Police Stop Shittes Procession In Kaduna

Police, Ogun, SuspectsSecurity operatives in Kaduna state have stopped a procession by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria otherwise known as Shiites.

Although the state government last week described the Islamic group as an illegal association and banned it from operating in the state.

But the members however ignored the order and embarked on a procession to commemorate the annual Ashura festival in remembrance of Rhe Matrydon of the grand son of Prophet Mohammed, Imam Hussein .

A member of the movement, told Channels Television that security operatives attacked the procession at Tudun Wada area with tear gas.

While some hoodlums burnt down their centre and some houses belonging to their members located at Tudun Wada area of Kaduna metropolis.

The spokesman of Kaduna Police Command, Aliyu Usman says security operatives have been stationed in the area and other flash points to maintain law and order.

Kaduna Government Issues Order

Earlier, the Kaduna State Government issued an Order declaring the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) as an unlawful association.

A statement issued on Friday by the spokesman for the state governor, Samuel Aruwan, says the government secured an order from the State Executive Council to ban the Islamic Movement from either existing or operating in the state with immediate effect.

In proscribing the group, the government invoked Section 45 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution which empowers the state Governor to take such measures and actions for the promotion and protection of public safety, public order, public morality or public health, or the rights and freedom of all persons in the State.

The statement further explained that the action was to ensure that all persons and organisations were guided by lawful conduct and with due allegiance to the Nigerian state and its Constitution.

Eid Praying Ground Attack: Saraki Denies, Kwara Govt Condemns Act

SarakiSome unidentified people hurled stones and sachet water towards the Senate President during the Eid-el Kabir prayers in Kwara State on Thursday.

Unconfirmed reports said that protesters may have been provoked by the non-payment of salaries of some workers before the Eid-el Kabir festival by the state government.

The Kwara State government had condemned the attack on dignitaries at the Ilorin Eid praying ground during Thursday’s Eid-el Kabir celebrations and had described it as absurd, barbaric and unIslamic.

In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abdulwahaab Oba, the government accused aggrieved politicians of colluding with some local government council employees to embarrass dignitaries in the state under the pretense of protesting salary arrears at the local government level.

The administration said that it became aware of the plan about four weeks ago but continued to seek ways of resolving the salary crises at the local government level.

The statement added that government had gone out of its way to negotiate and secure bank loans to offset the arrears pending the time the federal government bailout would be released as a result of which the concerned workers would have promptly received their salaries as directed by the State Governor.

The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, however, denied being pelted or booed at the Kwara Eid ground on Thursday.

In reaction to the widely-circulated report , the Senate President’s spokesperson, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said that Senator Saraki arrived and left the praying ground safely without any fracas.

“The Senate President arrived at the venue this morning without any incident, prayed with other Muslim faithful, including the Emir of Ilorin, His Royal Highness (HRH), Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ali Ahmad and a former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Alfa Belgore, among others.

“Before the Senate President left the prayer ground, he spoke to reporters who had asked him about his message for Nigerians to mark the Eid-el-Kabir.

“We want to say that nothing can be further from the truth as the Senate President was never attacked nor was there any attempt made on his life to warrant him being ‘whisked away’ as reported by a section of the media,” Mr Olaniyonu said.

Senate President Bukola Saraki Prays In Ilorin

SarakiThe Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, returned to his home in Kwara State to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir.

He joined Muslims in Ilorin the state capital in the observance of the two Rakaat prayers.

There were, however, reports that some hoodlums who disguised as worshippers allegedly attacked the Senate President, a situation that prevented the Chief Imam from delivering his annual sermon just as the Emir was reported to have also abandoned his Sallah message.

Eyewitness account says the protesters were angered by the alleged inability of the state government to pay salaries of workers before the sallah celebrations, making the civil servants unable to purchase their own rams.

The Police Public Relations Officer of Kwara State Command said that the situation was promptly brought under control.

After the prayers, Dr Saraki called on Nigerians to be steadfast and not mix worshipping God with mundane things.

Eid-el-Kabir: Maiduguri Observes Peaceful Sallah

BornoMuslims in Borno State have turned to God for solution to the insurgency problem troubling the country.

Suicide bombers have made public gatherings and places of worship their soft targets, hence the banning of vehicular movement and use of animals during the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

However, hundreds of Muslim faithful, including women and children, trekked long distances and braved their way to the Eid ground in Ramat Square Maiduguri.

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, said that the Eid-el-Kabir celebration calls for sober reflection on recent happenings in the country, particularly in the northeast region.

He regretted the setback terrorism has caused the nation on one hand and urged Nigerians to be magnanimous with repentant terrorists.

Lagos Deputy Governor Preaches Self-Sacrifice On Eid El-Kabir

Eid el-kabirThe Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Oluranti Adebule, joined other Muslim faithful and prominent Nigerians including the former Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to observe the Eid el-Kabir prayers at Dodan Barracks.

The Deputy Governor admonished Lagosians to use the occasion to reflect on the lessons of self-sacrifice and the observance of law and order.

He urged Lagosians to continue to support the state government in its effort to move the state forward.

Muslim faithful in Lagos on Thursday, joined in the Eid el-Kabir celebrations.

As early as 9AM on Thursday morning, faithful trickled in to various pr‎aying grounds across the metropolis to observe the prayers and rites.

Clerics and faithful who spoke to Channels Television said that the celebration calls for sober reflections and provides an opportunity to pray for peace and and stability in the country.

Saraki, Dogara Urge Muslims To Imbibe Spirit Of Love

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara

The leadership of the National Assembly have also been felicitating with Muslim faithful on this year’s celebration .

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki is urging Nigerians to make the fear of God the foundation for their lives.

Dr. Saraki in a goodwill message to Nigerians, especially the Muslim faithful, says that the Eid-el-Kabir festival symbolises the fear of Allah and the desire of man to always comply with the wish of his creator as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim.

He is asking Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, tolerance and mutual respect adding that these virtues are the panacea to move the nation forward.

His counterpart in the Lower Chamber, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, on his part is asking Muslims to pray for the progress and success of the ongoing change project of the present administration.

Honourable Dogara is also asking Muslims to use the occasion to pray for the success of the ongoing war against terrorism in the Northeast and for the Nigerian military.

He goes on to ask Nigerians of various faiths to tolerate one another .

Eid-el Maulud: Jonathan Asks Muslims To Pray For Peaceful Elections

Goodluck_Jonathan_President_of_Nigeria_New_Year_Speech_Today has been declared a public holiday to mark Eid-el Maulud, a day which Muslims commemorate the birth of Prophet Mohammed.

This year’s occasion falls on a Friday, the day of worship for Muslims.

In his goodwill message, President Goodluck Jonathan, asked adherents of the Islamic faith to offer special Jumat prayers for successful and peaceful elections in Nigeria.

The president reassured Muslims that the Federal Government will do everything possible to ensure free, fair, credible and and peaceful elections in February.

He also urged the Muslim faithful in the country to use the New Year and Eid-el-Maulud season to reflect deeply on Prophet Mohammed’s teachings on piety, charity, tolerance, justice and peaceful co-existence with others.

While wishing Muslims a happy and peaceful Eid-el-Maulud, President Jonathan gave an assurance, that no Nigerian will be discriminated against on the basis of religion, ethnicity or social standing.

CAN Felicitates With Muslim Faithful On Eid-el-Fitr Celebrations

Ayo-OritsejaforThe Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has congratulated the Sultan of Sokoto, Dr Sa’ad Abubakar, and all Muslims on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and the occasion of the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.

The President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a statement on behalf of the entire Christian community in Nigeria, reminded all Muslims of the significance of the occasion, especially about the virtues of love, peace, good neighbourliness as emphasised by the Holy prophet.

“In times like this, all Nigerians irrespective of their affiliations must strive to promote good neighbourliness and the ability to rise above ethnic, religious and political sentiments to work for the collective good of the nation.

“I like to use this unique opportunities to call on all religious leaders especially in this period of celebrations, to preach peace and unity among Nigerians because both Islam and Christianity preach peace. As opinion leaders let us use our positions to influence positive disposition towards ending chaos in our country.

“The holy Prophet Mohammed lived and preached peace at all times, therefore, the acts perpetrated by some disgruntled Nigerians in the name of Islam are most condemnable and should be discouraged. No nation can achieve greatness in an atmosphere of crisis and unrest”, the statement read.

CAN joined the Muslim community to pray for the peace and unity of the nation and to commit Nigerian troops in the battle field in the hands of God so as to win the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign.

Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor stated that it was his earnest belief that the nation would continue to grow from strength to strength and all faithful would use the instrumentality of religion to promote peaceful coexistence and development for Nigeria.

He reiterated that the collective will of the people would always prevail if they were united in prayers, in their contributions to national development and in their resolve to promote peace in their communities.

He urged all Nigerian people to imbibe the teachings of the holy books and to demonstrate true love in all their endeavours.

Imbibe Virtues of Holy Prophet, Amosun Urges Muslims

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has called on Muslim Ummah to imbibe the virtues and ideals of patience, equity and unconditional obedience as taught and exemplified by the Holy Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him).

He urged Muslims to use the occasion of the Eid-Maulud to reflect and continue to pray for the unity and co-existence of the country.

In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Funmi Wakama,  Amosun said: “As we commemorate the birth of Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him), let us use the occasion to collectively reflect on our polity and see how we can make more sacrifices in order to build a virile nation.”

Amosun enjoined Muslim faithful to continue to show love to one another through selfless service, honesty and tolerance at all times.

He also congratulated the entire Muslim Ummah and wished them a happy Eid-Maulud celebration.