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Primate Akinola: My Abductors Took My Shoes, My Shirt – PM News, Lagos.


By Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

The immediate past primate of Anglican Church, Peter Akinola who was abducted by gunmen in Abeokuta yesterday and was rescued later by the Policemen from Ogun Command today recounted his ordeal in the hands of his abductors.

The clerygman,who worshipped today at the Abeokuta chapel of his church thanked everybody who had shown love and affection to him and his family members during his hours of predicament.

Addressing the congregation at Anglican Communion Church at tkhe Olusegun Osoba Hilltop, Abeokuta appreciated the concern shown and efforts made by individuals when he was abducted by the hoodlums.
According to the former CAN President, “I want to thank all of you for your outpouring of love and prayers, what happened yesterday was what I used to think is drama; something that we used to see on the television, until much more later that I realized it was real”.

Narrating how the incident happened, he said:”I left the house about 11 a.m to go to our site where we are building structures to train young people in Nigeria who are unemployed. The irony of it is that as I was coming out of the place where I had gone to give food to our workers for Christmas, as I was stepping out, these two young men came out of their car from nowhere. They asked me to open the door, knocking the window with their gun butt.

“I instructed my driver, Jonah, to open the door for them, they sandwiched us at the back of the car and they drove off. They told us to put our head down and that they would blow off our heads if we looked up. They drove for about an hour, where we don’t know until we discovered that we were in the midst of a thick forest. Then I requested to talk and informed them that there was no enough fuel in the car.

“They querried us for not having enough fuel in the car and my driver responded that we just returned from a journey. In the bush there, I was suprised at how they were able to locate a filling station, bought N3000 fuel and continued with the journey that was about three in the afternoon.

“They started asking questions about dollars, which I said there was none, i told them I was a village pastor that has just retired and that the car was given to me by the church. They asked about the security of the car and I told them there was none. They searched for it for almost two hours but couldn’t find anything”,he explained.

Akinola further stated,”I was just praying that God of mercy should come to our rescue; I was just remembering how God saved some believers in the Bible and I concluded that if I must die, how can it be in the hands of these people. Unknown to us, the news had started circulating around and people started praying. Meanwhile they have taken everything from us, they have taken my shirt, my shoes. I was left with my singlet and trousers, but my driver was not so lucky. His cloth, trousers and shoes were taken, he was left with boxers.

“They said i should walk on, when we moved about 100 meters from the car, I was asked to take the left while my driver was asked to take the right inside the bush. I was hearing how they were threatening my driver. After a while, we started hearing gun shots, apparently, the police were around. Later we learnt that the Governor himself with the Commissioner of Police, the secretary to the state government led the rescue team. When I couldn’t hear any more gunshots, I trekked back to the footpath shouting for my driver.

“Not quite long, I saw a vehicle coming, they approached me , I raised up my hands and told them it was my car they took and that am looking for my driver. They said they were police and they said I should come into the car. The leader of the police team, the State Anti-robbery Squad, they called him TJ, was a wondereful man, for the first time in my life,I doff my hat for the police for their performance.

“This same man, a muslim, approached me and said they have heard about what am doing that I should not stop, saying God has preserved my life for this purpose. He charged me to do more.

“Right from Imasayi to Ayetoro and right to Randa, it was just beyond my imagination that I came back in peace, but was worried about my driver who I later found out was at the hospital”,he recounted.


Amid Deep Division, Anglicans Gather in Africa to Heal Wounds.


Justin Welby, Eliud Wabukala
Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury (right) and GAFCON Chairman Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of Kenya walk together at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi. Welby visited Kenya before the GAFCON II meeting in Nairobi. (RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili)

Amid deep division in the worldwide Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Sunday emphasized the need for mission and evangelism.

“The more seriously we take the Bible, the more effectively we will be able to deal with our divisions,” Welby said.

The archbishop spoke at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi, where he had been invited to preach ahead of the Oct. 21-26 Global Anglican Future Conference—the second such gathering of theologically conservative Anglican leaders, most of whom are opposed to the ordination of gays and lesbians.

Delegates welcomed these views as an endorsement of GAFCON. The movement held its first meeting in Jerusalem in 2008, five years after the controversial consecration of New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson in the Episcopal Church. Robinson, now retired, is openly gay.

“That fills me with much hope,” said Dr. Peter Jensen, the general secretary of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, referring to Welby’s emphasis on the Bible.

The conference convenes amidst fears the communion is sliding towards schism, but Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of Kenya said the communion had moved on, leaving the crisis behind, although factors that shaped it are still there.

“I think there is a wider agenda in the world today that Christians of all sorts need to look at,” Wabukala said. “Our attempt here is to begin to station ourselves in this changed context of the world, whether in the Global South or in America.”

More than 1,300 archbishops, bishops, clergy and lay people from almost 40 countries are attending the conference.


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Bishop decries high rate of evil in Nigeria.


The Bishop of Lagos, Anglican Communion, Rev. Adebayo Akinde, has decried the high rate of evil in the country and warned judges not to deprive the poor and the vulnerable of justice.
Akinde spoke yesterday at a special church service held at the Christ Cathedral, Marina, Lagos, to mark the commencement of 2013/2014 legal year in the Lagos State judiciary.

The bishop also condemned the upsurge in crime in the country, just as he called on the Federal Government to put an end to insurgency in parts of the north. According to him, the spate of corruption in the country has reached an unprecedented height, admonishing judges to always have the fear of God in the discharge of their duties.

Bishop Akinde said; “Do not accept bribe in the course of discharging your duties. Be conscious of righteousness and fairness and abide by the ethics of your profession and the Oaths of Office you swore to. “Do your best in your service to the nation and humanity.

Ensure you thoroughly cross check all facts before passing verdict and be sure of whom you follow while doing your job. “Have the fear of God at all times because the judiciary remains the only instrument to put the country on the right path.” The bishop said as ministers in the temple of justice, judge must be sure of their facts before delivering judgement, warning that God will bring everything to judgement.

Also at the Central Mosque, Lagos, where another service was held to mark the legal year, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, stressed the importance of plea bargaining in the criminal justice system, adding that it aids speedy dispensation of justice.

Fashola, who was represented by the Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye, said plea bargaining was necessary, especially in situations where prisons are congested.

The governor noted that the nation’s judicial system relies on witnesses rather than forensic evidence, a development which he said makes it difficult to discard the plea bargain concept if cases are to be concluded on time. He called on all stakeholders in the justice system to get involved to avoid delay in the administration of justice. “Everybody must be involved if the administration of justice will not be delayed. They should comply with new court rules and ensure adherence to efiling and the digitalisation of the judicial system.”

While disclosing that about 100 litigants received legal aids from the state in the last legal year, Fashola urged lawyers to engage in pro bono services with a view to assisting those who cannot afford the services of a lawyer. In his remarks, the National Education Secretary, Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Prof. Tajudeen Gbadamosi, urged members of the legal profession not to allow their selfish interests interfere with the dispensation of justice in the country.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Anglican Archbishop Ignatius Kattey Released By Kidnappers.

Ignatius Kattey
By Saharareporters, New York

SaharaReporters has learnt that Anglican bishop Ignatius Kattey, who was kidnapped nine days ago by an armed gang in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, has been released by his abductors. Kattey is the second highest-ranking Anglican prelate in Nigeria.

SaharaReporters spoke to Archbishop Kattey’s daughter, Margaret, who confirmed her father’s release. She disclosed that the bishop returned home last night around 8:00 p.m. He was “hale and hearty,” according to his daughter.

Another family source declined to say if any ransom was paid to secure the bishop’s release. However, a police source in Rivers State told SaharaReporters that several millions of naira was shelled out to the kidnappers from contributions made by several state governments as well as the office of the Nigerian president.

“No way they [kidnappers] would have released him if not for the money,” the police officer said.

Rev Okoh warns against external agents of disintegration of zoological republic of Nigeria.


THE Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and Archbishop Metropolitan, Rev. Nicholas Okoh, yesterday warned politicians against actions that can cause Nigeria’s disintegration.

The cleric noted that Nigerian politicians need to avoid actions that tend to support foreigners who expect the country to fall apart.

Rev. Okoh spoke at the Standing Committee meeting of the Bishops’ Conference of the Church holding in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

The cleric also called for the disbanding of the national body of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

He said the methods the union adopted to press for its demands was immoral.

Rev. Okoh accused ASUU of enriching itself.

The cleric cautioned politicians against working for external detractors who he said predicted the disintegration of Nigeria in 2015.

He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure honesty and transparency in its responsibility.

Rev. Okoh said: “INEC should rise above regional, ethnic, religious partisanship and deliver to Nigerians the truth, the whole truth and nothing short of that.”

The cleric insisted that despite the ongoing power play, leaders must maintain the unity of the country.

He urged the youths to avoid thuggery and other vices whenever they participate in politics ahead of 2015.

Rev. Okoh said: “We make a sincere appeal to politicians as they plan, disagree, challenge one another and engage in high political manoeuvring, to ensure that the entity called Nigeria is spared from harm.

“We should not walk into the traps of our external detractors who have already predicted a break-up of the country in 2015.

“We appeal to our youths to take part in politics but steer clear of political thuggery. You should not allow yourselves to be used for assassination, arson, kidnapping, maiming, looting, intimidation of opponents.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Archbishop Kattey Kidnapped By Gunmen -PM News, Lagos.

Ignatius Ogboru Kattey-ArchBishop of the Niger Delta North Anglican Communion of Nigeria
By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

Most Rev Ignatius Ogboru Kattey, the Dean, ArchBishop and Bishop of Niger Delta North Anglican Communion of Nigeria, was last night kidnapped by yet to be identified gunmen in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State.

The abduction happened at about 11.30pm Friday night.

The clergyman, along with his wife, Beatrice was captured on Aleto bridge,Eleme in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State, but the wife was later found abandoned in their car.

The whereabouts of the archbishop remains unknown.

Sources said the Archbishop and the wife were driving to Port Harcourt late on Friday to beat the traffic restrictions Saturday morning, occasioned by the monthly environmental Sanitation. Unknown to them, the exercise would not hold because of the GCE-WAEC examination taking place today.

Rivers State has been experiencing a rising tide of insecurity since Police Commissioner, Mbu Joseph Mbu was posted to the state.

Just last week, Felix Igwe, Commissioner for Sports was shot by unidentified gunmen around Eleme Inter-Change,Eleme axis of Port Harcourt and he is receiving treatment.

In the hierarchy of the Anglican Communion, ArchBishop Kattey who was made a Dean of Anglican Communion in Nigeria about a year ago,is next to the Primate,Most Rev.Nicholas Okoh.

Most Rev. Ignatius Crosby Ogborun kattey (Justice of the Peace) was born in the small Nchia Town called Alode in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State on 23 August, 1948. His father was Chief Amos Kattey who was himself a devout Christian, church leader, produce merchant, trader, farmer and Government Recognized Second Class Traditional Ruler of Nchia Kingdom. His mother was Mrs. Margaret Ada Kattey.

He attended St. Paul’s Catholic School Obigbo (now Oyigbo) from 1954 to 1959. For his secondary education, he attended the National High School Aba and graduated with a Grade One in West African School Certificate Examination.

He had his university education at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (beehive of Academic excellence) where he graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1976.

Arch. Bishop Kattey was born-again in 1971 through the ministry of the Scripture Union. He is the Chairman, All Anglican Clergy Conference of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and also the Chairman of Christian Council of Nigeria, South South Area Council.


Gay Rights Stance Pushes Dartmouth to Un-Hire Anglican Bishop.


Bishop James Tengatenga
Dartmouth College has rescinded the appointment of Bishop James Tengatenga of Malawi as dean of a foundation at the Ivy League school in New Hampshire over his past comments about homosexuality.

Dartmouth College has rescinded the appointment of Bishop James Tengatenga of Malawi as dean of a foundation at the Ivy League school in New Hampshire over his past comments about homosexuality.

Reached by e-mail on Thursday, Tengatenga said he was “disappointed” by the decision.

Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon said the school revoked the appointment because “the controversy (Tengatenga’s comments) created have compromised his ability to serve effectively.”

Tengatenga had been named as dean of the school’s William Jewett Tucker Foundation, which seeks to educate Dartmouth students “for lives of purpose and ethical leadership, rooted in service, spirituality and social justice,” according to the college’s website.

The appointment drew criticism after it was announced last month because of Tengatenga’s leadership of an Anglican church in Africa that opposed gay rights. He served as diocesan bishop of Southern Malawi and chair of the Worldwide Anglican Communion‘s Anglican Consultative Council, a network of 44 churches.

“The issue is that he has championed the church’s official position against homosexuality,” Dartmouth junior Andrew Longhi wrote in a blog post on The Huffington Post website. “The tendency to discriminate against (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people is so diametrically opposed to how I understand faith and religion that selecting a ‘social conservative’ to this post baffles me.”

Tengatenga said in a statement following the appointment, but before his hiring was blocked, that his views on homosexuality had changed.

“Let me state unequivocally and categorically that I consider all people equal regardless of their sexual orientation,” he wrote. “As is the case with many people, my ideas about homosexuality have evolved over time.”

On Thursday, he reacted to Dartmouth’s decision.

“I am disappointed,” he said by e-mail. “It’s a sad for the liberalism they claim. It is what it is. Life goes on.”

He noted changing attitudes toward gay rights, particularly in the United States after the consecration of Gene Robinson as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire in 2003.

Hanlon, the Dartmouth president, said the move came after much reflection and consultation with senior leaders at the college and “in light of concerns, specifically surrounding gay rights, expressed by members of our community.”

The college’s support of gay rights, he said, was “complete and unwavering.”

© 2013 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved.



Pope Wades Diplomatically into Gay Marriage Debate.

Image: Pope Wades Diplomatically into Gay Marriage Debate

Pope Francis waves to the faithful gathered in St Peter’s square at the Vatican upon his arrival on June 12 for his weekly general audience.

Pope Francis waded diplomatically into the gay marriage debate Friday, telling the Archbishop of Canterbury he wants to work together to promote family values “based on marriage.”

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Francis, who vigorously opposed gay marriage in his native Argentina, and Archbishop Justin Welby chatted, prayed and had lunch together at the Vatican in their first encounter since both were installed in March.

Welby, the spiritual leader of the 77 million-strong Anglican Communion, has opposed legislation in Britain that would legalize gay marriage, saying it would undermine family life.

He appeared last week before the House of Lords before it moved the gay marriage bill a step closer to becoming law. The legislation would enable gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales.

In his remarks to Welby, Francis said he hoped they could collaborate in promoting the sacredness of life “and the stability of families founded on marriage.” He noted that Welby had recently spoken out on the issue, a reference to his House of Lords testimony.

Significantly, though, Francis didn’t say that marriage should be based on a union between a man and woman, which is how Benedict XVI and John Paul II routinely defined marriage.

Vatican officials said it was a diplomatic attempt to make his point without making a provocative pronouncement. Francis has steered clear of the gay marriage debate as it has recently roiled France and Britain, and in general has refrained from making headline-grabbing comments on hot-button current events.

As archbishop of Buenos Aires, however, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio didn’t shy away from voicing strong opposition to gay marriage, though he was pragmatic in sensing Argentina was heading in that direction.

Realizing the church couldn’t win the fight outright, Bergoglio urged his fellow Argentine bishops to lobby for gay civil unions instead, according to the then-cardinal’s authorized biographer. The bishops shot down the proposal and the church lost the issue altogether when the South American nation legalized gay marriage in 2010 — the first country in the region to do so.

Bergoglio once called gay marriage an “anthropological step backward.”

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“If there’s a private union, then third parties and society aren’t affected,” he wrote. “But if they’re granted marriage rights and can adopt, there could be children affected. Every person needs a masculine father and a feminine mother to help them settle their identity.”
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PHOTONEWS: President Goodluck Jonathan And Ghanaian President, John Mahama At Achebe’s Burial.

Pressident Goodluck Jonatha and Ghanaian President John Dramani Maham both attended the burial of Prof. Chinua Achebe in Anambra State.


Church of England Openly Blesses Transsexual.

Susan Musgrove
The transsexual man known as Susan Musgrove stands before the start of his affirmation service at St. Andrew’s Church, Corbridge, Northumberland. (Facebook)

A man’s sex change has been affirmed in a Church of England service, said to be the first of its kind.

The transsexual man, who is known as Susan Musgrove, 60, underwent surgery last year and has now been publicly blessed as a woman at St. Andrew’s Church in Northumberland.

The curate of Musgrove’s church designed an affirmation liturgy for the service after it received the go-ahead from the bishop of Newcastle.

Susan Musgrove has been married three times and has two children and two grandchildren, who all attended the service.

He saw a “gender specialist” at a gender clinic in Sunderland in 2009 and lived as a woman before having a sex change.

Musgrove says, “I’d needed the stone and wood and ceremony of an Anglican church, particularly my local church, to make my transition feel real. … As far as I could see, no transgender person had ever formally affirmed their faith before in the Church of England.”

In November last year, it was revealed that Britain’s youngest sex-swap patient decided to reverse the procedure after living as a woman for less than a year.

The 18-year-old, who was formerly known as Brad Cooper, had been having hormone injections to make him look like a woman but decided to revert back to living as a man.



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