Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (LFCWW), David Oyedepo, has revealed how he almost died in a plane crash recently.
Speaking at the church headquarters on Friday, Oyedepo says before the trip, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor E.A Adeboye visited him unannounced and prayed for him.
It was the third time Bishop Oyedepo would be involved in near air mishap.
Narrating how this third and most recent accident happened, a pastor in the church, Adebisi, read the report from the aircraft’s pilot, Captain Samuel Adegoga.
“The main malfunction we had in the Cyprus-Israel flight was a stabilizer twin-motor failure. During the said flight that we had the twin motor failure, the auto-pilot could no longer exert the desired pressure to keep the aircraft in the required altitude for stability flight.
“The captain disconnected the auto-pilot, took and returned the aircraft to the required altitude for that phase of the flight. Because the aircraft was out of trim during this takeover, the aircraft abruptly pitched off with much pitch force.
“The captain counteracted it with a pitch down force. These counter forces caused turbulence and movement in the cabin and cargo hold. Heavy items in the cargo section fell from their compartment, making a loud noise, ” the pilot wrote.
“We thank the God of this commission for making the pilot to react promptly. Similar failures in the past have resulted in fatal accidents due to lateness of pilot’s reaction,” Adebisi added.
However, while the pilot saw the incident as mechanical malfunctioning, Bishop Oyedepo said the averted air disaster was a spiritual attack.
His words: “According to the word of God, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord will hit the earth, there will be a restoration of sonship and fatherhood to the body of Christ.
“On Friday preceding the journey that we made, my father in the Lord showed up at 6:30 early in the morning and saw a vision and wasn’t sleeping, and said, ‘Lord, Lord, why seek the living among the dead? No, no…’ So, he took off and landed here before 6:30am. No, there was no idea that he was coming, and there was no discussion after it. The heart of the father will be drawn to the heart of the son to defend.
“Understand what I’m saying. You don’t have inheritance in a pastor; you don’t have in a teacher. Many of us have teachers all our lives. Did they share anything with you when they died? Did any teacher write your name in his will? You only have an inheritance with a father. A good man leaves an inheritance for his children to inherit. Fatherhood is not an accolade, it is a revelation. So, that was not technical failure, it was a spiritual attack that Jesus averted.
“Every prophet sent to you is ordained a father. Elisha shouted: ‘My father! My father!‘ He was the son of Sherphat. Elijah was not his biological father, but he was a prophet sent to him…Every prophet sent to you is sent as a father, not as brother, not as an uncle, not as a friend. I have enjoyed this kind of covering all my life.”
CAN lauds US for placing Nigeria on special watch list
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has commended the idea of the United States government placing Nigeria on a special watch list for having “engaged in or tolerated severe violations of religious freedom”.
The Special Assistant, Media &Communications to the CAN President, Adebayo Oladeji, made this known in a statement issued on Sunday.
In the statement, CAN said although, it was displeased with the fact that Nigeria is being listed for such, but glad that the global community is not unaware of such realities.
“We are not happy that our country is being listed among the nations where religious intolerance is one of their hallmarks but it gladdens our hearts that, at least, the global community is not unaware of the fact that Nigerian Christians are becoming endangered species in their Fatherland”.
The list, according to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, contains countries like Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
Mr. Pompeo explained that the protection of religious freedom is a top priority for the Trump administration foreign policy and that it will work diligently to promote religious freedom and combat abuses.
Meanwhile, Boko Haram and eight other terrorists group have been described as ‘Entities of Particular Concern’.
CAN believes that the reasons given by the US for including Nigeria on the list are too glaring to be disputed. “is it not true that the Nigerian Federal Government Failed to implement effective strategies to prevent or stop such violence or to hold perpetrators accountable, as noted by the US government?”, CAN questioned
Rivers: Varsity VC, DVC Sacked
Professor Blessing Didia, the Vice Chancellor of the Rivers State University, has been relieved of his appointment.
A statement posted on Governor Nyesom Wike’s twitter handle further disclosed that the decision was with ‘immediate effect’.
Also, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) of the institution, Professor Magnus Oruwari, was relieved of his appointment.
The university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Professor Opuenebo Owei, was appointed as the acting vice-chancellor.
Governor Wike also suspended the ongoing employment exercise at the institution.
He, thereafter, set up a committee to investigate the exercise and submit its report in two weeks.
Shiites Opt For New Openings Into Resolution, Suspends Street Protests
Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has announced a temporary suspension of street protests in demand for the release of its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Elzakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.
IMN in a statement issued on Wednesday by its spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, informed that the suspension of the free Elzakzaky street protests is to allow for some new openings into the resolution of the problems, especially the court case instituted by their lawyers on the proscription order made by the federal government this week.
Mr. Musa also hinted that the IMN has taken the step in good faith out of respect for some eminent people and groups, whose input in the resolution of the problems appears genuine,while they sincerely hope an amicable way could be found to solve the crises surrounding the alleged illegal detention of their leader for almost four years now.
“If at all any protests occur anywhere in the country, it might be this notice hasn’t reached those in the field or this message is misunderstood or it is some security agents who are mischievously behind it as they have been doing in an attempt to smear our image and be seen as unruly people rather than as victims of savage oppression since 2015.
“The Islamic Movement wishes to thank both national and international civil rights activists and organizations who have been busy demanding the protection of our fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution.
“We are committed to exploring the new openings we have seen in resolving this protracted issue.
“We, therefore, reiterate our demand that our leader, his wife, and several others in detention be given their freedom denied to them since 2015”, the statement reads.
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