Oyo Governor Conducts Prayers For Nigeria, Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari, Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo, NigeriaOyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, worried about the state of the nation and President Muhammadu Buhari’s health, called for an interfaith prayer service.

Political, religious and traditional rulers from all the 33 local government areas of the state went beyond tribal, political and religious sentiments as they converge to pray for peace and well-being of the President, as he continues to receive medical treatment abroad.

Worried by the lingering spate of economic and security challenges facing Nigeria, Christian and Muslim leaders led an interfaith service at the Adamasingba Stadium, Ibadan to also offer prayers for progress, peaceful atmosphere in the country.

Some of the clerics at the event stressed the need for Nigerians to reconnect with God for the attainment of purposeful socio-economic development in the country.

Addressing the gathering, Governor Ajimobi expressed optimism that Nigeria will bounce back from recession within the next six months.

He lauded the initiative of the prayer session, stressing the importance of prayer for things to return to normal in Nigeria.

Nigeria Will Flourish Again

The governor maintained that though the leaders are trying their best to ensure that the situation gets back to normal, but the country needs divine intervention.

He expressed optimism that Nigeria’s economy would flourish again if the momentum of collective intellectual efforts were sustained.

”The first reason why we are praying is not only to make requests from God but to appreciate God as he decreed that when we call on him, he will hear us; the second reason is to pray for peace, unity, and progress.

“The crude oil market is improving, Nigeria is producing two million barrels per day and the price of crude is improving.

“With the way things are going, Naira will start improving within the next three to six months,” the governor said.

Commenting on the role of women, wife of the Oyo State Governor, Mrs Ajimobi, said ”the role of women is to pray for Nigeria and to imbibe discipline in our children to keep them away from trouble.

“If we instill the fear of God in them, they will continue to do the right thing”.

Spirit Of Positive Thinking

On his part, a former senator, Lekan Balogun, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, commended the organisers of the event for looking beyond political and religious barriers to pray for the peace of the country and recovery of the President.

Dignitaries from various political and religious extraction also laud the initiative which brought all and sundry together with a common purpose.

In his remark, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Community Relations, Abimbola Siyanbade, said Nigerians are known to be prayerful but the situation on ground calls for unity of purpose among religious leaders and their adherence to pray to God with oneness of spirit.

He said the event was put together for people of the state to pray for peace and progress in Nigeria.

Highlight of the event was prayer for the state, Nigeria and political leaders in the country among others.

Clerics admonished Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of positive thinking and attitudinal change towards leaders, calling on all to offer prayers for the President.

Kogi Governor To Empower Over 100,000 Youths And Women

Kogi, Yahaya Bello, YouthsKogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has promised to empower at least 100,000 youths and women through the line-up empowerment programme of the state government.

He said his administration had prioritised the well-being of youths and promised to empower them so as to prevent some politicians from using them to cause crises in the state.

The Governor made the pledge on Tuesday while addressing the multitude of people who paid him a solidarity visit in the spirit of the Sallah celebration at the Government House in Lokoja, Kogi State’s capital.

He urged the people of the state to be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari over Nigeria’s economic recession.

Governor Bello also urged them to uphold peace and unity among themselves, irrespective of their religion and ethnicity.

He promised equity in carrying out his duty as governor and vowed to wipe out corrupt practices in the state in north-central Nigeria.

The traditional ruler of Lokoja, Muhammadu Maikarfi and his subjects were among the multitude at the Government House, to show their support for the administration in power.

The monarch, who is also the state’s Chairman, Traditional Council of Chiefs, thanked the Governor for his patience in leading the people of Kogi State.

He appealed to him to forgive those who threw stones at his convoy and called on Muslim faithful to embrace good conduct which he described as the basis of the Eid-el-Kabir.

Muslim Cleric Calls For Unity, Peace As Nigerians Celebrate Eid-el-Kabir

muslim faithfulsThe Deputy Chief Imam of the Abuja National Mosque, Ahmad Onilewura, has called on all Nigerians on the occasion of Eid el-Kabir celebration to tolerate one another and contribute to national peace and unity.

He made the call at the Muslim National prayer ground in Abuja on Monday, where he urged both Muslims and Christians in Nigeria to unite and peacefully coexist.

According to him, tolerance, self sacrifice and respect for one another, irrespective of one’s religion is one major lesson the festive period provides.

He also explained the significance of slaughtering of the ram, a regular feature during the celebrations.

The Eid-el-Kabir is being observed under heavy security presence, especially in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

A combined team of armed police men, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Department for State Service were seen at difference prayer grounds.

The Inspector General of Police, who was also one of the dignitaries that observed their prayers at the Muslim prayer ground in Abuja, explained the reasons behind the heavy deployment of security personnel.

 Across The States

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed were at the prayer ground in Ilorin, the state capital for the Eid prayers.

While security officials made it impossible to get the Senate President to speak to journalists, the state governor sued for peaceful coexistence among all.

The Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Gaidam used the occasion to encourage Muslims to pray for the country, while his counterpart in Adamawa State, Mohammed Jibrilla assured citizens that Nigeria would soon get out of the hard times.

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello urged citizens to peacefully coexist irrespective of their religion.

According to Islamic teachings, the Eid el-Kabir celebration is an annual event to commemorate the act of faith of the patriarch, Ibrahim who obeyed Allah when he was asked to sacrifice his son.

President Buhari Congratulates Sultan Of Sokoto At 60

Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday warmly felicitated with the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, on his 60th birthday.

In a statement, the President joined the people and government of Sokoto State in northwest Nigeria, the Muslim community and family members of the Sultan in celebrating the unique anniversary.

As the head of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), President Buhari affirmed that the Sultan had demonstrated uncommon leadership style, patriotism and wisdom in his consistent advocacy for security, peace and unity of Nigeria.

He believes that the wise counsels and support of the royal father on issues of good governance, girl-child education, infant and child mortality, as well as agriculture have greatly enriched his administration’s efforts to improve the livelihood of Nigerians.

The President prayed that “the almighty Allah would grant the Sultan good health and long life to continue in the service of humanity”.

The congratulatory message was contained in a statement by President Buhari’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina.

Dogara Felicitates With Muslims On Eid-El-Fitri Celebration

Yakubu Dogara, Muslims, Eid-el-FitirThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated the entire Muslim Ummah across Nigeria on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, in Abuja, the Speaker urged Muslims to use the period of Eid-el-Fitri to pray for Nigeria to overcome its present challenges.

Dogara also asked Muslims to allow the lessons of humility, sacrifice, love and selfless service garnered during the 30-day fast to guide their lives and activities.

He noted that the holy month of Ramadan afforded Muslims the opportunity to show compassion, mercy and kindness to their fellow men and also advised that they should continue to put smiles on the faces of others beyond the Ramadan period.

“May I use this opportunity to urge the faithful to use the occasion to reflect on the lessons of Ramadan and continue to imbibe its teachings which are primarily premised on selflessness, sacrifice, patience, modesty and spirituality”, Dogara admonished.

The Speaker also called for prayers for the success of the country’s leadership under President Muhammadu Buhari for God to continue to guide, protect and give him the wisdom to steer the affairs of the state and actualise the change agenda.

Affirming the National Assembly’s commitment to upholding the tenets of democracy and championing the cause of the electorates at all times, the Speaker promised that the House of Reps would continue to initiate laws and legislative interventions to support the change agenda and improve the living conditions of Nigerians.

El-Rufai Condemns Attack By Suspected Muslim Youths

Kaduna, DeforestationThe Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the brutal attack on a young man by some suspected Muslim youths.

The victim, Francis Emmanuel, was allegedly attacked in Kakuri area of Kaduna metropolis for not participating in the ongoing Ramadan fasting being observed by Muslims globally.

The victim, severely injured, was hospitalised at the Saint Geralds Catholic Hospital.

Narrating his ordeal from the hospital bed, Emmanuel said he left his workshop to buy food that afternoon when a group of Muslim youths allegedly stopped him on the road and questioned why he should be eating when they were fasting.

He said that when he tried to explain to them, they immediately pounced on him, cut him with a machete and left him in a pool of blood.

Speaking to reporters when he visited the victim, Governor El-Rufai directed the Police to arrest the attacks.

He also warned that there was no room for any form of religious extremism, violence or criminality in Kaduna State.

The Governor asked religious leaders to call their followers to order, warning that the state government would not hesitate to sanction any religious leader that preaches hate messages capable of causing acrimony among the people.

He also commiserated with another Policeman at the hospital who sustained an injury during a gun battle with armed robbers.

Buhari Blames Corruption For Boko Haram’s Late Defeat

Muhammadu Buhari, Corruption, Boko Haram,President Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday in Abuja that corruption was largely responsible for the inability of the Nigerian military to quickly defeat Boko Haram.

Speaking at an audience with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Dr. Ahmed El-Tayeb, President Buhari said that the loss of 14 local government areas to Boko Haram had greatly tarnished the reputation of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

The President noted, however, that with measures taken by his administration to curb corruption and provide better weaponry, logistics, training and welfare for soldiers on the front lines, the Nigerian military has now almost totally incapacitated Boko Haram as a fighting force and recovered all territories that were lost to the terrorist sect.

“When we curbed corruption and removed the injustice in the military, we began to make progress,” he said in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu.

Welcoming the support of Muslims across the world for Nigeria’s war against the dreaded sect, the President said that the war against terrorism was also a war against injustice, which is not condoned by Islam and all the major religions.

“You can’t kill the innocent in churches or in mosques and shout Allahu Akbar,” President Buhari said, adding that the visit of Dr. El-Tayeb and his expression of solidarity with Nigeria in the war against terrorism was a clear indication of global Muslim support for Nigeria against the unjust killing of the innocent by terrorists.

Reaffirming the Federal Government’s determination to resettle all persons who were displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, he thanked the Grand Imam for the donation of scholarships, educational and medical supplies to Nigeria’s Internally Displaced Persons.

In his words, Dr. El-Tayeb told President Buhari that Muslims all over the world share Nigeria’s pains from terrorism and would continue to support efforts to ensure the return of peace and unity amongst all faiths in the country.

Central African Republic Capital Under Lockdown After Clashes

central african republicThe capital of the Central African Republic (C.A.R) is under a night-time curfew, after days of intense fighting between Christian and Muslim groups.

Fierce clashes between the two groups erupted after the killing of a Muslim taxi driver in Bangui on Saturday.

At least 36 people have died in the violence, and the United Nations (UN) says it has forced nearly 30,000 people to flee.

A UN spokesman said the country may be returning to a state of unseen violence since conflict erupted two years ago.

“We fear that the violence we’re seeing in Bangui is a return to the dark days of late 2013 and 2014, when thousands were killed and tens of thousands had to flee their homes,” Leo Hobbs said.

The Central African Republic has been wracked by violence since a mainly Muslim rebel group, Seleka, seized power in march 2013.

The Seleka group was then ousted, sparking a wave of violent reprisals against the Muslim population, thousands of whom fled their homes.

Interior Minister, Modibo Bachir Walidou, told BBC that the government remained in control, but the situation remained volatile.

Interim President, Catherine Samba Panza, returned from the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, telling the BBC that elections postponed for October would now be canceled.

She accused ‘former dignitaries’ of fomenting violence, singling out former President Francois Bozize.

Mr Bozize has criticised the decision to Barr him from standing for election, saying: “democracy was murdered in front of everyone in the Central African Republic.”

PDP Is The Father Of Democracy In The World – Dogo

PDPA member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a Political Scientist, Dr Isuwa Dogo, on Thursday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is an epitome of democracy and the father of true democracy in the world.

Speaking on Sunrise Daily on Channels Television on Thursday, Dr Dogo said it was a mere perception that the party has fallen from grace.

He also said the PDP is not just seen in Nigeria, but globally as the best political system that Nigeria and the world has ever produced.

The Political Scientist explained that the party went to the general election with the sole intention to win, but lost in the elections as a result of Nigerians’ view on geopolitical zoning.

He stated that the PDP lost the presidential election because they did not use a Hausa/Fulani Muslim as their candidate.

The PDP member also pointed that the concept of zoning is not in the Nigerian constitution, noting that it is purely an internal matter of the party, which he expressed to be an issue of reality.

He also revealed that the party wanted to change the people’s perception on geopolitical zoning, stressing that anyone can lead the country irrespective of their tribe or religion.

Dr Dogo, however, said the greatest legacy the party has left is the evolution of true democracy.

Governor Dickson Calls For Peaceful Co-Existence Among Religious Faithful

Gov-Dickson-Bayelsa-300x173The Bayelsa State Government has enjoined Muslim faithful in the state to continue to live in peace with the adherents of other religions, noting that all religions are one and important, as the Government would continue to give equal recognition to all of them.

The Governor made this call while hosting the Bayelsa State Muslim Community, who paid him a Sallah visit to mark the end of the Ramadan fast, at Government House, Yenagoa.

While congratulating them for observing and completing their mandatory fast, Governor Dickson encouraged them to see Bayelsa State as their home, do their business and live peacefully, advising them to work with all security agencies in the state to ensure the sustenance of already existing peace in the State.

In his remarks, the Vice President-General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Bayelsa State chapter, Abdulrahman Zikeye Enewari, said that Islam was a religion of peace, condemning the current Boko Haram insurgency in some parts of the country. He added that they were a criminal gang misrepresenting the tenets of Islam.

In fulfillment of his promise to support the Muslim community, the Governor directed that a parcel of land and a bus be provided for the building of a central mosque in the state capital and to ease their transportation.

 

4 Dead In Kachia Clash- Official

kaduna_stateThe violent clash between Christian and Muslim youths which led to the burning of churches and mosques in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna state on Sunday, took a new twist on Monday following the killing of four persons in the area. 

The Chairman of the Local Government, Peter Agaite, who confirmed the deaths, said two of the victims were returning from their places of work when they were ambushed by hoodlums while the other two were reportedly shot dead by security operatives while they were trying to vandalise some shops in the area.

He however stated that normalcy has since returned to the town following the deployment of a combined team of officers drawn from the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

However, when contacted on the incident, the Kaduna State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Aminu Lawan, said there was no death casualty recorded in the crisis.

A 24-hour curfew had been imposed on Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State after violent clashes on Sunday led to the burning down of places of worship.

The Curfew was imposed to avoid an escalation of the crisis into other parts of the state.

A resident of the town told Channels Television that the crisis erupted on Sunday morning when they woke up and discovered that a portion of the fence of the Muslim Eid praying ground had been demolished by unknown persons, suspecting that members of a nearby church were responsible for the continuous damage of the prayer ground, some Muslim youth decided to take revenge by descending on the church and demolished it too.

The state governor, Mukhtar Yero, called on the people of the area and environs to remain calm and shun any attempt by enemies of peace to escalate misunderstanding as government had brought the situation under control.

The governor in a statement signed by his media aide, Ahmed Maiyaki, called on all residents of Kachia to avoid taking laws into their own hands.

“Government is already working with all security agencies to ensure the protection of lives and property,” he said.

Governor Yero assured the people that security agencies had already commenced investigations into the cause of the crisis and will not spare anyone found culpable no matter their status in the society.

“We will no longer tolerate these acts of unwarranted violence against innocent citizens, enough is enough,” the Governor said.

India Election: Narendra Modi Faces Arvind Kejriwal On Final Vote Day

India ElectionIndia’s general election reached a climax on Monday as opposition challenger, Narendra Modi sought a personal mandate in Varanasi, the holy city on the River Ganges, to govern by his modernised brand of Hindu nationalism.

Opposition BJP leader, Narendra Modi is being challenged in the seat by anti-corruption campaigner, Arvind Kejriwal.

Modi is the first Prime Ministerial Candidate to stand in the 3,000-year-old city where several religions mingle.

Varanasi is sacred Hindu city but one in six voters is Muslim. Hindus believe that to die here brings salvation by escaping the cycle of reincarnation.

A triumph in the city – one of 41 seats in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal which are voting on the final day of India’s five-week general election – would crown a grueling campaign by the 63-year-old chief minister of Gujarat to lead his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) back to power after a decade in opposition.

Campaigning mainly on promises to create jobs and restore India to a path of high economic growth, Modi – whose critics accuse of harboring Hindu supremacist views – has largely steered clear of religion.

His oratory skills and high-tech campaign have made him a solid favourite in opinion polls to unseat the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty from New Delhi – and easily take Varanasi.

Indian elections are notoriously hard to predict, however, due to the country’s diverse electorate and a parliamentary system in which local candidates hold great sway and translating vote share into actual seats won is not always reliable.

Results are due to be announced on May 16.