Economic Recession Is Temporary Test On Transition – Aregbesola

Rauf-Aregbesola-Osun-State-governor-on-floodingThe Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, on Sunday assured Nigerians that the current economic recession would soon be over.

Aregbesola said the present stalemate in the nation’s economy remains a temporary test on transition.

The Governor gave the assurance while addressing members of the state Muslim Community who gathered at Osogbo City Stadium to celebrate the Islamic New Year of Hijrah 1438, seen as a period after the migration of Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Medina.

Mr Aregbesola urged Nigerians to remain patient and embrace the change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that the current hardship was being ameliorated.

He attributed the challenges facing the country to bad governance in the past, saying the country had gotten to a stage of putting her predicaments behind.

Too Much Of Sins

Aregbesola, who was represented by the Chief of Staff to the Office of the Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, noted that Prophet Muhammad migrated due to hardship faced in the course of preaching Islam.

He stressed that endurance in the face of hardship was exemplified by Prophet Muhammad, assuring Nigerians that the nation will get over recession.

Governor Aregbesola, who expressed confidence in the ability of President Buhari to bring the much desired change to all facets of the economy, said the APC-led administration would not disappoint Nigerians.

He advised Nigerians to be agents of the change they desired, stressing that “change begins with everyone”.

The Governor, however, called on Muslims to sustain tolerance to other religions by living together in peace, love and unity so as to enhance national growth and development.

Mr Aregbesola also used the occasion to admonish the people on the need to pay their taxes, promising that the tax would be managed effectively for the progress of the state.

Earlier, the guest lecturer, Sheik Muslim Husain Akinola, attributed the economic recession to too much of sins.

Speaking on the theme: “Current Economic Recession in Nigeria: Manmade or God Ordained?, Sheik Akinola, insisted that economic recession was caused by Nigerians.

Quoting copiously from the Quran, Akinola who is the Khalifa (heir), Sheik Abdul Baaqi Muhammad, Islahudeen Missionary, noted that Allah had warned against the current hardship period.

He stated that God had promised hardship for any nation that rejoiced in sin, maintaining that the only remedy was for everybody to repent.

This year’s Hijrah programme was organised by the State Muslim Community in conjunction with the state government.

Do Not Eat Monkeys, Other Bush Meat, Sultan Warns Muslims

Sultan-of-SokotoThe Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, on Tuesday warned the Muslim ummah (community) against the consumption of monkeys and other bush meat to avoid contracting the dreaded Ebola virus.

Abubakar noted that since it was first confirmed medically that the disease  was discovered in monkeys, it would be unholy for Muslims to consume the animal  or other bush meat.

A statement issued by  JNI’s Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar,  on behalf of the Sultan in Kaduna on Tuesday, urged Muslims to abide by all health tips for the prevention of the disease seriously, noting that the culture of personal hygiene as well as proper sanitation must always be emphasized

According to him, Islam is a religion of cleanliness, adding that as reported in a sound Hadith, “Cleanliness is half of faith.”

He therefore  called on Muslim  scholars and preachers to continue sensitizing their respective followers on the dangers of the disease and the preventative measures they are supposed to imbibe.

The Nigeria Ebola case was first reported with the arrival of a Liberian, Mr. Patrick Sawyer with the disease in Lagos, who subsequently died at a Lagos hospital.

Eid Il Fitr: Babangida, Abdulsalam Sue For Peace

babangida_suitFormer Military Presidents, General Ibrahim Babangida and General  Abdulsalami Abubakar have  sued for peace across the country in the spirit of the Eid- Fitr celebrations.

The former leaders made this call after the prayers to mark the end of Ramadan fasting in Minna the capital of Niger state.

They appealed to Nigerians to keep faith and be steadfast in the face of the security challenges across the country. They also asked Nigerians to support the Federal Government in the fight against the insurgency  in some parts of the North.

General Babangida, who ruled Nigeria from 1985-1993, said “we will continue to pray for everybody in the country and the country to remain steadfast and to be able to work with government to make sure that everybody plays his part; everybody cooperates to make sure that we succeed in overcoming this problem” .

On his part, General Abdulsalam, who returned Nigeria to civilian rule in 1999, emphasised the “need to keep peace in this country” adding that “if there is no peace, there is no country”.

General Abdulsalam also congratulated Nigerians on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast “regardless of the religion” noting that “they should still keep faith, for there is a verse in a Quran which says, for everything that has a beginning will come to an end” praying that “this insurgency will soon come to pass”.

Michael Adebolajo Found Guilty of Killing British Soldier

Slain British soldier, Lee Rigby. Picture courtesy of British Ministry of Defence

A court in London has found two men guilty of killing a British soldier, Lee Rigby near a military barracks in Southeast London in May.

In a verdict that took about 90 minutes to come at the Old Bailey Court in London, the two were found not guilty of attempted murder of a police officer.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, had pleaded not guilty to both charges. The two men are expected to be sentenced in January.

As he was led out of court after the verdict, Adebolajo faced the media and kissed his Quran.

Cell phone footage replayed in court at the trial showed Adebolajo, still clutching a meat cleaver in his bloody hands, ranting that the killing was “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” for British soldiers killing Muslims overseas.

In a statement given outside the court, the soldier’s family gave their thanks for the “overwhelming support” they had received and for the help to get justice for Rigby.

Read by Detective Inspector, Pete Sparks, the family statement said that his relatives were proud of how Rigby had served his country.

“This is the toughest time of our lives. No one should have to go through what we’ve been through as a family. We are satisfied that justice has been done, but unfortunately no amount of justice will bring Lee back,” the statement said.

“These people have taken him away from us forever, but his memory lives on in all of us and we will never forget him.”

The family, asking to be left alone to grieve in private, said that they would now focus on the future of Rigby’s young son, Jack.

Pakistan court drops case against “blasphemous” Rimsha

Islamabad High Court in Pakistan on Tuesday dropped all charges against the 14-year old girl who was accused of blasphemy for burning pages of Quran.

In an incident that evoked worldwide outrage, Rimsha Masih, a mentally challenged minor girl, was arrested on August 16 on blasphemy charges for burning Quran pages as claimed by a Muslim cleric.

Rimsha’s lawyers said that she was falsely implicated due to evidence planted by Khalid Chishti, the Imam of the mosque in the low-income Mehria Jaffar neighborhood of Islamabad.

Chishti faced arrest after a man testified that he had seen the cleric stuffing pages of the Quran in a bag belonging to Rimsha.

Rimsha was arrested on August 16 after an angry mob surrounded a police station and demanded that action be taken against her.

Rimsha spent three weeks of judicial remand at the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

She was released on bail on September 8 and she along with her family was sent to an undisclosed location as they received death threats.
An official medical board that examined Rimsha concluded that she was about 14 years old and that her mental development did not correspond to her age.

Rights groups have warned that Pakistan’s controversial Blasphemy Law is often used to settle personal scores or persecute minorities like Christians.

STF discovers bomb making factory in Kogi

Landlords in Kogi state have been advised to scrutinize their tenants before letting their properties or face been arrested as accomplices to terrorism or unscrupulous acts perpetrated by the tenants.

Kogi state commissioner of police, Mohammed Katsina made this disclosure following the discovery of a bomb factory in Okaitu, Obangede in Okehi local government area of Kogi state by security forces.

The bomb factory, a two room bungalow, was camouflaged as a Mosque in one room and a Church in the other with large quantities of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other dangerous ammunitions.

The local bomb factory was discovered following an attempted attack on a church in Okene and an explosion at a filling station in the state.

Mr Katsina said “a joint operation of the army and the police trailed the attackers and arrested one of them who led the team to the location”.

Prayer items, books, cassocks and several copies of the Quran were recovered from the factory. Others items recovered included liters of sulphuric acid, electronic detonators and detonating cords, capacitors, bottles of potassium chloride, remote control sirens among others.

Mr Katsina said all those found to be connected with the bomb factory, including the landlord will be charge with terrorism.

He also said arrests have been made over the incident and investigation continues and warned that any one found to be connected, no matter how highly placed will face the law until peace and security is restored in the country.

Three bomb making factories were earlier discovered in the North-Central state in the month of April 2012.