Eid El Kabir: Pray For Nigeria, Amosun Charges Muslims

Ogun-State-governor-Ibikunle-Amosun-Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has urged Nigerian Muslims to use the occasion of this year’s Eid El Kabir to pray to almighty Allah for peace and continued coexistence of the country.

He noted that the much needed development of the country can only be achieved in an atmosphere of peace, which is being threatened by the continued activities of insurgents.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun said, “I want to enjoin our Muslim brothers and sisters to always pray for Nigeria .

“The much needed development can only be achieved and enjoyed when there is peace in the land,” he said.

Amosun also called on the Muslim faithful to continue to offer prayers as the country prepares for the 2015 general elections.

He congratulated the entire Muslim Umaah and wished them a happy celebration.

Obasanjo, Amosun Mourn Remi Oyo

Obasanjo AmosunNigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has expressed his sadness on the demise of his former Senior Special Assistant on Media, Oluremi Oyo.

In a condolence message sent to Oyo’s family, Obasanjo said that the sudden demise of the thorough-bred professional in journalism has left a sour taste in his mouth and her impact in the pen profession would not be forgotten soon.

He noted that the journalism industry has been dominated by those who had been positively influenced, directly or indirectly, by her professional sagacity and integrity.

The former president described her as a dutiful and hard working woman who gave her best to the end in the service of her fatherland, noting that she was not only dutiful but she was professional and loyal to his government and Nigeria as a nation.

Obasanjo added that the former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, left an indelible mark in her national assignment at the federal level.

He added that the passage was painful, especially when she still had a lot to offer the country.

Also the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has expressed sadness at the death of front-line female journalist and former Presidential Spokesperson, Oluwaremilekun Oyo.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun said that he was shocked by the sudden death of the veteran journalist, describing it as a big loss to journalism in particular and the media industry in general.

“Dame Oyo was not only an icon of an ideal journalist but also a trailblazer in the pen profession who was well respected in the media world.

“I recall those days at the Villa, when I was a senator, I used to marvel at her energy and dedication to duty as Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Olusegun Obasanjo between 2003 and 2007.

“I used to wonder how a woman could keep up with such a strenuous job as the first female spokesperson to a president.”

The Governor also acknowledged her superlative performance in all professional capacities, noting that “as a reporter, editor and Nigerian Bureau Chief of Rome-based Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS), Remi Oyo exhibited a passion for journalism, which made her attain greater heights, including election as the first female president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and subsequent appointment as Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria.”

Further lamenting the death of Oyo, who he said was a shinning example to other female journalists, Amosun commiserated with her family, management and staff of NAN, the NGE as well as the media industry in Nigeria.

He prayed to the almighty God to grant her soul eternal rest and give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Amosun Commends NMA For Suspending Strike

NMAThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has commended the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), over the decision to suspend its over one month Medical Doctors’ nationwide strike in the overall interest of the generality of the citizenry.

Speaking through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun noted that the decision could not have come at a better time when the nation was battling to curb the spread of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which he noted was fast becoming an epidemic.

He said “People should always find amicable ways of resolving crisis. I want to commend the leadership of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), for having found a way round the issues that led to the industrial action in the first place”.

“I am happy that the strike has been suspended at this very crucial time, when the guidance and expertise of our medical personnel are most crucial in containing the Ebola Virus.”

Amosun also commended the efforts of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), National President, Dr. Kayode Obembe, the Senate President, David Mark, as well as others who were able to prevail on the concerned parties for the favorable outcome.

He also expressed the hope that stakeholders would be able to find a final resolution to the dispute while negotiations continue.

President Jonathan, Amosun Condole With Family Of Late Emir

jonathan_goodluckPresident Goodluck Jonathan has received with immense sadness and a deep feeling of great national loss, news of the passing away of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero earlier today.

“The government and the people of Nigeria and President Jonathan commiserate with the Emir’s family and the people of Kano”, in a statement signed by the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati.

The President joins them in mourning the monarch who will always be remembered by the people of Kano and all Nigerians for his immense wisdom and competence, as well as for using his exalted throne to build bridges of unity, friendship and harmony across the nation.

President Jonathan prayed that the almighty Allah will receive the late Emir’s soul and grant the good people of Kano a worthy successor who will carry on his good works and wise rule for the well-being and benefit of all Nigerians.

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun also expressed deep regret at the death of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero (CFR), who died at the age of 83.

The governor expressed his condolences to the government and people of Kano State, the State Emirate Council and Nigeria in general on the exit of the foremost traditional ruler.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun described Bayero as one of the revered traditional rulers in Nigeria, who preached peace and believed in the unity of the country.

“The death of Alhaji Ado Bayero is regrettable because, even at his age, he was in the vanguard of efforts to curb the activities of insurgents in the North.

“As a royal father, he was committed to the development of his people and Nigeria as he deployed his influence to foster peace and attract development to the emirate and by extension, the State as a whole. We can only hope that his colleagues will follow the good work he started.