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Cleric urges Christians to always forgive



The Senior Pastor of Help from Above Healing and Deliverance Ministry Worldwide, Pastor Godwin Ube, has admonished Christians to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness and be willing to make amends.

Ube, at a thanksgiving service on Sunday in Abuja, said that forgiveness was key to enjoying God’s peace and prosperity.

The Thanksgiving Service was to mark the end of a Three-day International Conference. It had the theme: “Gate of My Destiny Open Now”.

The cleric described unforgiveness and bitterness as underlying factors affecting the destinies of so many people and hindering Christians from being prosperous.

According to him, Mark 11:25 shows that the devil makes people to harbour bitterness in their hearts in order to truncate their destinies.


“One of the weapons of the devil today is unforgiveness which hinders the breakthroughs of many people; we must understand that unforgiveness is dangerous and bitterness is deadly.

“The Holy Bible preaches love and forgiveness and made it clear that one of the attributes of God was his love for mankind and his ability to forgive.

“It was God’s willingness to forgive the sins of humanity that made him send his only begotten son Jesus Christ to die for the sins of men.

“So, anyone who wants to live a healthy life must strive to be forgiving and show kindness and mercy to others and not hold on to offenses,” he said.

Ude further said that unforgiveness was an unclean spirit that attracts self torture and torments that could lead to self- inflicted pains and sicknesses.


” It could also lead to a closed Heaven,” he declared.

The cleric said the spirit of unforgiveness invites troubles into one’s life, adding that it is the root of bitterness that lead people to enternal damnation.

“Bitterness can also distort one’s mental state; if you have grudges against anyone, try to reconcile with the person and maintain a healthy personal relationship with God,” he said.

The cleric appealed to Christians to always live with an open heart and be ready to forgive those who offended them in order to be at peace and to be able to pray to God without any burden.



Diphtheria: Children at risk as 7,202 cases are confirmed in Nigeria



A staggering 7,202 cases of diphtheria, a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be fatal without treatment, were confirmed in Nigeria last week.

The outbreak has been particularly severe among children under 14, with three-quarters of cases (73.6%) in this age group.

Most cases have been recorded in Kano state, Nigeria’s second most populous state. In the past three months, there have been 453 deaths from diphtheria in Nigeria.

Diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease, but low vaccination rates in Nigeria have made the outbreak possible. Only 42% of children under 15 in Nigeria are fully protected from diphtheria.

Diphtheria symptoms begin with a sore throat and fever. In severe cases, the bacteria produce a toxin that can block the airway, causing difficulty breathing and swallowing. The toxin can also spread to other body parts, causing heart kidney problems and nerve damage.


Save the Children is launching a wide-scale health response in the three most impacted states of Kano, Yobe, and Katsina. The organization is deploying expert health and supply chain staff to help overstretched clinics detect and treat diphtheria cases and to support mass vaccination campaigns.

However, Save the Children warns that a mass vaccination campaign will only be successful if the vaccine shortage is urgently addressed.

Severe shortages in Nigeria of the required vaccine and the antitoxin needed to treat the disease mean that the situation could continue to escalate, placing many children at risk of severe illness and death.

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WHO releases $16m to tackle cholera, says Director-General



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies to tackle cholera.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said this during an online news conference.

Ghebreyesus said that the organisation was providing essential supplies, coordinating the on the ground response with partners, supporting countries to detect, prevent and treat cholera, and informing people how to protect themselves.

“To support this work, we have appealed for 160 million dollars, and we have released more than 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

“But the real solution to cholera lies in ensuring everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, which is an internationally recognized human right,” he said.


According to him, in the previous week, WHO published new data showing that cases reported in 2022 were more than double those in 2021.

He said that the preliminary data for 2023 suggested was likely to be even worse.

“So far, 28 countries have reported cases in 2023 compared with 16 during the same period in 2022.

“The countries with the most concerning outbreaks right now are Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq and Sudan.

“Significant progress has been made in countries in Southern Africa, including Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but these countries remain at risk as the rainy season approaches,” Ghebreyesus said.


According to him, the worst affected countries and communities are poor, without access to safe drinking water or toilets.

He said that they also face shortages of oral cholera vaccine and other supplies, as well as overstretched health workers, who are dealing with multiple disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

On COVID-19, Ghebreyesus said that as the northern hemisphere winter approaches, the organisation continued to see concerning trends.

He said that among the relatively few countries that report them, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions have increased in the past 28 days, particularly in the Americas and Europe.

WHO boss said that meanwhile, vaccination levels among the most at-risk groups remained worryingly low.


“Two-thirds of the world’s population has received a complete primary series, but only one-third has received an additional, or “booster” dose.

“COVID-19 may no longer be the acute crisis it was two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore it,” he said.

According to him, countries invested so much in building their systems to respond to COVID-19.

He urged countries to sustain those systems, to ensure people can be protected, tested and treated for COVID-19 and other infectious threats.

“That means sustaining systems for collaborative surveillance, community protection, safe and scalable care, access to countermeasures and coordination,” he said.

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