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Pastor TB Joshua’s TV Suspended On YouTube Over Alleged Hate Speech

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Emmanuel TV, a prominent Christian television channel owned by Pastor TB Joshua of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, has been suspended on YouTube.

On Wednesday, Joshua announced it on his Twitter account.

He said the channel was shut down because of a video that allegedly contained hate speech.

“Emmanuel TV YouTube suspension: Our mission is to share the love of God with everyone – irrespective of race or religion – and we strongly oppose all forms of hate speech! We have had a long and fruitful relationship with YouTube and believe this decision was made in haste,” he tweeted.

The pastor also shared the video that was allegedly the reason for the suspension.

He prophesied in the video clip that a man was possessed by a strange spirit and that he should come out.

“God hates sin, not sinners. When the Bible says, ‘Do not judge so that you will not be judged’, it means we should hate sin, not the sinner because sinners can change. If you have killed a sinner by judging him, there will be no opportunity for change.

“Sinners can be delivered. We should hate the act, not the people because our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the ‘spirit beings’ that cause all these acts,” the pastor was heard saying in the video.

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US Court Dismisses Olukoya’s Suit Against UK-Based Blogger

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The United States District Court, Northern District of California, has dismissed the N500m damages registered in the United Kingdom on behalf of the General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (Worldwide), Dr Daniel Olukoya, and the church against a UK-based blogger, Maureen Badejo.

The court also declined personal jurisdiction over the defendants and denied the plaintiffs’ motion for default judgment.

Badejo was said to have published libellous publications against Olukoya and MFM for which Justice Abiodun Akinyemi of an Ogun State High Court in Abeokuta, awarded N500,000m damages.

But the US Court District Judge 1, Haywood Gilliam Jr., in his judgment obtained on Monday, denied the motion for default judgment and dismissed the case “for lack of personal jurisdiction.”

The document was titled, ‘Defendants. Case No.  20-cv-08001-HSG Order denying the motion for default judgment and dismissing case’

“The case is dismissed.  The Clerk is directed to terminate the case. It is so ordered,” Gilliam, said.

He added, “For the following reasons, the court denies the motion for default judgment and dismisses the case for lack of personal jurisdiction.

“Plaintiffs allege only that Ms Badejo is a Nigerian-born blogger who resides in the United Kingdom; that she operates an online news site, Defendant Gio TV, with an emphasis on Nigeria; and that this online news site is accessible on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

“The allegations are insufficient to establish general personal jurisdiction over defendants. Plaintiffs argue that the court has specific personal jurisdiction over defendants because the defendants’ minimum contacts with California satisfy the Ninth Circuit’s three-prong test.

“This is a state law defamation case against defendant Maureen Badejo, a foreign national who appears to be a Nigerian citizen and resides in the United Kingdom. Plaintiffs filed a motion for entry of default on February 3, 2021, and entry of default was noticed by the Clerk on February 4, 2021.  Dkt. Nos. 16, 17.

“At the initial case management conference on February 16, 2021, the court expressed to plaintiffs’ counsel concern that the court lacked subject matter and personal jurisdiction over this matter.

“Counsel responded that he would consult with his clients to either file a notice of dismissal or a motion for default judgment that set out the basis for the court to exercise jurisdiction.”

The judge said in determining whether the exercise of personal jurisdiction over a non-resident defendant was proper, a district court must apply the law of the state in which it was sitting when there was no applicable federal statute governing personal jurisdiction.

“District courts in California may exercise personal jurisdiction over a non-resident defendant to the extent permitted by the due process clause of the constitution,” he added.

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CAN Insists On Justice For Iniubong

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Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said vain teachings by church leaders in the state were misleading youths into crimes such as the murder of Miss Iniubong Umoren.

The Chairman, Rev. Ndueso Ekwere, said at a news conference at the weekend in Uyo that the gruesome murder of Miss Umoren by Uduak Frank Akpan might have been a product of vain teachings by clergymen.

He said: ‘’We are sad that the life of a young girl, who had performed excellently in her studies, was cut short in her prime by a devious young man, an act we condemn in its entirety.”

Condoling with the bereaved family, CAN expressed worry about the moral decadence in the society, insisting that justice must be done.

He noted that the death of Miss Umoren had brought to the fore the need to re-emphasise the message of righteousness.

“This murder has brought to the fore, the need to re-emphasise the message of righteousness in the land, while discouraging misleading vain teachings and heresies by some so-called church leaders (especially the kind that is pervading almost every electronic media for several hours now in our state) that may have misled their gullible members and some youths into the get-rich route, thereby increasing the rate of criminality and exposing them to all sorts of atrocities, including crime against fellow human beings.”

Ekwere advised church leaders to preach messages that would promote high moral standard.

Calling on parents to teach their children the fear of God, the CAN chairman enjoined youths to learn skills and be self-reliant.

He said they should not look for white-collar jobs that might not be enough for everybody.

Condoling with the families who have lost their loved ones to attacks, the CAN chairman hailed Governor Udom Emmanuel for visiting the police headquarters to support the force.

He called on the citizens to remain law- abiding and report suspicious moves and persons to security agencies.

Ekwere advised Christians to pray for peace to prevail in the state and the country.

He said CAN has, in solidarity with the national body, declared a three-day solemn fast and prayer “for our land from November 28 to 30.

“This will take place simultaneously in all the states in the country. Christians are to gather each day in their individual churches to pray and end the fast for the day and finally end up with their church service on Sunday.”

He urged Christians to pray for the speedy recovery of Nigeria from its challenges so that it can become a nation everybody will love.

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I Won’t Leave Nigeria If Crisis Breaks Out – Bishop Oyedepo

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David Oyedepo, the presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide has disclosed what he would do if Nigeria is engulfed in crisis.

Oyedepo disclosed that he would be the last person to escape from Nigeria if a crisis erupts.

Addressing his members at the church’s headquarters in Ota, Ogun State, Oyedepo admitted that though things were currently wrong in Nigeria, he would not leave the country.

He said: “If there is a crisis in this Nation, I will be the last to leave here.

“Don’t rob nobody, don’t cheat on anyone. Don’t outsmart your business partners. Don’t swear falsely. Don’t take bribes. Favour is the companion of all that fear God and favour shall be your companion from now.

“Flowing in favour demands the doing of righteousness. You know there is the appropriation of righteousness that people emphasize today, but don’t be deceived, he that doeth righteousness is righteous. The doing righteousness: favour!

“There was an explosion of favour, until the time that his Word came. The Word of the Lord tried him.”

This is coming at a time when Pastor Paul Adefarasin of House on the Rock asked his members to have a plan B regarding their stay in Nigeria.

Adefarasin said Nigerians should have escape plans out of the country should things degenerate.

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