Be Close To God, Osun First Lady Tells Children

sherifat-aregbesola-osun-governor-wifeThe wife of the Osun State Governor, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola, has ‎asked children to endeavour to be close to God Almighty especially at this period of Christmas.

‎Mrs Aregbesola made the appeal on Tuesday at the 2016 end of Year Christmas celebration and fanfare with the children held at the Government House Lawn in Osogbo the Osun State capital.

The first lady, who advised the children to respect their parents and teachers and their leaders, urged them not to join bad gangs, as this would only lead to the path of destruction.

While wishing the thousands of children drawn from across all the local governments in the state a merry Christmas, Mrs Aregbesola said it was expedient for the children to embrace hard work and shun all forms of immoral behaviour to enable them become great men and women to be reckoned with in the future.

“I give all praises and thanks to the Almighty God for the gift of life and for the opportunity to be among our dear children in the state to celebrate the end of another year. How time flies! It is just like yesterday that we were here on this same ground 12 months ago for the 2015 end of the year party.

“Another season is now over after so many activities during the year and I have no doubt that this year was filled with its successes as well as challenges for you as children.

“May I at this point appreciate all parents and guardians for the care of these children. I implore all children in the state to obey lawful instructions of your parents, guardians and teachers if you are to succeed in life.

“I thank the governor of our state for his passion and endless support for holistic development of women and children in the state,” she said‎.

The governor’s wife believes that the O’Meal Programme and the infrastructural development of schools among others have contributed greatly to the wellbeing of children and she prayed that Osun State would continue to grow.

‎ Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who joined in the celebration with the children, said: “We celebrate the season with them. We want them to concentrate on their studies, as we equally urge them to take the advantage of this season for relaxation and enjoyment within limit.

“They must not be excessive in their participation in activities to mark the festive period. They should be good children and keep to the instructions of their parents and guardians.

“We also pray that God will make them good and successful children and in future be great men and women in the society”.

President Buhari Congratulates Father Mbaka On Ordination Anniversary

Muhammadu Buhari, Ejike MbakaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the Director of Adoration Ministry, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka.

This is coming ahead of the 21st anniversary of the cleric’s ordination to priesthood in the Catholic Church which comes up Friday.

The President, on Thursday extended his best wishes to Father Mbaka’s family, congregation and well-wishers as they celebrate this special occasion with him in his continued devotion to the well-being of others as a father, wise counsellor, teacher and guardian.

He commended the clergyman’s steadfast devotion to his vocation and ministry amply demonstrated in his love and service for his people, nation and God.

President Buhari prayed that God Almighty, who has given the cleric the strength to devote his entire life to service in the Vineyard, would continually bless and prosper his ministry.

Buhari Condoles With Al-Sisi, Egyptians On EgyptAir Crash

Muhammadu Buhari, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, EgyptAirPresident Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with his Egypt counterpart and Egyptians on Thursday’s EgyptAir crash which claimed many lives.

Condoling President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on the loss of 66 lives in the crash, President Buhari assured him and the people of Egypt of the sympathy of all Nigerians, as they mourn the passengers and crew of EgyptAir MS804.

He told President Al-Sisi during a phone conversation on Friday evening that the thoughts and prayers of Nigerians were with the families and friends of the bereaved Egyptians and other nationals who are in sorrow as a result of the tragic air crash.

The President prayed that God Almighty would comfort all those who lost their relatives and friends in the crash and grant eternal rest to the souls of those who died.

In his response, President Al-Sisi thanked his Nigeria counterpart for his condolence and sympathy.

President Buhari’s condolence was disclosed in a statement by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Yero Congratulates Buhari, Commends Jonathan

yeroKaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, has congratulated the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, over his victory at the just concluded presidential election in Nigeria.

Governor Yero also commended the patriotic courage of President Goodluck Jonathan for displaying uncommon sportsmanship in conceding defeat even before INEC’s official pronouncement of a winner in the election.

In a statement issued by his Spokesman, Ahmed Maiyak, in Kaduna on Monday, Governor Yero called on Nigerians to unite behind the President-elect, Gen Buhari, in order to move the country forward.

The Governor called on people in Kaduna State to remain peaceful and law abiding, irrespective of their political leanings.

Yero also prayed that the Almighty God would grant the incoming President, the wisdom and good health to deliver on his campaign promises to the people of Nigeria.

General Buhari was declared winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, on Wednesday, April 1. He defeated the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan by over 2 million votes.

General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC polled a total of 15,424,921 votes to defeat all other candidates, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polling a total of 12,853,162 votes to place second.