Ahead of the celebration of the Eid-el-Fitr on Sunday, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has congratulated Muslims on the completion of the Ramadan fast.
Ogunwusi also urged Nigerians to keep supporting government in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19.
The Ooni’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Ile-Ife.
Ooni, the Co-Chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers, explained that there were reasons to celebrate and thank the almighty Allah for His goodness and mercies in every situation.
“Celebration here is not the conventional merriment of social gathering as we all know that there is an order against that, especially in this situation we are all facing globally.
“We should celebrate in our various homes with our families by remembering Allah and why we should not give up in our hope of a better tomorrow.
“God in His infinite mercy shall accept our fasting and prayers including those we said against the rampaging coronavirus and other enemies of humanity.
“We’ve been through a lot together and we can’t but be grateful to God for keeping us.
“Although it is regrettable to realise that we cannot gather like before especially for the annual congregational prayers but we must make the best out of what we have.
“We hope and pray to be part of the brighter future when Coronavirus will be past and become history of life,” the Ooni said.
He warned Nigerians against violating government’s rules and regulations in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ogunwusi also urged Muslims to observe the laid down precautionary measures, including maintenance of social distancing, personal hygiene and regular hand washing among others.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Nigerians gifted with exceptional confidence, resilience, mental acuity – Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigerians are gifted with exceptional attributes of confidence, resilience and mental acuity.
He said that the attributes were best demonstrated in how Nigerians exceled even in other countries in sciences, medicine and politics.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the vice president delivered the keynote address at the 111th Founders’ Day Lecture of King’s College, Lagos.
According to Osinbajo, teaching young people Integrity, innovation and hard work is the foundation of a good society.
“Teaching young people that there are huge rewards from creativity, innovation with a culture of integrity in business and personal life, coupled with hardwork and diligence, is the foundation of a good and prosperous society.
“When people are nurtured in the notion that rent-seeking or the prebendal capture of wealth or benefit by access to power is the path to success, then the society will not prosper.
“A few will capture all the resources, everyone else will be poor or on their way there.”
Citing Edward Banfield, American Political Scientist, Osinabjo explained that the exceptional attributes did not free people from the moral basis of a backward society, which was the self-interested, family-centric society where often the public good was sacrificed.
He said that while receiving an education, the mind of a young person must be lifted up beyond self as education must teach the primacy of community, of the good and the well-being of the collective over self.
The Vice President said that the educational design and content must take into account, the current moral and social circumstances, as well as the physical and mental constraints we face as a people.
“There must be, as a rule, a prevailing moral standard, corruption or deviance must be the exception, not the rule.
“Concerns faced at the lower levels of our society; the problems of out-of-school children and the huge deficit in the education of girls,” he said.
For her part, Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, who was the guest speaker, commended the Federal Government’s response to COVID-19 through the Economic Sustainability Plan.
Mohammed said that scaling up infrastructure for connectivity will be crucial as well as access to digitalised curricula, digital skills training for teachers and students, and methods to protect privacy.
Other dignitaries at the event included the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who virtually-delivered a goodwill message from President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Security Adviser, retired Maj.–General Babagana Monguno.
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo and the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido II, among others also featured.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Youth hold key to sustainable democracy – Ekiti APC chieftain
Captain Sunday Adebomi, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday said that the youth are critical toward achieving the desired democracy in the country.
Adebomi, an an ex-governorship aspirant in Ekiti, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital.
He urged the youth to be more interested in active politics, remain focused, determined and ready to sacrifice to take their rightful positions politically.
Adebomi, who said that he joined politics to promote active youth involvement, noted that it was high time Nigeria youth shunned being blind followers to politicians.
“I found myself in politics and what really motivated me to go into politics was about the youth, our generation.
“Like I said, I have tasted a lot of things but to me, it’s like our youth can’t see clearly beyond their nose.
“They have been following politicians blindly without asking for what rightfully belong to them.
“Instead, they are praise singing politicians all because of little money they are getting from them.
“The younger generation should know that this is the time to stand up, time to be actively involved in politics.
“Time to prove that they can do better than our leaders if given the opportunity to serve.
“Our media houses misquoted President Mohammadu Bihari when he said that Nigerian youths are lazy.
“What he was only trying to say was that the youth were not standing up for their right.
“They are not fighting for what rightly belongs to them. He was trying to tell them that when he was like they he knew what he had done.
“All they need is courage, motivation, determination and prayers,” he said.
The Ise-Ekiti born APC Chieftain, urged the people of Ekiti to give Gov Kayode Fayemi-led administration the necessary support in order to consolidate on the achievements recorded and to further entrench good governance in the state.
He called on the aggrieved party members in the state to calm down, sheath their swords and reconcile their differences for future benefits.
“The only thing I am planning now is for Governor Fayemi and our Party, APC to succeed and the party to stabilise
“This is because it is only when the party stabilises, and the government succeeds, that anybody can plan anything.
“The only plan I have is to plead to whoever that is aggrieved, that feels ignored, to calm down,” Adebomi pleaded.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Donald Ugwu
Environmental advocates call for total ban of plastics
Some environmental advocates have called on the Federal and State Governments to find alternative and innovative ways of ridding the environment of plastic wastes.
The advocates made the call during a clean up exercise at the Bonny Cantonment, Victoria Island on Saturday in Lagos.
The exercise was carried out to commemorate the International Coastal Clean up Day marked annually on every third Saturday in the month of September.
One of the advocates, Dr Leslie Adogame, Executive Director, Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), called for the ban of single use plastics in the country.
“The government has to take bold steps to ban single use plastics and replace them with alternatives.
“We can no longer continue to die when we are alive by ingesting microplastics; corporate entities must have a paradigm shift away from plastics.
“This is not a sustainable way; plastic is not part of our system, because it is injurious to life, health and all life chain of this world, ” he said.
Also, the founder, Beach Samaritans, an NGO, Ms Adesola Alamutu, urged people to be part of the solution by consciously taking a reusable bag when they go out shopping.
Alamutu said: “One of the things I believe people can do is, when they go shopping and are offered plastic bags, they should refuse.
“The more the people who refuse, the less the plastic bags being used and thrown away.
“Also, the government needs to do a lot of enlightenment, especially in the major languages to educate people on the need to carry their bags when going out.
“Government should also ensure people are charged for the plastic bags; that way, people may be discouraged from using it.”
Also, the Founder, Kids Beach Garden, an NGO, Ms Doyinsola Ogunye, said a lot of awareness creation should begin from homes, schools, religious institutions.
Ogunye said also that people need to be consistent and continue to do things to protect the environment in their own little spaces for as long as possible.
“We have young children and we need to let them know that plastic wastes littered everywhere and in our water ways is not the kind o environment to grow up, ” she said.
Also, Mr Omotola Soares, Secretary to the Local Government, Eti-Osa, Imoyi, Obalende Local Community Development Area, urged people to support the government by being responsible.
Soares said that the government had carried out a lot of programmes to ensure the environment was clean.
“The government cannot do it alone; we all need to work together and take responsibility of our environment, because the environment defines who we are, ” he said.
In his remarks, the Director, Media and Online Visibility, Humanity Nigeria, an NGO, Mr Akinola Onanuga said the organisation would be carrying out an enlightening programme from Nov. 24 on dangers of plastics.
He said: “We are bringing up the Earth Festival in order to rid the environment of plastics and enlighten people that these plastics can be recycled and made into wealth instead of throwing it away and causing harm.”
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Edo electorate hail INEC, security agencies
The people also lauded the security operatives deployed in the area for demonstrating maturity and professionalism during the exercise.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that INEC ensured timely distribution of electoral materials, followed by accrediction and voting in the area.
Mr Matthew Iduoriyenkenwen, the former state Commissioner in the Niger Delta Development Commission, who voted at Umelu Primary School Ward 5, comprising Units 26 and 27, said that materials arrived early in the area.
Iduoriyenkenwen also said that accreditation and voting commenced simultaneously on schedule and in an orderly manner in Unit 27.
He said that although materials arrived late at Unit 26, the development did affect the peaceful conduct of the exercise in the area.
Mr Amadi Osayande, a former Controller of Edo Correctional Centre, described INEC’s performance at the poll as impressive.
Osayande also said that the exercise was peaceful and orderly at Oka Market, Ward 8, Unit 37, where he voted.
Mr Martins Evbuomwan, who voted at Abico Market, Ward 7 with Units 1 to 13, also lauded the peaceful conduct of the exercise in the area.
The situation was also the same at Ivbeiye-nvea Primary School, Ward 5, Units 1 to 17 and St. Marria Goretti Secondary School, Ward 6, 13 to 18.
Mrs Esohe Aihamoje said that materials arrived early and that accreditation and voting commenced on schedule.
NAN reports that operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Corps and police were seen in all the polling units visited.
However, in Uhunmwode LGA, there were cases of card reader failure during accreditation in some of the polling units visited.
Although INEC officials and materials arrived early at Oke-Orhue, Ward 4, Units 3, the card reader for Unit 3 could not function during accreditation.
However, the malfunctioning card reader was later replaced and accreditation and voting commenced at about 11: 35 am.
A voter, Mr Reymond Oshogbe, expressed delight over the timely replacement of the faulty card reader, adding that the process was calm and peaceful.
At Ehor, Ward 1, the headquarters of Uhumwode LGA, the electoral process was also peaceful with large turnout of voters.
Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Sam Oditah