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Despite the police announcing it had commenced investigations into the #SaveMayowa fundraising campaign, controversy has continued to trail the initiative which was aimed at raising overseas medical fees for Mayowa Ahmed, a cancer patient receiving treatment at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

On Thursday, police officers broke up a heated exchange outside the hospital between the patient’s relatives and some social media campaigners who helped raise funds running into millions of naira for Ms. Ahmed’s treatment.

“The Command wishes to inform all the good spirited people who had donated generously to this course that it will ensure it does not return as a hoax and every outcome of the investigation shall be made open,” Dolapo Badmus, the Lagos police spokesperson, said while announcing a “full scale” investigation and a freezing of the campaign’s bank account.

Ms. Ahmed, 31, had a history and clinical features of an intra-abdominal mass, according to LUTH, where she was a patient.

She was brought to the hospital’s private wing on Monday, but barely 24 hours later, her family insisted on flying her outside the country, stalling “all the planned investigations meant to arrive at a definite diagnosis,” the hospital said.

“The family and the patient brought along some results of laboratory investigations ordered and done outside LUTH.

“Three different Specialists were invited to review Mayowa. The Gynaecologist, Oncologist and Haematologist all arrived at a tentative diagnosis of an abdominal malignancy.

“They planned to conduct a series of fresh tests to confirm the definitive diagnosis, since the earlier tests were neither requested nor authorised by any doctor from LUTH.”

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Science has shown that masturbating can provide plenty of healthy benefits.

A study from adult product peddler AdamandEve.com reveals that 27 percent of Americans admit to masturbating once or twice a week.

That number seems suspiciously low to us, especially since science has shown that being master of your domain can provide additional feel-great benefits. (Also because the people surveyed were browsing an adult toy website.)

“Masturbation is part of a healthy sex life,” says Gloria Brame, Ph.D., a clinical sexologist. “It’s totally safe and harmless.”

Just as brushing your teeth should be a regular occurrence, so too should be cleaning your pipes. Here are five reasons to take matters into your own hands right now. You’re welcome.

It prevents cancer.

An Australian study found that men who ejaculated more than five times a week were a third less likely to develop prostate cancer.

Disease-causing toxins build up in your urogenital tract and when you rub one out, you flush the bad guys out of your system, says Brame.

It makes you harder.

As you age, you naturally lose muscle tone … even down there.

Regular sex or masturbation works out your pelvic floor muscles to prevent erectile dysfunction and incontinence.

“It keeps the angle of your dangle perky,” says Brame.

Aim to (ahem) arrive three to five times a week for rock-solid results.

It helps you last longer.

Taking yourself to palm prom may help you stretch your sack sessions.

“[Masturbating] an hour before a date will give you more control,” says Brame.

Train yourself by timing how long it takes you to orgasm, suggests Ava Cadell, Ph.D., founder of loveologyuniversity.com.

If it usually takes two minutes solo, try for three next time. Or count how many strokes you need to get to your happy place.

If you’re spurting after 50, shoot for 60.

“Most men can double the number of strokes and the time within one month,” Cadell says.

Practice makes perfect, right?

It ups your immunity.

Ejaculation increases levels of the hormone cortisol, says Jennifer Landa, M.D., a specialist in hormone therapy. Cortisol, which usually gets a bad rap as a havoc-wrecking stress hormone, actually helps regulate and maintain your immunity in the small doses.

“Masturbation can produce the right environment for a strengthened immune system,” she says.

It boosts your mood.

Masturbating releases a slew of feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine and oxytocin that lift your spirits, boost your satisfaction, and activate the reward circuits in your brain.

“An orgasm is the biggest non-drug blast of dopamine available,” says Brame. “A brain scan of someone having an orgasm looks like a heroin addict’s.”

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Francis Taiwo, a Celestial Church of Christ pastor who starved and kept his nine-year-old son in chains for months, has been arrested.

The 40-year-old pastor was apprehended by the police from the Onipanu division on Sunday at his church – CCC, Key of Joy Parish – in Ajibawo, Atan, in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Police sources told say that Francis might be charged with attempted murder, among other offences, after the completion of investigation.

“The pastor may be charged with attempted murder. His action was capable of killing the boy,” one of the sources said.

Punch had reported that Francis chained his son, Korede, to the altar in the church for more than a month and starved him until he went into a coma in an attempt to cast out the supposed spirit that made the boy to steal.

Korede was, however, rescued on Friday during a joint operation by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the police, after receiving a tip-off from residents of the area.

Korede’s stepmother, Kehinde, had also been arrested for allegedly aiding the cruelty meted out to the boy.

Korede, who said he aspired to be a doctor, had blamed his father for his stealing habit.

“It is true that I stole a pot of soup and a bowl of eba in our house. I also stole in the neighbourhood. My father’s inability to give money to my stepmother for the upkeep of the family caused it. When I was chained, my father and stepmother fed me twice a day. Some days, I was not given any food. I want to go back to school because I want to be a doctor in the future. I do not want to go back to my father’s house,” Korede had said.

Francis, a father of five who hails from Benin Republic, confessed to the act in his statement to the police, adding that Korede’s mother was late.

He said, “I was ordained a pastor in the CCC in 2012. I had divorced two wives, including Korede’s mother, Maria; she is late now. She had four children for me – two boys and two girls – before she divorced me in 2007 after she gave birth to Korede. I chained Korede because he is possessed. An evil spirit makes him to steal. He needs deliverance. His siblings are not living with me.”

A resident, who identified himself only as Elijah, said Francis had been warned on several occasions against unleashing violence on the victim.

He said, “His father has been chaining him for the past six months. He would chain him for hours and release him. His grouse is that Korede steals and runs away from home and he thinks a spirit is controlling the child. He once took him to a river in chains for deliverance.”

The Ogun State police spokesperson, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, said the case had been transferred to the child labour unit of the command for investigation.

“The case has been transferred to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the command for necessary investigation and actions as directed by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of zone 2, AIG Abdulmajid Ali,” he said.

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By Ed Butler for the BBC

In some remote southern regions of Malawi, it’s traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a paid sex worker known as a “hyena” once they reach puberty. The act is not seen by village elders as rape, but as a form of ritual “cleansing”. However, as Ed Butler reports, it has the potential to be the opposite of cleansing – a way of spreading disease.

I meet Eric Aniva in the dusty yard of his three-room shack in Nsanje district in southern Malawi. Goats and chickens graze in the dirt outside. Wearing a grimy green shirt, and walking with a pronounced limp (he’s been lame in one leg since birth, he says), he greets me enthusiastically. He seems to like the idea of media attention.

Aniva is by all accounts the pre-eminent “hyena” in this village. It’s a traditional title given to a man hired by communities in several remote parts of southern Malawi to provide what’s called sexual “cleansing”. If a man dies, for example, his wife is required by tradition to sleep with Aniva before she can bury him. If a woman has an abortion, again sexual cleansing is required.

And most shockingly, here in Nsanje, teenage girls, after their first menstruation, are made to have sex over a three-day period, to mark their passage from childhood to womanhood. If the girls refuse, it’s believed, disease or some fatal misfortune could befall their families or the village as a whole.

“Most of those I have slept with are girls, school-going girls,” Aniva tells me.

“Some girls are just 12 or 13 years old, but I prefer them older. All these girls find pleasure in having me as their hyena. They actually are proud and tell other people that this man is a real man, he knows how to please a woman.”

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Despite his boasts, several girls I meet in a nearby village express aversion to the ordeal they’ve had to go through.

“There was nothing else I could have done. I had to do it for the sake of my parents,” one girl, Maria, tells me. “If I’d refused, my family members could be attacked with diseases – even death – so I was scared.”

They tell me that all their female friends were made to have sex with a hyena.

Aniva appears to be in his 40s (he’s vague about his precise age) and currently has two wives who are well aware of his work. He claims to have slept with 104 women and girls – although as he said the same to a local newspaper in 2012, I sense that he long ago lost count. Aniva has five children that he knows about – he’s not sure how many of the women and girls he’s made pregnant.

He tells me he’s one of 10 hyenas in this community, and that every village in Nsanje district has them. They are paid from $4 to $7 (£3 to £5) each time.

An hour’s drive down the road, I’m introduced to Fagisi, Chrissie and Phelia, women in their 50s and custodians of the initiation traditions in their village. It’s their job to organise the adolescent girls into camps each year, teaching them about their duties as wives and how to please a man sexually. The “sexual cleansing” with the hyena is the final stage of this process, arranged voluntarily by the girl’s parents. It’s necessary, Fagisi, Chrissie and Phelia explain, “to avoid infection with their parents or the rest of the community”.

I put it to them that there’s a much greater risk that these “cleansings” will themselves spread disease. According to custom, sex with the hyena must never be protected with the use of condoms. But they say a hyena is hand-picked for his good morals, and therefore cannot be infected with HIV/Aids.

It’s clear, given the hyena’s duties, that HIV is a huge risk to the community. The UN estimates that one in 10 of all Malawians carry the virus, so I ask Aniva if he is HIV-positive. He astounds me by saying that he is – and that he doesn’t mention this to a girl’s parents when they hire him.

As our conversation continues, Aniva senses that I am not impressed. He stops boasting and tells me that he does fewer cleansings than before. “I still do the rituals here and there,” he confides. Then he tells me: “I am stopping.”

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Aniva with a root which he grinds up and adds to water to drink before sex

All of those involved in these rituals are aware that these customs are condemned by outsiders – not just by the church, but by NGOs and the government as well, which has launched a campaign against so-called “harmful cultural practices”.

“We are not going to condemn these people,” says Dr May Shaba, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Gender and Welfare. “But we are going to give them information that they need to change their rituals.”

Parents who have had more education than others may already choose not to hire a hyena, I am told. But the female elders I spoke to remain defiant.

“There’s nothing wrong with our culture,” Chrissie tells me. “If you look at today’s society, you can see that girls are not responsible, so we have to train our girls in a good manner in the village, so that they don’t go astray, are good wives so that the husband is satisfied, and so that nothing bad happens to their families.”

According to Father Clause Boucher, a French-born Catholic priest who’s lived in Malawi for 50 years and is now its pre-eminent anthropologist, the rituals date back centuries. They stem from age-old beliefs about the need for children to be passed into the “heat” of adulthood by a sexual act, he says. In the past, when girls tended not to reach puberty until they were 15 or 16, this would often have been carried out by a selected future husband. Today it’s more likely to done by a paid sex worker, a hyena, and there’s no shame attached to that.

Father Boucher points out that the efforts to change this sexualisation of children have been stubbornly resisted in remote southern areas, despite more than a century of Christianity and 30 years of the Aids epidemic. In most of the country – and particularly in areas close to the cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe – “sexual cleansing” is rarely if ever practised.

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Paramount Chief Theresa Kachindamoto

In Malawi’s central Dedza district, hyenas are only ever used to initiate widows or infertile women, but the Paramount Chief Theresa Kachindamoto – a rare female figurehead in Malawi – has made the fight against the tradition a personal priority.

She is trying to galvanise other regional chiefs to make similar efforts. In some other districts, like Mangochi in the east of the country, ceremonies are being adapted to replace sex with a more benign anointing of the girl.

In Nsanje, though, there is little effort to bring about change. With Malawi one of the poorest countries in the world, and suffering from growing reports of rural hunger, it’s not a policy priority.

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From left to right: Aniva, Fanny with their youngest child, Fanny’s sister and a former client

In a remote village, I meet one of Aniva’s two wives, Fanny, along with his youngest baby daughter. Fanny was herself widowed before being “cleansed” by Aniva with sex. They married soon after.

Their relationship looks strained. Sitting next to him, she admits shyly that she hates what he does, but that it brings necessary income. I ask her if she expects her two-year-old to be undergoing initiation too in perhaps 10 years from now.

“I don’t want that to happen,” she says. “I want this tradition to end. We are forced to sleep with the hyenas. It’s not out of our choice and that I think is so sad for us as women.”

“You hated it when it happened to you?” I ask.

“I still hate it right up until now.”

When I ask Aniva too whether he wants his daughter to undergo sexual cleansing, he surprises me again.

“Not my daughter. I cannot allow this. Now I am fighting for the end of this malpractice.”

“So, you’re fighting against it, but you are still doing it yourself?” I ask.

“No, as I said, I’m stopping now.”

“Really?”

“For sure. For real, I’m stopping.”

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The Kano State Government said it has paid N460 million accommodation subsidy for its 5,600 Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in 2016.

The State’s Deputy Governor, Hafiz Abubakar, made this known while launching a training workshop for the state pilgrims in Kano on Saturday.

Mr. Abubakar, a professor, said the state government found it necessary to pay the money in order to secure decent accommodation for the pilgrims.

According to him, the state government had already secured houses for the pilgrims very close to the Ka’aba, (Holy mosque) in Mecca.

“All the houses secured for the pilgrims are close to the Ka’aba (Holy Mosque) in Mecca.

“This will give our pilgrims the opportunity to stay closer to the Mosque as required,” Mr. Abubakar said.

He urged the pilgrims to avoid taking any prohibited items including kola nuts along as the Saudi authorities had taken measures to arrest anybody who violated their laws.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Abba Yakubu, said the state government had selected two airlines, Max Air and Azman Air to transport its pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Yakubu said the state government had made adequate arrangement to feed the pilgrims twice daily in Mecca and Medina.

He urged the pilgrims to ensure that they were immunized against cerebro-spinal-meningitis, yellow fever and other diseases, saying that the immunization would commence on July 25.

Mr. Yakubu also directed female intending pilgrims to go for pregnancy test in the designated health centres, adding that no pregnant women would be allowed to travel for Hajj.

“The board will commence the pregnancy test on July 25; therefore, all female pilgrims are expected to go for the screening to ascertain their pregnancy status,” he said.

The daily training programme was organised to educate the pilgrims on the Hajj rites.

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This has been the week when an idiot hired a truck and mowed revelers in Nice, France; when a coup plot in Turkey went horribly wrong; when civilians and police officers arrested the coupists and then beat them to a pulp and when senator Dino Melaye threatened to impregnate and beat up a colleague (Remi Tinubu, to be precise) in parliament.

That last bit happened in Nigeria.

And just when you thought the week couldn’t get any more bizarre, the senator representing Kogi west in Nigeria’s senate, gets aboard a plane, probably in the first class cabin, and then does the unthinkable….

Pause…

In what he’ll consider a show of force, he makes the trip from the Lagos airport to Bourdillon where Bola and Remi Tinubu call their home, and emblazoned in all white regalia, takes a stroll to prove his invincibility and uploads the pictures of his adventure on Twitter for Retweets and commentaries.

There was talk this week that after insulting and verbally abusing Ms Tinubu and husband, Mr Melaye had been declared a persona non grata in Lagos or Bourdillon for that matter. So, this was like taking the fight to the enemy or rubbing it in, as they say.

See his tweets below:

It began as a nice weekend in Lagos

Before a public service announcement was considered germane to the show.

And then a pose in Lasgidi with all of Lagos now in his pocket.

And just so there’s no confusion, there’s the Bourdillon street sign in the background. Just make sure you don’t miss it.

And then the stroll of the week; one seen round the country….

Lagos lies some 533 kilometers (or 331 miles in air travel), from the country’s administrative capital of Abuja. Senator Dino Melaye covered all of that distance just to take a stroll around Bourdillon.

Yeah, you read that last bit right.

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EID-EL-FITR MESSAGE TO THE NATION FROM PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI

I felicitate with all Nigerians, especially the Muslim Ummah, on the occasion of this year’s Eid El Fitr, which marks the completion of the Ramadan fast.

I congratulate Muslims in Nigeria and around the world on the successful completion of this month-long spiritual journey of fasting, prayer and alms giving in obedience to the Divine Command.

I sincerely pray that the Almighty Allah will reward our sacrifices with increased blessing and a more prosperous future.

On this happy occasion, it is my strong belief that all true followers of Islam have been rejuvenated on the true meaning and essence of life and through the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), we have learnt to imbibe the virtues of piety, sacrifice, love, self-denial and good conduct in our daily relationship with one another.

As we celebrate another Eid El Fitr, I admonish all patriotic Nigerians to uphold these lessons and also appreciate the numerous material and human blessings God has endowed us with.

Let us learn to show gratitude, respect and tolerance to one other, irrespective of our religion, tribe, language and political leanings, as we forge ahead to build on our strengths and opportunities to make Nigeria great again.

On Monday this week, the Vice President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and other government officials joined me to host Iftar reception at the State House with Nigerians of different backgrounds including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), artisans and Physically-challenged persons.

Like I said during the reception, I want to once again appeal to those of us who have the means, to remember the millions of Nigerians who are suffering deprivation because of violence perpetrated by terrorists.

I am not unaware of what Nigerians are going through and I want to use this medium to commend the amazing sacrifices of Nigerians in the face of the temporary economic and social challenges and also reassure Nigerians that my administration is working assiduously towards providing basic needs and other amenities.

Let me also use this opportunity to reaffirm that we will not relent in the fight against corruption and we will ensure that all appropriate and legal measures are deplored to root out this malaise.

I commend the Armed Forces and security agencies for the gains recorded in the fight against terrorists and the rescue of hostages in the North East part of the country.

I also appeal for the support, understanding and patience of all Nigerians and our international partners as we explore the fastest means to end the economic sabotage in the Niger Delta and amicably resolve the conflicts within the region.

I promise you all better days ahead even as we remain grateful for your unflinching support to our administration.

Happy Eid El Fitr celebration and May the Almighty Allah continue to bless our nation.

Eid Mubarak!
Muhammadu Buhari

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It’s 2016, fellas, and if all you know about sex is having yourselves locked up in the bedroom, then we should put you on some time machine and transport you back to the ’70s.

When it comes to great, memorable sex, location does matter and the more diverse, the better for your sex lives.

Here are 7 locations for having great sex you should explore:

1. The beach

Nothing quite beats making over while everyone is watching. And the thrill is that they are watching, not exactly knowing what you are up to.

As dusk begins to settle on the water-front, get naughty, get the fingers to work and have sex. The feel of the sand on both your skins will add to the thrill.

2. The car

You can choose to leave the engine running–or not. But whatever it is, just leave the car stereo playing, adjust the front seats and roll over to the back of the car. And soft moans are allowed.

Let the guys killing themselves in night-time traffic or the neighbors beating themselves up over when electricity will be restored, know there’s still some fun left in the world.

3. The swimming pool

With everyone doing the front and back strokes around you, pull yourselves together and let the D do the rest. It helps if it’s night time and you could also get a good fuck by the pool-side while laughing heartily at the world.

But nothing beats letting the waves of the pool and the feel of water on skin, accentuate your every thrust.

4. The kitchen

Let her lean over the kitchen cabinet as you thrust. For best results, leave the clothes on and keep the spices out of sight. It also helps if the kitchen isn’t cluttered.

5. The Garden

The smell of plants, flowers and insects, could help transport your sex to quite some other level. Take our word for it and give the bedroom some rest for a while.

6. The shower

Here’s one instance where all that soap lather can actually be put to better use. It helps reduce friction on both your skins and legs, letting smooching reach its crescendo.

Take all the time in the world, kiss as the shower head lets the water drip slowly and get the fuck of your lives. Plus, condoms won’t work here.

7. The nite club

There’s no rule that says only strippers should get fucked here. Take your significant other to some nite club and let her do the lap dance on you.

The loud music, soaring alcohol levels and energy in the room will make for hot, spontaneous sex.

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Founder and Head of Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

The General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry Worldwide, Pastor Williams F. Kumuyi, has said the emergence of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as Kogi governor was orchestrated by God for a purpose.

Kumuyi, who said this on Monday evening when he was received at the Government House Lokoja by the Governor, urged the people of the state to pray and rally support for the governor to enable him fulfill the plans of God for the state.

Among those who received Pastor Kumuyi were the state’s Deputy Governor, Elder Simon Achuba, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon. Edward Onoja, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Ayoade Folashade Arike, commissioners and other top government functionaries.

The man of God hinted the governor that he was in the state with his delegation for a one day crusade with the theme: “Night of Miracle Explosion,” which he said would bring down the mighty power of God upon the people.

“I believe that our coming here will be a great blessing for this state. We rejoice with our Executive Governor on how God himself providentially brought him into power at such a time as this in Kogi state for a purpose and that purpose that The Lord has in mind, He will fulfill it.

“I pray that his time will witness peace, progress and prosperity for Kogi State. All the challenges we all seem to have, as we rally round him with support and prayers, I believe that by the time he finishes his term or terms, we will be able to look back and thank God that he was the one at the helms of affairs of this State,” Kumuyi said.

The Pastor urged Bello and his cabinet to be transparent and have the fear of God in conducting the affairs of the state.

Speaking at the reception, Governor Bello described the visit of Pastor Kumuyi to Kogi as wonderful and a dream come true for himself and people of the state.

“I said this because, this is a holy month and receiving a holy man of God from the Christian faith in this holy month of Ramadan, it is indeed a wonderful day. This is a man of God I have always dreamt in my life to meet. When I was in primary school, I read one of his books that he wrote, ‘Examine Yourself.’ From that moment, I have always examined myself in everything I do,” he said.

He expressed confidence that the visit of the man of God and his prayers for the state would bring down blessings and address the challenges bedeviling the state.

Bello called on those in his cabinet, workers and the entire citizens of the state to always examine themselves in whatever they do to ensure the state achieves the needed development and progress.

Kumuyi’s crusade which attracted mammoth crowd of participants to the Lokoja Confluence Stadium all over the state, recorded spectacular healing miracles and salvation after the man of God’s ministration.

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Pope Francis has asked the Roman Catholic Church to apologize to gays for the way they are being treated, saying they deserve to be respected.

The pontiff said the Church had no right to judge homosexuals and should not be discriminated against.

The Pope, who spoke to reporters on his plane on his way from Armenia, also demanded the Church to seek forgiveness from other people it had marginalised, including women, the poor, and children forced into labour.

BBC reports that the Pope has been hailed by many in the gay community for his positive attitude towards homosexuals while some conservative Catholics have criticised him for making comments they described as ambiguous about sexual morality.

Pope said, “I will repeat what the catechism of the (Roman Catholic) Church says, that they (homosexuals) should not be discriminated against, that they should be respected, accompanied pastorally.

“I think that the (Roman Catholic) Church not only should apologise to a gay person whom it offended but it must also apologise to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been exploited by (being forced to) work. It must apologise for having blessed so many weapons.”

In 2013, Pope Francis reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s position that homosexual acts were sinful, but homosexual orientation was not.

“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” he had said.

Meanwhile the Anglican Communinion Church of Nigeria and the Redeemed Christian Church of God have condemned the Pope’s tacit support for homosexuality, saying his call for apology was unfounded.

The Anglican Bishop of Remo, Rt. Rev. Michael Fape, said Pope’s call contradicted the Biblical stand on homosexuality and urged that the act should not be explained away in the guise of human rights.

He said, “Homosexuality is a biblical issue and it is abominable. It is one of the sins that God clearly enjoins children of Israel not to indulge in. So if anybody is into homosexuality, such a person is doing what is ungodly, unbiblical and what is against the mind of God.

“Pope as a Roman Catholic has a right to his opinion. The fact that somebody is a Pope does not make him God. God is the only one who is infallible on this issue. He is not saying the minds of those who are orthodox Christians and that does not make his stand the God  standard. There is no word that one can use to describe it in the guise of human rights. What is wrong is wrong.”

“Whatever is good (as punishment) for an adulterer, for a robber, a sorcerer, or a murderer is good for a homosexual. They are all in the same pedestal. God specifically says that a homosexual should be removed from the camp of those who are children of God. The punishment for homosexuals as far as the Anglican Church is concerned is having nothing to do with them by means of fellowship. If they repent, they should come back to the fellowship and confess that they have erred.”

The Head of Media and Public Relations of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Segun Adegbiji, urged Christians to discard the Pope’s comments, saying the position of God should prevail whenever there were disagreements on scriptural issues.

“The RCCG is on the side of the Bible. Whatever the Bible wants the children of God to do is what we do. Anything that is ungodly and unscriptural, the RCCG will never support it. The apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ said when there is confrontational or conflict between what somebody in power is saying and what the Lord is saying, you go on the side of the Lord. We are not on the side of any apology,” Adegbiji said.

Credit: Punch