Acts 12:1-2 – Why Did Herod Kill James?

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Agrippa I

The Herod mentioned in Acts 12 as a persecutor of the apostles was Herod Agrippa I (10 B.C.- A.D. 44). He was the grandson of Herod the Great and was educated in Rome. He was a friend of the imperial family, but supported Caligula as the successor to Tiberius and was imprisoned as a result. When Caligula became emperor, Agrippa was released and was given the title of King and the territories formerly held by Herod Philip and Lysanias, and later the territory given to Herod Antipas. Agrippa was a key figure in persuading Caligula to rescind his order to place an image of himself in the Temple (JW 2.206-13, Antiq. 19:236-47).

We are not told why Herod persecuted the church in Jerusalem, although it may be that he was in some respects interested in his “Jewish roots.” This piety was demonstrated upon his return to Judea. He donated a…

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Let Fridays Be Work Free Demands Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

The president of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has listed its six-point demand to the restructuring committee. The demand released on Monday,12 October 2017 as reported by Tori News reads;
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“One: Nigerians enjoy a total of eight (8) public holidays in a year. These are
Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Id
al-Kabir, Id al-Fitr and Maulud an-Nabiyy. Five (5) of the eight holidays belong
to Christians (Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 1st January, i.e, New Year Day,
Good Friday and Easter Monday). Only three (3) holidays belong to Muslims,
viz, Id al-Kabir, Id al-Fitr and Maulud an-Nabiyy.
”Restructuring should give Muslims 1st Muharram. This will bring the total
number of Muslim holidays to four while Christian holidays remain five.
”Two: Christian marriages contracted inside churches or registries are held
sacrosanct everywhere in Nigeria whereas Muslim marriages (nikah) are not
recognized for any official purpose. Muslim couples find themselves in a cul
de sac each time they presented their Islamic marriage certificates for official
purposes. It is paradoxical that in a democracy, one marriage conducted by a
religious group is acceptable while the other is not. What kind of constitution
is Nigeria using?
”Islamic marriages should be recognized in all official circles where Christian
marriages are recognized. The Nigerian Marriage Act (1990) should therefore
be revisited.
”Three: Nigeria has a two-day weekend, viz, Saturday and Sunday. Saturday
was a half day during the colonial era and Sunday was the only full day at the
weekend. However, Saturday was made a full day to favour the Seventh Day
Adventists, a Christian denomination during the regime of General Yakubu
Gowon, a Christian military ruler. It is very clear, therefore, that the two
weekend days recognized in Nigeria belong to Christians while Muslims have
none since Friday, the Muslim day of worship, remains a working day.
”It is pertinent to note that Friday was a work-free day until the British
brought Christianity and stopped Muslims from enjoying their Allah-given
fundamental human right. The relief we are seeking through restructuring is
that Friday should be declared free to assume parity with the Christians’
Sunday. While we are not seeking anarchy, we are confident that the Federal
Government (FG) has all the paraphernalia of administration to work out the
modalities.
”Four: Immigration officials engage in regular stereotyping of Muslims who
apply for international passports. They intimidate Muslims particularly at the
point of taking pictures. Muslim males are ordered to remove their caps;
Imams are coerced into removing their turbans; bearded Muslims are
compelled to shave or trim their beards; hijab-wearing Muslim women are
made to remove their hijabs or ordered to draw their hijab backwards to reveal
their ears. The same scenario plays itself out in driving licence, national
identity card offices and during registration for elections.
”In the process, thousands of Muslims have been denied international
passports, driving licences and national identity cards while millions have
been disenfranchised during elections. The authorities must find a way of
stopping the persecution and profiling of Muslims.
”Five: Uniformed groups in Nigeria, including the army, police, uniformed
voluntary groups, nurses, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), students
of primary and secondary schools, etc, use uniforms designed by the
Christian colonialists. These uniforms should have been reviewed after
independence because they only suit the Christians. Some of them constitute
breaches to Islamic dress code and offend the sensibility of Muslims who are
compelled to wear the uniforms regardless of their inner feeling of resentment.
”In view of the fact that Western countries like Britain, Canada and the United
States have designed uniforms with hijab for their female Muslim police,
soldiers, students, etc, Nigeria’s restructuring authorities should borrow a leaf
from those countries.
”Six: There is no single Shari’ah court in South Western Nigeria where
Muslims constitute the majority. This is contrary to what obtained in
Yorubaland before the advent of the British. There were Shariah courts in Ede,
Iwo, Ikirun, Ibadan, etc. Yoruba Muslims are now compelled to take their civil
matters like inheritance, marriage, etc to Christo-Western courts. This is
preposterous and unacceptable.
”We demand the establishment of Shariah courts in all South Western states
including Edo State where there is a significant percentage of Muslims.
”We call the attention of FG and the restructuring committee of the APC to
the above six reliefs. Muslims are in bondage in this country and we believe
that restructuring should emancipate people in captivity. APC promised
change. This change can only be meaningful to us if it breaks the shackles
around our necks. We have begged enough for the restoration of our Allah-
given and fundamental human rights. We are tired of begging. Restructuring is
about reapportioning the dividends of democracy such that it goes round and
it is not restricted to one section.
”Colonial administration was grossly unfair to Muslims. Nigeria was
Christianised by Britain and Muslims bore the brunt. We suffered forceful
conversion, denial of rightful employment and even worse forms of
persecution. But what is most disappointing is the policy of exclusion
adopted by post-independence governments.
”On a final note, we demand full integration and full recognition as bona fide
citizens of Nigeria, not second or third class citizens. We are the aggrieved
party. The British most brutally and most unjustly took all we had from us,
giving us nothing in return and offering no relief. It has continued to give us a
feeling of rejection, marginalization, denial of the dividends of democracy and
lack of a sense of belonging. The time for redress is now and our six-point
relief is here for all to digest.”

Corpse Missing As Unknown Gunmen Attack Fulani Community In Yakpa Niger State.

Three children have been reportedly killed and their corpses still missing while scores sustained several degrees of injuries as unknown gunmen attacked a fulani community in Yakpa-Niger State on September 15.                                                   According to Naija.com news portal, the Child Rights Protection Agency in Niger State has vowed to fish out the perpetrators of this heinous crime against human in Yakpa village.            The director of the agency, Mariam Kolo while on visit to the affected families and survivors receiving treatment at Gwada hospital described the killings as “wicked and heartless” adding that the agency would work with relevant security agencies to ensure that those behind the ugly incident are brought to book.

IPOB: Politicians Brain Behind The Clash Between The Army And The Civilians. 

The Director, Army Public Relations, Usman Sani blames some unidentified politicians  as brains behind the on going clash between troops of military personnel and civilans in Aba and a parts of Rivers state.

Usman made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria today, (Friday, 15th of September, 2017)
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people against

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East – Nigerian

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South-

east

now,

Ohanaeze

Ndigbo

tells

Nigerian

govt.

Nigerian

Army

counters

Abia

governor,

says

no

withdrawal

of

troops

from

state

Nigerian

Army

to

gradually

withdraw

soldiers

from

Abia

streets

Friday

Gov.

Ikpeazu

Nigerian

Army

announces

dedicated

phone

lines

for

South

East

operation

Nigeria

Army

To

Launch

Operation

To

Check

Violent

Agitations

in

South

East

 4     raining exercise intended to sharpen the skills involved.

This, he said was to enable them to

deal with crimes such as kidnapping,

pipeline vandalism and other violent

crimes associated with the zone,

especially in “ember months.’’

“I want you to understand that the

military do not come out on its own,

it will only do so in case there is a

need, a constitutional responsibility

or need for them to come out in aid

of civil authority.”

On the reported attack by members

of IPOB on other ethnic groups in

Abia and part of Rivers, he said

security agencies had risen to the

challenge.

“Well, there were reported attempts

by hoodlums or miscreants to take

undue advantage of what has been

happening to harass and molest

some other persons residing in the

south east.

“For instance, we have had incidents

at Oyibo in Rivers and of course,

Aba. Security agencies have risen to

the challenge.

“There are some mischievous

elements that are peddling

information to incite people. People

should be wary about information

on the social media,” Mr. Usman

advised.

(NAN)

After military invasion, Nnamdi

Kanu’s whereabouts unknown –

Lawyer

Nigerian Army to gradually

withdraw soldiers from Abia

streets Friday – Gov. Ikpeazu

Anambra 2017: 2Face Inaugurates

“Vote Not Fight” Campaign

Troubled Abia gets new police

commissioner

Abia crisis: MASSOB leader

Uwazurike blasts Nnamdi Kanu,

IPOB

Abia crisis: Hausa/Fulani residents

seek government protection

2019: APC grills Mama Taraba over

pro-Atiku comments

Controversy deepens after mass

sack at First Bank; affected staff

threaten court action

Hospitals: Nigerian govt moves to

decrease waiting time for patients

IPOB: Politicians

attempting to set

people against

military in South-

East – Nigerian

Army

September 15, 2017 Agency Report

Nigerian Army

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Abia governor, says no

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47 comments · 10 minutes

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After military invasion,

Nnamdi Kanu’s

whereabouts unknown –

Lawyer

52 comments · 2 hours ago

Lai Mohammed Emerges

Vice President of World

Tourism Body

142 comments · 16 hours

ago

Buhari’s aide attacks

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2017

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Call

off

Military

action

in

South-

east

now,

Ohanaeze

Ndigbo

tells

Nigerian

govt.

Nigerian

Army

counters

Abia

governor,

says

no

withdrawal

of

troops

from

state

Nigerian

Army

to

gradually

withdraw

soldiers

from

Abia

streets

Friday

Gov.

Ikpeazu

Nigerian

Army

announces

dedicated

phone

lines

for

South

East

operation

Nigeria

Army

To

Launch

Operation

To

Check

Violent

Agitations

in

South

East

 4     g to cause the clash between its personnels and citizens of the South-east for their personal gains.

 Director, Army Public

Relations, Sani Usman,

made the accusation in an

interview with the News

Agency of Nigeria on

Friday.

“It is so sad and

unfortunate that a

particular group of

people, for political

expediency and mischief,

are trying to set the

military and Nigerian

society against each other.

“It is sad, it is

unfortunate,” Mr. Usman,

a brigadier general, said

while reacting to the face-

off between the army and

members of some groups

in the zone, particularly

in Abia.

The army spokesperson,

however, maintained that

in spite of the face-off, the

army would go ahead to

conduct its exercise,

“Egwu Eke’’ – Python

Dance II, due to

commence on Friday.

“It will commence on 15,

September 2017. The

troops have been

conducting themselves

professionally within the

ambit of rules of

engagement and code of

conduct and where there

are noted infractions,

appropriate measures

will be taken.”

Mr. Usman described the

face-off between the

army and members of the

Indigenous People of

Biafra, IPOB, in Abia as

an isolated issue which he

said was being blown out

of proportion by some

people.

“These isolated

incidences, instigated by

miscreants and mischief

makers, therefore, should

not be taken as something

that should jeopardise the

military exercise going on

in that place.

“It is really sad and unfortunate that

people will not find time to ask

question about the essence and

activities involved in respect of

exercise Egwu Eke II before jumping

into conclusion.

“The exercise is taking part in the

entire South East and Cross River,

why should we have problem in one

state – Abia.

“There is no reported problem in

Imo, Ebonyi, Anambra, Enugu and

Cross River states.”

The army spokesman called for

understanding, saying that there “is

need for all of us to be more

responsible, exercise understanding

about the issues at hand, support

and encourage the military to

perform its legitimate duty.

“The exercise we are having has

been scheduled since last year –

2016, it is not targeted at any

segment of the Nigerian society.

“As a matter of fact, it was because

of the encouraging feedback that we

have about the conduct of exercise

Python Dance I in 2016 that brought

the idea of having another exercise.

“And being a responsible

organisation, people said Python

Dance seems to be something

awkward, so, why don’t you call it in

the native language of those people

so that they can understand it just

like you have exercise Harbin

Kunama.

“We have had exercises in other

parts of the country.

“As soon as we are done with

exercise Egwu Eke II, we are

embarking on exercise Crocodile

Smile II which is also a scheduled

training exercise in the circle of the

Nigerian army training year, 2017.

“And this time around, beyond the

South-south Zone, it will be extended

to the South West zone, involving 2

Division, 6 Division and 81 Division,”

Mr. Usman said.

He argued that Egwu Eke was not an

operation but a training exercise

intended to sharpen the skills

involved.

This, he said was to enable them to

deal with crimes such as kidnapping,

pipeline vandalism and other violent

crimes associated with the zone,

especially in “ember months.’’

“I want you to understand that the

military do not come out on its own,

it will only do so in case there is a

need, a constitutional responsibility

or need for them to come out in aid

of civil authority.”

On the reported attack by members

of IPOB on other ethnic groups in

Abia and part of Rivers, he said

security agencies had risen to the

challenge.

“Well, there were reported attempts

by hoodlums or miscreants to take

undue advantage of what has been

happening to harass and molest

some other persons residing in the

south east.

“For instance, we have had incidents

at Oyibo in Rivers and of course,

Aba. Security agencies have risen to

the challenge.

“There are some mischievous

elements that are peddling

information to incite people. People

should be wary about information

on the social media,” Mr. Usman

advised.

(NAN)

After military invasion, Nnamdi

Kanu’s whereabouts unknown –

Lawyer

Nigerian Army to gradually

withdraw soldiers from Abia

streets Friday – Gov. Ikpeazu

Anambra 2017: 2Face Inaugurates

“Vote Not Fight” Campaign

Troubled Abia gets new police

commissioner

Abia crisis: MASSOB leader

Uwazurike blasts Nnamdi Kanu,

IPOB

Abia crisis: Hausa/Fulani residents

seek government protection

2019: APC grills Mama Taraba over

pro-Atiku comments

Controversy deepens after mass

sack at First Bank; affected staff

threaten court action

Hospitals: Nigerian govt moves to

decrease waiting time for patients

IPOB: Politicians

attempting to set

people against

military in South-

East – Nigerian

Army

September 15, 2017 Agency Report

Nigerian Army

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Nigerian Army counters

Abia governor, says no

withdrawal of troops from

state

47 comments · 10 minutes

ago

After military invasion,

Nnamdi Kanu’s

whereabouts unknown –

Lawyer

52 comments · 2 hours ago

Lai Mohammed Emerges

Vice President of World

Tourism Body

142 comments · 16 hours

ago

Buhari’s aide attacks

Ezekwesili over remarks

criticising president

41 comments · 43 minutes

ago

2019: APC grills Mama

Taraba over pro-Atiku

comments

5 comments · 28 minutes

ago

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Abuja 25

 Friday, September 15,

2017

Related

News

Call

off

Military

action

in

South-

east

now,

Ohanaeze

Ndigbo

tells

Nigerian

govt.

Nigerian

Army

counters

Abia

governor,

says

no

withdrawal

of

troops

from

state

Nigerian

Army

to

gradually

withdraw

soldiers

from

Abia

streets

Friday

Gov.

Ikpeazu

Nigerian

Army

announces

dedicated

phone

lines

for

South

East

operation

Nigeria

Army

To

Launch

Operation

To

Check

Violent

Agitations

in

South

East

 4     

IPOB- How Politicians Incited Uprising In The South-East.

“It is so sad and unfortunate that a particular group of people, for political expediency and mischief, are trying to set the military and Nigerian society against each other. it is sad,it is unfortunate” The statements were in reaction 

However, Brigadier General Usman Sani, reiterated the Nigeria Army’s resolution to go with exercise, Operation Python Dance due for kick-keep-off ,today, regardless.

“It will commence on 15, September 2017. The troops have been conducting themselves professionally within the ambit of rules of engagement and code of conduct and where there are noted infractions, appropriate measures will be taken.”

The Spokesman tagged the crisis between the army and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in Abia as an isolated issue which according to him was taken too far by some elements.

“These isolated incidences, instigated by miscreants and mischief makers, therefore, should not be taken as something that would jeopardise the military exercise going on in that place. “It is really sad and unfortunate that people will not find time to ask question about the essence and activities involved in respect of exercise Egwu Eke II before jumping into conclusion.

“The exercise is taking part in the entire South East and Cross River, why should we have problem in one state – Abia.

“There is no reported problem in Imo, Ebonyi, Anambra, Enugu and Cross River states” he said.

He called for understanding, saying that there “is need for all of us to be more responsible, exercise understanding about the issues at hand, support and encourage the military to perform its legitimate duty.

“The exercise we are having has been scheduled since last year – 2016, it is not targeted at any segment of the Nigerian society.

“As a matter of fact, it was because of the encouraging feedback that we have about the conduct of exercise Python Dance I in 2016 that brought the idea of having another exercise. “And being a responsible organisation, people said Python Dance seems to be something awkward, so, why don’t you call it in the native language of those people so that they can understand it just like you have exercise Harbin Kunama.

“We have had exercises in other parts of the country.

“As soon as we are done with exercise Egwu Eke II, we are embarking on exercise Crocodile Smile II which is also a scheduled training exercise in the circle of the Nigerian army training year, 2017.

“And this time around, beyond the South-south Zone, it will be extended to the South West zone, involving 2 Division, 6 Division and 81 Division,” Mr. Usman said.

He described as a training exercise  and not an operation as insinuated in some quarters. by the public.

The aim of the exercise,he said, was to sharpen and prepare the troops to  handle to crimes such as kidnapping, pipeline vandalism and other violent crimes associated with the zone effectively, especially in “ember months.’’

“I want you to understand that the military do not come out on its own, it will only do so in case there is a need, a constitutional responsibility or need for them to come out in aid of civil authority.”

He said that adequate measures have been put in place by security agencies to protect northerners residing in the troubled zone-Aba and Oyibo 

“There are some mischievous elements that are peddling information to incite people. People should be wary about information on the social media,” Mr. Usman  advised.