Economic Recession Is Temporary Test On Transition – Aregbesola

Rauf-Aregbesola-Osun-State-governor-on-floodingThe Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, on Sunday assured Nigerians that the current economic recession would soon be over.

Aregbesola said the present stalemate in the nation’s economy remains a temporary test on transition.

The Governor gave the assurance while addressing members of the state Muslim Community who gathered at Osogbo City Stadium to celebrate the Islamic New Year of Hijrah 1438, seen as a period after the migration of Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Medina.

Mr Aregbesola urged Nigerians to remain patient and embrace the change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that the current hardship was being ameliorated.

He attributed the challenges facing the country to bad governance in the past, saying the country had gotten to a stage of putting her predicaments behind.

Too Much Of Sins

Aregbesola, who was represented by the Chief of Staff to the Office of the Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, noted that Prophet Muhammad migrated due to hardship faced in the course of preaching Islam.

He stressed that endurance in the face of hardship was exemplified by Prophet Muhammad, assuring Nigerians that the nation will get over recession.

Governor Aregbesola, who expressed confidence in the ability of President Buhari to bring the much desired change to all facets of the economy, said the APC-led administration would not disappoint Nigerians.

He advised Nigerians to be agents of the change they desired, stressing that “change begins with everyone”.

The Governor, however, called on Muslims to sustain tolerance to other religions by living together in peace, love and unity so as to enhance national growth and development.

Mr Aregbesola also used the occasion to admonish the people on the need to pay their taxes, promising that the tax would be managed effectively for the progress of the state.

Earlier, the guest lecturer, Sheik Muslim Husain Akinola, attributed the economic recession to too much of sins.

Speaking on the theme: “Current Economic Recession in Nigeria: Manmade or God Ordained?, Sheik Akinola, insisted that economic recession was caused by Nigerians.

Quoting copiously from the Quran, Akinola who is the Khalifa (heir), Sheik Abdul Baaqi Muhammad, Islahudeen Missionary, noted that Allah had warned against the current hardship period.

He stated that God had promised hardship for any nation that rejoiced in sin, maintaining that the only remedy was for everybody to repent.

This year’s Hijrah programme was organised by the State Muslim Community in conjunction with the state government.

Suicide Bombing: President Buhari Condoles With Saudi Authorities

Buhari, Saudi, Suicide BombingPresident Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the suicide bombing in Madinah, which occurred on Monday in Islam’s second holiest city.

Condoling with Saudi authorities over the reprehensible attack, President Buhari said that the development was a desecration of all that was sacred and holy, as it took place near the Prophet’s Mosque, and on one of the holy days of Ramadan.

“The merchants of evil have once again shown that there is nothing religious in their mindless acts, by striking near the Prophet’s Mosque. It validates the claim that terrorism really has nothing to do with Islam. Purveyors of terror are simply agents of the devil,” President Buhari said.

He asserted that the fact that the Madinah bombing came the same day as a suicide bomber struck near the US Consulate in Jeddah, also in Saudi Arabia, shows that it was an orchestrated plan to foul up the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

President Buhari urged nations to remain vigilant, “so that we can collectively beat the forces of darkness on the prowl round the globe.”

President Buhari stressed that terrorism no longer respects international boundaries, and charged humanity to rise as one body “to excise this vermin from our body polity, and assert our liberty from those who pander to base and vicious instincts.”

“With our collective resolve, we shall beat terrorism. Around the world and around the clock, let us be alert. And we would remain free and safe.” he said.

Suicide Bomb Hits Saudi Cities Of Medina, Qatif

Medina, Qatif, Saudi ArabiaA suicide bomb attack has been reported in Saudi Arabia’s city of Medina, close to the Prophet’s Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites.

The Prophet’s Mosque is the burial place of the Prophet Muhammad and Medina the second-holiest city in Islam after Mecca.

There has also been another explosion near a mosque in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Qatif.

A witness said one explosion had destroyed a car parked near the mosque in Qatif as the suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shia mosque without causing any other injuries.

This was followed by the second explosion just before 7 p.m. local time.

Qatif is known to be home to many of the kingdom’s Shi’ite Muslim minority.

The incident happened just hours after a suicide bomber was killed and two people were wounded in a blast near the U.S. consulate in the kingdom’s second city of Jeddah on Monday.

It was the first bombing in years to attempt to target foreigners in the kingdom.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Jeddah attack.

Islamic State has carried out a series of bombing and shooting attacks in Saudi Arabia since mid-2014 that have killed scores of people, mostly members of the Shi’ite Muslim minority and security services.

Oil Price Stability: President Buhari To Visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar

VacationPresident Muhammadu Buhari will begin a week-long official visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar on Monday, February 22, for talks with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and senior officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

High on the agenda of discussions between President Buhari and the Saudi Monarch, is the ongoing efforts by Nigeria and other members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to achieve greater stability in the price of crude oil exports.

In a statement on Sunday the spokesperson for the President said that President Buhari would be accompanied by a high-powered Federal Government delegation. The Minister of State (Petroleum) and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu will be part of the delegation.

The President will also fly to Riyadyh on Tuesday.

“Crude oil prices and market stability would also be on the front burner when President Buhari goes on to Doha on Saturday for talks with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani,” the statement read.

The President is also scheduled to meet with leading Saudi and Qatari businessmen in Riyadh and Doha, and invite them to support his administration’s efforts to revamp the Nigerian economy by taking advantage of the great investment opportunities currently available in Nigeria’s mining, agriculture, power supply, infrastructure, transportation, communications and other sectors.

President Buhari’s other engagements in Saudi Arabia include meetings with Heads of International Financial Organisations and Multilateral Associations.

Before going on to Doha, the President will also visit Medina and Mecca to pray for greater peace, prosperity and progress in Nigeria.

3 Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

The Head of the National Hajj Commission, Bello Tambawwal on Sunday said that three Nigeria pilgrims have died in Saudi Arabia.
Mr Tambawwal disclosed this in an interview in Medina, saying the pilgrims were from Kebbi, Kano and Katsina states.

He said the first was a pilgrim from Kano State, who died aboard the plane conveying him and others in the inaugural flight to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

He said the others died in Medina from illnesses but added that “both of them were in their ripe age at the time of their death.’’

Mr Tambawwal said the Nigerian mission was working hard to ensure that medical services were available to the pilgrims always by operating two clinics in Medina, which rendered services for 24 hours.

He said the commission was working with the medical teams of state pilgrims’ boards to ensure that priority attention was given to the health- care of pilgrims.

He commended the Federal Capital Territory, Edo, Jigawa, Osun and Kogi states for their zeal and commitment to the health-care of their pilgrims and urged others to emulate them.

Mr Tambawwal also commended the states for the thorough screening of intending female pilgrims, which resulted to none carrying a pregnancy unlike in the past.

”Last year we had nine cases of pregnancy cases, resulting in still birth or safe delivery of the babies but we have no pregnancy cases this year,” he said.