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Columnist: Ogaga Ifowodo

Boko Haram’s Satanism: See Where the Politicization Of Religion Has Led Us! By Ogaga Ifowodo

Amidst the grief and outrage sweeping the land in the aftermath of Boko Haram’s latest acts of Satanism — Abubakar Shekau and his fellow psychopaths are disciples of Satan — I crave the indulgence of the reader to allow me a moment to ask the simple question: How did we get here? How did we become a nation that murders at midnight sleeping schoolchildren and burns down their hostels, as happened at Federal Government College, BuniYadi? How was it possible, less than two months after, for 300 girls of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, to be abducted from their beds and their school razed to the ground, and for them, save the lucky few who escaped, to remain in captivity 20 days after? How did we get to the point of assassinating individuals; bombing buildings, churches, mosques and motor parks; burning down whole towns and villages while looting and raping, yet doing so in the name of God?

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We Should Remove Religion From The Constitution, Says Ganiyu Adams

The National Coordinator of the Oduaa People’s Congress, and a delegate to the ongoing National Conference, has called on the conference to remove religion from the Nigerian constitution. He made the call during an interview with SaharaTV last weekend. He warned that if not handled well, Nigeria runs the risk of plunging into a religious crisis.

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Victims of Too Much Religion By Abiodun Ladepo

By Abiodun Ladepo

Just two houses away from ours in Ibadan, a new church sprang up last year.  The arrival of the church signaled the end of the little tranquility we enjoyed in the Apata/Oluyole axis of the city.  Before the church, we had had to deal with the noise emanating from the loudspeakers of the mosque located three miles away at the Apata market.  For every prayer session, including at 5:00 a.m., the adherents of Islam in that mosque blared their worship sessions through huge loudspeakers.

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The Bus Preacher Vs The Queen Of The Coast

By Don Norman Obinna

Apparently, religion has become the opium of the people simply because of the government dereliction of its statutory obligations. The more people are impoverished, the more they become impressionable to all sorts of messages in the name of the gospel. The more unemployment accelerates the more young men and women resorts to self-serving preaching as a means of survival.

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Religion: The Bane Of Afica’s Development?

By Ijabla Raymond

Let’s keep this really simple – our continent has adopted 2 foreign religions, which are diametrically opposed to each other. Their gods are mutually exclusive and hating of each other, the inevitable consequence being that we are engaged in perpetual ethno-religious conflicts in the name of these gods. An African muslim will sooner identify with say, an Arab or Afghan muslim than with a fellow non-muslim African.

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Shall We Ban Religion? By Michael Egbejumi-David

Michael Egbejumi-David

By Michael Egbejumi-David

I got the first phone call just before 1:00pm, UK time.  This was Tuesday 13th November 2012. It was from my sister in Lagos.  She was frantic.  Our younger brother’s wife was bleeding, losing a lot of blood, laid out on a bed at the National Hospital, Abuja.  She had just delivered a baby, their second in just over two years.

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My Religion Is Better Than Yours By Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo

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There is no consensus on how we got to this 4.5 billion-year-old piece of real estate called the earth. The best estimate says that modern man showed up some 200,000 years ago. The only consensus is that the first series of questions that crossed the mind of the first group of men and women who saw themselves on earth were: who am I? Where am I? How did I get here? Who made me? Where am I going from here? These questions are the original questions.

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Fear of Religion-Related Violence: Police on Red Alert Nationwide

Police IG, MD Abubakar

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, has placed all Police Formations in Nigeria on red alert, and ordered water-tight security around embassies and foreign missions.

This confirms an earlier SaharaReporters story that security in Northern Nigeria has been beefed up. 

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Prominent Nigerian Pastor In Ukraine Claims Persecution By Ukrainian Police-Empowered Newswire

Pastor Sunday Adelaja
By Empowered Newswire

The Ukrainian Police has summoned a famous Nigerian Pastor Sunday Adelaja, who pastors the country’s biggest church based in the Kiev, capital city, to report for what is feared may be an arrest and detention in a controversial case bordering on racial discrimination and religious victimization, which has been going on for the last three years, Empowered Newswire reports.

Confirming the invitation by the nation’s Internal Affairs Ministry in an interview over the weekend, Adelaja said the case for which he is being summoned is about the collapse of a business-King’s Capital which was owned by members of his church, but for which he or the church administration had no formal or official relationship.

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“I Will Slap Again!” Bishop Oyedepo Brags In First Public Response To Internet Outrage Over Assault On Teenage Girl

Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder and president of the Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel, today in Ota reacted in his sermon to the spreading video that showed his scandalous slapping of a worshipper during a ‘deliverance’ drama at his church.

"People now complain on the Internet that I slapped a witch.  If I see another one, I’ll slap," said the Bishop, who has become the butt of many jokes since the video was published. 

Still, he bragged today, “It is my ministry to slap!”

Bishop Oyedepo, who is seen on the video slapping the young lady for describing herself as a “witch for Christ,” then said of himself, “I am a Baba witch myself.”

He did not explain what he meant, nor did he slap himself.

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2nd VIDEO: Wealthy Nigerian Pastor Who Slapped Teenage Girl Before Thousands At Church Service Still Boasts Of The Beating

Nigeria’s wealthiest pastor, David Oyedepo, returned to the scene of the crime last year when, speaking to a full church assembly, he recalled walloping a young girl in the face, knocking her backwards, as she knelt before thousands of church members, where people kneel to be saved.

The ringing slap could be heard easily on the video of that service but no copy was available until a source just provided it to SaharaReporters.

The incident took place in 2009 and it was recalled by Pastor Oyedepo in 2010 at his Winners Chapel, in Otta, Ogun state, Southwest Nigeria. “I slapped a witch here last year,” Oyedepo declared, stressing each word, on the video. “She came back in February to apologize. She begged me to please forgive her.” He added the warning, “Starting today, the things harassing you, you will start harassing them.”

FIRST ASSAULT VIDEO IN 2009

See:  A new petition calling on the Nigerian government to prosecute Pastor David Oyedepo

Thanks to YouTube and Oyedepo’s tradition of videotaping his sermons, the slap and the recall of the slap are now being seen by thousands.

The girl on her knees appeared to be a suffering teenager in a simple dress whose soft voice cracked as she answered the pastor’s insistent questions. She had been first on a line of teenagers apparently ushered in to confess their sins. Pastor lost his composure when the teen from Imo state, pressured to say she was a witch, claimed instead to be a “witch for Jesus”.  The words had barely left her mouth when she was hit hard by the pastor’s open hand.

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