Mosques in Ogun sytate have resumed physical services on a promising note, with many of them observing basic social distancing protocols in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
This is coming four months after they were shut in line with state directives in compliance with social distancing to checkmate further spread of the virus.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, had on July 29, announced that the worship centres would to be opened as from Aug 14.
NAN correspondent who visited some mosques in the state reports that Friday Jumat was held with an impressive turn out of worshipers.
At Kobiti Central Mosque, Abeokuta, worshipers complied with COVID-19 protocols such of wearing of face masks and observing social distancing.
It was also observed that worshipers had done their ablution before coming to the mosque.
There were also running taps at strategic points as well as hand sanitizer, soap and infrared thermometers to check the temperature of the faithful at the entrance of the mosque.
The Chief Imam of Egba land, Saadahah Alade Bamigbola, in his sermon at the Kobiti Central Mosques, thanked God for keeping him to witness the first Friday of the reopening of mosques after months of lockdown.
Bamigbola, while giving his sermon, enlightened faithful on the preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
He, however, admonished both Christians and Muslims to follow all directives of the government in reducing community spread of the virus.
Also, the Leader of Muslim Ummah in South West, Edo and Delta, Mr Iskeel Awwal, hailed the government for proactive measures it put in place to curb the spread of the virus, urging members to adhere to all the government safety directives on COVID-19
Awwal urged Muslim faithful, to use the reopening of the mosques as an opportunity to pray for the country and also the end of the pandemic.
Also, at Obama Housing Estate Mosque, all the safety protocols were observed.
It was observed that a big banner with “No Mask, No Entry” sign was posted at the entrance to warn worshippers ahead.
There were also signs on the floor clearly showing the two meters social distance spacing, and worshippers were seen with their personal praying mats brought from home.
Mr Akim Folarin, a faithful at the Ibara Housing Estate Mosque, said he was so excited coming to the mosque to pray after a long time
“I feel so excited today. I came to the mosque early enough to show how happy I am after many months of not observing my Friday prayer in the mosque,” he said.
He also expresed happiness that all the precautions as stiuplated by the government were being followed in the mosque.
NAN reports that at Ibara Housing Estate Mosque, the Jumat prayer was held in two sections where the temperature of the faithful were checked before entry,
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)https://nnn.ng/covid-18-ogun-mosques-resume-physical-services-on-a-promising-note/
Edo election: INEC’s result consistent with our PVT outcome, says Yiaga Africa
Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu, Board member, Yiaga Africa who made this known in a statement, said that the group deployed PVT to assess the credibility of the Sept. 19, Governorship poll in Edo.
Nwagwu said that the group, through its `Watching The Vote (WTV )citizens movement’, had deployed 500 observers to monitor the election.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the WTV is an advanced election observation methodology that employs well-established statistical principles and sophisticated information technology to provide timely and accurate information on conduct of elections.
“Based on reports from 96 per cent (241 of 250) of sampled polling units, Yiaga Africa’s statistical analysis shows that the APC should receive between 39.1 per cent and 46.3 per cent of the votes.
“The PDP should receive between 52.5 per cent and 59.7 per cent of the votes, while no other party will receive more than one per cent of the vote share.
Nwagwu said because the official results fell within the estimated ranges, governorship contestants, parties, and voters should have confidence in INEC’s official results for the election because it reflected the ballots cast at polling units.
He said that it was important to highlight that the counting process at polling units was transparent and included representatives from the two political parties that received the most votes.
He said that Yiaga Africa was able to estimate that turnout was 27.4 per cent with a margin of error of ±2.1 per cent (between 25.3 per cent and 29.5 per cent), while INEC’s official turnout was 25 per cent .
He said that Yiaga Africa estimated rejected ballots were 1.8 per cent with a margin of error of ± 0.6 per cent (between 1.2 per cent and 2.4 per cent) while INEC’s official result for rejected ballots was 2.3 per cent .
According to him, the results are consistent.
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Donald Ugwu
Oghiadomhe describes Edo governorship poll as most credible
A former Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, has described the just concluded Edo Governorship election as most credible in recent time.
The former Chief of Staff stated this on a congratulatory message to Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his victory at Saturday’s Gubernatorial election in Edo.
Oghiadomhe described the election as not only free and fair, but also the most credible election Edo had witnessed in recent years.
He commended Gov. Obaseki for his resilience, determination and confidence in the nation’s democratic governance.
Oghiadomhe, who was Deputy Governor of Edo from 1999 until 2007, asserted that the re-election of Obaseki is a product of his uncommon performance in his first term and commitment to the needs and aspirations of Edo people.
He expressed confidence in the Governor’s ability to surpass his performance during his second term and make Edo the preferred destination for local and international investors.
The former Deputy Governor commended the people for turning out in large numbers and voting for a man who had carved a niche for himself in good governance and for believing in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for creating an enabling environment for a peaceful, free and fair election, Oghiadomhe commendes the security agencies.
He also commended the traditional institution led by the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, the National Peace Committee and all stakeholders for their roles in having a violence-free election.
“I want to also extend hearty congratulations to the leaders and members of PDP for their hardwork and loyalty.
“I pray for God’s abiding grace and wisdom for the Governor and his Deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu,” he concluded.
It would be recalled that Obaseki was on Sunday afternoon announced by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the winner of the Governorship election conducted in the State on Saturday.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Kiriji War: Leaders to celebrate 134 years of Yoruba unity
A coalition of Yoruba groups, prominent monarchs and leaders of thought will converge in Ibadan on Wednesday to celebrate 134 years of peace and unity in Yorubaland after the Kiriji War.
The Kiriji War, also known as the Ekiti-Parapo War, was a 16-year-long civil war between the Yoruba people where all the sub-ethnic groups either supported the Ibadan or the Ekiti.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the war came to an end on Sept. 23, 1886, which marked the beginning of unification of Yoruba Land as one.
Prof. Banji Akintoye, Convener of the event and President-General of Yoruba World Congress (YWC), said in a statement that Sept. 23 will now be celebrated as Yoruba National Day annually.
Akintoye said prominent Yoruba monarchs and warrior families would on Tuesday revisit the battlefields in Igbajo and Imesi Ile, Osun, and Oke Imesi Ekiti to pour libations and dedicate foundation stone to peace in Yoruba Land.
The YWC leader described the event as a reawakening and restoration of Yoruba history and culture.
He said that Afenifere Chieftain, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu of Yoruba Unity Forum, Justice Ademola Bakare (Rtd), Chairman, Yoruba Council of Elders, and Prof. Adetoun Ogunseye, National Council for Yoruba Women were among eminent Yoruba leaders of thought that would grace the occasion.
According to him, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi, and the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, are among prominent Yoruba monarchs expected at the ceremony.
“The purpose of the two-day ceremony is to unite the people of Yoruba Land towards achieving prosperity and development.
” The Owa Ooye of Okemesi, Oba Gbadebo Adedeji, Owa Ooye of Imesi Ile, Oba Ademola Akinyemi, the Owa of Igbajo and Oba Adeniyi Fashade, are the Chief Hosts of the event in their various communities on Sept. 22.
“The traditional rulers would also converge to address the Yoruba people at Okemesi, Ekiti, Igbajo and Imesi Ile in Osun, respectively, where the war started and where the peace treaty that marked the end of the war, was signed.
“The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji who is the Chief Host, would celebrate the day on Sept. 23 in Ibadan,” he said.
According to Akintoye, all the first class Yoruba traditional rulers from Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Kogi, Kwara, Edo, Oyo and Lagos States would be in attendance for the anniversary.
He urged all Yoruba sons and daughters worldwide to make their presence felt at the events, both physically and morally.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Wale Ojetimi
INEC commends stakeholders on successful Edo election, focuses on Ondo
Chairman, Independent, National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has commended all stakeholders who made the Saturday’s Edo state governorship election a success.
Yakubu gave the appreciation while winding down INEC Situation Room on the Edo Governorship election in Abuja on Sunday.
The chairman reminded all stakeholders that there was no respite yet for all as the attention would be shifted to Ondo where another governorship election would be holding on Oct. 10.
He said that three weeks after that, it would be the series of by-elections in 11 States, on Oct. 31.
Yakubu challenged all INEC staff members and participants in the conduct of elections in the country to prove that the success in Edo was not a fluke by the standard in the conduct of elections.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Donald Ugwu