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Buhari, Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Jonathan, others condole with Pastor Adeboye over son’s death

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday led other eminent personalities in extending sympathies to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, over the death of his son, Pastor Oluwadamilare Temitayo Adeboye.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief Whip of the Senate Orji Kalu and Deputy Chief Whip of House of Representatives Nkeiruka Onyejeocha also mourned the late cleric.

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) yesterday announced the death of Oluwadamilare, the third child of Pastor Adeboye.

He was born on June 9, 1978 and died on May 4.

The RCCG Public Relations Officer, Pastor Segun Adebiyi, in a statement, said: “It is with a deep and heartfelt sense of loss, we announce the departure of our beloved son, brother, husband and father, Oluwadamilare Temitayo Adeboye, who went to be with the Lord on May 4, 2021.”

He said the late pastor’s life was well lived as he served the Lord without reserve, giving effortlessly and leading fearlessly. He was crowned by the Lord with blessings of three seeds and a beautiful wife.

“Though shaken, our anchor remains Jesus Christ in whom we have the assurance that we will one day meet in a place where there is no pain.

“It is the wish of the family to be granted privacy at this moment and that prayers be offered on their behalf.”

But, in a condolence message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President also commiserated with members of the RCCG, admonishing them to take solace in God’s promises.

“President Muhammadu Buhari extends deepest sympathies to the family of the General Overseer of the RCCG on the passing of his son, Pastor Dare Adeboye.

“Also commiserating with members of the RCCG on the demise of the Assistant Pastor in charge of Region (Youth) 35, President Buhari urges them to find comfort in the teachings of the Holy Scriptures that those who have chosen to serve God faithfully will see Him as He is in eternity.”

The President prayed to God Almighty to grant the departed rest in His everlasting kingdom and comfort grieving family, friends and associates.

Jonathan, in a condolence message in Abuja yesterday, expressed sadness over the passing of the pastor, describing him as a much-loved clergyman.

Jonathan noted that the late man of God lived a life that was a pattern of good works and prayed to God to grant his soul eternal rest.

“My family and I condole with Pastor Enoch Adeboye and the entire membership of the RCCG, on the death of Pastor Dare Adeboye and a much-loved clergyman.

“Though I never knew Pastor Dare personally, I have had cause to meet his father, Pastor Adeboye, and it would seem that the apple did not fall far from the tree,” he said.

According to him, from every account, Pastor Dare lived a life that was a pattern of good works and a credit to the Body of Christ.

“He was known to emulate the godliness and moral leadership that his father is well known for.

“We share in the grief that naturally comes when such a devout man passes on to eternal glory,” he said

Jonathan prayed to God to grant the family of the deceased and the RCCG ministry the fortitude to bear the loss.

Also yesterday, Lawan commiserated with the General Overseer of the RCCG on the death of his son.

He also condoled with the Adeboye family and members of the RCCG worldwide.

In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media) Ola Awoniyi in Abuja, Lawan said: “I share their deep grief over the loss of a beloved son, husband, father and committed labourer in the Lord’s Vineyard.

“May God Almighty comfort the highly respected pastor, his family and the entire members of his flock over this great loss and repose the soul of the deceased in eternal bliss.”

Gbajabiamila,in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Lanre Lasisi, in Abuja, said it was painful for a father to lose his child at any point in time, saying the younger Adeboye lived a life full of worship to the Lord and service to humanity.

The Speaker recalled how the deceased took after his father in the work of God and rose to become one of the leading youth pastors in RCCG.

Gbajabiamila expressed sadness over the loss of such a “promising young man”.

“I am saddened by the news of the demise of Pastor Dare Adeboye. His demise is painful, especially now that we need youth like him to serve as role models to their peers.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Adeboye family and the entire RCCG family at this difficult moment.

“I pray that the good Lord will find a peaceful resting place for Pastor Dare Adeboye,” he said.

Kalu, in his condolence message, lamented the passing on of the 42-year old pastor.

He stressed that Dare died in his prime, adding that the deceased was committed to the work of God like his father.

The former Abia State governor urged the Adeboye family to take solace in the fact that the late cleric lived a purposeful life dedicated to the service of God and mankind.

He described the demise of Dare as shocking and devastating and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the RCCG family.

“I received with shock and pain the news of the demise of Assistant Pastor (RCCG) in charge of Region (Youth) 35.

“The late cleric was known to be spiritually gifted like his father.

“He was strongly committed and dedicated to spreading the gospel beyond his immediate environment.

“The late pastor upheld and sustained the teachings of the holy Bible in his lifetime, which he exemplified in his way of life.

“He will be remembered for his good deeds,’’ Kalu said.

Onyejeocha also said: “My deepest condolences to the family of Pastor Adeboye over the death of his son…

“I am certain that as you rest on the comfort of our heavenly Father, He will grant you the needed strengths to draw peace and comfort from the well of salvation.”

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Ghana university lecturers begin strike over poor service conditions

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Public university teachers in Ghana on Monday commenced an indefinite strike over poor conditions of service.

 

Professor Charles Marfo, national president of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), said the strike was borne out of the government’s refusal to heed calls by the association to improve the worsening conditions of service of the university teachers across the country.×

 

He said the association was not happy with the way the authorities had been dragging their feet on negotiations concerning the welfare of the teachers, which started two years ago.

 

“We write on behalf of the National Executive Committee of UTAG to inform and/or remind you of the intended strike action of UTAG,” read a statement issued earlier by UTAG.

“By this notice, all campuses are to withdraw all teaching and related activities namely teaching, examinations, invigilation, marking of examination scripts, processing of examination results, etc. from Aug. 2 until further notice.”

There are 15 public universities in Ghana.

 

Among them are University of Ghana, Legon, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, University of Cape Coast,

CK Tadem University for Technology and Applied Sciences.

 

Others are University of Education, Winneba and Simon Diedong Dombo University for Business and Integrated Development Studies.

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Olympiacos sign Henry Onyekuru on permanent deal

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Olympiacos FC have announced the signing of forward Henry Onyekuru from Ligue 1 club Monaco.

 

The 24-year-old Nigerian forward arrived in Greece to seal a permanent move on Saturday after spending last season on loan at Galatasaray.

 

Olympiacos have confirmed the signing of the 24-year-old star on their official website by stating: “Olympiacos have announced the acquisition of international ace, Henry Onyekuru.

 

“The Nigerian, born on June 5, 1997, in Lagos, has been acquired from Monaco after signing a four-year contract.

 

“Having spent five years at Aspire Academy, Onyekuru took the first big step in his career in 2015 by signing a contract with Eupen.

“His 30 goals in 60 games with the Belgian club attracted several clubs with Everton acquiring his services in 2017. The Nigerian spent the next two seasons on loan at Anderlecht (28 assists, 10 goals) and Galatasaray (31 assists and 14 goals) respectively.”

 

Speaking after signing for the team, Onyekuru said: “I know it is a big club in Greece, one of the biggest and they have good ambition and target every season and they are always in the Champions League.

 

“I also know of two Nigerians who played here before and I am just here to contribute and keep on pushing and also to be champions countless times, achieve more goals and aims with the club.

On June 30, 2017, Onyekuru joined Premier League side, Everton, for £7 million and was immediately loaned out to Anderlecht where he was handed the number 9 jersey.

Onyekuru, who made his debut for the Super Eagles in a 3-0 friendly win over Togo on June 1, 2017, is part of the key players for head coach Gernot Rohr ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches in September.

 

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COVID-19 kills 6 persons daily in Lagos – Sanwo-Olu raises alarm

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday raised the alarm over rising COVID-19 death in Lagos, saying the virus has killed an average of six persons daily in the last one week.

 

He also admitted that the third wave of the virus is right now in Lagos, saying that proactive measures must be put in place to nip the crisis in the bud.

Speaking at a news conference at the State House, Alausa, the governor said from the beginning of July the state started to experience an increase in the number of daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lagos State, with the positivity rate going from 1.1% at the end of June 2021 to 7% at the end of July 2021.

“As at the 1st of August 2021, the positivity rate in Lagos is 8.9%. This is an 8-fold increase over the recorded figure a month ago, and it should rightly alarm all of us. This has resulted in 4,300 confirmed cases in July alone and 352 admissions into our isolation facilities.

 

“But let me make it clear that this necessary sense of alarm should not be responded to with panic, but instead with a firm 2 resolve and determination to reverse the trend. We have done it before and we can do it again. We dealt with the first and second waves and did our best to prevent a third wave,” Sanwo-Olu stated.

 

The governor said now that the third wave of the virus has come, the state must dig deep into what “we have learnt from the previous waves, as well as summon the will to do everything necessary to bring down the numbers, on the way to eventually defeating the virus once and for all. Epidemiology Update From the beginning of the outbreak in February 2020 to date, Lagos State has recorded a total of 64,032 confirmed cases of COVID-19.”

“Of this number, 56,336 have recovered in community, 2,755 are currently being managed actively in community. Over the course of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, about 5,029 patients have been admitted into our various COVID-19 care centres in Lagos. We have, sadly, recorded 390 fatalities in Lagos State, 30 of which have taken place in this current 3rd wave of the pandemic.

 

“Essentially, we have recorded on average 6 deaths per day since last week. 3 Home-Based Care Given the huge population of our State and the rising numbers of confirmed cases during the first and second waves of the pandemic, it became necessary for us to deploy tele-medicine in managing positive patients. In this vein, we launched a home-based program, driven by our EKOTELEMED call center service,” Sanwo-Olu added.

 

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