Mrs Martha Ibezim, wife of the Archbishop, Province of the Niger and Bishop, Diocese of Awka, Most Rev. Alexander Ibezim, has called on young girls to avoid any form of indecent dressing.
Ibezim made the call in a message to the Girls’ Guild of the Diocese of Awka, on the occasion of 2020 Girl’s Guild Sunday celebration held at Church of the Pentecost Awka on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the theme for the Girls’ Guild Sunday of the Anglican Communion was: “Be Still, and Know That I am God, Psalm 46 verse 10”.
She urged young girls to be cautious of the clothes they wear, the friends they keep and places they also visit as negligence of the variables may lead to rape and other sexual assaults.
Ibezim admonished the young girls to be godly and join hands to fight rape as it had become a dominant issue of the season with more cases of forceful sexual abuse, drugging and murder recorded everyday.
“There is a high rate of rape cases everywhere now; we all must join hand to fight the baseless men, who overpower their victims and drug them.
“Sisters, let us watch and pray against these evils and stand up against rape and other forms of violence against women,” she said.
Ibezim said that it was apt for the Church, families and the society to raise stronger voices against forceful sexual relationship that affects women and young girls.
She said that the current trend of using dangerous drugs to cause victims to lose their memory, prevent immediate and permanent conception of victims and gruesome murdering of victims should be legally discouraged.
“A stiffer penalty should be imposed on any defaulter, irrespective of his social status, as a deterrent to other baseless men roaming in the society,” she said.
She pointed out that the Bible stands against violence against women, saying that the issues of rape should be treated as murder, quoting Deuteronomy 22, 23 to 29.
“Cases of rape caused wars in the old testament, recall the case of Dinah and unnamed woman in Judges Chapter 19.
“The cry of Tamar over her rape by her half-brother, Amnon, made Absalom to kill Amnon; it is a heavy crime that should be treated seriously,” she said.
She urged young girls to remain hopeful no matter the challenges, urging them to be encouraged by the theme “Be still and know that I am God” which meant that God knows their plight.
She also advised them to be godly for God to keep them safer.
Ibezim urged the girls, as future mothers, to always carry themselves as God’s women and desist from all ungodliness that could attract abuse to them.
She said that obedience to the words of God and observance of the rule of law were the hallmark of a godly girl which they all must strive to be.
Miss Chisom Mbachi, one of the Girls’ Guild member, said that she was excited over the message of the wife of the archbishop and president of girls’ guild.
“The message was full of wisdom and exposition that will enable young girls to avoid trouble which may lead to their death or misfortune in life.”
Mrs Uzoamka Emegwa, wife of the Vicar of the Church and leader of the girls’ guild in the Church, urged the girls to keep to heart all they were learning as it would keep them away from danger.
Emegwa urged the girls never to take to suicide or any harmful practices against themselves any time they were faced with life challenges, urging them to rather embrace God.
NAN reports that highlights of the event included rendition of special songs by the girls’ guild.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.
“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.
“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.
The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.
“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.
The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.
“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.
“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.
“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
NIDO-Ghana plans webinar to mark Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary
The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Ghana chapter, said on Saturday that it would organise a webinar as part of events to celebrate Nigeria’s sixtieth independence anniversary.
Mr Elija Iposu, Public Relations Officer of NIDO-Ghana, disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .
Iposu said the event would be organised by NIDO-Ghana in collaboration with a Ghana-based private firm, Diplomats Extra and Milestone Communications.
According to him, the webinar, which will hold on Oct. 2, is a virtual ceremony with Zoom ID: 742450910 and the title: ’60 years of Ghana-Nigeria diplomacy’.
Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, former Director-General Institute of International Affairs, and Amb. Bulus Lolo, former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria are among high-ranking personalities expected to participate in the event.
Some other expected guests are Mr Oluwaseyi Adeyemi, Publisher, Inside Watch Africa Magazine, Mr Emmanuel Bombande, UN Senior Mediation Advisor, Prof. Baflour Agyeman-Duah, former UN Special Governance Advisor and Affail Monney, President Ghana Journalists Association.
NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on Sept. 16, unveiled the logo and theme for the 60th independence anniversary celebration.
He said that the celebration would be observed for a whole year, to end on Sept. 30, 2021 and would be muted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
Ekiti Deputy Gov eulogises late theatre icon, Jimoh Aliu
The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, has paid tributes to the late theatre icon, Chief Jimoh Aliu.
He eulogised the late prominent artiste for using his talent in promoting arts and culture locally, nationally and internationally.
Egbeyemi, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on media, Mr Odunayo Ogunmola, on Saturday, described the late Aliu as a worthy Ekiti Ambassador, who placed the name of the state on the global map of theatre, arts, culture and entertainment.
He described the death of the former National President of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), as a great and monumental loss not only to Ekiti, his state of origin but also to entire Nigeria.
According to him, the late dramatist and producer exhibited the famed Ekiti virtues of honesty, integrity, hard work and good name, which the youths of nowadays must emulate.
Egbeyemi noted that the Aliu mentored many young artistes and promoted local content in the nation’s entertainment industry.
The Deputy Governor said the plays and films produced by the deceased taught moral lessons, bravery, valour, strong will, determination and self-belief in pursuit of dreams and vision.
He said that Aliu rose to stardom by hard work and perseverance, and never forgot his roots as he lived among his people throughout his lifetime.
Egbeyemi regretted that the late Aliu died at a time his wise counsel was still needed, noting that the deceased contributed his quota to the development of Ekiti State.
The Deputy Governor, while commiserating with the family and associates of the deceased, urged them to be consoled by the good life he lived and the legacies he left behind.
“Surely, the vacuum left behind by this great legend of the stage and movies will be difficult to fill owing to his sterling contributions over the years.
“This is a monumental loss not only to Ekiti, but to our entire country. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family of the deceased.”
He prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Felix Ajide
Edo Poll: PDP alleges move to replace election results in Edo North
The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Saturday alerted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Department of State Services (DSS) on the allegation.
Ologbondiyan said that the PDP urged its members to remain vigilant and follow their results to all the collation centers.
He also said that it cautioned the security agencies against being used to replace results already being declared at the respective polling units.
“Already, we are aware that results are being manufactured in Kogi state to be used as replacements for already declared results, particularly in Edo North.
“We draw the attention of INEC to such results being bandied by the APC, including the fake result claimed to have emanated from Etsako West, where a vote of 914 was allocated to the APC, as against the genuine declaration at the polling units.
“Whereas polling unit results are identified as Form EC8A, the results being paraded by the APC carry a fake identification number of Form EC60E.
He said that the PDP was alarmed by the report that the development had led to avoidable post-election violence, including reported killing of innocent Edo citizens.
He alleged that the victims had come out to perform their civic responsibilities as the police allegedly withdrew their men in certain collation centres.
Ologbondiyan called on the Inspector-General of Police to protect innocent Nigerians from the violent act.
“We charge the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to ensure that his officials are not compromised to replace results.
“The people of Edo state have spoken loud and clear with their votes in their respective units, and they are already aware of the authentic results,” Ologbondiyan said.
Reacting to the statement, Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, told the News Agency of Nigeria , that INEC was committed to following through its processes and procedures for a successful and credible election.
Okoye said that INEC officers were uploading the results on the commission’s Result Viewing Portal.
“The Commission is irrevocably committed to following through its processes and procedures.
“As at 18.49p.m. 702 results have been uploaded in the INEC Result Viewing Portal.
“Our Presiding Officers are uploading Form EC8A which is the Polling Unit Result.
“Presiding Officers must complete Form EC 60E (The People’s Result Sheet), and paste at the polling unit.
“We understand the challenges posed by poor network in some of our communities and our Registration Area Technical Assistants are working hard at overcoming the challenges.
“The Commission is focused on completing the process. The Commission is not interested in the outcome but focused on the processes and procedures,” Okoye said.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu