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Prophet Igbalajobi Recalls @ 40: I was Best Graduating Student But Couldnt Afford N750 Gown

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The Minister in Charge of Christ Apostolic Church, Palace of Light and Salvation, Lagos, Prophet Timothy O. Igbalajobi on Thursday September 10, 2019 marked his 40th birthday in  grand style. In this interview with Olushola Adeola, Prophet Igbalajobi speaks on life at 40.

How do you feel at 40?

I feel wonderful, it’s a new feeling entirely, a new responsibility and a new challenge.

What does 40 mean to you

40 means a lot. The Bible says that when I was a child I behaved like a child, but now I am a full grown man and I have to behave like a man. So I have to learn the techniques of being an elderly man, I have to learn how to give elderly advice when people come to me for one. Age 40 is full of responsibilities and accepting them when necessary.

Which day is your most memorable day since you were born?
My most memorable day  for now is the day I graduated from the University of Ado-Ekiti with no family member present. That day I had no money, to collect a convocation gown from the school, I had to beg a friend who was equally graduating to lend me his gown because I was the overall best student that year. I had first class in Accounting. The devil really dealt with me then, to collect a gown with N750 was so difficult for me. But I was very happy that day because I did what no one had ever done in my family then, that is, becoming a BSc holder. It was indeed a memorable day.

Who are the people that have contributed immensely to your life and ministry?
By the grace of God I will first of all acknowledge my mother, Mrs. Folakemi Igbalajobi. She is a very wonderful mother and a prayer warrior. If I would be coming back to this world it has to be through her again (laughs). My elder siblings also, I am the last born of the family. They have been really supportive to me. I started my ministarial journey from Peace of God Ministry (PGM) which was founded by my sister, Lady evangelist Mary Ajisafe, she is now an archbishop. She was the one that helped me discover God’s calling on my life. And also my Prophet Olanrewaju Ayegbokiki, he is late now but he was a very wonderful brother to me. He was the one that chased me into seminary. Not forgetting Pastor Gabriel Adeniyi, he has also contributed to the level I am now in the office of a prophet. And also Pastor Tope Dada, the Music Director of CAC, Worldwide, and my father Pastor M.D Aremu. All of them have been wonderful and I appreciate them very much.

How can you describe your life sir?
(Sighs) My life is a perfect example to explain grace, God’s grace. There was a time I was character bankrupt. I could not even be offered as a sacrifice to people, they would not accept me. I was so bad in every area. I was such a child that when people were in a house and they saw me coming they would start packing all their belongings to a safe place so that I would not make away with them. Coming this far my life has become a message that makes people fall on their knees and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. God’s grace found me.

What do you wish yourself?
I wish myself long life and prosperity, more power to do the work of God, more unction to function in this position God has placed me, and the grace to be what God wants me to be and not someone else.

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Man With 39 Wives, 94 Children, Dies In India

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The death of Ziona Chana, a 76-year-old patriarch in India who was recently recognized as head of the world’s largest family, has been reported by Indian authorities.

 

Ziona, who was the head of a local Christian sect that permits polygamy, had 39 wives and 94 children.

 

His demise was announced on Sunday by Zoramthanga, the chief minister of his home state, in Mizoram area of northeast India.

 

Zoramthanga broke the news via a tweet.

With a total of 167 members, the late Ziona’s family is the world’s largest, according to local media, although this depends on whether the grandchildren, of whom Ziona has 33, are counted.

 

Aside from Ziona, Winston Blackmore, the head of a polygamous Mormon sect in Canada, who has around 150 children from 27 wives – 178 people in total, is another personality who is close to matching his record.

 

Ziona lived with his family in a vast, four-story pink structure with around 100 rooms in Baktawng, a remote village in Mizoram that became a tourist attraction as a result, according to Zoramthanga.

 

The sect, named “Chana”, was founded by Ziona’s father in 1942 and has a membership of hundreds of families.

 

Ziona married his first wife when he was 17, and claimed he once married ten wives in a single year.

 

They shared a dormitory near his private bedroom, and locals said he liked to have seven or eight of them by his side at all times.

 

Despite his family’s huge size, Ziona told Reuters in a 2011 interview that he wanted to grow it even further.

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Igbo’ll Feel Less Marginalised If They Produce Next President, Says Ngige

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said the South-East producing the next president will help in addressing the feelings of marginalisation in the region.

 

He, however, lamented that the 1999 Constitution doesn’t support zoning, which would have boosted the chance of the region in the 2023 presidential election.

 

Ngige who spoke during Channels Television’s Newsnight programme stated that what suits the current situation is the 1995 Constitution by the late General Sani Abacha.

 

“The people in the area have perceived that they are marginalised, that they are unappreciated, whether it was done by propaganda and brainwashing or not, that is now immaterial.

 

“So I agree with that proposal, unfortunately, the Nigerian Constitution does not have that. This is where I quarrel with those who authored the 1999 Constitution.

 

“I still believe today, tomorrow, the Abacha Constitution of 1995 that espouses rotational presidency into the six zones in Nigeria, a single five-year tenure in order to heal all the wounds; the wounds of civil war, and the wound of June 12.

 

“Now, that constitution would have been the best constitution for Nigerians to use for the next 30 years by which the six zones would have tested the presidency,” the minister stated.

 

 

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ECOWAS Court Fixes June Date On Twitter Ban Suit Hearing

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The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States has fixed June 22 for a hearing in the suit challenging the Federal Government’s suspension of the operations of the microblogging platform, Twitter, in Nigeria.

 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project and 420 Nigerians, including a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili and the co-founder of the #BringBackOurGirls movement, Aisha Yesufu, had filed a suit before the court, challenging the unlawful suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, criminalisation of Nigerians and other people using Twitter, and the escalating repression of human rights, particularly the rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and media freedom in the country.

 

In the suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/23/21, the plaintiff sought an order of interim injunction restraining the Federal Government from implementing its suspension of Twitter in Nigeria and subjecting anyone, including media houses, broadcast stations using Twitter in Nigeria to harassment, intimidation, arrest and criminal prosecution, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

 

The plaintiffs stated, “The suspension of Twitter is aimed at intimidating and stopping Nigerians from using Twitter and other social media platforms to assess government policies, expose corruption, and criticise acts of official impunity by the agents of the Federal Government.

 

“The free communication of information and ideas about public and political issues between citizens and elected representatives is essential. This implies a free press and other media able to comment on public issues without censor or restraints and to inform public opinion. The public also has a corresponding right to receive media output.

 

“Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and the full enjoyment of this right is central to achieving individual freedom and to developing democracy. It is not only the cornerstone of democracy but indispensable to a thriving civil society.

 

“The arbitrary action by the Federal Government and its agents has negatively impacted millions of Nigerians who carry on their daily businesses and operational activities on Twitter. The suspension has also impeded the freedom of expression of millions of Nigerians, who criticize and influence government policies through the microblogging app.

 

“The suspension of Twitter is arbitrary, and there is no law in Nigeria today permitting the prosecution of people simply for peacefully exercising their human rights through Twitter and other social media platforms.”

 

However, the court, in a notice to the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) and the respondent’s counsel Maimuna Lami Shiru, stated that the hearing would be virtual.

 

“Notice is hereby given that this application has been fixed for hearing of the Application for Interim Measure on the 22nd day of June 2021 at 10 am and will be heard on that day if the business of the court permits or otherwise on some adjourned day of which you may not receive further notice,” the court stated.

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