Thai Party to Comply with Royal Order Against Princess PM Candidacy

Agence France-Presse | Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and has not had a royal run for frontline office since 1932.

A Thai political party will obey a command from the king blocking the candidacy of a princess for prime minister, it said in a statement Saturday, in a dramatic reversal only a day after putting her forward for the position.

“Thai Raksa Chart party complies with the royal command”, it said in a LINE message to reporters.

The statement added that the party is ready to do its duty with respect to the “tradition and royal customs” under Thailand’s constitutional monarchy.

The announcement effectively invalidates Princess Ubolratana’s unprecedented bid for prime minister in March elections and comes after an extraordinary rebuke of her candidacy by her younger brother Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Thai Raksa Chart announced the princess as their candidate Friday morning in a move that looked to rattle the status quo and threaten the ambitions of the junta that has ruled Thailand since it toppled the administration of Yingluck Shinawatra in a 2014 coup.

But the Thai king torpedoed the bid in a sharply worded statement later the same day that said bringing senior royal family members into politics is against tradition, national culture and “highly inappropriate.”

Thailand has some of the most severe lese majeste laws in the world and the king’s word is considered final.

Analysts had already forewarned that the palace statement had scuttled the princess’ chances.

“The palace disapproval invalidates her candidacy,” said Puangthong Pawakapan, professor of political science at Chulalongkorn University, before the Thai Raksa Chart announcement.

Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and has not had a royal run for frontline office since 1932.

The 67-year-old princess did not address the royal rebuke head-on Saturday morning, when she thanked supporters on her widely followed Instagram account and said vaguely that she wanted Thailand to “move forward”.

Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha, the leader of the coup that toppled the administration of Yingluck Shinawatra, also said he would stand for the top post Friday.

Ubolratana’s move briefly threw his fortunes into disarray but the palace action made it clear it does not endorse her run.

The king did not criticise the princess directly and seemed to focus blame on political party members who brought her on board.

Thai Raksa Chart is aligned with Yingluck and her brother Thaksin, who was ousted by the army in 2006.

Analysts assumed Thaksin and the party would not make such a move without royal approval.



Children of God: It’s Time to Take Action

by Ven. Dr B.U. Okafor | “Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. And rend your heart and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.”

As the election draws nearer, I want to dwell on the dangerous situation into which Nigeria is sliding, especially the church. If care is not taken the church will soon slide into similar situation like that of the children of ancient Israel in the days of Pharaoh in Egypt; when they were dangerously and mightily oppressed by Pharaoh and his chariots, to the point where they even had to cast their male children into the rivers. In those days, it was dangerous to be called an Israelite or a Jew.

The church in Nigeria is sliding dangerously into such days as the days of Pharaoh, the days of Herod, and the days of the Antichrist. But God has promised us, the church and the whole nation, deliverance. This promise is in 2 Chron. 7:14: where God says, “if my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, I the Lord will hear from heaven and forgive their sins, and heal their land.

God will hear and heal Nigeria and His people if: 

  1. They humble themselves. Don’t be so proud. Many Nigerians are living in one sin or another: fornication, adultery, covetousness, greed, worldliness, etc. Why not humble thyself?
  2. They pray for the poor and needies instead of for themselves for more worldly treasures.
  3. Nigerians need to sought the face of the Lord, to know what pleases Him. They have not sought His kingdom-enlargement on earth, nor His righteousness. Rather, self-interest has consumed many of them.
  4. They turn away from their wicked ways. Instead they have oppressed the poor, prayed for the death of their enemies, and have not preached the gospel of Christ like the Apostles. They have not shone the light of God’s righteousness and mercy in this world. Rather they have been bitter, hard at work competing with the rest of the world. There is barely any difference between Christians and non-Christians these days.

Now Nigeria is heating up right and left with the persecution of the church; and it looks as if things are going to get worse. The devil has really come down to persecute the nation at large and especially churches in Nigeria. But the worst thing is the attitude of the children of God at a time like this. I am troubled that many children of God have neither curbed their extravagant life-style nor diminish their preaching of material prosperity and breakthrough messages, which have made many of the saints covetous and worldly. Even many of the great leaders have not sobered down their life-styles to reflect the doctrine of Christ, which is soberness and righteousness and truth which leads to godliness.

Many Believers have not preached the message that will bring true repentance to unbelievers and to the flock of God. Many have not diminished the flamboyance of their tempestuous life-styles, nor humbled themselves with sober living as true servants of Christ.

Many believers do not live in peace with their fellow saints and christians, and have not forgiven one another, and have set themselves on the war-path with other Christians. And because of this, at this critical hour, the church of God cannot come together to pray and humble ourselves, and corporately repent before God. Therefore, how can we fulfill 2 Chron 7:14 in our days?

Dear Brethren, this is an urgent appeal to the children of God. Do you not see the handwriting on the wall? Do you not see the days of Pharaoh are here? Do you not see that Herod is arising to oppress the church? Do you think it is impossible that you might be compelled to renounce your faith, or go into hiding to preserve your life? You may be saying “God forbid”, and I also say so. But do you know that God expects us to do something now to avert that disgrace and disaster?

We are appealing to all the ministers from various congregations to examine their ways. Times like this call for reflecting, soberness, and repentance. Preach righteousness, truth and soberness. Preach the word of God as well as hellfire. Turn your people back to God through Holy sober preaching and living a life of righteousness and truth. These are not the times for prosperity preaching and celebration. These are the days to actively seeking the Lord God and His Son, until He comes to deliver His people!

Fear God, all you congregations of God. Turn your lives to Christ. Don’t be boastful and flamboyant in your sinful lives. Repent now, and seek God’s help in these perilous times. Be sober, be just, be humble, and repent from your sins…..for the Lord is patiently waiting to show you mercy even in these evil days. Remember we are living in the prophesied perilous times of 2 Tim 3:1-17.

Let us go back to 2 Chron 7:14. Let us humble ourselves and pray. Let us seek the face of the Lord. Ask the Holy Spirit of God to show us our sins, and as He shows us, let us also ask Him to grant us repentance. Let us repent from all our diverse sins, and as we seek God’s forgiveness, let us also forgive those who have offended us in any way. As you forgive others, you will also receive forgiveness and healing.

Beloved, if you are in Nigeria at this time and you are discerning, you don’t need prophet Jonah or Isaiah or Jeremiah to tell you that we are in evil times. Unless we earnestly seek the Lord now, we are all in danger of being devoured by the devourer. Critical times requires critical measures.

Therefore, I am inviting you to join us in one week prayer and fasting for repentance and revival for the church and for the nation of Nigeria:

Date: Saturday, February 9th to  Friday, February 15th 2019
Time: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm daily

If you love the Lord Jesus and cherish your faith, and I know you do, we appeal to you to join us in this fasting and prayer. It is a nation-wide event.

You will pray with your family anywhere around the world in the peaceful surrounding of your home. Do it earnestly with sincerity, as unto the Lord. Please, whenever possible, involve your churches as well.

The prayers are for repentance for all our sins, for faith towards God, to seek God’s help and His intervention for the church and for the nation; for peaceful elections on Saturday, February 16, 2019, and that God will deliver the Nigeria from Satan’s desires and schemes from bloodshed and violence.

Pray also for our leaders that God will deliver them from evil, that they will only do God’s will, and have the interests of the masses at heart. Pray that from 2019 elections will emerge a God fearing individual with interest of the church and nation at heart, a man of righteousness.

Pray for the ministers of God to arise to do righteousness and to preach the whole truth of the gospel, not a white-washed superficial gospel of material prosperity without holiness. And pray that righteousness and peace shall cover Nigeria (Prov. 14:34). And remember to pray for yourself and your household that God will preserve you from all evil and unto His everlasting kingdom.

This is an appeal to the entire Body of Christ (the church) in Nigeria. Let us all corporately, fervently and earnestly seek the Lord’s help, and see what He will do for the church, and for the nation of Nigeria. Please do not wait to be reminded because there may not be reminders. But we shall all fast and pray. Pray as if everything depended on your personal prayers. Above all, do not forget to register and vote.

This is non-denominational. It is God speaking to you to do the right thing now for the Christians in Nigeria and for a peaceful nation. These are perilous times, indeed!

Let us arise and do the right thing. You will never regret that you sought the help of the Lord at such a critical time in the history of Nigeria. Pray without ceasing.

Let us now all take up the admonition of prophet Joel in Joel 2:12-20:

“Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. And rend your heart and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Who knoweth if he will return and repent…?

Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly; gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and those that suck the breasts; let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, “Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thy heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them; wherefore should they say among the people, where is their God?’

Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people…”

Thank you for arising to pray, fast and vote during the General elections on February 16, 2019 to elect the President and the National Assembly. It is very necessary and urgent now!

Ven. Dr B.U. Okafor, National Evangelism Christian Outreach (NECO) Inc. – 15 Emenike Street, Mile One, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Connect via necoportcity@yahoo.com.



Nigerians in the Diasporas – Voting Opportunity


by Joanna Bogunjoko | Special Assistant to the International Director and Archives Assistant | Be sure to vote on November 1st, tomorrow, and remind others please.
Listen to the above on Youtube, subscribe to be eligible to vote, read the instructions below it (also attached), and share widely please.
Be a part of rebuilding Nigeria!
Watching the video lifted my spirit. I have been weeping for my beloved but tormented country, Nigeria for a long time, praying and thinking of what to do. I have connected with some influential people internationally to see how they can put pressure on our government to do what is right about the atrocities and genocide going on and to see how they can monitor our elections, especially in February 2019. This seems to be a ray of hope and by God’s grace, a workable and brilliant solution.

Great way for the Nigerians in the diaspora to be able to have a say in the elections!

Omoyele Sowore is the person everyone I spoke with is going to vote for.

Some people keep saying one of the 2 bigger parties will win anyway because of rigging and they won’t vote. Also because the two parties are already well known and the others are not. This is a silly and self-crucifying ideology.
How will a 3rd person be known and given a chance if people won’t be open minded and give someone else a chance?
Which of the two evils are we ready to have rule our country again? Is it Buhari who has dug us deeper in the grave and is allowing atrocities to reign or Atiku who stole our money when he was in government?

My ideology is that if all those who don’t want to vote for Atiku from PDP and those who don’t want to vote for Buhari from APC come together to vote for a third party, Sowore of AAC, I think by simple mathematics, Sowore will win. But, we all have to come together as a united force to vote for him.



President Trump Cancels North Korea Summit

by Dr. Jim Denison | Denison Forum on Truth and Culture | The threat of North Korea is just one of the challenges we face as a nation (Images: Getty Images).

Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting. Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place.”

With these words, President Trump notified Kim Jong Un yesterday that he was canceling their June 12 summit in Singapore.

This decision followed a series of ominously worded statements from North Korea. Their senior envoy for US affairs had threatened to call off the summit and warned that their regime could “make the US taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined.” The envoy also described Vice President Pence as a “political dummy.”

The White House says back channels for discussions with North Korea are still open but states that the regime must first change its rhetoric.

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A “challenging threat environment”

The threat of North Korea is just one of the challenges we face as a nation.

Russia is believed to have 4,300 nuclear weapons, followed by the US with 4,000. There are 9,400 nuclear weapons in military arsenals, with another 5,600 awaiting dismantlement. Nearly 4,000 nuclear weapons are operationally available; 1,800 are ready for use on short notice.

The largest Russian bomb, if dropped on New York City, would kill 7.6 million people.

In addition, China is expanding its economic and military power and influence. Proxy wars in the Middle East involving Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Israel threaten to escalate.

Dan Coats, the US Director of National Intelligence, testified earlier this year before a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: “We face a complex, volatile and challenging threat environment. The risk of interstate conflict is higher than any time since the end of the Cold war–all the more alarming because of the growing development and use of weapons of mass destruction by state and nonstate actors.”

A nation worth protecting

The challenges of our day show why the men and women of our military are so important to our nation. More than 1.4 million Americans are serving on active duty today. Each of them has taken an oath to defend each of us.

Over America’s history, more than 1.1 million men and women have fulfilled that oath at the cost of their lives. Their memory lives in our gratitude. All we do this Memorial Day weekend to honor their sacrifice is so much less than they did to deserve it.

How does God want us to observe this important tradition?

One: Minister to the families of fallen soldiers. Scripture tells us that “the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). He wants us to be the presence of Jesus as we serve and pray for those in grief.

Two: Pray for wisdom for our military and civilian leaders. In these perilous times, claim the biblical promise: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God” (James 1:5).

Three: Pray for peace among nations. Pray for Kim Jong Un and other world leaders to follow Jesus. Make Paul’s prayer yours: “May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way” (2 Thessalonians 3:16).

Four: Make America a nation worthy of their sacrifice. When I meet military veterans, I tell them that our nation owes them an unpayable debt. They often respond by encouraging me to make America a nation worth dying for.

Scripture calls us to set the example: “Be holy in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1:15).

“An estate to be preserved”

Noah Webster has been called “the father of American scholarship and education.” On the twenty-sixth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, he delivered a remarkable oration in which he pointed to the values and examples of the patriots whose sacrifice purchased America’s freedom.

At one point, he turned to “the youth of our country, who were not spectators of the distresses of the war.” His charge to them is just as relevant for us: “Let them consider that upon them has devolved the task of defending and improving the rich inheritance, purchased by their fathers. Nor let them view this inheritance of National Freedom and Independence, as a fortune that is to be squandered away, in ease and riot, but as an estate to be preserved only by industry, toil and vigilance.”

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Kogi 2019: Iselaiye Eyes Yagba Federal Constituency Seat

Responding to a question based on speculations about his political ambition and motivations, he said, “It is not a speculation. It is true. By the grace of God, we will be contesting for the House of Representatives election in 2019.
Ahead of the next elections into the National Assembly scheduled for 2019, youthful businessman and founder of Oluwafemi Iselaiye Foundation (OIF), a philanthropic organisation, Mr Femi Iselaiye, has hinted on his intention to run for the House of Representatives election for Yagba West, Yagba East and Mopamuro Federal Constituency of Kogi State.

Iselaiye made the disclosure shortly after he collected his Permanent Voter Card (PVC) at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in his home town, Isanlu, headquarters of Yagba East Local Government Area. Fielding questions from journalists, Iselaiye who is in his mid-30s noted that “leadership is not by age or size.. It is by people oriented vision, support my dream.”.

He stated that his ambition was premised on the “palpable signs of neglect, backwardness and underdevelopment” that permeated the area and the desire to turn around the fortunes of the people with special focus on road infrastructure, education and human resource capacity building.

Iselaiye who is Principal Partner, F&F Trees Service based in the United States of America, pointed out that although his business is located outside the country, he grew up in Nigeria and visit the country regularly, an experience he noted had exposed him to “how things can be better done in a democracy. It is not a question of self-service. It is about service and the people are central to it.”

Responding to a question based on speculations about his political ambition and motivations, he said, “It is not a speculation. It is true. By the grace of God, we will be contesting for the House of Representatives election in 2019. Talking about motivations, I would give you one answer-look around you; just take a look at what you see. Things are not the way they supposed to be. I have been here for three hours trying to complete this (voter) registration, there is no light. Coming here, there is no road. From Egbe to Kabba, the road is an eyesore. Everywhere you go, what you see is palpable signs of neglect, decay, backwardness, underdevelopment, hunger and depression. Quickest answer is look around you”.

He added, “Through the OIF, we have tried within our means to touch lives using our own God given resources. Our experience has exposed us to the vista of the problems faced by the vulnerable population. I have carefully articulated the problems and the type of representation our people need. Now it is our desire to explore the direct approach of getting involved with the process of governance through enacting good laws to turn round the fortunes of the people.”

Recent activities of OIF, a non-governmental organization which targets poverty among the vulnerable population in Yagbaland, included distribution of note books to primary school pupils, cash donation to widows, supports to orphanage homes, organizing seminars and sports competitions geared at helping the people realize their potentials in sport and education, among others.