General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry Pastor William Kumuyi has published a Yoruba Bible concordance called Bibeli Mimo Atoka.
Joined by a team of Yoruba scholars, the project is said to have taken 15 years to complete. Kumuyi’s Bibeli Mimo Atoka was published by the Bible Society of Nigeria.
The church said in a broadcast that the new scripture is “one of the most reliable and readable Bibles” for personal study and teaching. It further said: “Bibeli Mimo Atoka offers the most literally accurate translation from the original while keeping the integrity of the Bible.
“This new version takes care of changes that have occurred over time in the meaning of some expressions found in ancient Yoruba and makes the Bible more comprehensible and relevant to today’s readers.”
Kumuyi who clocked 79 last June said the Bible was specially prepared, adding that “it is true to the original with cross-references.”
The Deeper Life church leader urged Christian leaders and ministers to start using it, assuring that the major doctrines of the scriptures were highlighted.
Notably, the first African Anglican bishop in Nigeria Samuel Ajayi Crowther is credited to have made the first translation of the Bible to Yoruba.
In the 1880s, Crowther had begun to work in languages other than Yoruba, but he continued to supervise the translation of the Yoruba Bible (Bibeli Mimọ), which was completed in the mid-1880s, a few years before his death. He also translated the Anglican Book of Common Prayer into Yoruba.
Crowther died on December 31, 1891 and was buried at Ajele Cemetery in Lagos.
Insecurity: Islam Under Siege As Muslims Now Kill Muslims, — Hon. Shaba Ibrahim.
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Member representing Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency at the National Assembly, Honourable Shaba Ibrahim, has lamented that the Islamic religion is under siege with the unholy activities of insurgents, bandits and kidnappers especially in Muslim dominated areas of the country.
The lawmaker bared his mind on Saturday in Lokoja during the commemoration ceremony of the 622 AD migration (Hijirah) of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina.
Hon. Shaba who noted with dismay, the rate of indulgence by some Muslims in crimes and other corruption related activities, called for a change of attitude towards one another as well as adherence to the message of God as delivered and preached by the holy Prophet Muhammad.
While condemning the unpatriotic, treasonable and felonious acts by the Boko Haram insurgents, the lawmaker advised all Muslim communities across the country to be steadfast in the defence of Islam by obeying strictly the commandments of God and the message of peace as transmitted by His Messenger the holy Prophet Muhammad.
On the uprising by bandits across the northern part of the country, Shaba urge the residents and the youths from the affected areas to rise to the occasion by forming formidable vigilante forces to assist the Police and other relevant security agencies to combat the menace and restore peace .
Going down memory lane, he said the history books had recorded the warm reception accorded the Prophet and his entourage by the people of Medina when the pagans of Mecca could not tolerate the message of Islam. Followers of Islam were persecuted and killed hence the migration of the first batch to Abyssinia (Ethiopia) and the final movement led by the Prophet headed to Medina.
He therefore called on Muslims to embrace one another and maintain and sustain the teachings of Islam topmost of which is peace.
A paper was presented at the ceremony titled “Youth Involvement In Social Vices : A Challenge To Muslim Ummah”, by Ustaz Yusuf Muhammad Jamiu
The presenter noted that social vices are fast becoming national and global trends, cutting across,ethnic nationalities,races and even religious cleavages. The vices include armed robbery, kidnapping, banditry, examination malpractice ,prostitution ,indecent dressing, cyber crime, drug addiction, cultism and vandalism just to mention but a few.
He advanced that these vices are not only a challenge to the Muslim Ummah, but are at variance with social norms and values, which include, beliefs, honesty, customs and tradition and ideals, which an upright society cherishes and passes on from one generation to another through formal and informal education.
Ustaz Jamiu explained that ” social vices affect both individuals and the whole Muslim community as well as the community as a whole, especially the mental, physical, academic and moral aspects of the individuals are negatively affected.
“Students divert their attention to these vices instead of being serious with academic work, leading to poor academic performance.
” Deadly diseases that can lead to termination of lives and careers are contracted,while smoking, alcoholism,rape, consumption of illegal substances, hooliganism and thuggery and other violent crimes may lead to prosecution, imprisonment or death
“It weakens faith, uproots piety and protectiveness ,corrupts morality,wipe out values….”
He however observed that the bane of the present social vices among the Muslim youths stems from the attitude of the society to the teachings of Islam and the insatiable greed to acquire worldly and material things at the expense of the religious teachings and dictates.
Hijira (migration) which took place when the Prophet and Muslims were persecuted and chased out of Mecca in 622 AD and escaped to Medina, marked the beginning of the Islamic calendar. This year is 1442 AD and in the Month of Muharram.
Edo Teachers Endorse Obaseki, Remains Teachers’ Best Governor.
Idris Ahmed, Edo.
Teachers in Edo State have resolved to ensure the reelection of the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who they described as responsive, people centered and knowledgeable, noting that his achievements and reforms in the state’s education sector are unprecedented and have continued to receive both national and international accolades.
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Edo State Chapter, in a statement, signed by the state NUT Chairman, PiusOkheilegbe and the assistant Secretary,Moni Mike Modesty, onbehalf of other teachers in the state, said Obaseki remains the teachers’ best governor and will be reelected for a second term to consolidate on his people oriented policies, reforms and transformation of the education sector
The teachers further reaffirmed their support for the reelection bid of Governor Obaseki and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu, on account of the administration’s uncommon and unprecedented achievements in the last three years and seven months, urging all Edo people who care about their children and the future of the state to stand by the governor.
According to the NUT, “For the purpose of the 2019 World Teachers Day National Award bestowed on His Excellency, Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki the Union wishes to emphasise that a very diligent and painstaking exercise of screening/evaluation was carried out by its constitutionally empowered Award Committee (as contained in Article 10(vii); in Abuja vis-à-vis the use of stringent benchmarks for determining who wins the Annual Award amongst all the Governors nominated.”
The statement further noted: “The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki came tops as the 2019 Best Governor in Nigeria due to his uncommon and unprecedented transformation of Basic and Technical Education in Edo State within three years of his administration; which also received and has continued to receive both national and international commendations and adoption.
The Award was never a purchased one but given by a very reputable Teachers Organisation to a very responsive, foresighted, humane, people-centered and knowledge-driven Governor.”
COVID -19: PDP Insists Kogi Is Not Corona Free state
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed it’s disgust over the unwholesome attitude towards COVID-19 prevention and management protocols, which has resulted in the spread of the scourge and avoidable deaths in the state.
PDP said it is deeply worried over alleged unreported cases of COVID-19 as well as issues of ‘silent deaths’ in the state, which have become scary.
The party noted that issue of unreported cases of COVID-19 in Kogi state has put citizens in fear especially as Governor Bello’s administration has remained nonchalant and unresponsive towards the matter.
The party lamented that the Kogi state government has failed to engage in expected campaigns, public enlightenment as well as establishment of adequate treatment facilities and protocols to guarantee public health and disease management, while Governor Bello continue to carry on as if the lives of the people of Kogi do not matter.
The National Publicity Secretary, Kola Olagbodiyan stated that “We note with pain the death of the Chief Judge of Kogi state, Nasir Ajana, who had to be moved from Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, to an isolation facility in Abuja.
“The situation in Kogi leaves no one in doubt that Governor Bello cares so little about the welfare of the people, particularly in the face of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic”.
The party therefore urges the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to wade into the situation in Kogi state, as the government of the state has not demonstrated the required capacity to guarantee the health safety of the people in the state.
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