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Cleric advises Christians to imbibe Jesus Christ virtues as they celebrate Christmas



Pastor Emmanuel Zakari, President Media Christian Fellowship, has advised Christians to imbibe the virtue of Jesus Christ in their daily lives and to live in harmony with their neighbours as they prepare for Christmas.

Zakari who is also a Pastor in Living Faith Church, Gwagwalada, gave the advice on Wednesday in Abuja, at the 2019 Nigeria News Agency Chapel Carol Service in commemoration of Christmas.

He described Christ in the lives of Christians as the hope of the world, adding that they must emulate Him to live a fulfilled life.

The cleric further said that Jesus Christ was born to give light to the world, saying that those who believed in Him and work according to His words, would not have darkness, represented by life challenges.

According to him, absence of Jesus Christ, the light of the world in a family will lead to crisis, stressing that Christians should search for the light He represented.

“By redemption as a Christian you are light, search for light because when light comes, darkness gives way.

“It is the potency of the light you carry as a Christian that determines your speed in life.

As a Christian, your life should be a compass, set a plan for your life and also mend your ways,’’ he advised.

The cleric further admonished Christians to live a Christ like life in their places of work and businesses, adding that it was the light of Christ in them that would distinguish them as individuals.

He, therefore, advised Christians to embrace Jesus, urging them to be good ambassadors of Christ in all of their endeavours.

NAN reports that Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Chapel of Restoration Choir thrilled audience at the event with songs as well as the NAN chapel choir.

NAN Chapel also showed special appreciation to some less privileged members with gifts for their resilience in their service of God at the end of the service which was attended by some other media organisations.

Edited by: Dorcas Jonah/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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Baba-Ahmed, Kaduna NUJ, others mourn late Wada Maida



Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, a media entrepreneur, on Tuesday described late Malam Wada Maida, as an example of a gentleman, thorough professional, a man of integrity and humility.

In a condolence message on Tuesday in Kaduna, Baba-Ahmed said late the Maida, who was the Chairman of Board of Directors, News Agency of Nigeria , had served as a beacon to many.

He had also served as Managing Director of NAN. He died on Monday in Abuja.

Baba-Ahmed, who is the Chairman of DITV and Alheri Radio said, “For the entire period that I have known him he has never demonstrated any negative attitude, he was calm and always available.

“I have not really known a human being who is more accommodating than Alhaji Wada Maida.

“I have never worked with him, but I have known him for over 30 to 40 years and I have nothing but positive things to say about him.

“He was a great man, a great northerner and may Allah restore mercy on his soul and help look after his family,’’ Baba-Ahmed said.

Also, the Kaduna State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said it received the news of his death with great shock.

In a statement by its Chairman, Adamu Yusuf, the union described the late Maida as a sound professional, who contributed immensely to the media industry and served Nigeria in different capacities.

NUJ as a body, particularly Kaduna council, will also remember late Malam Wada Maida as someone who stood for the freedom of the press and humanity.’’

Yusuf prayed Allah to forgive his shortcomings and grant him abode in paradise.

Similarly, the General Manager Liberty TV and Radio Kaduna, Abdulaziz Kadir, described Maida’s death as the end of an era.

“Nigeria has lost one of its finest journalists and media managers. The North and indeed Nigeria has lost one of its finest journalists.

“It is the end of an era. Malam Wada Maida belongs to the class of late Isa Samaila Funtua, Mamman Daura, Muhammed Haruna.

“With his death, a whole generation of the finest of journalists is being lost.

“From his days as information officer in the old Kaduna State where he penned for New Nigerian Newspapers to NAN, rising to the peak as Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director, establishing the People’s Daily Newspaper and later NAN Board Chairman, late Wada Maida proved his mettle.

“May his soul rest in peace,’’ he added.

A veteran journalist, Ibrahim Hassan-Mahmood, said Maida lived an exemplary life as he rose to the pinnacle of the media industry.

“His death has truly left a yawning gap in the media industry, especially in the North,’’ Hassan-Mahmood, who is also the Sardaunan Hayin Banki Kaduna said.

Malam Yahaya Sarki, Special Adviser to Gov. Atiku Bagudu on Media, said the media industry has lost a gem.

“Although I have not worked with him, but his records of achievements in the profession is so evidently open that even younger generation of journalists know him on that,” he said.

Sarki also described the deceased as gentle, honest and a bridge builder.

On his part, a veteran journalist with FRCN, Malam Sadisu Kwantagora, recalled his first encounter with late Maida in 1984 during the state visit of the then Military Head of State, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to Niger State.

He recalled that late Maida coordinated the coverage of that visit professionally which made all newsmen happy.

“Maida was an exceptional leader and a professional journalist of repute whose legacy of hardwork and dedication would remain indelible,” Kwantagora said.

Another journalist with the Leadership newspaper, Malam Faruk Umar, said that the late Maida contributed a lot to the development of journalism in Northern Nigeria and the country at large.

“My last encounter with Maida was in Dec. 2012 in Lagos during a disaster management training programme organised by the European Union in collaboration with USAID.

“I was so confused with the trend, composition of the training and the materials distributed to us, but when late Maida observed my discomfiture he gently came to me and guided me.

“I ended up coming out among the best 10 participants of that training,” he said, and prayed Allah to have mercy on Maida and give his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
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NAN’s Adamu elected Taraba Correspondents’ Chapel Chair



Mr Sadiq Adamu, a Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria , has been elected Chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel in Taraba.

Adamu was elected alongside six others to replace the former executive council which was impeached recently.

Also elected at the Saturday Congress held in Jalingo were Mr Salisu Waziri of VON, Vice Chairman, Sani Suleiman of FRCN, Secretary, Nathaniel Gbaoron, Business Day, Assistant Secretary, and Bashir Adamu of Liberty TV, Treasurer.

Mr Sylvanus Viashima of the Sun Newspaper was  elected as Financial  Secretary of the chapel.

Speaking after the inauguration of the officials, the Chairman of NUJ, Mr Jovita Shafe, urged them to work hard to unite the chapel and protect the integrity of the union in the state.

In his response, Adamu said that he would run an inclusive administration that would make the welfare of members a top priority.

He promised to work with all correspondents toward promoting and protecting the ethics of the profession.

Adamu advised losers in the election to accept defeat in good faith and join hands with his team to strengthen the chapel.

NAN reports that the previous executive council led by Mr Wale Ayodele was impeached by members over alleged violation of the NUJ constitution.

The Taraba Council of the NUJ subsequently took over the chapel and had run its activities until the new officials were elected on Saturday.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
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Foundation donates COVID-19 preventive materials to FRCN



OCI Foundation, an NGO, on Tuesday donated COVID-19 preventive items and writing materials to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN),  Abuja chapel.

The Team Leader of the Foundation, Mrs Felicia Dagu made the presentation on Tuesday at the FRCN Headquarters in Abuja.

Dagu said that the customised face masks would help protect the staff of the Corporation as they continue their duties in the service of their fatherland.

” We encourage you all to use these masks from now on, both during official hours and elsewhere.”

Dagu urged journalists to complement the actions of the Federal Government and other health care agencies by helping to encourage Nigerians to comply with COVID-19 preventive measures.

She appealed to Nigerians to comply with the preventive measures, stressing that some people were still ignorant of the threat of COVID-19.

The Chairman of NUJ, FRCN chapel, Mrs Sandra Udeike said there had been reported cases of media personnel, who have contracted the disease, adding the Chapel requested for strong collaboration with Foundation in fighting COVID-19 through the donation of preventive items.

” This visit by the OCI to our Chapel is indeed an indication that the organisation is out to genuinely assist the authorities in checking the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and beyond.

“It is no longer news as we see daily the spike in the number of infections and deaths from the disease.

” It is also unfortunate that despite these worrying figures, millions of Nigerians are still in denial of this dreaded disease and have vehemently described it as a hoax,” she said.

She said journalists were front liners, who stake their lives daily to tackle the pandemic, adding that apart from health workers, the next most vulnerable essential workers were the media personnel.

“It points to the fact that precautions to check the spread of the pandemic and mass sensitisation and mobilisation of Nigerians to fight COVID-19 is never too much and these matters require funding and logistics to be effective,” Udeike said.


Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Nasarawa Correspondents Chapel condoles FRCN over staff death



The Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nasarawa State Council, has condoled with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Precious FM Lafia, over the death of the Head of Hausa Programme of the station, Nasiru Aminu-Tegina.

The Chairman of the chapel, Mr Isaac Ukpoju, who led other members on a condolence visit to the station’s management on Wednesday in Lafia, was received by the General Manager, Musa Abdullahi.

Ukpoju said that the visit was to commiserate with FRCN Precious FM Lafia over the demise of Aminu-Tegina.

He said that Aminu-Tagina died when his services were most needed by the station and its audience.

He prayed God to forgive whatever wrong the deceased had committed and give FRCN and the immediate family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Responding, Abdullahi thanked the chapel for the solidarity and sympathy in this moment of their grief.

He described the deceased as one of the station’s dedicated staff, adding that he would be greatly missed.

The visit featured special prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Aminu-Tegina died on June 11 at the Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital (FCT) after a brief illness, and had since been buried according to Islamic rites. .

Edited By: Angela Okisor (NAN)  and Abdullahi Yusuf
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