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  •  Mr Boss Mustapha the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF says the hands of God are never too short to deliver Nigeria from whatever challenges it may be going through He made the assertion at the 2022 Democracy Day interdenominational church service held at the Abuja Christian Centre on Sunday where he represented hellip
    God’s hands’ never too short to deliver Nigeria from challenges – SGF
     Mr Boss Mustapha the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF says the hands of God are never too short to deliver Nigeria from whatever challenges it may be going through He made the assertion at the 2022 Democracy Day interdenominational church service held at the Abuja Christian Centre on Sunday where he represented hellip
    God’s hands’ never too short to deliver Nigeria from challenges – SGF
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    God’s hands’ never too short to deliver Nigeria from challenges – SGF

    Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), says the hands of God are never too short to deliver Nigeria from whatever challenges it may be going through.

    He made the assertion at the 2022 Democracy Day interdenominational church service, held at the Abuja Christian Centre on Sunday, where he represented Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

    “We assure ourselves that the hands of God are never too short to deliver, and that his grace would always prevail for our good.

    “Equally important is that we also assure ourselves that no matter how challenging the situation or moment might be, there is always enough God-given strength within us as a people to surmount them.

    “Nigerians have always risen to the occasion; when it mattered most, we rose to the occasion when colonial powers subjugated our people and lorded over our resources.

    “We rose to the occasion, following the ravages of a civil war to rebuild a united country, no matter how imperfect, we rose to the occasion,” he said.

    The SGF added that the country also rose when military dictatorships pushed us to the age of extinction and negotiated our way into a democratic government.

    This, he said, provided a platform for us to build a country we could all be proud of, adding that we had come this far because of the collaboration of all.

    He extended President Muhammadu Buhari”s gratitude to the body of Christ for its stabilising role in the growth of the county’s democracy.

    “I believe an interdenominational gathering of this sort is an important way to mark this special anniversary of our nation’s democracy.

    “Largely because the values of justice, equality, fairness and inclusion, which underpin democratic governance are also at the heart of our Christian faith.

    “A day like this set aside to commemorate Nigeria’s transition from military rule to democratic governance gives us an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come as a people. It invites sobriety and gratitude,” he said.

    Mustapha said that the day allowed Nigerians to remember the decades characterised by lack of freedom, suspicion, and uncertainty and calls to mind the prayers, faith as well as the courageous actions.

    He urged people to therefore see the day as a day for gratitude and hope, and a day to remind ourselves that what was once thought impossible of Nigeria had been made possible.

    The SGF expressed optimism that with unity, all hands being on deck, there would be light at the end of the tunnel, in spite of the country’s challenges.

    “It is possible for joy to overcome sorrow, it is possible for peace to prevail, it is possible for us to be re-united, irrespective of our cultural, linguistic, religious or even ideological differences.

    “Jesus said to the crowd in Luke, Chapter 12, verse 54, when you see a cloud rising in the West, immediately you will say it’s going to rain.

    “And it does and of course we have seen the rain coming over Nigeria, reign of peace and prosperity, one which like the goodness of God touches everyone, no matter who or where they are.

    “Today, let us be rest assured in the promise and possibilities of Nigeria, we have the talent and the resources to be a beacon of hope and standard bearer for the rest of Africa and the block grace,” he said.

    Mustapha said that as a country, we had been progressively moving, proving that we had what it took to run an open, honest and transparent government that guarantees the rule of law.

    He added that the Federal Government had showed that it could lift 100 million people out of poverty and guarantee equal access to education and opportunities for our women.

    He said the government had also brought into fruition the most comprehensive social welfare programme for the poor and vulnerable in our society.

    “We know the challenges, we live with them, but we also know and we have seen in the worlds of hold apostle that in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

    “And of course, our nation will continue its long but steady march toward the fulfillment of his goal.

    “I believe you are as persuaded as I am, because we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose,” he said.

    Mustapha assured that the government was working towards the emergence of a stronger, united, peaceful and economically prosperous Nigeria.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that from 1999, Nigeria had consistently celebrated Democracy Day.

    The day is used to mark the end of military rule, and the return of power and control to the hands of those freely elected by the people to represent them in government.

    The All Progressives Congress (APC) Buhari-led federal government in 2018, moved Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12, the day the election that launched Nigeria into democracy took place.

    The June 12, 1993, general election was acclaimed the freest election in the country’s political history, though the presumed winner, Chief Moshood Abiola, and Nigerians were denied their rights and choice of leadership.

    This was because the election was consequently annulled on June 24, same year, by the Gen. Ibrahim Babangida military administration.

    The service was attended by members of the diplomatic communities and heads of government agencies, among others.

    (NAN)

  •  The New Nigeria People s Party NNPP has paid tribute to the heroes and heroines of Nigeria democracy particularly those who sacrificed their lives in the struggle to enthrone democracy in the country The party paid the tribute in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary Mr Agbo Major in Abuja on Sunday Major saluted Nigerians hellip
    NNPP celebrates people who sacrificed their lives to enthrone democracy
     The New Nigeria People s Party NNPP has paid tribute to the heroes and heroines of Nigeria democracy particularly those who sacrificed their lives in the struggle to enthrone democracy in the country The party paid the tribute in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary Mr Agbo Major in Abuja on Sunday Major saluted Nigerians hellip
    NNPP celebrates people who sacrificed their lives to enthrone democracy
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    NNPP celebrates people who sacrificed their lives to enthrone democracy

    The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has paid tribute to the heroes and heroines of Nigeria democracy, particularly those who sacrificed their lives in the struggle to enthrone democracy in the country.

    The party paid the tribute in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Agbo Major, in Abuja on Sunday.

    Major saluted Nigerians on the occasion of the occasion of 2022 Democracy Day.

    He said that Nigeria was irrevocably placed on the path of democratic governance after years of military dictatorship, civil war and political upheavals that threatened the nation’s corporate existence.

    He, however, said that the 2022 Democracy Day called for sober reflection, prayers and collective action to terminate social injustice.

    He said that it also called for collective efforts to end marginalisation, terrorism, insurgency, militancy, kidnapping, hunger, unemployment, poor infrastructure and resolution of issues that led to the elongated ASUU strike.

    He, however, said that the forthcoming general election provided citizens an opportunity to take their corporate destiny into their hands and massive vote for a new, better, greater and prosperous Nigeria, whoch he said NNPP symbolised.

    “It is time for action. All eligible voters should quickly go and register and obtain their permanent voter cards, ensure they vote and their votes count in the overall result as power belongs to the people.

    “This is the only way to restore the nation’s unity, greatness, prosperity and dignity in the comity of nations.

    “We are all in it together to usher in a New Nigeria citizens will be proud of,” Major said.

    (NAN)

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has joined Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory and her family as she marks her 52nd birthday on June 12 In a congratulatory message by his media aide Malam Garba Shehu on Sunday in Abuja the president described the minister as one of the women at hellip
    Buhari salutes Minister of State, FCT, at 52
     President Muhammadu Buhari has joined Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory and her family as she marks her 52nd birthday on June 12 In a congratulatory message by his media aide Malam Garba Shehu on Sunday in Abuja the president described the minister as one of the women at hellip
    Buhari salutes Minister of State, FCT, at 52
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    Buhari salutes Minister of State, FCT, at 52

    President Muhammadu Buhari has joined Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory,  and her family as she marks her 52nd birthday on June 12.

    In a congratulatory message by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, on Sunday in Abuja, the president described the minister as one of the women at the forefront of Nigeria’s development journey.

    “Her position in government makes her a role model, confirming the fact that when we encourage them to believe in themselves, our women can achieve anything they want.

    ”Minister Ramatu is evidence that our women are capable of transforming society by their strength and sheer dedication,” he said.

    Buhari wished her and family members a joyful occasion and many happy returns.

    (NAN)

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week appraised the series of consultations held so far towards getting a widely acceptable presidential standard bearer for the governing All Progressives Congress APC The president who met with members of the National Advisory Council of the APC on June 5 rightly predicted a successful party s convention hellip
    How Buhari’s series of consultations safeguarded APC from ”political disintegration”
     President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week appraised the series of consultations held so far towards getting a widely acceptable presidential standard bearer for the governing All Progressives Congress APC The president who met with members of the National Advisory Council of the APC on June 5 rightly predicted a successful party s convention hellip
    How Buhari’s series of consultations safeguarded APC from ”political disintegration”
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    How Buhari’s series of consultations safeguarded APC from ”political disintegration”

    President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week appraised the series of consultations held so far towards getting a widely acceptable presidential standard bearer for the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).

    The president, who met with members of the National Advisory Council of the APC on June 5, rightly predicted a successful party’s convention at the Eagle Square between June 7 and 8.

    The president at the meeting with members of the Council, said: “We are on the way towards winning our third straight victory since 2015.”

    Buhari also met behind closed doors with Northern governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the State House, Abuja, on June 6.

    Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesman, in a statement confirmed that Buhari again, cleared all doubts about his stand on the choice of a presidential candidate for the governing APC.

    Shehu quoted the president as insisting that he had “anointed no one”.

    Buhari said he had a clear mind about what he was doing and asked the APC governors to feel the same way.

    On June 7, Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi and presidential aspirant of APC then, had met with the president and disassociated himself from the party’s consensus plan.

    Buhari, who addressed the convention on June 8, urged members of the APC to remain united and avoid acrimony.He also enjoined delegates at the special convention to consider voting the presidential candidate with the best chances of securing victory in the 2023 general elections.

    He said the leadership of the party must continue to forge the unity of purpose among party members and to keep securing needed compromises in the interest of the party.

    On the same day, the president presented the All Progressives Congress Victory Flag to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who emerged winner of the just concluded party’s presidential primary election.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that delegates of the APC at the convention elected the former Lagos State governor as APC  presidential flagbearer for the 2023 presidential election.

    Tinubu polled 1,271 votes to defeat his closest rivals, former Minister of Transportation, Mr  Rotimi Amaechi, who scored 316 votes, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who garnered 235 votes.

    Buhari later congratulated Tinubu, the APC presidential flagbearer in the 2023 elections.The president declared: “Having emerged victorious he has our full and unwavering support.”

    Similarly, the president on June 9, described the just-concluded presidential primary of the APC as one of the most competitive and peaceful in the history of Nigeria’s democracy.

    Buhari stated this in a letter addressed to Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State and Chairman, Progressives Governors Forum.

    The president commended the role played by Bagudu in the success of the primary that produced the standard-bearer of the party in the 2023 elections, Tinubu.

    On June 9, the Nigerian leader hosted the outgoing Ambassador of South Sudan to Nigeria, Paul Molong, who paid him a farewell visit at the State House, Abuja.

    Buhari expressed satisfaction over the cordial relations between Nigeria and South Sudan.Also on Thursday night, the president hosted the APC presidential flagbearer, who was on Thank-You visit to the State House, Abuja.

    Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Tinubu pledged to sustain Buhari’s legacies when he wins the election and is sworn in as his successor.

    He commended the president for providing a level-playing field for the process of selecting the party’s presidential candidate.

    The president concluded his official engagements for the week on Friday with the inauguration of the Presidential Council on Digital Economy and e-Government, promising that his administration will continue to take advantage of digital technologies to transform every sector of the economy.

    He directed the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, to chair the council on his behalf and give regular updates.

    He tasked members of the council to work towards further strengthening the capacity of government to develop, adopt and deploy digital technologies to make government more efficient and transparent, thereby improving Nigeria’s global standing in the ease of doing business index.

    (NAN)

  •  The Christian Association of Nigeria CAN has advised all candidates of political parties seeking positions in 2023 general elections to be sensitive to issues affecting the country and address them The CAN President Rev Samson Supo Ayokunle gave the advice on Sunday at an Inter Denominational Church Service to mark 2022 Democracy Day in Abuja with hellip
    2023: CAN tasks parties’ flagbearers on issues affecting Nigerians
     The Christian Association of Nigeria CAN has advised all candidates of political parties seeking positions in 2023 general elections to be sensitive to issues affecting the country and address them The CAN President Rev Samson Supo Ayokunle gave the advice on Sunday at an Inter Denominational Church Service to mark 2022 Democracy Day in Abuja with hellip
    2023: CAN tasks parties’ flagbearers on issues affecting Nigerians
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    2023: CAN tasks parties’ flagbearers on issues affecting Nigerians

    The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has advised all candidates of political parties seeking positions in 2023 general elections to be sensitive to issues affecting the country and address them.

    The CAN President, Rev. Samson Supo Ayokunle, gave the advice on Sunday at an Inter-Denominational Church Service to mark 2022 Democracy Day in Abuja, with the theme: “ More than Conquerors”.

    Ayokunle was represented by the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Francis Wale Oke, who is also the President and Founder of The Sword of The Spirit Ministries International.

    Ayokunle, in the sermon titled “Building a prosperous and united Nigeria”, with the Bible text taken from 2 Sam. 23:3, called on political leaders, particularly those contesting for 2023 elections to pay attention to the pains, concerns, apprehensions of citizens and address them.

    He said that the country needed leaders who are sensitive to issues, making bold, fair and just decisions that bring in Nigeria together as one, united nation.

    “The scripture says he that those that rule over men must be justice, ruling in the fair of God.

    “We urge our politicians, those seeking to rule us come 2023 in the name of God Almighty, please see to it that in your plans, in your decisions, your utterances, your campaign, bring us together as one nation.

    “You can rule if there is a nation. If there is no nation or the nation is at war, you cannot rule. Please in your plans, in your decisions, in your campaigns, in your utterances, close the fault lines and do not make them wider.

    “This is the wise counsel of the church because we care for this nation, Nigeria.

    “Righteousness exalts a nation and if there is no justice, if there is no equity, if there is no fairness, there is no righteousness,” he said.

    Ayokunle said that leaders to be elected in 2023 must handle the issue of ethnicity and religion with wisdom and sensitivity.

    “We want a nation where everyone is treated fairly, equally, no matter the tribe or the ethnic or whatever parts of the nation you come from. A nation where every Nigerian can call my nation.

    “We want our leaders to take decisions that we promote a sense of belonging to bring all Nigerians together from the East, West, North, South, from every part to see Nigeria as their own. This needs to be handled.

    “Religion has become a major issue in our national political life. And our politicians need to handle this in a very, very wise, bold and sensitive way.

    “To bring Nigerians together, to let Nigerians know that irrespective of your faith, you can practice your faith without fear or molestation in any part of the nation Where you find yourself.

    “This is a cry of the church and the leaders of the church are speaking out boldly, very clearly, so that we can handle this situation as it should be handled.”

    Ayokunle therefore urged the candidates to look into issues of corruption, insecurity, increasing debt, brain drain in the health sector and challenges facing the education sector.

    “Across the nation among the youths in the restlessness to cause trouble. This has to be addressed.

    “The education system is in shambles. Public universities are been closed for months and this needs to be addressed decisively.

    “Nigerians believe that we have enough money to make our universities a pride, not only to this nation but to the world as they used to be.

    “If you look at the health system. The health system has nothing for the people. Our health professionals are frustrated already.

    “The doctors that we spent so much money to educate and to raise are migrating in droves to other worlds and back at home quacks are filling the gaps and our people are paying very dearly. This too needs be addressed.”

    Ayokunle also warned political parties against flying a Muslim-Muslim ticket for 2023 presidential election, saying it will do Nigeria no good.

    He said that every part of Nigeria and religion has competent people with potential to rule the country.

    He said that balancing the ticket from both divide of religion would help to reduce the tension in the country, give everybody a sense of belonging, promote peaceful and mutual coexistence without stress.

    “While we congratulate the winners for the presidential primaries, we urge them to pay attention to this cry from the church. It is important.

    “Please do not try a Muslim-Muslim ticket; is an invitation to chaos. It will not fly. It will set the nation against each other,” he said.

    He, however, called on millions of Christians in every part of the nation to know that the candidates produced by all political parties belong to all, both Muslim and Christians.

    “We don’t have any quarel with that, they are our brothers. We have been working together to build a united nation, but please do not alienate the church.

    “If you choose to heed our call, the Nigerian electorate at the polls, the Nigeria populace will trust you with the presidency and we will build one, united and prosperous nation,” the CAN president said.

    He, however, prayed for the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians, peace of the country and end to violence, insurgency and kidnapping in the country.

    The second bible reading Romance 8:31- 39 was read by the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria, Femi Gbajabiamila, who was represented by the House of Rep. Deputy Chief Whip, Nkiruka Onyejeocha.

    The first and second reeditions were taken by the Non-Denominational Christian Choir Association of Nigeria (NCCN) and ECWA Garki Church, Council Choir, respective.

    (NAN)