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CAN fires back over protest against Pastor Adeboye

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has advised protesters to direct their anger to the federal government, rather than attacking the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor E.A. Adeboye.

CAN was reacting to a protest staged at the Redemption Camp on Monday.

Charly Boy and Eedris Abdulkareem, were among those who marched to the camp, after accusing Adeboye of being silent on killings across the country.

Adeboye had also defended himself, explaining that during major programmes of the church, he leads his congregation to pray over the problems.

However, in a statement by Sanuel Vondip, its National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, CAN said Adeboye “had addressed the press on several occasions explaining that as a man under authority, he cannot speak on issues that CAN or PFN have spoken about”.

He said that any protest against Adeboye, would be viewed by CAN as a systematic insult against church leaders in Nigeria.

“While we appreciate the concern of the protesters over the issues they raised and the call for a better nation, we strongly believe that singling out one of our leaders and members, to say the least is unfair.

“The entire exercise, in our view, was ill-motivated. The people who staged this insulting protest against a highly revered Servant of God in the person of Pastor Adeboye are totally ignorant of the operations of CAN.

“Why should any group of people think that it is their right to protest and demand that Pastor Adeboye must speak on the issues they listed when CAN and PFN had spoken about them?

“While we understand the frustration of those who organised the protest, we are against the method they adopted by directing their anger against an innocent man

“Adeboye will never support oppression and he has been speaking against these evils in the land through CAN and, on several occasions, in his sermons.

“We further urge those who protested to direct their future protests at those in government who should do more to free those who have been in captivity for no sins of theirs. They should direct their protest against the people in power to make the nation safer from the attacks of herdsmen, kidnappers, ritual killers, armed robbers, armed bandits, and Boko Haram terrorists.

“We have no gun to fight our battles except to speak out as we have been doing and never at the same time give up praying to God who can do all things,” the statement read.

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AfroBasket: D’Tigress to face Mali in final

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Nigeria’s senior national women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, have qualified for the final of the ongoing 2019 AfroBasket Women’s championship in Dakar, Senegal.

D’Tigress, defending champions of the competition, defeated their Malian counterpart 79-58 on Friday to advance to the final as they strive to retain the trophy they won in 2017.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the team won the semis against Mali.

Nigeria’s Ezinne Kalu was the star player with 19 points, while Mali’s Meiya Riders had 14 points.

D’Tigress had earlier thrashed DR Congo 79-46 in the quarter-finals, demolished Cameroon 106-39 and crushed Tunisia 75-26 in the group stage.

The championship, which began on August 10 will end on Sunday.

Nigeria will now face winner of the Senegal versus Mozambique match in the final on Sunday.

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Pirates abduct three Russian sailors in Cameroon

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Three Russian crew members of a cargo ship have been abducted by pirates near the port of Douala in southern Cameroon, the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday said.

The cargo ship “Marmalaita” belonging to the Danish company, Ultrabulk, carrying the flag of Antigua and Barbuda, was attacked by unknown people on Thursday.

According to the Russian Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroonian authorities and representatives of the ship-owner company are taking steps to clarify the incident, the statement said.

Russian diplomats are actively working with Cameroonian authorities and the ship-owner to facilitate the quick release of the Russian citizens, a report by Xinhua, said.

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Chinese government offers scholarship to 58 Nigerians

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The Chinese Government has awarded scholarships to 58 Nigerians among whom were 16 doctorate degree students, 39 masters’ degree and three undergraduates, according to a report byPUNCH.

The beneficiaries received their university admission notices from the Counselor, Embassy of China in Nigeria, Mr Li Xuda, in Abuja on Friday.

Addressing the awardees during a pre-departure briefing, the Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian, encouraged them to work hard in fulfilling their dreams and to observe and learn what brought China to where it is today.

He said, “This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

“In these years, China has always placed education as fundamental to its pursuit of national rejuvenation.

“Every year, hundreds of Nigerian students get scholarships and chase their dreams in China; some of them are sponsored by Chinese companies.

“Last year at the Confucius Institute, University of Lagos, the body of Chinese investors announced the award of scholarships to 63 students of the university to study in Chinese institutions.”

The envoy added that 6,845 Nigerian students were studying in China with 512 covered by Chinese government scholarship.

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