APC Governors, Others Pay Sallah Homage To Buhari In Daura

 

Members of the Progressive Governors’ Forum on Tuesday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at his residence in Katsina State.

The host governor, Aminu Masari, accompanied the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) and other governors elected on the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s platform to the President’s abode in his hometown of Daura.

Governor Masari received his colleagues in batches along with Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, at the Umar Musa Yar’Adua Airport.

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On their arrival, the governors paid Sallah homage to the President and prayed for good health and many more years of active service to the nation.

In his response, President Buhari thanked his guest for the visit after which they went into a closed-door session.

Among the visiting governors are Babajide Sanwoolu (Lagos), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) and Godwin Obaseki (Edo).

Others who paid homage to the President are the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, and Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Mele Kyari.

The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Isa Pantami, and acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

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Muslims Celeberate Eid-El-Kabir

President Muhammadu Buhari (C),the President of Guinea, Alpha Conde (5th from R) and others at the Eid Prayer Ground in Daura

 

It is Eid-El-Kabir and Muslims around the world are celebrating the occasion which marks the end of the annual Haj pilgrimage.

Eid-El-Kabir, also known as the “festival of the sacrifice” which is marked by Muslims with prayers, thanksgiving and animal sacrifice, commemorates the willingness of Prophet Abraham to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son.

The occasion is also an opportunity for the Muslims to reflect on the lessons of sacrifice, and values like service, compassion and being there for neighbours.
In Nigeria, residents have trooped to the mosques to perform Eid prayers.

For them, the celebration is also a time for loved ones to come together to pray, charity, social gatherings, festive meals and sharing of gifts.

In Daura, Katsina State, where President Muhammadu Buhari is marking Eid-El-Kabir, Muslims had trooped to the prayer ground early in the day to pray with.

The President along with the visiting president of Guinea, Alpha Conde and the governor of the state, Aminu Masari, joined them for prayers at the Eid ground.

 

Daura, Katsina State

Muslims in Daura, Katsina State, at the Eid ground for prayers. President Muhammadu Buhari along with the visiting president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, and the governor of the state, Aminu Masari, joined them for the Eid Prayers.
Muslims in Daura at the Eid Prayer Ground

Across the nation, the Muslim Faithful started the celebrations by gathering at Eid Prayer grounds and Mosques for prayers.

President Muhammadu Buhari (C),the President of Guinea, Alpha Conde (5th from R) and others at the Eid Prayer Ground in Daura

 

Abuja

Muslims in the nation’s capital Abuja participating in the Eid prayer and other festivities. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun

Jos, Plateau State

Muslim faithful at the Fibre Mosque, in Jos, Plateau State.

 

Benin, Edo State

The chief Imam of the Benin central mosque, Alhaji Abdulfatai Enabulele, leads the Eid-El-Kabir prayers

 

President Buhari Travels To Daura For Sallah

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has travelled to Katsina State for the Eid-El-Kabir celebrations.

The President arrived in the state on Friday as he joined millions of Nigerians across the country for the Sallah festival beginning from Sunday.

The presidential jet conveying President Buhari touched down at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport at about 5pm.

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On his arrival, the President was warmly received by the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, in company with his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, and the security chiefs in the state.

Others at the airport to receive the number one citizen include members of the business and academic communities, religious and traditional leaders, among other dignitaries in the state.

President Buhari, thereafter, proceeded to his home town of Daura in a helicopter at about 5:23 pm.

While in Katsina, the President is expected to inaugurate various projects such as a military hospital and roads.

He is expected to return to Abuja on August 18.

Angry Passengers Overwhelm Security Officials At Abuja Train Station

 

Railway security staff have been overwhelmed by angry passengers at the Idu train station in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The incident happened on Friday, just two days to Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

A Channels Television correspondent who witnessed the incident reports that the passengers forcefully made their way into the station to board the train heading for Rigasa in Kaduna State.

Some of the passengers explained that they got to the station early enough to purchase tickets for the trip.

They, however, alleged that some officials of the station were involved in ticket racketeering and hoarding, an act that led to the rowdy situation.

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Angry Passengers Overwhelm Security Officials At Abuja Train Station

 

According to one of them, some passengers got there by 11am to purchase tickets for 2.20pm train, only to be told that the tickets have been sold out.

He added that when they made trouble, tickets suddenly showed up and by the time some of them could get the tickets, they had to stand.

A staff of the media team of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Nafisa Bello, claimed to be ‘very busy’ when contacted to react to the accusations of ticket racketeering and hoarding.

Although it could not be ascertained if the passengers are Muslims travelling for the Sallah celebration, the Federal Government had declared Monday and Tuesday next week for Eid-el-Kabir.

In a statement on Tuesday, the government congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion and called on all Nigerians to use the period to embrace the virtues of love, humility, and peace.

It also urged the people to shun any form of disruptive tendencies and join hands with the government to build a peaceful, strong and united Nigeria for the growth and development of the nation.

Sallah: Buhari Prays For Food Security In Nigeria, Slaughters Symbolic Ram In Daura

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday prayed for a bumper harvest and food security in Nigeria to reduce the importation of food and stop rice smuggling.

The President said the prayer when he joined the Muslim faithful at the Kofar Arewa Eid ground in his hometown of Daura in Katsina State to observe the Eid-El-Kabir prayers.

The President had arrived in Daura on Monday for the Eid festivities.
He was joined at the prayer ground by the Emir of Daura, Umar Farouk, and other senior government officials.

After the prayers, the President walked back to his residence some 750 metres from the prayer ground and slaughtered the symbolic ram as a crowd of his supporters cheered him on.

President Buhari slaughtered the symbolic ram for Eid-El-Kabir at his home in Daura on Tuesday after the Eid prayers

 

In his Sallah message to the nation on Monday, the President asked all Nigerians to rise above personal, group, sectarian and other interests and to promote harmony and tolerance at all times.

He also appealed to all Muslims to use the occasion for sober reflection and self-examination, and to strive to be good ambassadors of their religion by upholding high moral values.

“We must sacrifice for others and remember always those who are less fortunate than ourselves,” the President said.

He, however, regretted that selfishness, greed, and corruption have overwhelmed peoples’ souls to the extent that they abandon their religious beliefs in pursuit of their greed.

Sallah: Benue, Taraba Govs Call For Peace And Patriotism

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom                Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku

 

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and his Taraba State counterpart, Darius Ishaku, have called on Nigerians to imbibe the virtues of peace and patriotism as they join the rest of the Muslim faithful to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir.

Both governors spoke about the special occasion in separate statements on Tuesday, wishing the citizens a hitch-free Sallah celebration.

Governor Ortom called on people in Benue to rise above divisive, unedifying and selfish interests as the political season is now underway, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, said.

He also called on the people to support security agencies to ensure peace, saying, “Benue has faced a number of obstacles in the areas of security and economy, and what the state needs at this time is a renewed commitment among its people to overcome the challenges.”

On his part, Governor Ishaku reminded residents of the state of the need for them to continue to work very hard for peace in the state.

Speaking through his media aide, Bala Abu, the governor said the only way peace can be maintained in the state is when the “people remain united against those agents of destabilisation who are bent on causing a breakdown of law and order in their communities.”

While urging all indigenes and non-indigenes of the state to support the administration, the governor promised to do more terms of service delivery and in support of the welfare of the people.

Both leaders, however, reiterated their commitment to serving the people of the state better as the 2019 general elections approach.

 

Muslims Celebrate Eid-El-Kabir

Muslim faithful in Niger State at the Minna Central Mosque for the Eid-El-Kabir prayers

 

Nigerians Muslims have joined others across the world to celebrate Eid-El-Kabir, a day set aside to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son, Ishmael.

Also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice”, Eid-al-Adha is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year and considered the holier of the two.

The Greater Eid also marks the end of Hajj, the five-day religious journey that takes Muslims to the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The day begins with congregational prayers by Muslim faithful, followed by the slaughtering of animals, which could be a sheep or a goat, the meat of which is shared among friends, family, and the poor.

To allow Muslims mark the day, the Federal Government had declared Tuesday and Wednesday as public holidays.

Across the country on Tuesday morning, Muslims trooped out to Eid prayer grounds for the prayers.

In Daura, Katsina State, where President Buhari is marking the special occasion thousands also joined him at the Eid ground for prayers.

Muslim faithful gather for prayers in Daura where President Muhammadu Buhari is celebrating Eid-El-Kabir

Calls for Unity

In his Sallah message to the nation On Monday, the President called on Nigerians to rise above personal, group, sectarian and other interests and promote peace and unity in the country.

President Buhari also urged all Muslims to use the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations for sober reflection and self-examination, as well as strive to be good ambassadors of Islam by upholding high moral values.

He reminded them that the occasion is a remembrance of the submission of Prophet Ibrahim to Allah, his Creator, by which he taught the world the value of sacrifice in relating with one another, and when it comes to nation-building.

“We must sacrifice for others and remember always those who are less fortunate than ourselves,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

Senate President Bukola Saraki also issued a statement urging Nigerians to remain united and to use the occasion to pray for peace in all parts of the country.

He commended Muslims on the celebration of the 2018 Eid el-Kabir festival, describing the occasion as “a period that honours the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son to show submission to Allah’s command”.

“As we have read from the Glorious Qur’an, just when Ibrahim was about to kill his son Ishmael, Almighty Allah (SWT) put a sheep in its place,” Saraki said.

“Muslims use Eid el-Kabir to celebrate Prophet Ibrahim’s complete obedience to the will of Allah and as a reminder of our own willingness to make sacrifices in obedience to Allah.”

Eid-El-Kabir: Pray To God To Send A Rescuer In 2019, Secondus Tells Muslims

PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus

 

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Uche Secondus, has asked Muslims to use the Sallah celebrations to pray for Nigeria.

“The suffering of Nigerians in the past three and half years by the All Progressives Congress, (APC) administration should be enough mitigation to plead to God to send a rescuer in 2019 to save them from further pains,” Secondus said in a statement by his spokesman, Ike Abonyi.

In wishing all Nigerians joyful and peaceful Sallah celebrations, the PDP National Chairman asked Nigerians to offer special prayers for the unity and stability of the nation as well as recommit their individual, collective security and economic welfare into the hands of God.

He noted that the special prayers have become very necessary as the nation is in dire need of divine intervention.

“There is no dispute to the fact that Nigerians did not bargain for what they are getting in the hands of APC but the beauty of democracy is that it provides the people with an opportunity to make changes and this they must ask Allah to guide them accordingly,” he said.

“It is a statement of fact that this is one of the most gloomiest Sallah in our country and so it has been since APC administration came into power

“We have all witnessed the unfortunate turn of events in our country since 2015, particularly the sudden decline in the economy, rising dictatorship, political tension, and general insecurity in the land.”

Secondus, however, called on the people not to allow the challenges they face in the country make them lose their dignity and make them miss the essence and meaning of Eid-el-Kabir and the divine succour it brings, especially in assuring that there is always an end to every negative situation.

He called on all Nigerians to use the Sallah festivities to reflect on those things that bind us together as a nation; show love to one another and commit the nation into Gods’ hands to make INEC conduct a free, fair and transparent election in 2019.

 

Eid-El-Kabir: Buhari Asks Nigerians To Rise Above Personal Interests

President Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to rise above personal, group, sectarian and other interests and unite.

The President, who made the call in his Sallah message to the nation on Monday, asked citizens to promote harmony and tolerance in dealing with one another at all times.

President Buhari also urged all Muslims to use the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations for sober reflection and self-examination, as well as strive to be good ambassadors of Islam by upholding high moral values.

He reminded them that the occasion is a remembrance of the submission of Prophet Ibrahim to Allah, his Creator, by which he taught the world the value of sacrifice in relating with one another, and when it comes to nation-building.

“We must sacrifice for others and remember always those who are less fortunate than ourselves,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

He described Islam as a major factor in influencing human behaviour towards good conduct and actions.

President Buhari, however, regretted that selfishness, greed, and corruption have overwhelmed human souls to the extent that people abandon their religious beliefs in pursuit of their greed.

He stressed that the anti-corruption campaign of the Federal Government is a task that must be done in order to protect the larger interests of the ordinary Nigerians who are the worst victims of diseases, poverty, malnutrition and other afflictions.

According to the President, surrendering to corruption is not an option his administration is willing to choose because it destroys the society and the progress of the nation.

“Even if some people hate you for fighting corruption, you should not chicken out from the task as a leader because doing so is a betrayal of public trust,” he said.

On the current economic challenges in the country, President Buhari reassured Nigerians that such were temporary, insisting that the welfare of the people was the main thrust of the ‘change agenda’ of his administration.

To buttress his point, he highlighted the numerous initiatives unfolded by his administration under the Social Investment Programme (SIP).

The President said these included the decision to distribute recovered stolen funds to the poor, “against the past practices of re-looting such funds by some people in authority.”

Stop Glorifying Thieves ‘But These Pains Are Temporary’, Says Buhari

Stop Glorifying Thieves, These Pains Are Temporary, Buhari Tells Nigerians
File photo: President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to ordinary Nigerians to ‘stop glorifying thieves’ by treating them with disdain for bringing hardships to others.

He, however, assured the people that the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government would ensure that the challenges the nation is facing do not last forever.

The President gave the assurance in his Sallah message to the people, to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting period.

“These pains are temporary, the APC administration which I am privileged to lead, is beholden to the ordinary Nigerians and will leave no stone unturned to make their security, welfare and happiness our priority,” he said in a statement on Thursday by Mr Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.

President Buhari further stressed the importance of putting the virtues of Islam into practice beyond the fasting season and congratulate the Muslims on completing “this spiritually significant month of sacrifice.

He, however, urged them to reflect on the importance of Ramadan in becoming good ambassadors of Islam at all times.

According to the President, “Religion should be the moral compass for all believers in their public and personal lives.”

“If people allow the teachings of their religions to influence their conducts, problems such as corruption, which diverts public funds to private pockets, would have been eliminated in the society,” he added.

The President regretted that selfishness and greed have overcome people’s conscience so much that they don’t have moral inhibitions in the pursuit of their greed.

He maintained that it was impossible to separate morality from religion, noting that removing the connection encourages corrupt leaders and other exploiters to commit atrocities against the society.

“I always wonder why any true believer, be they politicians, civil servants or businessmen, would seek to make profits from the misfortunes of others”, President Buhari added.

He enjoined religious leaders to always pray for peace and unity in the country and avoid making inflammatory utterances that can endanger peace or promote conflicts.

The President also appealed to fellow citizens to forgive one another and embrace peace.

In this respect, he commended the families of recipients of national honours for showing good examples to Nigerians and urged fellow countrymen and women to copy their good examples.

President Buhari thanked Nigerians for their patience with his government and assured them that their sacrifices will not be in vain.

He stressed that reforming a country that was pushed into near decay on account of corruption comes with teething pains.

FG Declares Friday Public Holiday For Eid-El-Maulud

Abdulrahman Dambazau, Religious Conflicts
Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau

The Federal Government has declared Friday as a public holiday for the Eid-El-Maulud celebrations.

This was contained in a statement by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji, on Wednesday.

The statement quoted the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd), as urging the Muslim faithful and Nigerians to pray for the peace, progress, and unity of the nation.

“The minister wishes Nigerians a happy Eid-El-Maulud celebration,” the statement added.

How We Foiled Terrorist Plot To Disrupt Sallah Festivities – DSS

Mai-Tangaran

The Department of State Service (DSS) says that it uncovered and foiled sinister plans by Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) terrorists, to cause mayhem and destruction that would have disrupted the just concluded Eid-Kabir Sallah festivities.

The DSS in a statement signed by its spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, on Saturday said the plan was to conduct gun attacks and suicide bombing on selected targets in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Bauchi, Yobe and Borno States.

According to the statement, the mastermind of the operation was one Husseini Mai-Tangaran, a well-known senior ISWA commander who has been on the radar of the Nigeria Army since 2012, when he spearheaded the armed attacks on the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone I, on 20th January, 2012, as well as other public places in Kano.

It was also noted that Mai-Tangaran was responsible for the deadly explosive attacks against worshippers at the Kano Central Mosque as well as an attack on a military formation in Yobe State in 2015, which claimed hundreds of lives.

Giving details of the foiled attacks the DSS said: “Under the banner of the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) which he belongs, Mai-Tangaran, an IED expert had been prepping and priming others for the perpetration of suicide bombing attacks carried out by the group in the past within the North-East region.

“He was arrested in Kano, on 31st August, 2017, and further exploitation, led to the arrest of one Abdulkadir Umar Mohammed by the Service on September 2, 2017, at Kantin Kwari Market in Fagge LGA, Kano.”

The statement noted that Mohammed was a fighter of the sect who left the conclave of the group in the Sambisa forest, to join ranks with Ismaila towards carrying out the attacks being planned by the group.

“Also, another accomplice in the plot, one Muhammad Ali was arrested on 3rd September 2017, at Sheka area in Kumbotso LGA of the State. Prior to his arrest, ALI was the financial courier of the group in Kano. He was one of the conduits through which funds and other material logistics were channeled to the group from foreign extremist elements/sponsors.

“Like Abdulkadir Umar Mohammed, Ali was involved in the plot to perpetrate the planned attacks in Kano and other states in the north during the just concluded Eid-Kabir celebration.”

In a related tactical operation on September 3, 2017, the Service said it apprehended the duo of one Yahaya Mohammed Abatcha and Yusuf Mohammed, both fighters of the Habib Al-Barnawi-led group, along Top Medical Road, close to Mobile Quarters in Tunga area of Minna city, Niger State, among other successes recorded during its operations.

The agency expressed gratitude to Nigerians for providing useful information on criminal moves in the country and gave a reassurance that it would continue to play its part in ridding the nation of insurgents.