Last week Sunday, November 14, 2021, pictures of the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom worshipping at the Glory Dome of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Abuja, emerged and became a subject of debate in the social media. It threw up different angles of discussions. Even as silly as some of the comments that trailed the show of reverence to God were, they formed part of the unnecessary discourse.
Of all the pictures from the event, only the one where the Governor laid down with others and was anointed by Pastor Paul Enenche with his wife, Pastor Becky Enenche by his side attracted the needless attention of naysayers. The pouring of the anointing oil on Ortom’s head which signifies consecration and fortification was beautiful to behold and the cameraman must be commended for not missing the iconic moment. He was right on time and beheld through his lens the spiritual exercise. He was the maker of the picture.
Governor Ortom had attended a service to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Dunamis Ministry. The anniversary celebration also had other dignitaries in attendance, including the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye whose sermon signified the commencement of the anniversary conference with the theme, ‘EXCEEDING, ABUNDANT GRACE’.
Moments like that are rare to come by. They hardly repeat themselves. For many of those who were anointed along with Governor Ortom, they may never get such an opportunity again. So why has his anointing become a subject of intense debate and to lose sleep over especially by the members of the opposition party in Benue, the All Progressives Congress, APC? Should Ortom have worshipped god instead of God? Would that have made them better? But you know gods are not worshiped in the glare of the people; but in the dead of the night.
Governor Ortom’s choice of worshiping God in the full glare of the people and demonstrating humility to lie down to be anointed is a clear departure from shrine visitation by some desperate politicians.
The story of Okija shrine is not new but not too old for us to forget. In August, 2004, Okija Shrine in Umuhu Okija village, in the Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, in the southeast was bursted by men of the Nigerian Police. At the shrine, human skulls and dozens of corpses, some of them dismembered, some in coffins were found. The shocking revelation was that it was a place where big politicians visited for oath taking and fortification. Okija shrine is no more but the practice at the shrine is much around. It may not be pronounced, but it is certainly not dead. Politicians still do rituals.
Governor Ortom could have chosen to visit an Okija – like shrine where he would see corpses and human skulls and even asked to offer some. But he chose where he would see living people serving the living God; Where he would worship without offering human parts as sacrifice.
With every conviction, circumstances have proven that God Ortom is a child of God. He has escaped many hurdles his political opponents have set for him. The impeachment plan in the build up to the 2019 general election was one of such traps. He survived the plan to rig the 2019 governorship polls in Bunue by the Federal Government. Recently, the assassination attempt on him by some Fulani herdsmen failed.
He has scaled through all these challenges because of his firm believe in God and so he reaps the fruit of his belief. This buttresses the Psalmist position in chapter 125:1 which says
“Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endure forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.”
Governor Ortom has benefitted from the glory of God and getting anointed was a no brainer for him to sustain his relationship with the most high. He is a politician and could have chosen to see other gods just like others do; but he chose otherwise. Governor Ortom knows what he is benefitting from serving the true God and I prefer him worshiping God to the gods other politicians worship.
Benjamin Ngutsav writes from Agbeede, Konshisha LGA, Benue State.
Reduce cost of governance instead of planned oil subsidy removal – Muslim journalists tell FG
Muslim journalists on the platform of Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) have advised the Federal Government to reduce the cost of governance instead of the planned subsidy removal.
DAILY POST recalls that the Federal Government had a few days ago announced its plan to remove subsidy on petroleum products.
But, MMPN in its reaction has advised the government to shelve the idea of oil subsidy removal.
The Oyo State chapter of the association, in a communique issued at the end of its monthly meeting held in Ibadan on Sunday, insisted that the government should reduce the cost of governance in order to save money to embark on developmental projects.
In the communique made available to DAILY POST on Monday through its Chairman, Alhaji Ridwan Fasasi, MMPN enjoined the government not to remove oil subsidy because such a move will lead to an increase in prices of fuel and other essential commodities.
The association revealed that the removal of subsidy at this time will inflict more suffering on the majority of the Nigerian masses.
It appealed to the committee set up by the Federal Government on fuel subsidy to advise the government to look for other options such as reduction in the cost of governance at all levels by 70 percent.
“The reduction in the cost of governance will help to save more money as the Association believes that the cost of governance in the country is too high compared to the developed world,” it said.
The association while reviewing recent happenings in the journalism profession in the state, advised media professionals to uphold the responsibility of being the watchdog of the society by avoiding practices that could lead to derailment from its journalistic ethos.
It condemned the crisis that characterised the October Correspondents’ chapel election and the recently held NAWOJ election in the state.
“The charade that led to the NUJ National election, the brouhaha that characterized NUJ, Oyo State Correspondent Chapel election and the recent State NAWOJ election where two factions are claiming leadership of the union is a show of shame which have soiled the watchdog responsibility of the media as well as its role model functions.
“MMPN warns civil and public servants against being overzealous in implementing government circulars or taking steps that could lead to denial or infringement on Muslims fundamental human rights,” it added.
EPL: Highest goal scorers in Premier League so far [Top 20]
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah remains the top scorer in the Premier League after Week 13 games.
The Egyptian international is ahead of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy on the goal chart.
Salah has so far scored eleven Premier League goals for Liverpool this season.
The former Chelsea and AS Roma star has two goals ahead of Vardy.
Premier League top scorers after match-day thirteen:
11 goals: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).
9 goals: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).
7 goals: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) and Diogo Jota (Liverpool).
6 goals: Michail Antonio (West Ham)
5 goals: Emmanuel Dennis (Watford), Joshua King (Watford), Maxwel Cornet (Burnley), Raphinha (Leeds United) and Ismaila Sarr (Watford).
4 goals: Reece James (Chelsea), Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Son Heung-Min (Tottenham), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) and Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Callum Wilson (Newcastle United) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Meanwhile, the Premier League match-fourteen will commence on November 30.
EPL: Paul Pogba reacts to appointment of Ralf Rangnick as Man Utd manager
Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has welcomed with open arms the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as the club’s interim manager, The Athletic reports.
Rangnick is expected to be appointed the club’s interim boss soon and may be in charge of United’s next game against Arsenal on Thursday or the visit of Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Pogba is currently out of action after sustaining a thigh injury while on international duty with France.
The World Cup winner is currently in Dubai where he is continuing his recovery but is said to be ‘enthused’ by the news coming out of Old Trafford.
Pogba, according to the report, has received ‘positive feedback’ about the German from contacts in the game and is looking forward to working under him.
United won one and drew one of their last two games since they sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and handed the role to Michael Carrick as caretaker boss.
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