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.

Boko Haram Leader Demands Exchange In New Video Showing Girls

abubakar-shekau-BH-leader2The leader of the terrorist Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau has reportedly demanded an exchange of the Chibok girls for members of his group in custody of Nigeria’s security agencies.

In a new video released by Islamist militants, on Monday, about 100 girls believed to be some of the 234 school girls, kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, were seen reciting the Koran.

According to BBC, Shekau, disclosed that the girls had been converted to Islam, and would be held until all imprisoned militants had been freed.

In the 17-minute video, obtained by French news agency AFP, three of the girls are shown speaking while all the girls are wearing the full-length hijab.

Two girls say they were Christian and have converted to Islam, while the other says she is Muslim.

The girls reportedly appeared calm and one said that they had not been harmed.

There has been a demand for the identity of the missing girls, while some doubted the veracity of the abduction.

However, the emergence of video showing the girls may help towards identifying some of the missing girls, as the Nigerian military continues its mission to rescue the girls.

Some of the abducted girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, who escaped from the clutches of their abductors, recently recounted their experience.

Some parents ‎who attended a protest organised by the bring back our girls campaign in Abuja on Friday appealed to all Nigerians to unite in the fight against the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, for peace and stability to return to the country.

The Nigerian government had asked for the assistance of the international community in the rescue of the girls.

The US government, UK and France say they will render support to the Nigerian government to rescue the girls as soon as possible.

Schoolgirls who escaped recount experience:

Gaidam Says Boko Haram Will Fail In Its Mission

The Yobe state governor Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam says though Boko Haram insurgent has inflicted pains to Nigerians, the insurgents will not succeed in their mission.

Inspecting the extent of destruction caused by the recent attack by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect on Buni-Yadi the headquarters of Gujba local government area of the state , Governor Ibrahim Gaidam condemned the act in its totality describing it as callous and barbaric.

The Local government Education Secretariat, the fire service Unit, resident of the divisional police officer, temporary police station and a residential quarter were the places destroyed by the insurgent.

While commending security agents for the efforts so far in curbing the situation, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam says his administration will continue to assist the security agents in the fight against the insurgents saying it will soon become history.

The governor however assured that as both Muslims and Christians continue to offer prayers for peace to reign in the country, the incessant attacks will soon be over, hinting that there is nothing religious about Boko Haram.

He said Boko Haram’s ideology is completely unacceptable, as no religion believes in killing and compelling others to accept their ways of worship, while sympathizing with those that lost their loved ones and property as a result of the attack.

Suspected Boko Haram extremists launched an attack on Buni-Yadi, the headquarters of Gujba Local Government area of Yobe state leading to the death of three persons while several others were injured on Wednesday 18th of September.

Hajj Pilgrims Receive Free Phones From Ogun State

The Ogun State Government has given out free mobile phones to each pilgrim from the state currently on Holy Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia to ease communication among them.

According to the government, the gesture is part of its measures to ensure a hitch-free Hajj for the 1224 pilgrims expected to participate in this year’s exercise from the state.

A second batch of 504 pilgrims arrived the city of Medinah, increasing the number of the contingent from the state to 1004. The remaining 220 are expected to depart Lagos on Friday.

Leader of the delegation, Imam Noah Sodeinde, while addressing the pilgrims, appreciated their orderliness and described the arrangement whereby they are air-lifted directly to Medina instead of Jeddah as a novel idea put in place by the Ibikunle Amosun government which is committed towards ensuring their welfare during the pilgrimage.

Jamiu Balogun, one of the pilgrims from the state said the trip was successful and worthwhile while also commending the government for the provision of the mobile phones.