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 The spotlight this week was for once in a long while turned on the Christian religion as issues arising from some Christians and their recent actions spurred heated debates across the country. After the video where the founder of Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome made a comment that “masturbation is not a sin against God but a habit and God is not offended by it” went viral last week, mixed reactions (mostly in objection) to his comment have followed. Pastors in Nigeria have especially made angry reactions to his comment. In a story published by NigerianEye recently where several Pastors made comments on the video, the head of INRI Evangelical Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele made one of the several objections saying it is stated clearly in the Bible that masturbation is a sin against God. “That is his own view. Where did he see it in the Bible that masturbation is not a sin? Maybe he has his own Bible. It is a bad thing. Maybe it is in his Bible.” Also, the Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Ola Makinde said there was only one way of having sex permitted by God in the Bible, which is only through marriage. “There is only one way of having sex in the Bible which is natural. Masturbation is unnatural and unethical. Whatever is unnatural and unethical is abomination. I leave him to his own opinion,” he said.

In another act by Christians, nine Christian men were apprehended in Bauchi state this week, trying to bomb a Church. It came as a shock to many that when the Islamic sect ‘Boko Haram’ has severally been blamed for such actions, Christians are now following suit, making attempts to destroy lives and property of their supposed ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’.

It is only hoped that such actions would not be replicated among other groups or sects or religions across the country.

Here is a recap of some of the stories that made headlines this week:

Nine bombers, believed to be Christians, were apprehended on Monday, February 27th when they attempted to bomb a COCIN church at Miya Barkate, 20 kilometres along Jos-Bauchi Highway in Bauchi State. The suspects are members of the same COCIN church, Unguwar Rimi, a new and small Christian settlement between Tilden Fulani and Shere Hills. They were thoroughly beaten by the public and rescued by the police and then detained at the Toro Divisional Police Division before they were transferred to Bauchi State Police Command, Bauchi.

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The former Governor of Delta state, James Ibori, has pleaded guilty in a British court to laundering millions of dollars during his tenure as Governor in the oil-rich state. He pleaded guilty on Monday, February 27th, 2012 to ten counts of money-laundering and conspiracy to defraud. He pleaded not guilty to a further 13 similar charges. The British police accuse him of stealing $250m over eight years.

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A Primary school in Maiduguri, Gomari Costain Primary School was on Tuesday February 28th, 2012 razed by fire by persons suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect. According to some eyewitnesses, a group of persons, mainly teenagers, drove away the security guard in the night before setting the school ablaze. Pupils and teachers of the school resumed to find out their school had been brought down by a fire.
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Unidentified gunmen attacked Demsa Divisional Police Office in Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012. The Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Altine Daniel, confirmed the incident and said that a corporal and one of the attackers were killed in the incident, adding that no explosive was used. The attack came after a similar one on Sunday in Shuwa Village of Madagali Local Government Area of the state, where three policemen were killed and one injured.

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The Senate on Wednesday, February 29th ordered the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, to stop issuing new vehicle number plates and drivers’ licenses. The Chairman, Rules and Business of the House, Sam Tsokwa, disclosed that investigation had uncovered a syndicate which had flooded the country with fake number plates. Some of the Senators condemned the indiscriminate fees charged by FRSC on the new number plates and drivers’ licence and described the new vehicle number plates issued by the commission as illegal, noting that the Act that set up FRSC did not empower it to issue number plates.

The new driver’s licence, which the commission launched in 2011, is now issued for N6,000 as against N3,000, while the new number plates have suddenly jumped from N5,000 to an astronomical N15,000.

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A lady in Akure, Ondo state, Miss Sade Babatunde was arraigned before a court for pouring a bag full of faeces on Miss Agnes Olasehinde, at her work place in the main branch of First Bank of Nigeria PLC. Eyewitness accounts say that Miss Babatunde went to the cashier, Miss Olasehinde and accused her of snatching her husband in the presence of other bank workers and customers inside the banking hall. She then poured the entire content with its offensive odour on her and slapped her on the face severally.

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A 17-year-old HIV positive maid from Gutu, was arraigned before a court for lacing the porridge of her employer’s four-year-old child with menstrual blood. Her employer last week noticed a drop of blood when her child was eating porridge and took it to the Hospital where tests confirmed it was the maid’s menstrual blood. The toddler’s mother immediately pressed charges against her, leading to her arrest. She was sentenced to a 10-year prison term.

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 A 30 year-old housewife, Rukayat Alalade, was arrested in Oyo state
for allegedly macheting her 11 year-old stepson to death. It was gathered that the suspect, whose husband Lukman Alalade, married after
he separated from his first wife, had always had ill-feelings for her
two stepchildren. She reportedly cut him on the head and hand after he
returned from an errand which he sent him until he gave up the ghost.
After which she dragged the remains of the little boy to the backyard
of the family’s building and hid the cutlass under the bed.

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A multiple car crash killed two people and left nine others injured in
Lagos on Friday, March 2nd, 2012. The accident involved a trailer
carrying heavy steel pipes and another loaded with goods and seven
other cars. The accident occurred in the early hours of Friday along
Berger road on the Magodo axis of the Lagos Ibadan express way.

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A Nigerian-born teenage girl, Victoria Osoteku, 19, has been found
guilty of killing a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed at Victoria
station in London. Victoria was convicted of the manslaughter of
Sofyen Belamouadden by a majority verdict at the Old Bailey. She was
seen on CCTV kicking Sofyen in the head as he lay dying on the ground
after the attack by rival school pupils, which lasted about 10
seconds. He was stabbed nine times to the body and suffered wounds to
his heart, a lung and major blood vessels.

How do you feel about what happened in the country this week? What other stuff happened that you would like to share?

Have a great weekend!

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

43 Comments

  1. sweetie

    March 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    chineke….. Nigerians o, what have we become?! o_O….. we need to do better biko

  2. Juwon

    March 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    GOD HAVE MERCY!!! IM TOTALLY SPEECHLESS……….

  3. madman

    March 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    recycled news from Linda’s blog…..mtchsweeew!

    • Jimmy

      March 3, 2012 at 9:47 am

      @madman Why the beef? Did Linda manufacture the news herself……mtchsweeew!

    • madman

      March 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      why are you beefing my na? I’m just saying my own. BN is best to stick with interviews and weddings.

  4. jane

    March 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!! So much 2 absorb! Wld be back 2 comment.

  5. Temiloluwa

    March 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    that Victoria Osoteku story got to me mehn…

    • Lauretta

      March 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      *sigh* anywhere we go, all eyes on nigerians, it shocking tho

  6. Mafia

    March 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Everything is scary and serious… but, but, but!! The feces story? LOL! Woooow!!! I cant stop laughing since reading it.
    And I dont know Nigerian law, but only 10 years for putting HIV+ blood in a child’s food? That’s just SICK! And menstrual blood? Was she trying to do witchcraft? On the other hand, at least the mother of that child took her to the courts rather than taking the law into her own hands.

    • Beverly

      March 3, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      That happened in Zimbabwe.

  7. chinco

    March 3, 2012 at 12:01 am

    These stories are so gory…wow! Don’t even know which one to comment on. They r all so sad. As for oyakilome, seriously SMH. They say one shdnt say -ve stuff about men of God but seriously!!!#raised eyebrow#. Never been a fan but still disappointed anyway.

    • e-bukun

      March 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Er…how is masturbation wrong please? Now if I was using pornography then that would be a different matter ‘cuz i’m lusting after other individuals and glorifying fornication etc.
      The act of masturbation in itself is NOT wrong or unnatural, but it isn’t exactly fulfilling a “be fruitful and multiply” mandate also.

    • A.C

      March 4, 2012 at 12:03 am

      I just don’t see how a man can climax without thinking certain non-pleasing thoughts in his mind. I mean, let’s be sincere. As for the “be fruitful and multiply” part, that is no longer a mandate in our generation. God gave that command when there were not even 10 people in our world. Today, we have 7 billion people. Besides, notice that command was given in the old testament. Did Jesus repeat that same command anywhere in the new testament? If He did, kindly let us know in what book, chapter and verse. Thanks.

  8. doppleganger

    March 3, 2012 at 12:58 am

    not even 1 good news on here! is this what the world has become? wicked minds, everyone, young and old 🙁 *sigh*

  9. bubu

    March 3, 2012 at 1:03 am

    chimo!d heart of man is relly desperately wicked o!see 19 yr old murderer sef!!!!!!God pls save our souls!AMEN.

  10. bubu

    March 3, 2012 at 1:03 am

    really*

  11. Beverly

    March 3, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I just have goose bumps, what did a four year old do to her? I used to feel bad when my family member would test her potential maids before offering them the job and turn away those with HIV, but the heart of man is wicked. If you hate being a maid, quit. There are bosses lined up for days for reliable help.

  12. vickky

    March 3, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Things are happening in the world. wow!

  13. mary007

    March 3, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Blood of Jesus!!! Like I always say these things have always taken place in Nigeria, its just that they are never reported

  14. Zee

    March 3, 2012 at 2:24 am

    oh wow! deep stories yo!
    http://uberchicmichi.blogspot.com

  15. Ari. L

    March 3, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Gutu is in Zimbabwe!!! Too many wicked people everywhere men! Jeez

  16. Mimi

    March 3, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Madness. And evil. What is it that people have come to?

    That is all.

  17. Babe

    March 3, 2012 at 5:35 am

    too much to take in, God will help us.

    Good things also happened that shld be celebrated. good job bn

  18. k.jay

    March 3, 2012 at 5:52 am

    hectic week hey! God hav mercy!! the world is indeed coming to an end.

  19. Mecus

    March 3, 2012 at 5:53 am

    On the issue of masturbation: I haven’t seen Pastor Chris’s video but I agree and disagree. The only reason I would say it was wrong [to masturbate] would be the aspect of ‘waste of sperm’, the act itself is not wrong, but the inevitable outcome is . As Apostle Paul noted, “everything is permissible but not everything is profitable”.
    Those who have read the book of Genesis will remember a certain part when God struck down a ‘guy’ having sex with a lady because when it was time to ejaculate, he pulled out of the lady and did it on the floor instead and God killed him instantly (sorry i dont remeber the verse). from my understanding this is ONE of the reasons why God hates sex before marriage – ultimately that guy was killed for ‘wasting’ life.

    Technically masturbation is not the same as having sex as the Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Ola Makinde’s statement seems to insinuate, so it cannot be called fornication – I think Christians should refrain from mixing their own personal feelings and beliefs with the Christian Religion, that is what they see as right or true as opposed to what the bible truly says about it. those who speak against it should give us better reasons, expand our knowledge- with specific references to the bible- why they are against it, and not just force doctrines or rules on people.

    • bebe

      March 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Erm im not one to ever condemn people …but it is wrong……because lust is a sin….and for man to masturbate he has /had lust in mind or thoughts of sex…..so if you like paint it anyhow you want it is wrong…my 2 cents…….

  20. Babe

    March 3, 2012 at 7:13 am

    ok now

  21. Layo

    March 3, 2012 at 7:59 am

    The victoria girl is so pretty and looks innicent, what is happening to our youth…..As for Ibori and his wivws and mistresses*no comment*.

  22. faith

    March 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

    wow! so terrible!wen will we hear good news from our dear country!na wa o

  23. Jimmy

    March 3, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Christians are now trying to bomb churches. na wa o

  24. bettyB

    March 3, 2012 at 10:56 am

    BN you are misleading people! From the closing comment you imply that these things all happened in Nigeria, which is so not true. One of them happened in U.K and the other in Zimbabwe.

    • Stanley

      March 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Ahn Ahn! But it is clear that this is what made headlines in Nigeria now, take it easy.

  25. christy

    March 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Awoooooooooooooo

  26. MIMI

    March 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    speechless, may God help us in Nigeria, but some are Innocent suffering what they know nothing about.

  27. gbeborun

    March 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    “Masturbation is unnatural and unethical” indeed, the whole masturbation saga is too funny ,well good for Pastor Chris for being honest,since there’s no such thing as honest in Nigeria, which adult in that country would boldly raise their hands to say they have never done it at some point, which part of the bible exactly says masturbation is a sin, allow yourself to be controlled by a book written centuries ago and don’t think for yourself idiots

  28. UsaveOne

    March 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    YEs Obtainable only in Naija. Too Sad!

    Plz check.. http://usaveone.blogspot.com/

  29. ini

    March 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    The Senate made a good move in stopping the selling of new licence plates and issuing new drivers licences. They were practically ripping people off!

  30. Purpleicious Babe

    March 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    THE TITLE TO THIS NEWS should be called: STUPID /IDIOTIC THINGS HUMAN’S DO….

    based on that title suggested…. it makes sense because the content are so alarming it deserves no contribution.

  31. konnie

    March 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Did anything good happen or are you just trying to leave us with junk on our minds? Not being callous but at least one good thing must have happened.

  32. Damilola Adepoju

    March 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Bad bad bad! I cnt shout jhor…na dem knw their wahala

  33. cutie

    March 4, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Things are happening in our country o! The one dt got to me most is d story of d 19yr old nigerian who killed a 15yr old.#smh# some naija kids abroad are just really silly!

  34. bebe

    March 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Erm im not one to ever condemn people …but it is wrong……because lust is a sin….and for man to masturbate he has /had lust in mind or thoughts of sex…..so if you like paint it anyhow you want it is wrong…my 2 cents…….

  35. Jemibee

    March 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    may the good Lord come to our aid !!

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