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Open Heavens 19 October 2017: Thursday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye

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ALL THINGS WORK FOR GOOD – Thursday October 19th 2017
Memorise: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Read: Acts 8:1-8 (KJV)


Jaiz Bank’s CEO canvasses for more Sukuk bonds

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Jaiz Bank’s CEO canvasses for more Sukuk bonds
Managing Director, Jaiz Bank Plc, Mr Hassan Usman, has advised the Federal Government to devise a regular Sukuk issuance programme to secure much-needed capital to boost infrastructural development and end the menace of abandoned projects.
The Federal Government recently successfully floated its first sovereign Sukuk bond, raising N105 billion, N5 billion oversubscription on the initial target of N100 billion.
Speaking at the 3rd African International Conference on Islamic Finance in Abuja, Usman said issuance of more Sukuk bonds would provide government with pool of capital finance infrastructural projects across the country while asset-based nature and financial discipline that come with Sukuk bonds will ensure timely completion of any identified project.
According to him, Sukuk ensures discipline in the management of resources because there is always a structure to guide the process. As such, issuance of more Sukuk bonds will not only provide the huge quantum of funds needed to address infrastructural problems in the country but help to improve efficiency in public finance.
“We have so many things that we need to address, from roads to railways, seaports, airports, hospitals, education and so many other things yearning for attention; which the normal budgeting system cannot address. We need to raise quantum of funds to address them. Issuing Sukuk gives you two things-you get the resources and get disciplined around it. Money from Sukuk is dedicated for what it is intended for. It is very unlikely for that money to be diverted out of those projects,” Usman said.
He added that issuance of Sukuk will help Nigeria to address both financial inadequacy and structural deficiencies in public administration as every issuer of Sukuk will need to have a definitive structure in place for the utilization of the fund, which must be followed to the letter.
“That for me is something Nigeria needs, because it would mean the end of abandoned projects. Before you raise Sukuk, you must have done your homework – you have gotten the contractors, you have done the bills of quantity- money is available and the contractor would go to the site and every certificate is paid for. So, Sukuk for me is the way to go to address many of our challenges,” Usman said.

Federal court rules World War I memorial cross must be torn down

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Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial, Bladensburg, Md. 
Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial, Bladensburg, Md.  (First Liberty Institute.) 
Back in 1925, the American Legion erected a memorial in Bladensburg, Md., to honor the memory of 49 men who perished during World War I.
The 40-foot tall memorial became known as the "Peace Cross." 

In 2014, the American Humanist Association -- a group that believes in "being good without a god" -- filed a lawsuit alleging the cross-shaped memorial is unconstitutional and demanding it be demolished, altered, or removed.
They alleged the cross carries "an inherently religious message and creates the unmistakable appearance of honoring only Christian servicemen."
"Today's decision sets dangerous precedent by completely ignoring history, and it threatens removal and destruction of veterans memorials across America."
On Wednesday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed and ruled the historic memorial must be torn down -- all because the Bladensburg Memorial is in the shape of a cross.
The Fourth Circuit said the memorial excessively entangles the government in religion because the cross is the “core symbol of Christianity” and “breaches” the wall separating church and state.
Writing separately, Chief Judge Gregory wrote, “This Memorial stands in witness to the VALOR, ENDURANCE, COURAGE, and DEVOTION of the forty-nine residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland ‘who lost their lives in the Great War for the liberty of the world.’  I cannot agree that a monument so conceived and dedicated and that bears such witness violates the letter or spirit of the very Constitution these heroes died to defend.”
The American Legion could appeal directly to the Supreme Court.
"Today's decision sets dangerous precedent by completely ignoring history, and it threatens removal and destruction of veterans memorials across America," First Liberty Institute attorney Hiram Sasser said.
First Liberty Institute and the Jones Day law firm are representing the American Legion in their fight.
“This memorial has stood in honor of local veterans for almost 100 years and is lawful under the First Amendment,” Jones Day attorney Michael Carvin said. “To remove it would be a tremendous dishonor to the local men who gave their lives during The Great War.”
I warned Americans in my new book, “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again,” that the war against religious liberty and traditional American values is far from over.
A militant group of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers want to eradicate Christianity in the public marketplace. The only way to stop this evil scourge is for people of faith to stand together and fight back in the courts.

President Buhari And Aisha Arrive In Turkey For D-8 Summit (Photos)

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President Buhari And Aisha Arrive In Turkey For D-8 Summit (Photos)

President Buhari arrives Esenboğa International Airport, Ankara, Turkey. He is accompanied by his wife.

President Buhari, accompanied by his wife, Aisha Buhari and delegation of ministers have arrived in Ankara, the Turkish capital for bilateral discussions between the governments of the two countries.

On concluding the bilateral talks on Thursday, the party moves to Istanbul for the meeting of the D8, Organisation for Development Cooperation. On Thursday President Buhari will lead the Nigerian delegation in bilateral talks with their Turkish counterparts.

‘She's my baby mama' - Mentally ill man obsessed with Kim K threatens violence against anyone who tries to stop him from meeting her

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A mentally ill man - Justin Massler, who was once arrested for stalking Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, is now obsessed with reality star Kim Kardashian-West. Not only is he claiming that she is his 'baby mama', but is also insisting that Kim is being trapped by 'gay men' inside her Hollywood talent agency 'William Morris Endeavor.'
In court papers obtained by DailyMail, it was revealed that Justin who is a diagnosed Schizophrenic, threatened a senior executive at the Talent agency (WME) via email, phone and in person over the last six months demanding to meet with Kim.
Referring to himself as the 'King Messiah' and 'Jesus Christ,' he told WME representatives that 'everyone is below him and must obey him.' According to him;
"Talk down to me and I will blow your f*cking brains out of your skull and you will see motherf*cker. I'm the real Jason Bourne, and if you try to take me on, and Kim Kardashian trapped, you're gonna see some major f**king pain, because no is not an acceptable answer for me, you got it?
The answer is I can see Kim Kardashian or who the f**k do I have to take the f**k down to see her. No is not an answer for me."
The Agency has since filed an order of protection against Justin, who has been jailed for stalking other celebrities, in order to legally protect their employees and other clients.

Nigeria, others spend $35billion yearly on food imports – AfDB

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Nigeria, others spend $35b yearly on food imports – AfDB
The President, African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has lamented that Nigeria and other African countries spend $35 billion yearly on food importation.
Adesina said in his Norman Borlaug Lecture delivered at Iowa State University, titled: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, yesterday in Des Monies, Iowa in the United States.
According to him, it is unacceptable by his estimates warning that “if the current trend continues, Africa is estimated to spend $110 billion by 2030 on food imports”.
He therefore called for land tax for unused agricultural land, to provide incentives for faster commercialisation of agriculture and unlocking its potential in Africa.
Adesina said Africa held the key for feeding nine billion people by 2050, adding that more than ever before, the world must help Africa to rapidly modernise its agriculture and unlock its full potential.
According to him, the challenge of addressing global food security is the greatest in Africa.

Reps direct NPA to reinstate contract with Atiku’s Intels

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Reps direct NPA to reinstate contract with Atiku’s Intels
The House of Representatives has called on the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to reinstate the contract of Integrated Logistic Facilities and Services, also known as Intels Nigeria Limited.
NPA had terminated its boats pilotage monitoring and supervision contract with Intels on October 10, following the company’s alleged non-compliance with government’s policy on the Treasury Single Account (TSA)
According to the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Usman, the decision was taken on the advice of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
Intels management had, however, issued a seven-day ultimatum to the agency to reverse the termination of the contract or get ready for legal actions.
But the lawmakers at the lower chambers, after debating a motion at Wednesday’s plenary, resolved to investigate the circumstances around the contract termination and ascertain if due process was followed.
They further asked the NPA and the Attorney General of the Federation to reinstate the company’s contract, pending when the investigation was concluded.

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