Chief Justice CAN General Muhammadu Buhari APC Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari, salutes his supporters during his Inauguration in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, May 29, 2015. | AP/Sunday Alamba

President Muhammadu Buhari has moved against Christian religious activities within the precincts of the Aso Rock presidential villa, a source familiar with the matter has disclosed to The Trent.

The Aso Rock Villa Chapel serves as the official church of Aso Rock where Christian activities inside the presidential villa are conducted.

According to an eyewitness who spoke to The Trent on Thursday, September 3, 2015 on condition of anonymity, heavily armed men stormed the Aso Rock Chapel on Sunday, August 30, 2015 denying worshippers access to the church.

“Normally, services begin by 7am at the church. But when we got there, we met armed security men who said we cannot enter. They said they were acting on orders from above. We waited outside till a few minutes past 8am before they allowed us to enter,” the source disclosed.

A visibly embarrassed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who worships at the Villa Church, arrived the Chapel and could be seen managing to conceal a worried expression over the incident.

When our reporter contacted Presidential Spokesman Garba Shehu to confirm the development, he claimed he was not aware of the incident. “What you are telling me is news to me. I am not aware of this issue. There is a lot we are dealing with and I hope you are aware the church was handed over to Vice President Osinbajo. So please call Prince Laolu Akande, his spokesman to confirm this issue,” he said.

Further investigations by The Trent have revealed that Sunday’s move was the second in a series of brazen attempts to shut down Christian activities in the Villa.

Less than two months ago, the Children’s Church of the Villa Chapel where the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Oludolapo Osinbajo worships with the children was closed down on orders from above. According to our source, “Security concerns were given as reasons for the closure of the Children’s Church.”

Attempts by this newspaper to reach Vice Presidential spokesman Laolu Akande failed as his phone lines were unreachable at the time of filing in this report.

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  1. All of u dat says rubbish about biafra are nit-wit,u called ursef abdul or wat evere u called ursef, u said dat ibos will remain slave 4ever let dat stinking mouth of ur be smashed and rottin.u must be stupid by saying dat and may all ur generation see no peace 4ever”up biafrans,up ipob”.

    • Because you were at the service? Our reporter spoke with three different eye-witnesses to the event and officials in the security agencies in the country. We got this story on Monday. We are publishing it today, because we wanted to take time and make sure that this is true.

      Do you worship in the church? Is the children’s church not locked up on Buhari’s orders?

      You may reach us at [email protected].

      • One DSS official is busy trying to counter this story on social media, only confirming the story in the end and revealing even more disturbing details.

        According to this Chetaala Ilo: He wrote on Facebook.

        “MATTERS ARISING!** The Aso Rock Chapel by the Presidents official residence in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, has NOT and has NEVER been shut down or closed! The Villa Chapel where Christians worship was active last Sunday and is expected to be active next Sunday, God willing!”

        My comment: Helloooooo! The story never said that a service did not hold on Sunday. The story said that worshippers were prevented from entering the chapel to worship on Sunday claiming “orders from above”. Why doesn’t he say if that happened? He doesn’t want to because he knows that the story is try. So he tries to distract you from the facts in the story.

        Then he revealed something ALL NIGERIANS should worry about.

        Ilo says, “The Fact is: The Children’s Wing of the Aso Rock Chapel, consisting of 5 large beautiful rooms, is being renovated and converted for a purpose related to activities of the Wife of the President and this started a couple of weeks ago. The conversion of the zone was put on hold after 3 rooms had been made ready, when PMB intervened and queried why that portion of the Villa should be converted for anyone since it is part of the Chapel. All is on hold at the Children’s Wing and nobody is currently operating from there now.”

        So, Aisha Buhari decided to drive out the Christian children from their church and convert the Children’s Church to her own private use. Based on what? Why? And he confirms that the story is true that the Children’s Church has been shut down on Buhari’s orders after Aisha Buhari drove the children out of their church and converted their church to her private use.

        This is terrible!

        • ANY LEADER THAT IS ACTING BEYOND ACCOUNTABILITY IS SIMPLY A RULER. PATIENCE JONATHAN DID NOT SHUT DOWN THE ASO VILLA MOSQUE NOR CONVERT PART OF IT FOR PERSONAL USE. FOR AISHA BUHARI TO HAVE THE GUTS TO SHUT DOWN THE CHILDREN’S CHURCH IN ORDER TO CONVERT PART OF IT FOR PERSONAL USE SHOWS A GREAT DISREGARD FOR THE MULTI-RELIGIOUS NATURE OF NIGERIA. SHE COULD NOT HAVE ACTED ALONE IN THIS VERY SENSITIVE MATTER BECAUSE SHE LACKS THE AUTHORITY TO DO SO. NIGERIANS SHOULD BE VERY CAREFUL OF THESE PEOPLE. THEIR HIDDEN AGENDA IS YET TO UNFOLD. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING. SOON THEY WILL START SHUTTING DOWN CHURCHES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BUT, LET US NOT FORGET WHAT CHRIST SAID, ‘I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT.’

  2. I have not been to the villa. I want someone with clear knowledge of the villa in recent time to hint us if there is fun functional mosque in place.

  3. Wat eva buhari do 2019 will tell so stp complenin u pple said jona is weak so all of u vote 4 chenge so APCcccccc change sai buhari

  4. If d story is true, my big shame goes to d vice president of d country. If he can’t defend his faith at dis time then he wasn’t in d faith after all.

    • Was he ever in faith at all in the first place? Jesus Christ while the Jews wanted to sieze Him by force and make Him King, did He not refuse?. Upon all that a former RCCG pastor said and revealed in his famous ‘Islamic Agenda in Africa’, the RCCG denounced his revelations. In fact, they saw it that their so-called pastor wwould be in government and the church will benefit. That was the reason why they massively voted for PMB & their pastor. In short, if God is done with Nigeria, no body will try to build it. As He (God) provided GEJ (like Elijah the Tishbite) to hand over government to Buhari so that no one will fire a single shot or shed anybody’s blood in Nigeria; so shall it be when God wants to break up this country called Nigeria. Because the president – will then not like to reason or listen to anybody while ruling. And alas, upheaval uncontrollable may erupt tearing everyone apart like Yugoslavia & USSR. Lets not under rate the God of Israel.

      • You are not right I am a member of RCCG no body till us to vote any body personaly I prefer GEJ than PMB becouse I am from the north and I know what Christians are passing through in the north you can not build church where you want I prey for you that God will open your eyes in Jesus name Amen.

    • The vice President has no faith to defend
      Mind you that he resigned from his pastoral office before taken his present position, also vice Presidency is mere ceremonial.

  5. I said it that this Brainless Buhari will never change…..So tell mumu Osibanjo to bear it with his western brothers(betrayers)

  6. These Igbo boys are daft in virtually every of their comments. Can’t they think straight? However, it is hard believing the report. But if it is tru, let Mr. President think twice. God who promotes can actually cast anyone down. A word is enough for the wise.

    • I feel the same pain my brother, fortunately the comments you ascribed to igbos aint actually from igbos. They are from mischief mongers simply out to rubbish igbo’s political career in our great country, Nigeria. I have taken time to check the profile of some of the so-called igbo comments especially on facebook regarding a different national issue (not this story), i found out that the profile of the “commenter” has no picture, no friend, nothing but an igbo name (at time spelt wrongly). Obviously, the profiles were set up to mar the igbo nation. I am Igbo and I no my people. Have you asked yourself why your Igbo friends are completely different from the Igbos you meet on social media. A larger percent of igbos might have a different opionion on national issues, they might also be defensive but we are not known to be a tribe that hates other tribes. Thanks you.

    • I feel the same pain my brother, fortunately the comments you ascribed to igbos ain’t actually from igbos. They are from mischief mongers simply out to rubbish igbo’s political career in our great country, Nigeria. I have taken time to check the profile of some of the so-called igbo comments especially on facebook regarding a different national issue (not this story), i found out that the profile of the so-called igbo “commenters” have no picture, no friend, and nothing but igbo names (at times spelt wrongly). Obviously, the profiles were set up to mar the igbo nation. I am Igbo and I no my people. Have you asked yourself why your Igbo friends are completely different from the Igbos you meet on social media. Why would i tribe known to be republican in their opinion but on social media they are known to campaign only HATE SPEECH agianst other tribes. It does not add up. No doubt, a considerable percent of igbos share different opionion on national issues, they might even be defensive of their tribe but we are not known to be a tribe that hates other tribes. Thanks you.

  7. You are a mischief maker. You could post the picture of the VP on his first worship in the chapel but you couldn’t post the picture of the seemingly embarrassed VP on that fateful Sunday. You are an agent of destruction.

  8. I want to beleive that it is not true, But if it is true that is a very bad omen for this great country of ours called Nigeria. and surely God will redeem us all from the hand of this little president called Buhari in no distance time.

    Those that joined hands to push their brother Jona away are now crying God help and save Nigeria IJN Amen

  9. MMMMM the real change has come, y did he not close down the muslim worship center bcos of security
    When we were telling Nigeria that buhari has an Islamic hidden agenda you pple were busy shouting change
    If Osinbajo cannot secure his faith that means……. Hope Nigerians are seeing it now most especially the Yorubas

  10. If you interest make una remain loyal till 2019 + another 4 yrs. u said Bro jona was weak Now u have a strong Baba. change na change. so if them like make them shut all the churches . na laugh I go laugh .

    Na watin hungry una na hin una use una money take buy. Please manage the soup till 2019 + another 4 yrs (2023)

    God bless Bros Jona

  11. Na waoh, we never see any tin yet. Am a northerner, is just unfortunate dat many don’t know how the Hausa/fulani man behaves. Dey can do moredan just wat has happened. They call us minorities, arne/arna, etc.
    I never voted for him, n I will never support dem, cos “the are wolves in a sheep clothing” dey pretend dey are ur frenz but dey will stab u at d back wen u turn.
    Lastly; never in life should u trust a fulani/Hausa Muslim cos dey are deadly dan d Ebola virus. Oh, Jonathan hav a lovely rest wherever u are. I rest my case.

  12. Buhari is treading on dangerous territory.

    Jesus said “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail”. By closing the Church Buhari is going into battle with The Man of War (Jesus Christ).

    Buhari is a train wreck. You know its about to crash and disintegrate but you just can’t look away

  13. Complete and accurate reporting will mean speaking with the VP’s spokesman before posting a report like this on the internet. What are you guys trying to achieve?

  14. I hope you know the gravity of the post. You dont just post articles just because you want traffic. you can be arrested if your story is false.

    • Matt,

      We stand by our story. We are a newspaper. The story meets the high standards for professional journalism.

      Let the Presidency tell Nigerians on whose orders the worshippers were locked out the church this past Sunday. Nigerians want to know who ordered the security agents who prevented worshippers from entering the chapel and starting their service at 7am as usual. Nigerians wants to know why citizens were denied their right to worship their religion where they want at the time they want.

      Also, Nigerians want to know who ordered the lock up of the Children’s Church in Aso Rock Chapel for two months now.

      The Trent is not on trial here. The government of General Muhammadu Buhari is the one with questions to answer.

  15. if apc=change!
    and change=apc!!
    and nigeria voted for change
    it then implies that every happenings in the nigeria at the more is as result of change
    and change is equal to apc
    therefore apc brought this change
    and since apc brought this change to nigeria
    apc is now nigerian problem

  16. if apc=change!
    and change=apc!!
    and nigeria voted for change
    it then implies that every happenings in the nigeria at the more is as result of change
    and change is equal to apc
    therefore apc brought this change
    and since apc brought this change to nigeria
    apc is now nigerian problem

  17. Why Will he not close the church, all his personal staff are Moslems.is it not only the vp and his family will use the edifice, it makes muckry of the building

  18. I think this story cant be wrong because, the reporter gave facts and precision. Reading in between the lines, you could see boldness and clarity mentioning names and quoting them thereto. A lot should be done to tell Nigerians about this development using various means so as to get their reactions. Alot of people are not aware. I fear we are in for trouble in this country.

    • Lol people are counting down already, we Nigerians needs to pray to father God in heaven for help, this whole fake word they call change or whatever it’s cutting it for me, was never with them in their blood thirsty change and never will be, they should confess and tell Nigerians how they fraudulently won! Pure rubbish

  19. Why will he not close the door when there is Rccg all over mararaba and All his personal staff are Moslems. Only vp and family to use that billions naira edifice.. it amounts to economic waste and mockery of Allah the all knowing. Vp is God fearing and humble. Therefore can quickly drive to mararaba to worship his God

  20. Why will he not close the door when there is Rccg all over mararaba, too all his personal staff are Moslems. Vp an his family will use the billion naira edifice,? That is economic waste and a mockery to Allah the all knowing. Vp is God fearing and humble. He can quickly drive to mararaba to worship his God

  21. Abuja declearation 1989,is still in place.dis northern presidents will nt relent until they sucide to islamise dis country nigeria.u people wanted change and you got one.MAY GOD SAVE THIS NATION FROM THE HAND OF THE WICKED.

  22. If this speculations is true that Baba Buha closed down Christian worship centre in Aso rock. That means the beginning of his end has come and the mosque will never stand God’s earth quark.

  23. This act of dictatorship and religious intolerance by President Buhari must not happen again. Christians that blindly voted for Anti Christ in the name of change can now see and they will regret in hell.

  24. If this story is true, Tell General Buhari to be careful. The God that dealt with king nebudcaneza and Dani Abacha is very much alive. He should watch it and reverse his orders, if not a prayer storm will be raised against him. And nobody opposes God and ever win.

  25. Stupid comments from pple who don’t even where the world is going hiding under the facade of religion to cheat and mislead common man.

  26. It can’t be true because the CHURCH is Bigger than any Individual or Government for that matter, so I have NO single fear….The God of the Church is the one that Opens that no one closes and Closes that no one Opens……. so if the report is true then Let us watch and SEE……

  27. it nva amazed me to c such feature in buhari, cos ryt frm the onset i knew about his over religious mindset…bt one thing is certain dat God isnot confused, nd dat buhari shudnt wither d hand dat lifted him up…..

  28. comments. It can’t be true because the CHURCH is Bigger than any Individual or Government for that matter, so I have NO single fear….The God of the Church is the one that Opens that no one closes and Closes that no one Opens……. so if the report is true then Let us watch and SEE……

  29. comments. It can’t be true because the CHURCH is Bigger than any Individual or Government for that matter, so I have NO single fear….The God of the Church is the one that Opens that no one closes and Closes that no one Opens……. so if the report is true then Let us watch and SEE……

  30. wat do u xpect frm d jihadist?dats d change d RCCG family brought 2 d xtian faith.pastor EA Adeboye, should pls examine himself if he’s stil in faith!

  31. if you don’t believe this, you’re a deceived already, radio Biafra has been purified to delight only on the Truth. stop deceiving your selves and believe all news From Radio Biafra.

  32. They pretend to love Nigeria yet they are d worst enemy of Nigeria they preach hate against d ibos nd made other people to believe that d ibos are d problem of Nigeria nd therefore should b seen as enemies, but they never ask this question who is uniting Nigeria more than d ibos?

  33. I am not surprise as this is the way of most northern Muslim leaders who do not read, attend civil society conferences, attempt to write books even if it is a simple narration of their past paths and above all -backward looking (probing) and NOT forward looking (development). The church matches forward so how can there ever be a meeting point?

  34. the fact is an igbo man will even do worse as a president of this country its not abt tribe if some is wrong he is and nothing more if the church has been shut down on the presidents oder it is between him God on the final day which all of us must account for.

  35. Well if the story is true, then it must be one of the agenda from the US visit, to clamp down on christians which is the hidden plan of Obama.

  36. This is just the Genesis by the tym u guys get to Revelation ur eyes will open. Leave with the change u ppl sought for & stop making noise. The so call christians are the most gullible & deceitful & I hv no sympathy for them at all.

  37. This autocracy action of buhari…. GOD is watching you from above. The anger of GOD will pour on your in no distant time. One nigeria my foot

  38. Hahahahaha people never see, Yoruba,s make i ask? how many times something go hapen to you people, before you people will know something?
    they killed M.K.O, and nothing hapened, YORUBA,s can only talk and talk
    but IGBOs got action. This man go finish una fools

  39. IF THERE IS NO ASO ROCK MOSQUE THERE SHOULD BE NO ASO ROCK CHURCH RELIGION SHOULD
    BE PERSONAL AND SHOULD NOT BE NATIONALISED OVER,

  40. Please guys stop abusing yorubas and ibos or even hausas, we must stop generalizing these abuse and accusations. People make mistakes, the way forward is what matters not pointing fingers at one another.

  41. For hate has no religion or culture, hate is hate, evil is evil, let us learn to prosecute a man for his actions and not his entire tribe or affiliates.

  42. Though it is early to believe. People should not be surprised when it begins to happen. This current government will clampdown of Christian religious activities very soon. There is nothing anybody can do to stop it. The Christian should be prepared to defend their faith. Many Pastors will run from Northern states to the south. The coming persecution will be worst than what we experienced with Boko Haram. The church should begin to pray and unite now to break this impending problem.

  43. My questns goes to Rev.Fr.Mbaka, Sir, are u aware of what d buhari whom u campaigned for as d messiah is doing? Y is d messiah shutting up xtian worship center at aso rock villa? Y is it that muslim worship center at aso rock villa is not shut up? Or r u a muslim n gay practitioner in disguise of a rev.fr. Also in xtian name?

  44. Not surprising, there is a mosque in aso villa. I school in Abu Zaria and all the departments in my school have a mosque and every faculty too. But they don’t allow departmental fellowship in classes. This is just the beginning change is here

  45. A Muslim doesn’t has assurance for heaven, but has express certainty of entering Paradise if he fights for the cause of Allah (Jihad), either by blood flow, political dorminance , Sharia enthronement to cause strict adherence by the subjects will be greatly rewarded by their Allah. Thus, Pmb is only be fair to his conscience to fight for his faith. Nigeria is ranked the 7 the highest population of Muslim in d world. Be watchful the Islamic world is interested in Nigeria

  46. Something beats me….The Whole Church Story is Pathetic and i am sure there is a mix up somewhere and now that the story has come public,there will be rectifications and someone will perhaps explain why this had happened in the first place and apologize. I am a Christian and Yoruba at that but hey i wont jump down blindly to Judge something i really don’t know why it was done because nobody has actually been bold enough to tell us something worthwhile aside the story published.
    Here is what beats me, i have spent the last 30mins reading comments from people and my heart bled…many of us will do worse than the BOKO HARAM if we get the opportunity considering how we insult,condemn and rain curses on one another because we are not from the same ethnic group or religion.
    Who says if we Part ways as a nation that we won’t face equal challenges as to which clan will rule who in the new found or created country? Can we please Tolerate ourselves the more as people of God not minding how you pray of who you pray through….?

  47. This is the worst thing this President has done so far. Even d so called VP is a leaf. He can’t get 2 do anything about it.
    Buhari or whatever his name is should leave d Chapel alone & build a bigger mosque or museum 4 himself.

  48. I don’t know why we should talking without solution. My take on this, is that evry nation in nigeria should go answer ther father’s name cuz th name Nigeria is created by one man without agreement and it expired decmb 2013. Mine is Biafra and very soon Biafra flag wil rise.

  49. Na wa o! Monkey go soon go market e no go come back again o! Hhhhhhhhhm what goes around comes around.I just dey watch wonders wey dey happen bcos to me dis is no news at all.

  50. Am very sure some people will know the truth, see the truth and hide in other not to say the truth because they believe something will happen to them after saying it, my brothers/sisters please tell me when the something will not happen, and remember this issue is consigning Nigeria so is everybody right/business as an average Nigeria to dig down to the matter, let us follow chuk eyes for the matter before the matter chuk eyes on us, and if u sabi run abeg remember you family who no sabi run oooo…!

  51. Yoruba’s have betrayed Nigeria in the first place. They’ve sold us into slavery. Yet we thank God they too are slaves along with us. Nigerian church shld stop being political fools. We shld’t claim that nothing can happen. Something can happen. Let’s See Turkey as an example. Well, we deserve what buhari have done. It’s part of the change we clamoured for.

  52. i’m Not suprise at all, i am from the north and this is the least of what they can do, for instance they just forcefuly entroned APC gov’t in my state(niger state) introduce islamic police known as HISBA with para military uniform enforcing there activities on non musilims and the same was also introduce in kebbi state under the same APC gov’t. likewise in kano state the end of the month sanitation was extended to sundays and christians complain, the ware told that kano is an islamic state and any body not ok with there action can live, though all these were later redress but i know is just for the main time they still return to actualise there evil plans.

  53. It’s a pity this is happening so soon. Let us be careful with our comments and remark and remember that the wolves are all around us. THE CHANGE WE ASKED FOR HAS FINALLY COME. EMBRACE IT NIGERIANS!!!

  54. why are we complaining ? we voted for change and it has come , we failed to understand that change comes in different ways , changing from good to better and changing from bad to worse !

  55. The Bible says that when a wicked ruler enter’s the city every body hides his head. There is a portion in the Bible explains how Isreal cried to God that they did not want the Kings to rule over them any more so God gave them a wicked ruler and again they cried to ask that the kings returned. I know quite alright that GEJ’s administration needed to rest but giving this tyrant the chance will cost us more pain than ever…………..

  56. hmmmmmmnnn! i av taken my tym 2 read al d comments here & i wnt 2 say dat (1)we(nigerians) shud concentra8 mor on things dat unite us &not on tins dat divide us! (2)we must understand dat God puts Buhari there to fulfil God’s end-tym prophetic agenda that wil usher in d one-world govt of d anti-christ. Buhari may be nigeria’s last president be4 d emergence of d ANTI-CHRIST watch out! (3)christians shud b vry vigilant &keenly conversant wit d mystery of d comnunion of d blood of Christ &d blood of sprinkling to overcom @ dis tym! (4) lastly, i decree peace!!! cal me 4 more details & xplanation on d mysteries i mentioned: 08132709385

  57. this is just d begining, ba mun ce sai canji ba, dis muslems will try to frustrate evry christian activity in dis country, bt watch n c, histry will repeat itself.

  58. you people said you want change. is that not the change you want? we never see anything yet this is just the beginning. she you voted for that antychrist

  59. Sooo unfortunate! Some people might not stay to witness the end. They saw the beginning by privilege, and for a purpose. They started by misunderstanding the purpose, and kicking against the one who sets the purpose. Meanwhile it is the one who sets the purpose that decides a whole lot of other things. No one, man, beast or demon, ever survives the onslaught of the purpose setter. I hope they flow with the purpose and live.

  60. the solution to nigeria problem was there in the map it was three country divide it any side you belong you will have rest and have a nation you will call your own .not of this ,people hide under one nigeria for their selffish acumulation of wealth while others are suffering in object poverty .Achason

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