Sultan Tasks State Governors To Prioritise Youth Empowerment

 Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, Youth, KogiThe Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has tasked the Nigerian state governors to give priority to job creation and youth empowerment.

The Sultan, who is the President of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, proposed that the recommendation would end the menace of restiveness and violent crime bedeviling Nigeria.

He noted that if youths were fully engaged in meaningful ventures, they would not avail themselves as tools for perpetrating violence and other heinous crimes in the society.

The monarch made the recommendation in Lokoja during the inauguration of the Kogi State Revenue House which was built by the Governor Yahaya Bello led administration.

He commended Governor Bello for striving hard in bringing development to the people in the face of the economic recession and dwindling resources.

The Sultan urged the people of Kogi State to support the governor in the development of the state.

“Today we’ve gathered to (witness) this very important occasion after praying at the mosque this afternoon.

“We are here to commission the building which of course, you all know the importance of money.

“Nothing works without money; money is needed in everything to achieve a goal.

“We are therefore grateful to God for us to be part of history to commission this project,” he said.

Lack Of Vision

In his address, the Executive Chairman of the revenue board, Mr Yakubu Oseni, said that what existed as a revenue house before the building was erected was nothing to write home about.

“In retrospect, we may recall that at his inauguration ceremony, his excellency (Governor Bello) declared unreservedly that he will take this state to an enviable height.

“True to this declaration, we have gathered here to witness the commissioning of the revenue house.

“There is no better way to walk the walk than for us to witness the commissioning of this revenue house today.

“Your royal majesties, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, let me emphasise for better understanding that what existed as revenue house before we came on board left a lot to be desired, it was in a state of comatose.

“This was largely due to lack of vision and mission, accountability, transparency and sound leadership,” he said.

The event was witnessed by top government functionaries, royal fathers, religious leaders and indigenes from the 21 local government areas of the state among others.

The ceremony also marked the first year of Governor Bello’s administration as the fourth Executive Governor of Kogi State.

Eid-el-Fitr: FG Extends Public Holiday To Thursday

Eid-el-Fitr, Public HolidayThe Federal Government has declared Wednesday and Thursday public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Fitr.

The Minister of Interior, Retired General Abdulrahman Dambazau said, “Following the directive of the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, to the effect that the Ramadan fast continues on Tuesday, as a result of the non-sighting of the moon, the federal government has now declared Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July, 2016 as Public Holiday”.

The Federal Government had earlier declared Tuesday, July 5 and Wednesday, July 6, 2016 as public holiday to mark the Eid-el Fitri celebrations.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Mr Bassey Akpanyung, General Dambazau urged Nigerians to use this period of sober reflections to ensure harmony, unity and peaceful co-existence.

He also asked that citizens give full support to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained effort to pursue socio-economic and political growth of the nation.

National Peace Committee, Buhari Discuss Nigeria’s Peace

Muhammadu-BuhariThe National Peace Committee for the 2015 General Elections, headed by former Head of State General Abdusalami Abubakar (rtd), has held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

At the meeting held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday, talks were focused on how to sustain the peace that Nigeria had got after the general election.

The committee had brokered the signing of the peace accords between President Buhari and his predecessor, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, ahead of the March 28 presidential poll.

Addressing reporters after the meeting, which lasted for about an hour, the catholic Bishop of Sokoto State, Bishop Matthew Kukah, said the peace committee had a role to still nurture the peace which Nigeria had got following the general elections.

The meeting is coming barely three days after former President Jonathan, had paid a secret visit to President Buhari at the residence.

Present at the meeting were General Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III and President of the Christian Association of Nigeria Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

Also in attendance were Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Cardinal John Onaiyekan, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mrs Priscilla Kuye and Senator Ben Obi.


Supreme Council On Islamic Affairs Condemn Nigeria’s Stand On Palestine Issue

Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III

Following the failed attempt of Palestine to be recognized as a sovereign country at the security council of the united nation, the Nigerian Supreme Council On Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has condemned the stand of Nigeria to abstain from voting thereby truncating the effort to resolve the 66 year old crisis.

Addressing a press conference on the issue, the Secretary General of NSCIA, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, wondered why Nigeria who was known for supporting justice, freedom and independence of the nations could deliberately abstain from voting for the emancipation of palestine when it matters most and described the act as mischievous.

He wondered how the country could be involved in transmitting its local crisis of religious divide to the outside world, recalling that General Ibrahim Babangida, a Muslim, restored Nigeria’s relationship with Israel severed by General Yakubu Gowon, who is a Christian, having known that the issue at stake was not religious, why should the present government not do the right thing.

He added that people would understand why USA and Britain voted against Palestine freedom but Nigeria has no excuse.

Pro. Oloyede said the action of Federal Government would not degenerate crisis  Nigeria stressing that it has duty to explained toentire Nigerians why it took such inhuman action against Palestine people who need freedom.

Sultan Affirms Support For Eradiction Of Polio

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar (III), has restated the commitment and support of traditional rulers in the 19 northern states to the eradication of polio in Nigeria.

Child receiving the polio vaccine

The Sultan, made this known while receiving the Minister of Health in Monday and he maintained that the committee of traditional rulers had in the last two years increased the awareness amongst their subjects concerning vaccination against polio.

In his response the Minister of Health, Professor Oyebuchi Chukwu said that considerable progress has been made in the fight against polio.

Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only countries in the world polio still exits and health officials administering the polio vaccines to children have been attacked and killed in the three countries.

Unknown gunmen  killed nine health workers in Unguwa Uku area of Kano metropolis, while they were carrying out polio immunization in the city in February.