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The General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, has urged Nigerians to shun corrupt tendencies in their dealings to avoid the wrath of God. Kumuyi made the plea on Sunday at a special programme entitled: “Total Redemption For All” held at the Eagles Square, Abuja. He said that corruption should not be part of our national lifestyles, saying “it is evil’’. According to him, though, corrupt people may hide from men, they cannot hide from God. “Corrupt people will not see God because He will exclude them from His Kingdom in Heaven,’’ the cleric said. Kumuyi charged those standing on righteousness to continue in order to conquer. “Don’t backslide and don’t compromise your stand on righteous living,’’ he said. While calling on people to consider Christ as their High Priest, who is sinless and Holy, Kumuyi said, “Christ came to the world to redeem humanity from the power of sin and its consequences. “Christ builds individuals, families and national life so that good things would follow,” he said. Earlier, the FCT State Overseer of the Church, Pastor Joshua Esho, prayed that Nigeria would soon overcome its current state of insecurity.

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka said a psychiatrist should be called to examine him should he join the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) recently launched by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Soyinka spoke in an interview with BBC Yoruba Service, which began online on Monday. Obasanjo had in a letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari in January, canvassed a new movement that will give Nigeria a new leadership. But Soyinka said: “Me? Obasanjo would establish a group and I will become a member of such group? That means they should get a psychiatrist to examine me,” he said. Soyinka advised Nigerians to be cautious in accepting at face value, Obasanjo’s letter and the statement issued by former military president, Ibrahim Babangida. ‘‘When these Generals begin to write letters there is the possibility that what they have in mind is different from what we have in mind.” However, Soyinka said the content of the message should be examined even though the messengers were not trustworthy. “When these Generals begin to speak, we are supposed to get suspicious and ask what exactly do they have in mind? It is possible that what they have in mind is different from what we have in mind,” he said. “You can look at it from two perspectives, the messenger and the message. The message should be examined closely. We should not look at the misdeeds of the messenger alone. “Let’s start by asking, is he saying the truth or telling lies, or is he being tricky? “If he is saying the truth and talking about things that are beneficial to the masses, we would allow that be. “After that, we would now look at the person speaking, what is in his mind? …even if it’s a little child who is speaking, as far as that child is saying the truth, we won’t ask the child to keep quiet. We won’t ask the child what do you know? “We would listen. It is the same situation with those who have presided over the affairs of this nation without making significant progress. “We have seen their weaknesses, we have seen their nakedness in public, if they now want to be covered, by saying that they have turned a new leaf, we would examine that too. What I am saying in essence is that what they have said should also be examined.” While urging the youth to come together to present a candidate to represent them, he said the older generation would support them if they are serious. “We have a lot of them. It is the turn of the younger ones. If they come together, as we speak, if they can start now and bring out one individual among them, we will work with him.”

Social media was abuuz on Tuesday with Hollywood actress Kerry Washington’s birthday wishes to her Nigerian colleague, Uzo Aduba, in Igbo language. Igbo is one of the three major languages in Nigeria; others are Hausa and Yoruba. The scandal star, who is married to an Igbo man, Nnamdi Asomugha, took to her twitter handle @kerrywashington to send her wishes. American actress Kerry Washington and Hubby, Nigerian-born Nnamdi Asomugha She wrote:”@Uzoaduba, Ncheta Ubochi omumu gi. Ekele diri Chineke.” (Happy Birthday. Glory be to God.) Uzo, who stars in ‘Orange is the new black’, celebrated her 37th birthday on February 10. She replied Washington’s wishes in Igbo, through her twitter handle@Uzoaduba. She wrote:”Heh Nwannem Nwanyi, Ina asu Igbo??!!. Maka odi mma! Nwanne daalu maka ubochi Omumu m.” (My sister, so you speak Igbo? it is well. Thank you for wishing me a happy birthday.) Uzo Aduba The wishes have been trending on twitter with ‘Kerry Washington Igbo’ becoming one of the most searched item on the social platform. Here are some of the reactions: @Gladyss tweeted: “Kerry Washington’s Igbo is getting better than mine…. I have no excuse.” @nothing_dome wrote: “Damn, let’s talk about how @kerrywashington’ s written Igbo has far surpassed my own. SMH. Next thing, her jollof rice will come pass my own.” @Ucheperkins tweeted: “Nnamdi Asomugha has taught Kerry Washington my Igbo dialect. He has done well.” @thecelebrallemon tweeted: “At the top of the list of things making us smile today, (a very long list) is this beautiful Igbo exchange between actresses, @kerrywashington and @uzoaduba.

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