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Rev Okoye urges Nigerians to return to God, shun tribalism, other vices

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Rev. William Okoye, General Overseer, All Christians Fellowship Mission (ACFM), on Sunday urged Nigerians to return to God, start doing the right things and shun tribalism, sexualism, and all other social vices.


Okoye, who gave the charge during his Wedding Solemnisation to Toyin Bello, at the ACFM, in Abuja, stressed that God remains the only way and there was no point wasting more time in sin and iniquity.

He said that things happening around us showed that Nigerians had deviated from the part which God created for us.

”The Government should be more responsible. It’s not the lack of capacity but unwillingless to do the right thing. I urge each and everyone of us to continue to pray and hope that God in his infinite mercies will see us through.

”I think we have limited resources because many of our leaders have stolen all our resources. If we still had those resources, we will not suffer what we are currently suffering.

”Unlike other countries, we lack palliatives to give to our people during this pandemic because of our irresponsible past and current leaders who have looted our treasury and subjected our people to needless suffering. 

”If this had not happened, we will have been able to cushion the effect of COVID-19. But with the limited resources we have, I believe the present leaders in government are doing their best.

”We must return to God with all our heart and do the right thing and also shun tribalism, sexualism and all other religious vices,” he said.

Bishop  Francis Wale Oke, Visitor, Precious Cornerstone University, said that God had turned the sorrow of the Okoye family into joy and their mourning into dancing.

Oke, who said he had known the family for many years now, stressed that the union was indeed orchestrated by God.

The Cleric, who urged the congregation to invite Jesus Christ into their lives and everything will be completed, added that life without christ is meaningless.

The New Bride, Mrs Linda Toyin Bello, who expressed joy and gladness,  said that she was so happy to be remarried to Rev. William Okoye.

Toyin stressed that everything happened for a reason and that God had given His approval for the marriage.

”We are all raised individually. If God has said go ahead who are we to say no. It’s not about looking at others or what people will say, it’s about following God’s will,” she said.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Politics

Group lauds Buhari on Edo Governorship poll

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The Southern Nigeria Peoples Mandate (SNPM), a political pressure group, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring hitch-free, fair and credible governorship election in Edo.


Mr Augustine Chukwudum, President of the group, made  the commendation while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Monday.

“We commend our amiable President for allowing the election to be free, fair and credible. This shows that the President is a democrat that every Nigerian must be proud of.

“This was not the case when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was at the helm of affairs of the Federal Government between 2003 to 2009.

“We are asking PDP at national level to thank the President for providing level playing ground for all candidates at the election, ” Chukwudum said.

He, however, congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election for a second term in office, adding that it was a victory well deserved after a keenly contested election.

“It is widely evident that the governor performed very well for the people of Edo in the past three years.

SNPM call on Obaseki to see his victory as divine mandate to improve on infrastructure in all communities in the state.

“Once more, we congratulate him and pray that the will of God would continue to shine in Edo,’’ he added.

 

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MURIC mourns Emir of Zazzau

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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on Monday expressed grief over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who passed on at the age of 84, in Kaduna.


MURIC director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola in a statement,  also commiserated with the head of the Nigerian Muslim community, the Sultan of Sokoto and the  Governor of Kaduna State over the death.

“The news of the passing away of the Emir of Zazzau is saddening.

“We commiserate with our leader, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

“Our sympathy also goes to the Zazzau Emirate Council, particularly the Yariman Zazzau, Alhaji Munir Ja‘afar and the good people of Zaria.

“Shehu Idris was the 18th Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council as well as the Kaduna State Emirate Council.

He added that the late Emir Shehu Idris was a diligent, pious and patriotic Nigerian.

He noted that his patience could melt Mount Everest.

“He once ordered his convoy to turn back and find another route instead of telling the police to attack a Shiite procession that refused to allow his convoy to drive past.

“May Almighty Allah overlook his shortcomings and grant him a lofty place in Al-Jannah Firdaus. May Allah give the family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he prayed.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the remains of the late Emir was laid to rest in the ’emir’s palace’ of the ancient city of Zaria, Kaduna State.

The funeral prayers were led by the Chief Imam of the Zazzau Emirate Council, Alhaji Dalhatu Kasimu, in the palace at 5. 35p.m. in accordance with Islamic rites.

In attendance were Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, Secretary to the State Government Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Yusuf Zailani, and other top government dignitaries.

The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, led the federal government delegation that included the Minister of Aviation,  Sen. Hadi Sirika, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,  Malam Garba Shehu, head of military and paramilitary, among others.

NAN reports that the monarch spent 45 years on the throne having ascended to the throne in 1975 at the age of 36, following the demise of Alhaji Muhammadu Aminu, the 17th Emir of Zazzau.

He attended Katsina Training College and taught at Hunkuyi.

He served as private secretary to the Sarkin Zazzau, Muhammadu Aminu.

He became the secretary of the Zaria Native Authority Council in 1965, took the title of Dan Madamin Zaria and became the district head of Zaria and Kewaye in 1973.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
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Kwara records 12 new cases of COVID-19, discharges 23 patients

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Kwara has recorded 12 more cases of COVID-19 while 23 persons who tested negative twice have been discharged.


Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement on Monday in Ilorin.

Ajakaye said that the new cases brings to 1025 the total number of confirmed cases so far in the state, with 822 patients discharged and 26 deaths recorded.

“As at 9:30p.m on Sunday, the number of active cases was 177 and 822 patients had so far been discharged and 26 deaths recorded,” said Ajakaye.

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Ganduje mourns Emir of Zazzau

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has commiserated with the people and government of Kaduna State over the death of Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who died on Sunday at 84.


In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, the Kano State governor described the death as a national tragedy and monumental blow to the nation’s traditional institution system.

He said “we lost a national hero, Alhaji Shehu Idris was an embodiment of humility, discipline, respect, statesmanship and exemplary leadership.

“His death leaves an indelible mark in the history of the Nigerian nation state.

“It is with sad note and deep sense of agony that we received the demise of this rare gem and a traditional leader of high repute with respectful global touch.”

Ganduje prayed for the reposed soul of the emir on behalf of the government and people of Kano State, to the families of the late emir, the Kaduna State government and the Zazzau Emirate.

“We pray for Allah’s blessing and forgiveness for the reposed soul of the great emir. May Allah forgive his shortcomings and reward his good deeds abundantly.” (NAN )

Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
Source: NAN

 

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