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Cleric urges Christians to always forgive

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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.

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Hardship: Protesters Defy Police Warning, Hit Lagos Streets

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Residents have hit the streets of Lagos State to protest against the increasing spike in the price of food and the high cost of living in the country.

The protest was facilitated by a human rights group identified as the “Take It Back Movement.”

This comes against the warning issued by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade, on Sunday.

The protesters were seen carrying placards of various inscriptions at Ojuelegba Under Bridge area of the state to express their grievances.

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CBN Lifts Ban On BDCs, Introduces New Operational Mechanism

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In a major development aimed at financial stability and strengthening the naira, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) plans to resume its weekly intervention in the country’s foreign exchange (FX) market through the Bureau de Change (BDC) operators.

In 2021, the central bank, in a bid to achieve its mandate of safeguarding the value of the local currency, ensuring financial system stability, and shoring up external reserves, announced the immediate discontinuance of foreign currency sales to Bureau de Change (BDC) operators in the country.

However, the resumed intervention, which would reportedly commence today for funding as well as Tuesday for collection, will see the apex bank inject FX into the subsector in a bid to rescue the naira from further depreciation against major currencies, particularly the US Dollar. The collection will be at designated CBN branches in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, and Awka, while details of the naira accounts to be credited for funding bidding will also be made available today.

CBN is also expected to publish the list of eligible BDCs to benefit from its funding using certain compliance criteria.National Executive Council of Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) hinted on the latest developments through a memo to its members over the weekend.

The association also warned members that it will no longer be business as usual under the new supervisory regime of the central bank, as any infringement or infraction would result in outright revocation of license and prosecution.

ABCON said through the association’s various engagements with the central bank, in conjunction with ABCON’s strategic partners, CBN had agreed to its request, under the bank’s supervision, to inject liquidity into the market through a weekly intervention beginning today.

CBN assured ABCON that the new circular on the Revised Regulatory and Supervisory Guidelines to BDCs, which was introduced over the weekend, was only a draft exposure that required the association’s inputs before the release of the final guidelines by the apex bank.

To that effect, the letters of the guidelines were not cast in stone, the association’s leadership told its members, who had been worried over the sweeping reforms in the document, which, among other things, prescribed N2 billion and N500 million minimum capital for national and state BDCs, respectively.

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