Buhari Urges Muslims To Promote Love, Peace At Ramadan

Buhari Urges Muslims To Promote Love, Peace At RamadanPresident Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to pray for the return of peace, love and prosperity throughout the country as Muslims start the 2015 Ramadan fast.

In a statement signed by President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, on Wednesday, the President implored Muslims to seek maximum benefits from the Ramadan period “by being helpful to all manner of people, learning and following the true message of the religion as taught by the Holy Prophet.”

President Buhari directed an appeal to the perpetrators of violence and destruction in the name of Islam all over the world to desist from tarnishing the name of the religion.

“As we make collective efforts to bring to a permanent end the menace of the Boko Haram in the Lake Chad basin countries, let me use this auspicious occasion to appeal to our misguided brothers to drop their arms, embrace peace and seek a better understanding of Islam during this Holy period and beyond,” Buhari said.

The President prayed to Allah to bring peace and harmony to all parts of the country and the world at large, wishing Nigerians a blessed Ramadan.

Njaba Residents Reluctant To Return After B’Haram Massacre

Army_BokoReports reaching us from Njaba village in Borno state reveal that residents who were lucky to have fled a spine-chilling attack by the Boko Haram sect, which left dozens of people dead four days ago, are unwilling to return because of the absence of security operatives in the place.

The gunmen were said to have stormed the village targeting men and boys before setting houses on fire on Tuesday but news of the incident did not come out due to the remoteness of the village.

Eye witnesses said that the attack, which took place as the residents were holding prayers, sent everyone running into the bush for safety, with dead bodies scattered all over the area, some of them with their throats cut.

Although an uneasy calm has returned to Njaba village where at least 45 people were killed by the terrorists, according to unnamed military sources and vigilante groups who spoke to Reuters news agency.

A senior local government official in Damboa about 20 km from Njaba, who also declined to be named, said that most of the victims were teenagers.

The unnamed military source told Reuters that the attack was not immediately known because the village is very remote and troops could not access the area.

Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency to carve out an Islamic state in the northeast of Nigeria has killed thousands and displaced over 1.5 million people.

Sambo Calls For National Peace During Sallah Celebration

Namadi Sambo - Vice PresidentThe Vice President of Nigeria Namadi Sambo has called on Nigerians to shun violence and show love to fellow citizens.

The Vice President made the call after observing the special prayers to mark this year’s Eid-el- Kabir  celebration in Abuja.

According to him, the season should remind citizens of the need to make sacrifices for the overall growth of the nation.

The season is believed by Muslims to celebrate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim who offered to sacrifice his only son in obedience to Allah’s command.

For Islamic faithful, this act is not just a symbol of love, it stresses the need for individuals to make sacrifices for the growth of Nigeria.

It is hoped that these messages of peace,unity and oneness preached will continue to resound in the minds of citizens, to encourage national development.

Ramadan: Northern Governors Advocate For Peace

imagesThe Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has called on Muslim communities across the country to use the period of the Ramadan fasting to pray for Allah’s guidance, protection and peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians.

In a statement, the group urged Muslims to reflect on the past, evaluate the present and project into the future, noting that “all is not well with Nigeria especially in the area of collective aspiration, socio-political trust and most importantly security of lives and property”.

“We must use this period to pray for peace. We must ask Allah to first forgive our sins, and show us the best path to follow in dealing with our differences as a people.

“We have to go spiritual in ending insurgency, we have to go spiritual in working for a unified aspiration, and we have to go spiritual in bringing back the lost trust and bridging the yawning gap of this unity in Nigeria,” the statement read.

Only Prayers Can Solve Nigeria’s Problems – Prophet Abiara

Samuel AbiaraGeneral Evangelist of Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Prophet Samuel Abiara, on Saturday called on Nigerians to intensify prayers for the nation as “prayers and only prayer can solve the problem” of terrorism in the country.

He made the call while speaking on Sunrise, stating that the government should not be blamed for the problems in the country as the many tragic events happening in the country and all over the world were signs of the End Times.

On the bomb blasts, Boko Haram claimed it was doing in the name of Allah, Abiara said “All these people attached their name as a Muslim sect,” adding that, Satan was the one using the terrorists.

Many had blamed the government for the terrorists activities, while others had said the Church had failed to intervene and obtain God’s mercy; Abiara noted that Christians were not in the position to apportion blame.

We choose not to blame anyone concerning the situation but rather urged the citizens to obey the authorities, as the Bible stated, he said, maintaining that the Bible did not give room for people to criticise the government but to cooperate with whatever decisions reached.

“We must not blame them because they are not God” and “that’s why we continue to pray for them.”

On several prayers that have been said over the nation, concerning security, Abiara said the prayers had been answered.

He stressed that the terrible incidents all over the world cannot be blamed on anyone or body and it was not as a result of the failure of the Church. He added that the events were signs of the End Times which was written about in the Bible.

Although Abiara chose not to make any prophecy about the missing Chibok girls, he said “I can assure Nigerians, they must keep their mind at rest.”

Malaysian Court Rules Use Of “Allah” Exclusive To Muslims

A Malaysian court ruled on Monday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word “Allah” to refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned religious tension and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly Muslim country.

The unanimous decision by three Muslim judges in Malaysia’s appeals court overturned a 2009 ruling by a lower court that allowed the Malay-language version of the newspaper, The Herald, to use the word Allah – as many Christians in Malaysia say has been the case for centuries.

“The usage of the word Allah is not an integral part of the faith in Christianity,” chief judge Mohamed Apandi Ali said in the ruling. “The usage of the word will cause confusion in the community.”

The decision coincides with heightened ethnic and religious tension in Malaysia after a polarizing May election, in which the long-ruling coalition was deserted by urban voters that included a large section of minority ethnic Chinese.

In recent months, Prime Minister Najib Razak has sought to consolidate his support among majority ethnic Malays, who are Muslim by law, and secure the backing of traditionalists ahead of a crucial ruling party assembly this month.

His new government – dominated by his Malay-based United Malays National Organization – has toughened security laws and introduced steps to boost a decades-old affirmative action policy for ethnic Malays, reversing liberal reforms aimed at appealing to a broader section of the multi-ethnic country.

In its case, the government argued that the word Allah is specific to Muslims and that the then-home minister’s decision in 2008 to deny the newspaper permission to print it was justified on the basis of public order.

About 200 Muslims outside the court in the administrative capital Putrajaya, greeted the decision with shouts of “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest).

“As a Muslim, defending the usage of the term Allah qualifies as jihad. It is my duty to defend it,” said Jefrizal Ahmad Jaafar, 39. Jihad is Islamic holy war or struggle.

RIGHTS OF THE MINORITY

Lawyers for the Catholic paper had argued that the word Allah predated Islam and had been used extensively by Malay-speaking Christians in Malaysia’s part of Borneo island for centuries.

They say they will appeal against Monday’s decision to Malaysia’s highest court.

“The nation must protect and support the rights of the minority,” said Father Lawrence Andrew, the founding editor of the Herald. “God is an integral part of every religion.”

Christians in Indonesia and much of the Arab world continue to use the word without opposition from Islamic authorities. Churches in the Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak have said they will continue to use the word regardless of the ruling.

The paper won a judicial review of the home minister’s decision in 2009, triggering an appeal from the federal government. The court ruled on Monday that the constitutional rights of the publisher had not been infringed.

Ethnic Malays make up 60 percent of Malaysia’s 28 million people, with Chinese accounting for more than a quarter and ethnic Indians also forming a substantial minority. Christians account for about 9 percent.

Former Head Of State Says Prayer Is The Solution To Boko Haram

Former Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has called on Nigerians to pray for the members of the Boko Haram sect as Prayers is the only permanent way out of the insurgency.

General Abubakar in a statement noted that it is saddening that despite repeated calls from well-meaning Nigerians, the sect has refused to hearken to the voice of reasoning.

In his words “I implore Nigerians to pray for those people who on their own decided to take to violence as a means of achieving whatever their aim is  so that they can have a change of heart, come to the table, discuss peace and discuss their grievances”.

“In the name of their conscience, in the name of Allah which they claim they profess they should lay down their arms and embrace dialogue to end the circle of violence”.

Recently, the United States declared the leader of the extremist Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, wanted and placed a $7 million bounty on his head.

The U.S. Department of Justice Reward for Justice Programme said it would pay $7million to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the Boko Haram leader.

General Abubakar decried the “senseless killing” by the extremists which has turned a lot of children into orphans. He said this situation should not be allowed to continue.