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FOMWAN trains 180 Bayelsa youth to fight against child, women abuse



The Bayelsa chapter of the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) has enlisted the support of  the youth in its campaign against Child and Women abuse in the society.

Nigeria News Agency reports that some 180 youth drawn from the Niger Delta states of Imo, Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa are participating in FOMWAN training programme in Yenagoa

The four-day holiday programme is with the theme: “The Fight against Children and Women Abuse; A Task for All Muslims”.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the event on Thursday, Prof. Isa Ibrahim, Chairman of the occasion, noted that children and women are tender and must be treated with utmost care, attention and love.

Ibrahim, a don at the Niger Delta Teaching Hospital in Bayelsa, encouraged parents to invest in the education of their children as it was an integral part of their care.

He advised mothers to be observant and allow their children talk to them rather than reproach them to detect any form of abuse cases.

According to him, in the Islamic tradition the best of Muslims are those who are kind to young ones and women.

In her lecture Dr Qaabilah Lawal, described abuse as both physical and emotional, emphasising that those who often exploited those young ones were often relatives or close friends of the family.

Lawal , a medical practitioner at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, urged parents to properly inform and educate their children on what constituted abuse and also encourage them to report it.

She urged parents not to quarrel or argue in the presence of their children as it was a form of emotional abuse.

This, she said, could constitute dangers in their growth and well being undermining their self worth.

Also in a paper titled “Legal Remedies for Victims of Abuse” Mr Kamalideen Adekilekun, assured that there were legal remedies for victims of abuse under the legal system to protect children and women.

Adekilekun urged victims of rape to report incidence of abuse as many cases of violation were unreported due to the associated stigma.

Speaking on ‘The Future Youth”, the Chief Imam of Nigeria Navy School, Port Harcourt, Sheik Sikirullah Adekilekun, said the future belongs to the knowledgeable as the modern world is knowledge driven.

The cleric advised participants to seek knowledge to secure a place of honour for themselves in the future.

He also urged them to shun extremism and other conducts that undermined personal security and public safety.

Earlier, the chairperson of the organising committee FOMWAN South-South Youth Forum camp, Hajia Abimbola Bakare, commended the participants for their interest in the programme.

Bakare urged them to use the camping period to acquire skills and tips on how to prevent abuses and lauded donors who supported the association to host the holiday youth camp.


Cleric urges Christians to be relevant in church for the body of Christ to grow



Rev. Levi Obeagu of St Paul Anglican Church, Enugu state on Sunday urged Christians to be relevant in church activities for the body of Christ to grow spiritual and physically.

Obeagu, who gave the advice in his sermon during the Sunday service, said that participating in the works of God attract divine blessing more than being mere church goers.

He added that Christians should be pillars and not caterpillars in their churches urging them to help in building the church positively for it to stand firm.

The priest called on Christian mothers to make good use of all they learnt from their August meetings to help their families and the church to grow spiritually so that the society would be a better place for everyone.

The Cleric thanked all the women for making the August meeting a success, adding that the church would continue to support them in their good works.

He urged everyone to continue to live upright and always pray for God’s protection and mercy on the church and the society.


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495 Katsina pilgrims depart Makkah for Jeddah en route Nigeria



The first batch of 495 Katsina state pilgrims have left Makkah to Jeddah en route Nigeria.

Malam Badaru Bello, the Public Relations Officer of Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board, made this known in an interview with journalists in Makkah on Saturday.

He said the plane to transport the pilgrims was expected to arrive from Nigeria tonight, though he did not mention specific time as to the scheduled departure and arrival time of the plight in Nigeria.

He said that all the pilgrims scheduled for departure to Nigeria were in good health and high spirit, adding; “ we thank God that we have started transporting our pilgrims back to Nigeria in good time”.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the second flight is expected to depart Saudi Arabia to Katsina on  Monday, Aug 19.

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Cleric tasks Christians on righteousness, prayer



Pastor Ugo Nwajagu of the Anglican Church of Ascension, Achara Layout, Enugu, has urged Christians to continue to pray for unity and peaceful coexistence of Nigerians.

Nwajagu, who gave the advice in his sermon during the Sunday service in Enugu, said that to have a peaceful society, Christians must uphold righteousness and prayer.

He said that by praying and living uprightly, the society would overcome both its spiritual and security challenges.

According to the pastor, uprightness means wearing the whole amour of God, which include truthfulness, faithfulness, prayers and obedience to the word of God.

“The secret of Christian’s victory in any warfare is prayer and obedience because it is written in the Bible that obedience is better than sacrifice,” he said.

He called on Christians to always obey the words of God, the laws of the land and pray always for the society to move on well and peacefully.

He added that praying always helps every society to understand the challenges of life and as well overcome them.

“We should not allow the devil to tamper with our prayer life because once we begin to get weak in prayer, the society will begin to face a lot of challenges, “ he added.



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Eid-el Kabir: Abubakar urges prayers, says there is hope for Nigeria



Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), former military Head of State, on Sunday urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the peaceful co-existence and development of the country.

Abubakar made the remark in Minna, while speaking with newsmen after the Eid-el Kabir prayers.

He expressed optimism that there was hope for the country, saying that such prayers would help the nation to overcome current challenges.

Alhaji Ahmed Ketso, Acting Niger governor, who also spoke with newsmen, enjoined the Muslim faithful to always imbibe the spirit of love and brotherhood as enshrined in the Holy Quran and Hadith.

Earlier, Sheikh Ibrahim Fari, Chief Imam of Minna, who led the prayers, urged the Muslim faithful to always abide by the lessons of the Eid-el Kabir in their daily life.

Similarly, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, who also felicitated with Nigerian Muslims, urged them to emulate the Holy Prophet Mohammed and imbibe ideals of sacrifice exemplified by the Prophet.

Wike, in a Sallah message on Sunday in Port Harcourt, restated that the festival remained a season of love, peace, friendship and sacrifice, urging Nigerians to be tolerant of each other irrespective of religious differences.

He also assured the people of Rivers that government would work with security agencies to protect them against any danger.

Wike congratulated the Muslim community in Rivers on the Eid-el Kabir celebration, and thanked the people for the consistent support that had ensured his success over the years.

Edited by Dianabasi Effiong and Ephraims Sheyin

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Muslim faithful attend Eid prayers amidst tight security in Enugu



Muslim faithful in Enugu state attended the Eid-el-Kabir prayers on Sunday at 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Eid Prayer Ground amidst tight security.

Nigeria News Agency reports that both worshippers and vehicles were subjected to thorough screening at the entrance to the prayer ground.

In a sermon, the Chief Imam of the division, Lt.-Col. Muhammad Auwal, urged the Muslim faithful to share love to others and live in peace with their neighbours.

Auwal, who was represented by Sgt. Muhammad Abdulkareem, said  the celebration was about sharing and contributing to the welfare of others.

He also urged them to continue to make sacrifice for the betterment of the nation as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim in the Holy Quran.

“Our lives must reflect sacrifice and the sacrifice is meant to better our society and neighbourhood.

“Today and onward, you must strive to be your brothers’ keeper and share what you have with others to propagate love and oneness,’’ he said.

The chief imam also urged the faithful to be fervent in prayer for peace and security of the country.

The cleric further prayed for peace, progress and unity in the country as well as Allah’s guidance for the nation’s leaders.

“Let us continue to pray for Allah’s grace and guidance for President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders in the country,’’ he said. [NAN]







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