Nigeria Will Not Break Up – Jonathan

“Those who have predicted that Nigeria will break up by the turn of the century when the country will be marking its centenary anniversary will be disappointed because Nigeria will continue to remain one indivisible entity”.

 These were the words of President Goodluck Jonathan while speaking at the traditional eid el-fitri homage paid to muslim faithfuls in the federal capital territory, Abuja on Thursday.

The delegation led by the vice president, Namadi Sambo, were in the presidential villa to congratulate the president for joining them to fast and they also prayed for the unity of the country.

The president  said that he cannot imagine a Nigeria without muslims or Christians, he also told his visitors that  he will do his best to reposition the country urging Nigerians  to use the positives that accrue from their diversity be they Christians or muslims.

President Jonathan urged them to continue to pray for peace not only in the country but all over the world as that will be the bases for true development.

 

 

CAN Denies Involvement In Ban Of Teaching CRS In Muslim Schools

The Chairman of the Christian Association Of Nigeria(CAN), Osun State chapter Superior Evangelist Abraham Aladeseye  has dissociated CAN from  reports about a proposed ban by the state government on the teaching of  Christian Religious studies (CRS) in public schools established by  Muslim missionaries.

Speaking to journalists in Osogbo the state capital, Superior Evangelist Aladeseye said there was never a time CAN issued and signed any communique to that effect.

He added that the report did not emanate from CAN’s office and called on the newspaper that reported the story to produce evidence to verify its claim.

Aladeseye who described the relationship between CAN and the state government as harmonious cautioned that the church should not be used as a platform for politics of acrimony.

On the issue of unified school uniform for pupils in public schools in the state, the CAN chairman said a meeting was called at the instance of the Deputy Governor where both Muslim and Christian leaders in the state were adequately briefed on the need for the uniformity in the education sector which is all aimed at giving quality education to public school pupils.

Meaning and lessons of Eid-el-Kabir

The Head of Ahmadiya Muslim in Nigeria, Moshood Fashola; the Chief visioner, Islamic Youth league of Nigeria, Jibrin Lawal; and a Conscious Muslim, Dare Dairo all spoke on the meaning and lessons of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

Discussing the celebration on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise, the discussants explained the origin of the Sallah, the types of animal allowed for the celebration and the Koran’s teachings on ram fighting.

Watch the video below for the full discussion.

Eid-el-Kabir: I’m committed to restoring peace in Nigeria – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said that his administration will “continue to give dedicated, committed, focused and purposeful leadership towards overcoming old and emerging challenges before the nation.”

In a Message to mark this year’s Sallah celebration, the president urged Nigerians to “seize the opportunity of the Sallah season and the public holidays to reflect on how we can bring the ideals and virtues of our religious beliefs to bear on the positive resolution of the many challenges facing us as a nation.

“Nigerians remain a people of great faith with the vast majority of our people professing belief in God either as Muslims or Christians.

“There can be no doubt that we will make faster progress towards the attainment of developmental objectives as a nation if we all resolve to do more to live up to the highest ideals of our religious beliefs including the fear of God, willingness to make personal sacrifices for the collective good, selfless service, respect for laws and constituted authorities, honesty, justice, equity, fairness, dutifulness, peace and harmonious co-existence with others,” he said.

Speaking on the challenge faced by some Muslim Pilgrims in the Holy land, Mr Jonathan said though “the problem was eventually resolved with the positive intervention of the Federal Government, I have ordered a thorough post mortem of the incident with a view to ensuring that our Hajj airlift operations are never disrupted by such problems in future and that no Nigerian pilgrim is ever subjected to such traumatic experience in the Holy Land again”.

He expressed the commitment of his administration to give dedicated, committed, focused and purposeful leadership towards overcoming old and emerging challenges before the nation.

He enjoined all Muslims to remember the plight of the many thousands of Nigerians who have been displaced by the floods which recently devastated many communities across the nation and resolve to contribute whatever we can to ameliorate their suffering.

“In the true spirit of our major religions which enjoin us to be generous to the needy, I urge all Nigerians who can do so, to donate magnificently to the national relief fund for affected persons and communities” he said.

He promised that his administration will monitor the disbursement and utilization of the funds released by the Federal Government and those raised by the National Committee very closely to ensure that they are judiciously and expeditiously expended for the benefit of the flood victims.

Sallah: FG declares Thursday, Friday public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Thursday and Friday as public holidays to mark the 2012 Eid El-Kabir celebrations.

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro who announced this in Abuja on Monday, called on Nigerians to imbibe and emulate the worthy tenets of Islam as practiced by the holy Prophet Mohammad.

A statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of interior, Daniel Nwaobia quoted Mr Moro as urging the citizens to pray for peace and prosperity of the nation.

Sultan declares Friday October 26 Sallah day

The spiritual leader of Muslims in Nigeria and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Muhammad Abubakar on Wednesday said that Muslim in the country should celebrate Eid-al-Kabir on Friday October 26 2012.

The date, according to the Sultan, was based on report received from the various committees on Moon sighting across the country.

In statement signed by the Chairman Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs Sultanate Council, Sambo Wali Junaidu, the Sultan confirmed the birth of new moon from Wednesday October 17, 2012.

The statement reads in part, “The Sultanate council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs at its meeting on Tuesday October16 , 2012 reviewed reports from various Moon sighting Committees across the country, duly confirming the birth of New Moon of Zulhijja 1433 AH with effect from Wednesday, October 17, 2012 which is the 1st day of the Zulhajja, 1433. A. H.

Affirming the validity of the committees report, the statement added that, “Friday October 26 is the tenth day of Zulhajja 1433 A.H which is the Eid-al-Kabir day”.

Nigeria Muslim anti-film protests continues

Muslims protested in Nigeria on Sunday to show anti-Western anger against a film and cartoons insulting Islam had not dissipated.

As delegates from around the world gathered in New York for a U.N. General Assembly where the clash between free speech and blasphemy is bound to be raised, U.S. flags were once again burning in parts of the Muslim world.

Shi’ite Muslims in Katsina burned U.S, French and Israeli flags and a religious leader called for protests to continue until the makers of the film and cartoons are punished.

In Pakistan, where fifteen people were killed in protests on Friday, a government minister has offered $100,000 to anyone who kills the maker of the short, amateurish video “The Innocence of Muslims”. Calls have increased for a U.N. measure outlawing insults to Islam and blasphemy in general.

In Athens, some protesters hurled bottles of water, stones and shoes at police who responded with teargas. Calm returned when demonstrators interrupted the protest to pray.

Hours later, dozens of Muslim inmates in Athens’ main prison set mattresses and bed sheets on fire in protest. Firemen with four engines battled the flames in some cells but police and government officials said late at night the situation was under control.


Anti-Islam film: Muslim protesters rage at United States in Asia

In a torrent of violence last week, the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in an attack in Benghazi and U.S. and other foreign embassies were stormed in cities in Asia, Africa and the Middle East by furious Muslims. At least nine other people have been killed.

Washington has sent ships, extra troops and Special Forces to protect U.S. interests and citizens in the Middle East, while a number of its embassies have evacuated staff and are on high alert for trouble.

A White House spokesman said Obama spoke by telephone to senior diplomats at the weekend to reassure them of his support.

“He called the chiefs of mission in Sudan, Tunisia, Libya and Yemen to let those diplomats know that he was thinking about them, that their safety remains a top priority of his, and it is something he will remain focused on,” spokesman Josh Earnest said.

Despite Obama’s efforts early in his tenure to improve relations with the Arab and Muslim world, the new violence adds to a host of problems including the continued U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, Iran’s nuclear programme, the Syrian civil war and the fall-out from the Arab Spring revolts.

US, ISRAEL FLAGS BURNED

The renewed protests on Monday dashed any hopes that the furore over the film might fade despite an appeal over the weekend from the senior cleric in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest shrines, for calm.

In the Kabul demonstration, protesters shouted “Death to America” and burned the flags of the United States and of Israel, a country reviled by many Muslims and Arabs because of the Palestinian issue.

The U.S., British and other missions were placed on lockdown and violence flared near housing compounds for foreign workers

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Review of educational system; a solution to the security challenge in Nigeria -Analyst

Programme director, West Africa Network for Building Peace; Chukwuma Eze said for peace to return to the country we need to review the educational system of the country when asked what he thinks can towards building peace.
Eze said another factor to be looked into is the angle of security that it should be approached from the aspect of the welfare of citizens, that is human security rather than from the aspect of state policing.
Eze said Nigeria cannot talk about wealth generation because its focus is much more on oil than other things.

Sultan announces beginning of Ramadan fast

The Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar has announced the sighting of the new moon on Thursday night.

Sultan of Sokoto, Dr. Sa'ad Abubakar

The announcement signified the commencement of 29 or 30 days Ramadan fasting starting from Friday.

The Sultan in a press statement said “reliable reports of moon sighting were received from Muslim Leaders, which were duely verified and authenticated by the States and National Moon Sighting Committees.

“Consequent upon this information, tomorrow Friday the 20th Day of July, 2012 becomes the first day of Ramadan 1433 AH after the Hijira. I therefore call on the Muslim Ummah to commence the fasting accordingly.”

According to the leader of the Muslim faithful in Nigeria, the moon was sighted in Bornu, Kebbi, Zamfara States.

Alhaji Abubakar urged Muslims to seize the opportunity of the blessed month to pray for security in Nigeria.

He also congratulated Muslims for witnessing another month of blessings.

“I would like to use this opportunity to implore the Muslim Ummah to devote ourselves fully to Ibadat throughout the Holy Month and pray fervently for the blessings of Allah, as well as the sustenance of peace and stability of our great Nation and the Islamic Countries of the World in general.

“We also continue to urge all Muslims to use this holy month of Ramadan to re-dedicate themselves to the teachings of our religion Islam and continue to live peacefully with one another, irrespective of religious and tribal differences,” the Sultan said.

Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood sets up political party

Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood teamed up with other Islamists on Friday to establish a new political party that is set to be a leading player in the country’s first elections since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising.

Islamist and secular parties will vie in June elections for seats in a national assembly that will draft a new constitution for the North African country.

Political analysts say Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood is likely to emerge as the most organised political force and a leading player in the oil-exporting country where Islamists, like all dissidents, were harshly suppressed for 42 years.

Post-uprising elections have already brought Islamists into government in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco since October and they are likely to perform well in Libya, a socially conservative country where alcohol was already banned before the revolution.

Lamine Belhadj, who heads the committee that is working to set up the new party, told Reuters at a conference on Friday it would bring together Islamists of different stripes.

“This is the founding conference of a national, civil party with an Islamic frame of reference.

It is being established by the Muslim Brotherhood and many independents who are not affiliated with any Islamic organisations,” he said.
Belhadj, a senior official in the National Transitional Council (NTC) and a member of the commission responsible for organising the elections, said the new party had yet to be named and its leaders had not been chosen as consultations were under way between the Brotherhood and other groups.

Abdullah Shamia, an economics professor and member of the Brotherhood since its days as an underground organisation, said the new party would be independent. The Muslim Brotherhood, a broader religious, charitable and social movement, would continue its work separately from the political party.

ISLAMIC LAW?
The rise of Islamist parties at the ballot box has raised concerns among more secular Arabs that new governments will impose more religious restrictions on society or seek to make post-uprising constitutions comply with Islamic law, or sharia.

Libya’s NTC has already indicated that the country will be run in accordance with sharia, though the exact place of sharia in the legal system will only be settled once a new constitution is written after elections.

Belhadj said there was little disagreement on the issue of sharia in Libya, whose citizens are virtually all Sunni Muslims.

“All the parties cannot but adopt an Islamic frame of reference because the Libyan people are Muslim,” he said.
Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1949 as an offshoot of the eponymous Egyptian organisation but was banned and unable to hold public meetings in Libya until November 2011. Its members were often forced to keep their membership secret for fear of arrest, torture or imprisonment.

Majida al-Fallah, a doctor and Islamist activist, told Reuters she saw women, whatever their political loyalty, playing a more active role after the revolution.

“I believe women began to have a big role from the start of the revolution. We are now pushing women to the front lines rather than keeping them in the back seat,” she said.

Asked if she expected religious parties to push for women to be confined to the home or be forced to wear the veil, she said: “I don’t think so. This is something that is up to the Muslim woman herself and her choice.”