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2023: VON boss lauds El-Rufai over support for rotational presidency



Mr Osita Okechukwu, the Director General, Voice of Nigeria (VON), has commended Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State for his support for continuation of the rotation of presidency from North to South.

Okechukwu, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said that El-Rufai’s support for the sustainability of the rotation convention which midwifed the 4th Republic Nigeria, was a vital plus.

Okechukwu however said that although the governor did not mention what part of the south the rotation should go to, “the most important thing is that Malam El-Rufai is a major political actor and a foremost northerner.

“Joining the agitation for the continuation of the rotation convention of presidency from North to South is a vital plus,” he noted.

The VON boss said that the Southeast deserved a Falae and an Obasanjo model, where the two main candidates would come from the two dominant political parties, that is the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He said that the southern belt, ‘Ndigbo’ or the southeast in particular were the only geopolitical zone that had not presided over Nigeria since the advent of the rotation convention.

According to him, all equity and good conscience perspective agrees that it is the turn of the Southeast.

Okechukwu noted that although it was unwritten, but everyone understood it and that in some parties like the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), it was even written in its constitution, but that the norm was breached in 2015.

He, however, urged all politicians to honour and understand and abide by the consensus, except there was an extenuating circumstance compelling them to set it aside.

“To me, this is a patriot statement from the most qualified northerner who ordinarily could have placed personal interest above the equity, natural justice and good conscience, which the rotation convention engenders his.

“His selfless stance is why one commends him for his uncommon patriotism. Malam El-Rufai, no doubt, is eminently qualified as one of the most performing governors in this dispensation,” he said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola


 Sanwo-Olu to virtually inaugurate projects go mark one year in office



In fulfilment of his promises to renew infrastructure in critical sectors, Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is to inaugurate housing, education and road projects as part of activities to mark one year on office.

The state  Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, said in a statement on Sunday, that some of the projects would be  inaugurated virtually while the others would be  on-site.

He noted that Sanwo-Olu’s administration would be one year old on May 29.

The official said that a number of programmes had been slated to commemorate the anniversary.

He said that the governor would visit Ikorodu to inaugurate the  360-unit Lagos Homes and visit Igbogbo Baiyeku IIB Estate,  Lekki, and the Courtland Villas on Femi Okunnu Estate during the weeklong celebration.

”In the education sector, Sanwo-Olu will conduct virtual inauguration of completed classroom blocks in Maya Secondary School, Ikorodu; Eva Adelaja Junior School, Bariga; and Saviour Primary School, Ifako-Ijaiye, among others.

”Virtual inauguration of completed works such as the Concrete Jetty in Baiyeku, Ikorodu, Aradagun-Ajido- Epeme Road in Badagry, and the Maryland Signalisation project also form part of the itinerary to commemorate the anniversary

”Prior to May 29, Sanwo-Olu will deliver Children’s Day address on May 27, which coincides with the 53rd anniversary of the state,” he said.

The commissioner said that the anniversary events would not  be held elaborately, in order to reflect the realities and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

”This is not a time to engage in any elaborate celebrations.

”The governor, however, considers it essential to render an account of his service to Lagosians since he was voted into office a year ago,” Omotosho said.

The commissioner said that in the next few days, the anniversary programmes would begin  at the J.J.T Park in Alausa, with press briefings by some  members of the state executive council.

He said that commissioners and special advisers would present their scorecards in tandem with the six pillars of the state’s T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.

He  said that the daily briefings had been scheduled to run from May 27 to June 3, with two sessions daily.

”Three special publications highlighting the achievements of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration and testimonies of beneficiaries of various initiatives of the government are slated for presentation to the public by the governor and his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat.

”Sanwo-Olu remains focused on fulfilling his campaign promises to Lagosians and determined to accomplish set targets in spite of the temporary setback occasioned by the economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

”The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be an interesting alteration to our ways of life,” he said.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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COVID-19: Lagos discharges 12 females, 19 males



Lagos State Government has announced the recovery and discharge of 31 more novel coronavirus patients, comprising 12 females and 19 males.

Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu made the disclosure in a statement.

He said that  the patients were discharged from isolation centres after  testing negative for COVID-19  two consecutive times.

”Good people of Lagos, I have more great news from our isolation facilities. Today, 31 fully recovered COVID-19 Lagos patients – 12 females and 19 males – all Nigerians, were discharged to join the society.

”The patients – one from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba; 13 from Onikan, 11 from Gbagada, five from Agidingbi and one from Lagos University Teaching Hospital Isolation Centre – were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative for COVID-19.

”With this, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from our isolation facilities has risen to 738,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He said that the discharge of COVID-19 patients was encouraging.

The governor thanked frontline health workers for progress being made.

The COVID-19 Incident Commander urged the state residents not to relent in the battle against the global pandemic.

He said that they should continue to practice hand hygiene, wear masks and observe physical distance.

”If we continue to do the right things and obey the stipulated public health safety guidelines, the chain of COVID-19 transmission will be broken in our state,” he said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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Data: Ondo Gov.’s wife to unveil website on widows 



Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has concluded plans to unveil a website to avail government of the data needed to help improve the lives of widows in the state.
Anyanwu-Akeredolu, in a statement issued by her Media Aide, Oluwatobi Fademi, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Akure, gave the website as
According to her, the availability of data will enable the government impact meaningfully on the lives of the widows, particularly as they are one of the most disadvantaged groups in the society.
She added that through the data, government would be able to reach them easily for palliatives and further capture them in its policies and programmes.
While emphasising the importance of data gathering and record keeping in policy planning and formulation, the governor’s wife stated that it would enable government know and understand their areas of needs, agitations and desires.
She stressed that through the data uploaded on the website, government would have access to information about the widows for further processing, research and evaluation.
Anyanwu-Akeredolu said that the present government in the state remained committed to the provision of projects that would impact positively on the lives of the people and be emulated by other states.
She appealed to widows in the state to take advantage of the opportunity by logging on to the web page and registering as soon as possible.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Ebonyi House of Assembly has been enjoying financial autonomy under Umahi — Speaker



The Speaker, Ebonyi House of Assembly (EBHA), Chief Francis Nwifuru, on Sunday said the House had been enjoying financial autonomy since the inception of Gov. David Umahi’s administration.

Nwifuru said this in a radio programme monitored by News Agency of Nigeria in Abakaliki.

He was reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s signing into law an executive order granting financial autonomy to states’ legislature and judiciary.

The EBHA Speaker  said the executive order was a welcome development.

He, however, added that it was not new in Ebonyi because the House had  long been enjoying financial autonomy from the state’s executive arm led by Umahi.

“This has been a struggle in the country between the executive, legislative and judiciary arms of government to be autonomous financially and administratively.

“Fortunately in Ebonyi, the governor understands the principles of separation of powers and within six months in office he constituted the state House of Assembly Service Commission.

“The law governing the commission was passed in 2011 but no one ever constituted the commission.

“I presented the matter to the governor and within six months in office, he approved and constituted the commission immediately,” he said.

Nwifuru recalled that the National Assembly had passed the House of Assembly autonomy into law – 4th alteration; section 121 (3) of the constitution.

“Once the section had come into place after the President’s assent, whatever is due to EBHA will go to it and it will make a financial management law in the House.

“The governor assented to this law which entails that every fund meant for the House must be transferred directly to it,” he said.

He commended Buhari for signing the law, noting that it was in line with the constitution of the country.

“The president has given more clarifications and directives to ensure that the financial autonomy is implemented 100 per cent.

“We are, however, lucky in Ebonyi because what the President signed is exactly what is happening in the state,” he said.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Legislative autonomy: A’Ibom speaker lauds Buhari, urges colleagues to exercise caution



Speaker of Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, Mr Aniekan Bassey, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for signing into law Executive Order No. 10, of 2020, for the implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary. 

Bassey made the commendation on Sunday, in Uyo, while fielding questions from newsmen on the legislative autonomy.

He, however, warned his colleagues not to take the autonomy as an avenue for legislative “rascality”, but as a means of cooperation among the three arms of government.

He described granting financial autonomy to the legislative and judicial arms of government across the country, as a means of ensuring smooth conduct of government businesses within the three arms of government.

Financial autonomy granted to the two arms of government does not call for ego-tripping, nor is it for muscle flexing with the executive arm of government.

“It is meant for cooperation in smooth running of affairs among the three arms of government.

“It is also meant to reposition governance in the three arms of government, whereby, each arm works assiduously in changing the social, political and economic narratives of the people,” Bassey said.

He said that the three arms of government must, as a matter of necessity, continue to  cooperate and collaborate with one another, towards effective service delivery for the overall benefit of the people.

The speaker added that there was also the urgent need for all the three arms of government to continue to synergise, in a bid to address the numerous socio-economic challenges confronting the country.

He commended Gov Udom Emmanuel of Akwa  Ibom, for efficiently carrying along other arms of government, by ensuring quick and timely releases of their budgetary allocations, even before the coming into effect of the law.

The speaker also called on all state governors to continue to see the other two arms of government as partners in progress in the task of nation building.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Buhari had on May 22, signed into law the Executive Order giving state legislature and judiciary autonomy.

The autonomy is expected to strengthen institutions of the two arms of government at the state level, to make them more independent and accountable in line with the tenets of democracy, as enshrined by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as Amended.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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Ex-lawmaker urges Muslims to pray for end of coronavirus



A former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Olusegun Olulade, told Muslims on Sunday to use the Eid-el-Fitr celebration to pray to God to heal Nigeria and the world of COVID-19.

In his Sallah message to Muslims, Olulade said they should pray to God so that normalcy would return to the world, particularly Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Eid-el-Fitr is celebrated after successful completion of the 30-day Ramadan fasting.

Olulade, who represented Epe Constituency II from 2011 to 2019, lauded Muslims for going through the fasting, in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.

The lawmaker told Muslims to remain committed to the teaching and lessons of Ramadan.

“The fasting may have come and gone but as Muslims, you must not forget all the lessons learnt during the Ramadan period. We must remain committed to all these lessons.

“As we celebrate Eid-el-Fitri, we must not forget that the world is going through a devastating period because of coronavirus.

“Our ways of life are not what it used to be. Today, we cannot do some things the way we use to do them before.

“Today, Muslims cannot go to the praying ground to observe Eid prayers. We cannot gather to hold Sallah celebration.

“This is indeed, a trying time for the world but in all, we should appreciate Almighty Allah for counting us to be among those who are witnessing today.

“You may not have the opportunity to go to praying grounds for prayers but we should use today to ask God to heal the world of this pandemic so that normalcy can return to the world.”

Olulade prayed that Allah would give the faithful opportunity to celebrate many more years in good health.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Silas Nwoha (NAN)



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SDP loses Cross River chairman



The Social Democratic Party (SDP) on Sunday announced the death of the Chairman of the party in Cross River, Chief Etta Onghiri.

The National Chairman of the SDP, Chief Supo Shonibare, made the announcement in a statement, signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed, in Abuja.

Shonibare described Onghiri as an active progressive leader, who spent most of his life championing the cause of the party and the people of Cross River.

He said that Onghiri’s death was shocking to both the SDP and the people of Cross River.

“Onghiri was a man, who spent a considerable period in the progressive wing of politics and made great efforts in deepening the support base of SDP in Cross Rivers State.

“It is a pity that we have lost his continuing participation in the struggle and efforts to elevate SDP into a prominent position in the leadership of competing parties.

“He would have made SDP to emerge as the truly progressive party with the well being of the people being the main objective policy of government.”

Shonibare commiserated with the family of the late chairman, the SDP leadership and members of the party.

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Sen. Tinubu urges graduates to acquire entrepreneurial skills



Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, has urged graduates to acquire entrepreneurial skills to be able to compete in the labour market, especially during the post COVID-19 period.

Tinubu gave the advice at the closing ceremony for the Work Experience Programme (WEP) organised for graduates in her constituency.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme started in November 2019 with no fewer than 260 graduates across the constituency who underwent the internship programme.

The exercise was conducted with the purpose of empowering youths with requisite work ethics, inculcating customary code of polite behaviour and promoting positive workplace culture.

They empower youths in the Lagos Central Senatorial District via ensuring employability and adequate preparation for the labour market.

Tinubu, represented by
Mr Wahab Alawiye-King, one of the facilitators at the programme, said apart from acquiring certain employability skills, graduates needed self-confidence to succeed in the job market.

The senator said that the programme was designed to make the participants ready for the labour market, which she said was highly competitive and hostile.

“Nobody envisaged COVID-19 pandemic, hence to succeed in such environment, one must acquire additional skills.

“We are in the era of working from home and as such, we must acquire extra skills in order to meet up with the challenges of Post COVID-19,” Tinubu said.

According to her, employers are looking beyond degree holders in today’s dynamic world, noting that most companies want graduates with skills that match available jobs.

She said that graduates need to acquire digital skills to be able to compete in the labour market.

“Post COVID-19 has opened our horizon and expanded our scope, and as a result, ability to adapt and adopt in the work environment is of essence.

“So far, 245 interns were involved in the exercise and 185 have been posted to different organisation, both the government and private establishments,” Tinubu said.

She said that conmmunication skills, leadership skills, interactive skills, analytical skills and IT proficiency were parts of the major requirements needed by today’s employers, urging graduates to improve themselves.

”We always say there is rise in the unemployment rate that graduates left schools for so long and they are still at home.

”But, the reality is that the jobs are not there; and many graduates do not have the skills and competencies to compete and pick up the few jobs.

”So, our young people must know that to get a job, they have to be ready. They need to acquire the right skills.

”We are in a digital economy; l urge them to engage other people and strive to acquire skills that could get them the better opportunities of being employed,” she said.

Tinubu said she conceived the idea of WEP to equip graduates with relevant skills to enhance their employability in the labour market and make them have practical work experience.

“They undergo training under the programme in government and private establishments.

According to her, the programme is committed to the wellbeing and welfare of the people of her constituency.

She, therefore, urged graduates to improve their confidence level for success.

In his remarks, Mr Omiyale Adejare, the Chairman Yaba LCDA, commended Tinubu for the kind gesture, saying it was a laudable programme.

Adejare said the programme would impact positively on the lives of the people.

He called on other politicians to emulate such in planning and developing youths in their district.

Adejare advised youths not to relent on their efforts, urging them to continue to search for knowledge in order to empower themselves.

A participant, Opeoluwa Akintola, a graduate of University of Lagos, also commended Tinubu for the programme, saying that it would go a long way to uplift graduates in the area.

Also, Miss Yetunde Shitta-Bay, a graduate of Public Administration, also expressed her appreciation for the N40,000 given to each participant.

Shitta-Bay advised youths not to depend solely on white collar jobs, urging them to have other means of livelihood to eradicate unemployment in the society.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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COVID-19: Rotary club distributes palliatives to people living with disabilities in FCT



The Rotary Club of Abuja Cosmopolitan district 9125,  has distributed palliative items to some physically challenged persons at the Karamajiji Disabled Colony, along Airport Road, Abuja Municipal Area Council, FCT.


The items were donated as part of efforts to cushion the effect of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which had been ravaging the world since its outbreak.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donated items include tubers of yam, loaves of bread, cartons of sachets Milo and milk as well as sugar.


While presenting  the items, the out-going President of the club, Ms Chinwe Ogbuka, said that the Rotary Club, as a humanitarian organisation, offered the gesture to support the people who were one of the less privileged groups in the society.


Ogbuka said that the Karamajiji Disabled Colony was one of the adopted communities the club had been supporting in the past two years.


She noted that the initial plan for this year was for the rotarians to have breakfast with the people, but that the COVID-19 pandemic stopped the plan.

“We decided that come what may, we have to execute our project in compliance with the circumstances that we find ourselves, which required social distancing. That is why we have come to present what we have to them.


“Fortunately, it also coincided with this year Salah celebration. We say let us use this opportunity to put smiles on the people’s faces,” she said.


Ogbuka explained that the whole idea was to make the people feel at home and have sense of belonging as well as make them realise that some people cared about them.


Also speaking, the incoming President of the club, Mrs Violet Obioma urged the disabled people to keep their environment clean, especially during the COVID-19 period.


Obioma also advised them to always wash their hands with water and soap, visit the hospital whenever they or their children are feeling sick, as well report any suspected case of COVID-19 to the hospital or appropriate authorities.


She urged them to put their trust in God and serve Him with all their hearts saying, “God is the ultimate.”


The club Ground Patron, Mr Agbo Williams said the gesture was one of the ways the club assisted the less privileged, who struggled to meet their daily needs.


Williams noted that but for the social distancing order by the NCDC, occasioned by the COVID-19, the rotarians in their usual practice, would have loved to socialise and share love with the disabled persons, to make them feel loved.

“We are only privileged to have our two legs and two hands, not because we are too special before God but nature made us to be this way.

“That is one of the reasons I am happy to come and associate with them because we are all one,” he said.

Williams advised the disabled people not to be discouraged because of their conditions but always be grateful and prayerful to God Almighty.


Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mohammed Dantalle, the Secretary to the Chief of People Living with Disability in FCT, commended the club for the gesture and for coming to share love with them.

Dantalle said that the period of COVID-19 has been challenging for people living with disabilities.


Dantalle, who commended Nigerians and the government for coming to their aide, however, urged them to do more, in assisting persons with disability.

“We want people and government do more, in terms of providing food for us.


“If possible, let us be placed on a small monthly allowance by the government, so that our people can use that to take care of their families.


“We are all family people. We have about 429 families here in the community  with disabilities, and we also have our able bodied brothers and sisters numbering over 5,000 people,” he said. 

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: SDP felicitates  Muslims, calls for prayers against COVID-19



The Social Democratic Party(SDP) on Sunday congratulated  Muslim faithful across the country on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and the occasion of Eid- el-Fitr.

Chief Supo Shonibare, National Chairman of the party, in a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed, congratulated Muslims for successful completion of the Ramadan fast.

Shonibare said that it was imperative to express gratitude to God for his mercies and benevolence during these troubling times.

“This year’s Ramadan and Eid- el-Fitr, is coming at a time of a virulent pandemic and economic downturn and great uncertainty.

“It is therefore good to give gratitude to God for his mercies and benevolence in granting the request of all, especially in this troubled time of Covi-19 pandemic.

“We congratulate all Muslims after having observed the dictates of Ramadan fasting and abstained from all pleasurable desires in an effort to be worthy of God’s mercies, forgiveness and favour,” he said.

He called for more prayers over the current global crisis and urged all Muslims while celebrating the Eid- el-Fitr to adhere and comply to all preventive measures against the pandemic.


Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Obike Ukoh (NAN)

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Tinubu Eulogises Oba Akiolu on 17th Coronation Anniversary



The All Progressives Congress (APC), National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, on Sunday eulogised the  Oba of Lagos,  Rilwanu Aremu Akiolu on his 17th coronation anniversary.

Tinubu praised the traditional ruler in a congratulatory message signed by his media adviser, Tunde Rahman on Sunday in Lagos.

Tinubu noted that his reign had not only helped to foster peace, stability and tremendous development in the state, but also brought unity and cohesion within the traditional institution in Lagos.

“I congratulate His Royal Majesty, Oba Rilwanu Aremu Okikiola Akiolu ‘Olowo Eko,’ on his 17th coronation anniversary.

“Oba Akiolu has offered focused, committed, purposeful and dynamic leadership in Lagos.

“His reign this past 17 years has helped in engendering peace, stability and development in the state as it has also brought unity and cohesion within the traditional institution in Lagos and beyond.

“A foremost traditional ruler fondly called ‘Olowo Eko,’ Oba Akiolu has led the way for other royal fathers in Lagos to follow and has given unwavering support to government’s policies and activities in Lagos, “Tinubu said.

He noted that  his wise counsel was  invaluable and had  helped in navigating difficult junctures during his time as governor.

Tinubu said that in the same fashion, the Oba Akiolu had also made his tremendous experience and wisdom available for successive governors after him including the present governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“I pray that his reign continues to bring forth peace, stability and prosperity to Lagos State.

“May God grant Oba Akiolu the grace of long life, good health and increased wisdom. Kabiyesi, ki ade o pe lori, ki bata o pe lese, ki esin oba o jeko pe ooo, ” Tinubu said.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Felix Ajide (NAN)


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Eid-el-Fitri: Sanwo-Olu urges Muslims on path of spirituality, peaceful coexistence



Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has urged Muslims to continue on the path of spirituality and peaceful co-existence among every Lagos resident.

Sanwo-Olu in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, on Saturday, congratulated Muslims in the state on the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan fasting and the celebration of Eid-el-Fitri.

He said that the occasion of Eid-el-Fitri was very significant to Muslims across the world, as it marked the end of one month of abstinence from worldly pleasures with fasting and prayers, observed in accordance with the Islamic injunctions.

”Today, I join millions of people around the world to wish our Muslim brothers and sisters in Lagos State and in Nigeria happy Eid-el-Fitri.

”For Muslims, today’s celebration is very unique. It is a feast to mark the end of a month-long spiritual renewal following 30 days of fasting and other religious acts.

”Ramadan was a period that you denied yourselves the worldly pleasures, turned to your creator for total cleansing and upheld other religious values.

”Such values as the reaffirmation of your duty to serve one another, helping the poor and the vulnerable in the society, offering gratitude, showing compassion and generousity among other good deeds that guide your faith,” the governor said.

He reminded the Muslim faithful of the new reality caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, as it had altered the way people live, work and celebrate.

”Traditionally, the end of Ramadan is marked with fanfare, where thousands of worshippers head to various designated praying grounds in their localities for special Eid prayer, followed by festive gatherings, visits to families and friends, gift exchanges, feasts among friends, neighbours and relations.

”However, these activities, which are a reflection of joy and happiness of the season cannot hold this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

”As we celebrate, I want us to remember that our fight against the COVID-19 is not over. Let us reflect on the last two to three months of our lives as individuals, as a state and as a nation.

”We should also remember our health care workers and thousands of COVID-19 patients who would have loved to be at home to celebrate with us at this moment.

”Therefore, I implore all to celebrate moderately with our families.

”My wife and I hope the occasion of Eid-el-Fitri brings joy to every Lagosian irrespective of religious inclination. Eid Mubarak,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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Eid-el-Fitri: APC urges Nigerians to imbibe Ramadan lessons



The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on Muslims to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan, which include personal sacrifice, charity, sobriety and self-discipline.

APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu said this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, congratulating Muslims on the successful completion of the 2020 Ramadan fasting and the celebration of Eid-el-Fitri.

“As we complete this important religious obligation, we join the Nigerian Muslim community in beseeching Allah to accede to all their prayers and accept their fasting as an act of worship.

“It is our hope that the important lessons of Ramadan, including personal sacrifice, charity, sobriety and self-discipline will not cease to be part of our ways of life in the months and years ahead.

“At this critical period of our nation’s history, these noble virtues should continue to guide our daily activities as we strive to fulfill our duties as good citizens of this great country,” he said.

The Party’s spokesman also urged Muslims to stay safe amid the Coronavirus global pandemic.

“In our continuous efforts to stem the spread of this virus, the APC urges all Nigerians to adhere to public health guidelines and instructions, including safe distancing, use of face masks at public places among others.

“On the part of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, no effort is being spared at mitigating the negative impact of the pandemic on our people.

“Finally, we call on Nigerians to keep supporting the government in its determined quest to make our great country secure, peaceful and prosperous,” he said. 

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
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Lagos discharges 45 more COVID-19 patients



The Lagos State Government has announced the recovery and discharge of 45 more coronavirus patients, after they tested negative twice to the virus.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said in a statement on Saturday that 707 patients had now been discharged from the isolation centres.

”Good people of Lagos, I bring you great news from our isolation facilities.

“Today, 45 fully recovered COVID-19 Lagos patients; 22 females and 23 males, all Nigerians were discharged to join the society.

”The patients, 19 from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, 3 from Onikan, 8 from Agidingbi, 7 from Lekki, 1 from Eti-Osa (LandMark) and 7 from Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Isolation Centres, were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID-19.

”With this, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from our Isolation facilities has risen to 707.

”As we look forward to more great news in the coming days, I urge you all to take responsibility and play your part for a COVID-19 free Lagos,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Eid-el-fitr: Atiku advises government to make people’s welfare priority



Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has advised governments at all levels to ensure that the welfare of the people is a priority in planning for the post COVID-19 era.


Abubakar gave the advice in a statement he issued on Saturday in Abuja  to mark this year’s Eid-il-fitr celebration.


 He urged people in leadership positions all over the world to learn from countless examples of how Prophet Muhammed (SAW) and his immediate disciples who took the welfare of the people as priority in administration of a state.


“This time calls for sacrifice in leadership. This is no time for extravagance and living in luxury,” the former vice president said.

Abubakar enjoined Muslims to continue to remember that it was part of their faith to protect all lives and to abide by regulations from those in authority.

He said that the protocols about avoidance of crowded places, social distancing and regular washing of hands were for the benefit of humankind.

According to him, it is incumbent upon Muslims to do their best both in action and in prayers to ensure that the world is healed of this deadly virus in the earliest possible time.

“Just as it was a Ramadan like none other, the Eid-il-fitr celebrations marking the end of the fasting this year too would be epochal.

“I am sure there would be very few Muslims alive today – if any – who had witnessed a Ramadan fasting like the one we just had, and Eid celebration such as we would have this year without the mandatory congressional prayers.

“We fasted this year without spiritual acts of worship that accompany the Holy month of Ramadan like attending tafsir (evening sermons before breaking of fast), sharing of iftar with family, friends and the needy, and even the voluntary seclusion during the last ten days of the blessed Ramadan.

“But all these strictures could not have made our fasting less valid because, as Muslims, we believe that everything that happens is with the command of Almighty Allah.

“We are taught in the scripture and the Sunnah of Noble Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that God would test our faith individually and as an Ummah.

“The current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic is a test from Allah, and having fasted as we are enjoined as Muslims, let us continue to remember that it is part of our faith to protect all lives and to abide by regulations from those in authority, especially during a time of great uncertainty like this.”

He wished all Nigerian Muslims and their counterparts across the world a more special celebration, filled with pleasant moments as they pray together and enjoy the day with their families.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Akande lauds Buhari’s appointment of Ibrahim-Imam as TETFUND chairman



Chief Bisi Akande, former Interim National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Kashim Ibrahim-Imam as Chairman, Board of Trustees, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

Akande, a former Governor of Osun, made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday.

He described Ibrahim-Imam, who was a former Presidential Liaison Officer, as the party’s cornerstone hitherto overlooked in appointments.

He said Ibrahim-Imam played a crucial role in the merger of legacy parties, culminating in the birth of APC.

“When Buhari’s government, perhaps inadvertently, gave Ibrahim-Imam no position, Tinubu requested me to talk to Buhari on Ibrahim-Imam’s behalf.

“I refused because I presumed that there must have been a dangerous disconnect between the APC and its government.

“Now that the president has approved a position for Ibrahim-Imam in government, I congratulate President Buhari and I also congratulate Ibrahim-Imam.

“I also sincerely congratulate the APC. I hope that from now on, the party and the government can learn to work in sync.

“Ibrahim-Imam’s appointment shows that the rejected stone has been reserved for the corner of the house,” he said.

Akande said Ibrahim-Imam is the son of Alhaji Ibrahim-Imam, who used to be the Leader of Opposition of the Action Group (AG) in the old Northern House of Assembly.

The former interim chairman said Ibrahim-Imam was in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) during the Babangida era, and later became a Special Adviser to President Obasanjo on Senate Matters.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Eid-El Fitri: Ondo lawmaker distributes food items, cash to Muslim constituents



Mr Toluwani Borokini, a member of the Ondo House of Assembly, representing Akure South Constituency I, on Saturday, distributed food items and cash to Muslims in his constituency, in commemoration of this year’s Eid-El Fitri.
Borokini congratulated the Muslims on the successful completion of Ramadan fast, in spite of the biting effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said that the gesture was in accordance with his tradition of reaching out to, and identifying with, religious groups in his constituency during religious festivities, irrespective of their ethnic affiliations.
The lawmaker, while commending their steadfastness and endurance throughout the fasting period, expressed appreciation to them for their prayers and support since his assumption of office about a year ago.
Borokini urged party members in his constituency to unite in order to ensure that the re-election of Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu became a reality.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Titilayo Ajisafe, commended the Borokini for striving continually to meet the demands of his constituents in his little capacity.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Borokini, the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, is also the Chief Whip of the Assembly.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Eid-el-Fitr: Gbajabiamila, Wase congratulate Muslims, urge prayers against COVID-19



The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has congratulated Muslim faithful in Nigeria for concluding this year’s Ramadan fast and marking Eid-el-Fitr peacefully.

Gbajabiamila said this on Saturday in Abuja in a congratulatory message by Lanre Lasisi, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

According to the statement, he also urged the Muslim faithful to pray fervently for an end to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has been ravaging countries all over the world, including Nigeria.

The speaker urged Nigerian Muslims to imbibe virtues such as feeding the needy, being their brother’s keepers and prayers for peaceful coexistence that usually come with the month of Ramada

He said Muslims should also adhere strictly to the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), whom he described as the best for all Muslims to emulate.

“I bring to Nigerian Muslims warm greetings at this season of Eid-el-Fitr.

“It is a season of remembrance of the good things that the Almighty Allah has done in our lives.

“Unfortunately, this year’s Eid-el-Fitr will be celebrated low-key, not by our own making, but that is how our Creator wills it.

“That is why we all must return to Him in prayers to bring an end to this COVID-19 pandemic.

“Let’s also pray for an end to insecurity and other challenges that we face as a nation,” the speaker said.

Similarly, Ahmed Wase, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, urged the celebrators to ensure that Sallah was held in an atmosphere of peace, harmony and unity.

In a Sallah massage issued by Umar Puma, Chief Press Secretary, he urged Muslims to follow the guidelines issued by the constituted authorities

Wase enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims,, to use the opportunity offered by the Eid-el-Fitr to pray for the end of COVID-19 global pandemic.

“We are currently passing through difficult health challenges as evidenced in the daily increase of COVID-19 cases that have claimed the lives of many Nigerians.

“The Sallah period is an opportunity for all muslims to pray for an end to this pandemic.”

He urged all Muslims to respect the restriction on congregational worship, and apply  the lesson learned in the month of Ramadan by imbibing the virtues of humility, love, kindness and tolerance.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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Financial autonomy to legislature, judiciary, invaluable Sallah gift from Buhari – Assembly Speakers



Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria have lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Executive Order granting financial autonomy to legislatures and judiciaries of  all states.

In a statement through their chairman, who is also the Speaker of Lagos State Assembly, Mr Mudashiru  Obasa, the Speakers  described  the development as the best Sallah gift from the president.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the president, on Friday evening , signed an Executive Order 10,  granting financial autonomy to state legislatures and judiciaries.

NAN reports that the executive order came months after Obasa had led a team of his colleagues on a visit to the president where he made the demand.

The Executive Order 10 signed by president Buhari makes  it compulsory for the 36 states to always include the allocations of the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets.

The order also made  it mandatory for the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF)  to deduct the amounts due to state legislature and judiciary from monthly allocations of states that refused to implement the order.

“This is the best gift President Muhammadu Buhari has given the legislative arms of state governments at this Sallah.

“This is coming at the end of the Ramadan; it means God truly answered the prayers of the member state legislatures, through the president.

“No doubt, this order will further make state legislatures independent of the executive arm of their various governments.

“It will also boost healthy competitions among state legislatures in pursuit of advancements and developments,” they said.

They said the committee set up by the president had the mandate to ensure the implementation of the financial autonomy in line with section 121(3) of the country’s constitution as amended, just as they commended members of the implementation committee for putting in their best.

The Speakers urged beneficiaries of the Executive Order to see it as a further push to unite the country, and for them to play roles for the  growth, peace and progress of the nation.

They thanked the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), led by Gov. Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, for its support during the events and meetings leading to a final decision of the President.

They also  commended the Attorney-General of the Federal AGF), Abubakar Malami, for his roles that eventually resulted in the signing of the order by President Buhari.

Edited By: Chioma (NAN)  Ugboma


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Eid-Él-Fitr: Obi urges Muslims to pray for Nigeria’s greatness



Former Anambra governor, Mr Peter Obi, has urged Muslims to pray for Nigeria to attain true greatness.

Obi, who was the Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 General Elections, made the call in a statement on Saturday.

The statement was issued to felicitate with Muslims as they ended the 30-day Ramadan fasting and prayers.

Obi said that Nigerians needed to intensify their prayers for the nation’s progress.

He said that the Eid-el-Fitr had prepared the faithful with the needed spiritual strength to approach God for His compassion on the nation.

Obi also enjoined the Muslims to use the period to pray to Allah to forgive Nigerians their trespasses and help rescue the country.

“Let us use this solemn time to ask God to end the endless blood-letting in our land and help re-direct our leadership at all levels so they can put the country first in all they do,” he said.

Obi noted that the  COVID-19 pandemic had affected the nation’s socio-political and economic foundations.

He said that it would take leaders with the fear of God to steer the nation’s affairs.

Obi, who wished  all Muslims a happy Sallah, reminded them that the sacrifice of fasting for 30 days should be translated into kindness and good deeds in their relationship with others.

Edited /Oluwole Sogunle

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