President 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.
Popular Nigerian gospel singer, Tope Alabi, is set to release a hip hop track featuring Mike Abdul of the Midnight Crew.
Tope Alabi disclosed in an exclusive interview with Entertainment News on Channels Television.
While stressing the need to draw the young generation closer to God, she insisted that although the new song was an effort to win over the youth, she would not deviate from singing gospel.
The singer, who revealed that they were still contemplating whether to title the track “O Marvelous” or “Jesu Ni”, said that Abdul got the inspiration for the song and she got set for the recording two months thereafter.
She also hinted that she would be working on another track with her first daughter, Ayomiku Alabi, who she said is studying in the United States and also into music.
Christians in southwest Nigeria have joined their counterparts globally to observe the Easter Sunday which is believed to signify the resurrection of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago.
At the House on the Rock Church in Lagos State visited by Channels Television crew, the entire church was in the mood of thanksgiving with a strong conviction that Jesus Christ has resurrected.
There was also a pleasant side attraction lined up to make the Easter service an unforgettable one as international gospel icon, Don Moen, performed some of his hit tracks.
In his Easter message, the Senior Pastor of the House on the Rock Church, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, urged citizens to adopt a positive approach and good deeds towards the reprieve that has come the way of Nigerians.
In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, and wife joined other Christians at the St. Peters Cathedral, Ake to be part of the thanksgiving service marking the Easter celebration.
In his Easter note to the populace, the Bishop of Egba Diocese, Bishop Emmanuel Adekunle, admonished Nigerians to continue to have faith in God in the face of the many challenges currently facing the country.
Similarly, Christians in Osun State were not left out of this year’s commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as they all trooped out to their various places of worship.
It was a filled day for choristers and bands at the various worship centers in Oshogbo, the state’s capital, which were packed full with worshippers apparently in joyous mood dancing and singing.
In their various sermons, clergymen at the various worship centres sued for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians and emphasised living in love and humility between the rulers and the ruled.
They urged leaders to embrace the virtues of sacrifice and tolerance in governance, stressing that the welfare of the people should be their priority.
In Edo State, the Bishop of the Benin Catholic Archdiocese, Most Reverend Augustine Akubeze, admonished Christians to see the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the right path to eternal life.
The Edo State Police Command also had a special thanksgiving at the cathedral to commemorate the end of activities for 2016 Nigeria Police Force Week.
Dignitaries from all walks of life on Friday paid their last respect to the departed monarch, the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, as his remains was committed to mother earth.
Leading Dignitaries at the funeral service which was held at the St. Peters’ Cathedral Aremo Ibadan, was the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari called on Nigerians to emulate the exemplary lifestyle of Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I as an epitome of honesty, courage and dignity.
In the message delivered by Prof. Osinbajo, the President said that the departed monarch exhibited the fear of God throughout his lifetime and this informs the progress made in Oyo state.
The President stressed the need for Nigerians to work towards being celebrated while alive and to leave a good legacy after death.
He said, “The whole of Nigeria is proud to have the like of the late Oba Odulana because of his life of honesty and forthrightness.”
Eminent personalities from all walks of live joined the chief mourner and host Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to bid the foremost king final farewell.
Among them were the Governors of Osun and Lagos State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and Mr Akinwumi Ambode, as well as the Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu.
In his remarks, Governor Ajimobi paid glowing tribute to what he called the exemplary attributes of the late traditional ruler saying he left an indelible mark in the sands of time in the areas of politics, civil service, military and other leadership positions he was privileged to occupy before his ascension to the throne.
In his sermon, the Archbishop of the Diocese of Ibadan North, Church of Nigeria – Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Olusegun Okubadejo said that the myriad of orations and tributes from different categories of people were testimonies to the fact that the revered monarch had secured heaven.
The priest challenged all and sundry to be cognizant of the need to live a life that would guarantee them good names and legacies after their death.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives has expressed sadness over the death of the Olubadan of Ibadan Land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I.
Honourable Yakubu Dogara expressed his sadness on Wednesday in a statement issued by his special adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan.
He extended his condolence to the family of the deceased monarch, the people of Ibadan and Oyo State as a whole.
The Speaker noted that though the late revered monarch could be said to have lived to a ripe old age, his death was a loss to Ibadan, Oyo State and Nigeria, saying that his wise counsel can no longer be sought in matters related to moving the nation forward.
The Speaker prayed that God would grant him eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear the big loss.
Having mounted the throne in 2007, as the 39th Olubadan of Ibadan Land, the late monarch passed away on Tuesday evening at age 101.
He was the 17th Olubadan since the title was elevated from Baale Ibadan to the Olubadan in 1930.
The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has again dismissed the impeachment notice allegedly posted online by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
While speaking at an audience participatory programme, ‘Meet Your Governor’ on Monday, Governor Fayose, said that those plotting his impeachment were the same enemies of Ekiti State that plotted his exit from office in 2006.
He said: “Nobody served me any impeachment notice. I only saw the notice online like every other person. I’m like Israel that is in the midst of enemies but will always prevail. Whoever wants to remove me will first have to impeach God”.
Fayose added that the APC people were trying to get at him because he wholeheartedly supported President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid.
“Let me say it again, I have not been served any impeachment notice. The House of Assembly is also on recess and Dr Adewale Omirin is not the speaker of the State House of Assembly.’
“Omirin is in court, challenging his impeachment and he can’t be challenging his impeachment in court and at the same time laying claim to being Speaker,” he said.
While urging the APC to accept defeat, as done by President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Fayose said: “By the power of God, they lost 16 – 0 on June 21, 2014, they lost 16 – 0 again on March 28, they will lose 26 – 0 on Saturday, April 11”.
Governor Fayose had earlier dismissed the impeachment plot, saying “the script being acted by the APC is a failed one because no one, no matter how highly placed he is, would be allowed to test the will of Ekiti people”.
The Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, as a result of the forthcoming Easter celebration, has ordered that the 7:30pm to 6am curfew imposed on the State, be lifted.
Governor Fayose, who urged Christians in the State to celebrate Easter peacefully, assuring them that all security agencies in the state have been placed on alert, to respond swiftly to any security breach during and after the Easter celebration.
According to a statement issued on Thursday by the Governor’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka, the governor described Easter as the most important event of the Christian faith.
The Will Of God
The statement read: “Easter, being the most important event of the Christian faith, must be celebrated in an atmosphere of freedom, peace and joy”.
“It is on this note that the 7:30pm to 6am curfew declared on Tuesday is lifted so as to allow Christians in the State the celebration of Easter without any hindrance.
“It is my expectation that in this season of renewal, we will all rejoice in Christ’s rising, draw strength and inspiration from His example, and remember that in the end, even death itself will be defeated,” the Governor said.
Governor Fayose had earlier stated that the curfew imposed on Tuesday, was to prevent violence that might arise after the declaration of the final results. He said that the election result was the will of God, which, he said, must not been seen as a victory or loss for any political party.
A Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Ramatu Ibironke Babalakin Foundation, has offered free eye screening and surgery for over 10,000 Nigerians afflicted with Cataract and Pterygium, as well as distributed spectacles to patients in Zaria, Kaduna State.
A team of dedicated doctors with expertise to treat eye problems, arrived the state ten days ago, for the exercise which was held at the palace of the Emir of Zazzau.
Young children, women and the aged all trooped out in large numbers to benefit from the philanthropy.
The free eye treatment which was sponsored by the Foundation was in commemoration of the 40 years anniversary of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, on the throne.
The Founder of the NGO, Dr. Wale Babalakin, while presenting eye glasses to some of the patients who have been operated upon, said that the gesture, asides being for the celebration of the Emir’s 40th year on the throne, was also in remembrance of his mother who was born in the ancient city of Zaria.
Having traveled far and wide, interacting with various organizations abroad and also worried over the high rate of blindness in Nigeria, Dr Wale Babalakin saw the need to offer this eye service to Nigerians irrespective of their tribe or religion.
Dr Babalakin said blindness is a major health disaster and urged Nigerians to come out in mass to benefit from the exercise.
He also promised to assist the people of Zaria in other areas of infrastructural and human development, aimed at touching the lives of the people positively.
In his remarks, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris commended Mr Babalakin for his tireless efforts towards assisting humanity and prayed that God will continue to assist and uplift him.
Cataract and Pterygium surgeries cost N100.000 to N150, 000 respectively in private hospitals. The Founder disclosed that similar exercise took place in Osun State, his home town, where over 4,000 patients benefited from the exercise.
The Economic Communities Of West African States (ECOWAS) has appealed to Nigerians and all the major gladiators in the Nigeria’s presidential election to be calm and show understanding and respect to the constitution, as the oil rich nation prepares for its general elections.
The President of the ECOWAS, Mr Kadre Ouedraogo, made the appeal at a meeting with Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, in Abuja on Monday.
At the meeting, Mr Ouedraogo presented a document he called the findings and recommendations of the commission towards a peaceful conduct of elections to President Jonathan.
According to him, the ECOWAS has been monitoring situation in Nigeria following the postponement of the election date and has been meeting with the major presidential candidates to intimate them on their findings.
The meeting with the ECOWAS President came after President Jonathan had met with the European Union observer group led by Mr Santiago Fisas.
President Jonathan assured the group that the May 29 handover date was sacrosanct.
The leader of the EU election observer group, Mr Santiago Fisas, told reporters that they were in the presidential villa to exchange views with the president about the elections.
He said that the group had met with the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Mohammadu Buhari.
The president also told the EU commission that there was no room for interim National government as being speculated in some quarters saying that those who are talking about that were just being mischievous.
“That is not the agenda of government,” president Jonathan said.
Addressing a gathering in Ogun State, after he withdrew his membership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, Obasanjo said: “Anybody in his right senses talks of interim government. Where is it in our constitution? But some of them are working for it. God will not allow them”.
The Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh has said that those canvassing same-sex marriages in the country would face the punishment of God.
He was speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital during the 70th birthday of his predecessor, Dr, Peter Akinola, held at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Ake, Abeokuta.
He however commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his courage in signing the anti-gay bill into law which has continued to generate reactions in some quarters in Nigeria and beyond.
According to him, those not in support of the bill are like the biblical duo, Adam and Eve who questioned God for asking them not to eat the fruits from the Garden of Eden.
His words: “Many people do not realise that what is referred to as the homosexual trouble is not the homosexual or lesbian trouble but people’s refusal to accept the scripture for what it is, authority for life and practice following God.
He added: “in the beginning, man questioned the authority of God in the garden by saying did God actually say that you should not eat the forbidden fruit. That challenge to God’s authority dethroned God’s power and enthroned man’s power.
“”So they concluded that God has no right to tell man what to do and that they were the people who knew what to do. So man set God aside and took over the command. Consequently, disaster followed”.
He said the same thing was happening today in the issue of human sexuality. “It is not about whether a man should marry a man or a woman should marry a woman, the question in the garden (of Eden) has come back again”.
Asking rhetorically, the primate said: “did God say that you should marry only a woman? Did God say a woman should marry only a man? God is wrong, we have come of age, man is right. And as in the former time, disaster followed when man dethroned God. So again it shall happen that if man decided to stick to the principle of dethroning God, He will face nothing but disaster”.
Akinola, during an interview with journalists said his journey in life had been tortuous and rugged but the good Lord is taking him through.
Commenting on his ordeals in the hands of hoodlums who attacked him last December and took away his vehicle, he appealed to Nigerian youths to be self-reliant.