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“Pastors Should Obey God, Not Politicians” – Apostle Johnson Suleman

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Among pastors of great flocks today, a select few emit the passion for giving. One of this very few is Apostle Johnson Suleman, the general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide. Suleman is a perfect example of this tradition of old. It is always a moment of joy and fulfillment for members of his ministry and even strangers, the less privileged including widows, widowers and vulnerable children when he blesses them during his regular charity scheme. Of recent, Suleman had embarked on a wide range of aids to different categories of people, from the nameless to celebrities. The latest flow from Suleman’s milk of kindness was a donation of $7,000 (seven thousand dollars) cash he made to the New Day Youth And Family Services, Oklahoma during the Tulsa Raw Power Conference which took place two weeks ago.

In this interview, the firebrand preacher who will be having the next leg of his ministry’s Raw Power this week Tuesday in London, states candidly his views about his mission, the Church, men of God, and other issues of interest.

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Please share with us your mission in Ibadan. Was it just an evangelistic event or it included the process of training and outreach?

Our mission to Ibadan was like one of our Raw Power crusades that we have held in different cities in the country and different parts of the world from time to time. Actually, all our meetings are all encompassing and complete package of Ministry which include evangelistic events, process of training and outreaches and more.

Many committed Christians have never shared their faith because they don’t know how or they are afraid. Are your programmes planned towards preparing this category of believers for this?

Yes, of course. The programme is for all. We had such encounters before of people who only saw us from afar off to take decision of their lives. But when they drew closer, they discovered that they have actually missed a lot for the time they have stood aloof.

 

New believers naturally add vitality to congregational life and worship. What are the process being designed through your crusades to bring new believers into the ministry and how are they going to be encouraged in spiritual growth?

To start with, it is the Joy of every pastor to see that the coming in of new converts add vitality to congregational life and worship. The major aim of every meeting is to bring in new souls for the Lord. Apart from the general advertisement done, it is the Lord that saves souls as there is no salvation in any other name except the name of Jesus. As for the way to encourage the new believers in spiritual growth, sound teaching and proper discipline are involved. When this is done, they will turn out to do for the Lord what we are doing now.

 

Building a dream team defines what it truly means for the church to win. How does a Bible-believing church build God’s dream team?

What is a dream team for the Lord?  It’s a team that will do what the Lord commands and plan big for the Lord. Having a dream team for the Lord is the very ultimate for passing Christian Leadership batons to other generations. Jesus gave us a solid clue as to that effect in John Gospel 15:6 that “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you”

Everyone being raised up by the Lord to form part of this great team will be brought up in the fear of God, empowered to teach others also as Apostle Paul carried his own out and said in 2Tim.2:2 that “And the things that you have heard me say among many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be qualified to teach others as well.” If all these are done, passing Christianity to the next generation will not be a problem.

 

As a leading pastor you preach on various moral, ethical, and social issues from a biblical standpoint but you are cautious while expressing personal opinions on political issues. How much prerogative do pastors have to address these issues or there are written guidelines against speaking personally on politics?

In Nigeria as it were, it is very hard and difficult for people to place politics rightly without attaching evils to it. This is what brings pastors’ intervention and prerogative into the affairs. Actually, Pastors should not be a partisan to any political affairs of any party but we cannot fold our hands when things are going bad. Since the government of any nation belongs to God, divine affairs in it are necessary but some politicians are found most times to use pastors as cover despite the evils perpetrated. There should be a restrain from pastors so that God’s name is not dragged in disrepute and for future testimonies.

 

How can those in leadership set a high standard of godly behaviour and avoid representing evil?

Leadership in a godly way or in an evil way is a Personal issue, and it all depends on the lifestyle of every Individual. Whether we are looking at it from a Religious or secular perspective, no leader can set high standard of godly behaviour and avoid representing evil without having fear of God and good heart. So, the way out and the way forward for whoever wishes to lead well is to follow well and fear God.

 

Pastors regularly teach and minister to others from the pulpit. Those outside the pulpit, how effectively can they mentor, coach, instruct the people in the way of God?

The effectiveness in and of pastoral mentorship, coaching and instructing people in the way of the Lord depends on several factors around the person involved: How trained is the trainer? How mentored is the mentor? The Personal lifestyle of the coach because most times our attitude forms a better coaching style for the people. How close is the coach to God or how much of God he/she has? The type of heart possessed by the mentor. The dedication of the mentor and the mentee towards the mentorship, individual focus on the assignments and the right consideration of these factors, makes mentorship easy.

 

You are regularly inspired to give. How often are you moved to give?

We give when the need arises and when the Lord directs.

 

What do you perceive the condition of the Church to be today? Where is the Church doing well, and where do significant improvements need to be made?

The condition of the church today is good but not as it was in the time of old popularly known as the old time religion. There is no love, unity and one voice among the ministers and generally in the Body of Christ. Ministries oppress ministries with styles, pastors oppress pastors in disguise. Members oppress members with their lifestyle. All these are the end time signs. As for the area the church is doing well, the Lord is adding to the church daily and God is raising the end time army that will take the gospel far. The significant improvements needed are the areas where we are falling short as stated above. The church should return to love that is the greatest.

 

A pastor who wishes to balance church, marriage, family and God’s work, how accessible should he or she be?

Accessibility to pastors who wish to balance church ministry, marriage, family and God’s work is determined by the nature of his or her calling and his or her personal strength to receive people. Men and women of God can be very busy for the Lord and yet still be very accessible. This is occasioned by individual principles, the planning of time and schedule created.

 

What are the skills that help you the most in carrying out your pastoral assignment?

Every successful ministry should be founded on working godly principles such as, understanding God, understand yourself, understand your call or your assignments, understand the people you are pastoring and understand your environment.

 

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WEMA BANK 5 FOR 5 PROMO SEASON 3 GRAND FINALE SET TO HOLD IN LAGOS …N10,000,000 cash prize up for grabs in final draw of the season!

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…N10,000,000 cash prize up for grabs in final draw of the season!

 

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Wema Bank, Nigeria’s foremost innovative bank and pioneer of Africa’s first fully digital bank, ALAT, is set to wrap up the season 3 edition of its remarkable reward initiative, the 5 for 5 Promo, in a grand finale slated for Friday, May 31, 2024, in Lagos.

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Wema Bank 5 for 5 Promo is a reward initiative introduced by the Bank in 2019 with the goal of rewarding its customers for their active loyalty to the brand and its products. Through the 5 for 5 Promo, customers of the Bank have enjoyed financial support for their personal, business and professional life. Executed via thoroughly regulated monthly draws per season, the Wema Bank 5 for 5 Promo through a raffle draw selects winners from the Bank’s pool of active and transacting customers, based on the minimum requirements and modalities of the season. A total of 1,177 customers have received cash rewards of up to N63.3 million in the first 2 seasons of the Promo; 23 of whom emerged millionaires in season 1 and 2. The 5 for 5 Promo has since become a beacon of hope to millions of Nigerians and businesses across the country.
Season 3 of the 5 for 5 Promo kickstarted in July 2023, raising the bar impressively with a N90,000,000 cash prize that surpassed both preceding seasons, creating room for more Nigerians to become winners. With each month in the 10-month spread, the 5 for 5 Promo Season 3 train has toured different locations across Nigeria, surprising customers with cash prizes ranging from N25,000 to N1,000,000 each. The 5 for 5 Promo stands out for its inclusivity, diversity and impact, touching the lives of hundreds of Nigerians of different ages, statuses, interests and inclinations. As the final draw of the season approaches, both past and aspiring 5 for 5 Promo winners eagerly anticipate the lucky 120 winners to be made this May.
Referencing the Bank’s intention for the 5 for 5 Promo, the Head, Brands & Marketing Communications at Wema Bank, Mabel Adeteye, expressed gratitude to customers of the Bank for their continued support throughout Wema Bank’s 79-year journey. “At Wema Bank, our world revolves around our people and customers. Their support is what has got us this far so it’s only natural that we seize every opportunity to give back to them and fulfil our goal of providing optimum value for every stakeholder. The 5 for 5 Promo was birthed from a place of gratitude and commitment to empowering our customers and with each season, we have simplified the requirements and amplified the rewards to ensure that everyone can benefit from the Promo. Season 3 has been nothing short of remarkable and as we close out our 79th anniversary celebration with one more 5 for 5 Promo Season 3 draw, we are honoured to be the bank of choice for our diverse customer base. To the 1,000+ customers that have won over the past 9 months and the 120 that will win in the grand finale, I say a huge congratulations. Thank you for choosing Wema Bank”.

 

 

 

Encouraging Nigerians to take advantage of the last draw of the 5 for 5 Promo Season 3, Mabel Adeteye, elucidated the minimum requirements for qualification. “The requirements are simple, fund your account with at least N5,000 and make up to 5 transactions using the ALAT App, *945# or your ALAT/Wema Card, maintaining a N5,000 minimum average account balance. It doesn’t matter where you are, what you do or when you started banking with us, you can be a winner. NYSC members have won, business owners, undergraduate students, working class professionals, everyone from Gen Z to the baby boomers—there’s room for all in the Wema Bank family and the 5 for 5 Promo. A simple download of the ALAT App could be the first step for potential winners. I look forward to May 31st, as we put the final bow on this exceptional journey that has made the 5 for 5 Promo Season 3 a success”.

 

 

 

The 5 for 5 Promo has transformed the lives and experiences of thousands of Nigerians across the world, with cash prizes for transactions on both Naira and Domiciliary accounts. With a total of N80,000,000 already disbursed in the first 9 draws of Season 3, the grand finale is set to reward 120 more Nigerians with a N10,000,000 cash prize.
To qualify to win in the grand finale of the Wema Bank 5 for 5 Promo Season 3, Wema Bank account holders are to fund their Wema/ALAT accounts and make up to 5 transactions before the month ends.

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Aviation Minister Explores Partnerships at Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh

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The Honourable Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo SAN CON FCIarb (UK), is actively engaging with Middle East aviation leaders at the ongoing Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Hosted at the prestigious King Abdulaziz International Conference Center (KAICC), the forum marks a pivotal moment for global aviation collaboration.

At the behest of His Excellency Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, Minister of Transport of the State of Qatar, and His Excellency Saleh Al-Jasser, Minister of Transport and Logistics of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Aviation Minister convened on the sidelines to deepen ties between Nigeria and the Middle East in the realm of air transportation and logistics.

The third edition of the Future Aviation Forum, themed “Elevating Global Connectivity,” underscores the importance of fostering innovation, sustainable air travel, and cultural exchange. By bringing together leaders from the aviation sector and adjacent industries, the forum serves as a catalyst for knowledge exchange and business opportunities in a dynamic economic sector.

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Keyamo expressed gratitude to Minister Al-Sulaiti for his keen interest in Nigeria, affirming Nigeria’s openness to investment in civil aviation and other sectors of the economy. Emphasizing the importance of learning from Qatar’s success in airline operations, particularly exemplified by the global acclaim of Qatar Airways, the Minister sought collaboration to enhance Nigeria’s aviation sector.

A key proposal made by the Nigeria Aviation Minister involves encouraging Qatar Airways to patronize local catering services on its return trips to Doha from Nigeria. This initiative aligns with the principles of reciprocity outlined in the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) and aims to stimulate Nigeria’s local economy.

As the Future Aviation Forum continues until May 22, 2024, the Minister remains committed to forging strategic partnerships that will elevate Nigeria’s aviation industry on the global stage.

 

Aviation Minister Explores Partnerships at Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh

Tunde Moshood
SA Media and Communications to the Honourable Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development

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Abba Yusuf and His Misadventure in Kano* By Aliyu Maina

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*Abba Yusuf and His Misadventure in Kano*

By Aliyu Maina

Oh, our majestic Kano! A land renowned for its rich history, resilient hustle, and unwavering hope. Alas, a dark and foreboding shadow has descended upon our beloved city, casting a pall of despair over its inhabitants. This ominous shadow is the result of a man’s broken promises and misguided leadership, a man who pledged to usher in an era of prosperity but instead unleashed unmitigated chaos upon us.

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This individual, Abba Yusuf, our governor, a stranger in our midst, callously disregards the plight of our city as it burns, his actions a stark betrayal of the trust placed in him. For the sons and daughters of Kano, the past few years have been an interminable ordeal of suffering and shattered dreams, a direct consequence of Abba Yusuf’s governance. Our once-thriving metropolis, teeming with life and commerce, has been reduced to a desolate ghost town, a mere shadow of its former vibrant self.

Abba Yusuf, a man who professed to bring prosperity, has instead inflicted upon us a reign of unrelenting hardship. He dons the guise of a leader, but beneath this façade lies a puppet manipulated by invisible forces, ensnared in a sinister political game of power and control. His actions have brought our city to its knees, leaving its people to suffer the consequences of his misguided leadership.

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As a Kano indigene, I am compelled to express my deep disappointment and anguish at the actions of Governor Abba Yusuf, who has utterly failed to prioritize the welfare of the poor masses in our beloved state. His tenure has been marked by a series of misguided decisions that have inflicted immense suffering on the very people he swore to protect.

You see, I have lived in Kano for over 50 years. I’ve seen governors come and go, each with their own vision for our beloved city. But Abba Yusuf? He’s a different breed altogether. He came in with a broom, they said, sweeping away corruption. But instead of sweeping away the dirt, he ended up uprooting the very foundations of our lives.

The first blow came barely a week into his tenure as Governor when he revoked the certificate of occupancy of several properties, claiming they had been acquired illegally from the previous administration. With nary a thought for the countless families who called these properties home, he ordered their demolition. The dust had barely settled when he delivered yet another blow – the suspension of thousands of civil servants employed by his predecessor, Gadunje, on the shaky premise of false recruitment allegations. Which has left countless families without a breadwinner. Thousands of families left jobless overnight. How do you explain that to a man who just put his children through school, hoping for a brighter future, only to see it snatched away by the stroke of a vindictive pen? This callous move has exacerbated poverty and hardship, pushing many to the brink of despair.

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The actions of Abba Yusuf have not gone unnoticed. The Federal High Court, first in Abuja and then in Kano, ordered the Kano State Government to pay hefty sums in compensation for the unlawful demolition of properties, further proving the government’s egregious violation of fundamental rights. But has he paid? Not a kobo. Court orders? Pah! Yusuf cared little for the law.

However, these court orders represent a hollow victory for the victims. They are but a small salve on the deep wound inflicted by a ruler who has lost touch with the people he promised to serve. Rather than uplift our city to the heights of prosperity he promised, Abba Yusuf has left Kano in ruins. The rubble of demolished buildings is a stark reminder of the homes and livelihoods that have been lost. People who’d saved for years, invested their life savings – their dreams turned to dust. The man who promised to clean up Kano has become the biggest stain on our city’s reputation. Thousands have been directly and indirectly affected by his actions, their lives upturned without warning or justice. Tears flow in the streets of Kano, a once proud city brought to its knees by a man lost in the labyrinth of political games. The cries of the poor and disenfranchised echo through the city, a haunting reminder of the promise of prosperity that was but a fleeting illusion.

It is a bitter pill to swallow, realizing that the man at the helm of our city’s destiny is far removed from the realities on ground. Instead of using the opportunity God has given him to guide Kano towards a brighter future, Abba Yusuf seems set on a course that only deepens our despair. In the face of this adversity, the spirit of Kano remains unbroken. Instead of using the state’s resources for the good of the people, Abba Yusuf has been busy gallivanting around, using the state’s funds to hunt down political oppositions and past administration leaders.

This, my friends, is not the Kano we know. The Kano we know, is the city that embraced all, and gave opportunities to those who strived. Yusuf has turned it into a place of fear, a place where the powerful prey on the weak. We, the ordinary people, the ones who make Kano tick – we are the ones suffering. Yusuf, blinded by his vendetta, has forgotten his duty. He’s become a puppet in a political play, more interested in settling scores than serving the people. He promised prosperity, but delivered misery. Promised hope, but brought despair.

We are a resilient people, forged in the crucible of hardship but never bowed. We continue to hope for a leader who will truly serve the interests of the masses, a leader who will lead us out of this darkness and into the light of a prosperous future. Until then, we bear witness to the misadventure of Abba Yusuf, a man clearly lost in the intricate web of politics, using his position to punish the very people he swore to serve. In the end, we, the people of Kano, are the true custodians of our city’s destiny. We will rise from these ruins, stronger and more united than ever, holding onto the hope that one day, justice will be served. Until then, we stand firm, refusing to be silenced, our voices echoing through the heart of Kano, a testament to our resilience in the face of adversity.

As a Kano person, I have witnessed firsthand the anguish and despair that Abba Yusuf’s actions have caused. His policies have punished the poor, rewarding only his political allies. We, the people of Kano, won’t stay silent. We will raise our voices, louder than the roar of the bulldozers. We will not let him turn our city into rubble. We will fight for the Kano we know and love, the Kano that gave us a future.

On behalf of the thousands of Kano people who have suffered this hardship, I say, “enough is enough”. We demand justice and an end to this misadventure, lest our beloved Kano be reduced to nothing but rubble and tears. This is our story. The story of a city betrayed. The story of a people yearning for a leader, not a destroyer. The story of Kano, waiting to rise from the ashes.

Maina, an anthropologist wrote this piece from Gidan Kofar, Kano.

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