicks As FG Pushes Social Media Regulation

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Amnesty International has strongly opposed the call by the Nigerian Government to regulate the use of social media and online broadcasters.

It would be recalled that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had urged the House of Representatives to include regulation of Twitter in the National Broadcasting Commission Act.

The minister made the call at the public hearing on a bill to amend the NBC Act organised by the House Committee on Information.

“I will want to add, that specifically, internet broadcasting and all online media should be included in this because we have responsibility to monitor content— including Twitter,” he said.

Reacting, Amnesty International, in a tweet via its Twitter account, yesterday, kicked against the motion.

It noted that when social media is regulated, authorities can arbitrarily have powers to shut down the internet and limit access to social media.

It further noted that criticizing the government will be made punishable with penalties of up to three years in prison.

“When social media is regulated, authorities can arbitrarily have powers to shut down the Internet and limit access to social media.

“Criticizing the government will be made punishable with penalties of up to three years in prison.

“Regulating social media in Nigeria could be easily abused to punish critics of government policies and actions, and anyone who asks difficult questions could find themselves liable for ‘diminishing public confidence in the government.’

“Seeking a law to prohibit abusive, threatening and insulting behaviour is open to very wide interpretation. This section would pose a threat to critical opinion, satire, public dialogue and political commentary,” the statement added.

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