Former President of the Senate, David Mark, has urged Nigerians to use the Yuletide to pray for peace, progress and political stability in the country.
Mark, in a statement signed by his media aide, Paul Mumeh, said seeking divine intervention would enable the nation to overcome the present security challenges and the myriads of socio-economic and political problems confronting the country.
The former president of the senate, who was addressing Nigerian pilgrims to Jerusalem at St. Mulumba Catholic chaplaincy, Abuja, before their departure to the Holy Land on Sunday, told them to put Nigeria first saying, “the nation needs divine intervention to conquer her problems”.
” I am very optimistic that with fervant prayers, commitment and honesty of purpose, the nation can surmount the present challenges once and for all,” he said.
He also reminded the Pilgrims that going to Jerusalem was primarily a religious obligation and not an opportunity to engage in commerce or buying and selling.
Mark urged those in authorities to ensure justice and fairness in all their dealings.
He said that justice and equity promotes peace and unity.
He also urged the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of Nigeria while in the Holy Land by obeying the laws of the host nation.
The former president of the senate warned against absconding from the Holy Land, saying that the consequences of such action would be unimaginable.
Earlier in his homily, Chaplain of St. Mulumba Catholic Chaplaincy, Rev. Fr. Innocent Jooji, urged the Pilgrims to be guided by rules of pilgrimage reiterating that “it is purely a religious experience to strengthen our faith in God”.
Jooji also advised them to take the experience seriously so that they would be the needed change agents that would facilitate positive development in Nigeria.( NAN)
Edited by: Abdullahi Yusuf
Availability of fuel, local rice at Yuletide excite Oshiomhole
The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has lauded the Buhari administration for ensuring the availability of petroleum products and locally produced rice during the Christmas and New Year festivities in the country.
Oshiomhole made the commendation when he addressed State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.
He said the president’s decision to encourage local production of rice in particular, has made it possible for Nigerians to patronise home grown rice during festivities, like the yuletide season.
”Few years back, people were always afraid of what will happen during the Christmas season, all your money, all the little money you are saving to take back home to celebrate with your people, you end up patronising ‘Black Market’ to buy a litre of petrol at two, three, or four times the value and sometimes it is adulterated.
”And we see pictures of people who are stranded across the country because they cannot access petrol.
”I also think that we ought to celebrate the fact that we are able to celebrate Christmas and New Year and people have rice everywhere that were not imported from other countries – Nigerian made rice.
”Now if we can sustain this policy for another one year or two years and Nigerians get used to eating Nigerian rice and our farmers get a ready market for rice, obviously, that aspect of food security would have been put behind us.
”I believe it is something that we should commend the President for what he has done and the courage to put Nigeria first before any other sentiment.
”So, we can say that we can see a gradual revolution taking place in the agricultural sector,” he said.
The APC chairman observed that Buhari’s 2020 New Year message was unique and has given a lot of hope to Nigerians.
He said: “We also thought that giving the reactions of some oppositions, we reassured Mr President that there was nothing wrong and we are indeed happy with the New Year message to Nigerians.
”The responsibility of every leadership is to inspire hope. Life is sustained and driven by hope and the challenge of leadership is not to join the people to lament that things are terrible, to give up and join the people in wallowing in self-pity.
”The principles of leadership is to inspire people, give them hope and in this case, in line with the principles of accountability and democracy, democracy is not only about voting and everybody goes to sleep.
“It is all about explaining periodically what he is doing, what he is going to do differently and what he hopes to accomplish within a given time. And I think that is what the President’s new year message sought to do.”
Oshiomhole assured Nigerians that going forward in 2020, the APC would ensure that ”it takes into account all the mistakes it made in 2019 so that the party will be more stronger, more coherent and more peaceful”.
Edited by: Muhammad Suleiman Tolahttps://nnn.ng/availability-of-fuel-local-rice-at-yuletide-excite-oshiomhole/
Yuletide: Politician distributes wrappers, food items to widows in Nasarawa
Mr Jacob Agegana-Kudu, a politician, has distributed wrappers and food items to about 150 widows of Ogba community of the state to enable them celebrate Christmas and New Year with joy.
Agegana-Kudu was the African Democratic Congress (ADC) candidate for the Nasarawa Eggon East Constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly in the 2019 general election.
Ajegana-Kudu made the distribution on Sunday at Ogba, Akun Development Area of the state.
He said the gesture was to improve on the lives of the beneficiaries during and after the Christmas and New Year celebration.
He however urged the widows to remain focus and be committed to their daily activities in the interest of their families and for societal development.
The politician also enjoined the widows to take the death of their loved ones as an act of God while urging them to give topmost priority to the education of their children.
“Today’s distribution is meant to put smiles on the faces of these widows to enable them celebrate Christmas and New Year with joy.
“This gesture is under my Youths and Women Empowerment Scheme which is geared towards improving on the standard of living and welfare of the widows.
“In the previous years, I have empowered a lot of women and youths with soft loans to enable them engage in business for self reliance.
“I have also empowered many youths with motorcycles, vehicles, Keke Napep, sewing machines, students with school fees and many others with different challenges.
“This is done in order to change their lives positively and for the betterment of the society,” he said.
Besides, Ajegana-Kudu urged the beneficiaries to always remain peaceful and engage in meaningful ventures in their interest and for the overall development of the country.
“My advice to the beneficiaries of my empowerment scheme is that they should make the best use of their opportunities and live up to expectation so that everybody will be proud of them,” he added.
Ajegana-Kudu used the forum to congratulate and wish Christians and other Nigerians a peaceful yuletide.
He also advised Nigerians to embrace farming in order to boost the nation’s food security, self reliance and to contribute their quota to national development.
The philanthropist assured of his continued determination to key into peoples oriented programmes that would improve on the lives of the less privileged in the society.
Also speaking, Messrs Ibrahim Musa and Mike Anzaku, Gov. Abdullahi Sule Personal Assistant (PA) on Special Duties, and Chairman, Eggon Cultural Development Association (ECDA), Ogba Chapter, respectively, commended Ajegana-Kudu for putting smiles on the faces of the women and urged God to reward him abundantly.
Responding on behalf of the widows, Madam Elizabeth Angbaki, appreciated the gesture and urged other politicians and well meaning Nigerians to emulate him.
Edited by: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
Yuletide: Mrs Buhari felicitates with Christians
Yuletide: Mrs Buhari felicitates with Christians By Ahmed Ubandoma Felicitation Abuja, Dec. 25, 2018 (NNN) As Christians in Nigeria join their counterparts across the globe to celebrate Christmas, the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has extended her heartfelt congratulations to Christian community in Nigeria. Mrs Buhari, who sent her felicitations to the Christian […]
Yuletide: Mrs Buhari felicitates with Christians
By Ahmed Ubandoma
Abuja, Dec. 25, 2018 (NNN) As Christians in Nigeria join their counterparts across the globe to celebrate Christmas, the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has extended her heartfelt congratulations to Christian community in Nigeria.
Mrs Buhari, who sent her felicitations to the Christian community through her tweeter handle on Tuesday in Abuja, urged them to use the period to pray for peace, prosperity and sustainable development of Nigeria.
According to the message she retweeted from her Future Assured platform, the wife of the President said: “wishing you a wonderful Christmas filled with happiness and may the coming year be filled with blessings “.
(Log-in to: official tweeter account of the wife of the President @aishambuhari).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that Christmas is celebrated every Dec. 25 by Christians around the world to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christmas is a time when families, friends and well wishers come together to celebrate. (NNN)
Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola https://nnn.ng/yuletide-mrs-buhari-felicitates-with-christians/
Yuletide: Federal Secretariat records low turnout of civil servants
Yuletide: Federal Secretariat records low turnout of civil servants By Kate Obande-Okewu Resumption Abuja, Jan. 2, 2019 (NNN) Following the Christmas and New Year holidays, civil servants in the FCT resumed their official duties in Abuja on Wednesday with low activities. The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) recalls that the Federal Government had declared Dec. […]