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COVID-19: Cleric wants religious organisations to give palliatives to members



The Chaplain of Gray International College, Ede, Osun, Rev. Abraham Okunade, has urged religious organisations to give palliatives to members to help cushion the effect of government directives of stay-at-home to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Okunade told the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Osogbo that religious organisations must take steps toward providing palliatives for their members to help meet their needs at this period.

“Many Churches have shown some sense of love by giving palliatives in form of cash, food stuff and humanitarian services, which is highly commendable,” Okunade said.

The cleric urged all Christians to use the opportunity of Easter festivity to pray over the global health challenges which had seriously affected parts of the world.

“We don’t need to gather in a big church to celebrate Easter just as Jesus Christ said in the Bible that where two or three are gathered in His name, He is there.

“We need to use the Easter period to call on God to heal the land and forgive man of their sins which is one of the spiritually contributions to the issue on ground. (Ex 23: 25-26)

“Nigeria needs prayer at this time and the church must not go to sleep in their various houses, but fill in the gap and called on God for total healing and cleansing of our land,” Okunade said.

The cleric called on religious organisations to show love to their members by extending message of hope through the word of God, sharing of foodstuff, hand sanitisers and face masks to members.

Okunade said that such palliatives would help cushion the effect of COVID-19 among members and also go a long way in containing the spread of the virus.

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Divine intervention needed to eradicate COVID-19-Lawal



The President of the Muslim Community in Ifeland, Alhjai Ibikunke Lawal,  says humanity needs divine intervention  to combat COVID-19.

Lawal said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Ile-Ife.

He commended the efforts of the Federal Government in the fight against  the pandemic across the country.

Lawal, however, argued that closure of mosques and churches was not the solution to curtailing the spread of the COVID-19 in the country.

He appealed to government to open churches and mosques for Christians and Muslims to give spiritual support to government  to jointly tackle the pandemic.

“In as much as banks and markets have been opened with conditions, churches and mosques too must be considered  with conditions guiding them,” he said.

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Eid-el-Fitri: Return to Allah in prayer to end COVID-19 – Cleric 



The Chief Imam of Hosanna Mosque, Abakaliki in Ebonyi, Alhaji Ishaq Adamu has admonished Muslim faithful to continue offering prayers to end COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

Adamu made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria after observing Eid-el-Fitri prayers in Abakaliki on Sunday.

The Imam said that Muslims have had the opportunity to return to Allah during Ramadan and prayers to end the scourge.

“The pandemic is a sign that Allah wants both Muslims and Christians to get closer to Him through prayers to end the virus.

“I advise people to keep washing their hands, use sanitisers and face masks as directed by the government.

“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) team were at the Eid prayer grounds to observe the level of compliance and they were satisfied,’’ Adamu said.

He also urged the Muslim faithful to sustain lessons learnt during the Ramadan while they should extend palliatives supports to poor in the society.

“Some faithful have done well in reaching out to the poor in Onueke, Afikpo-North and Ohaukwu Local Government Areas with rice and money to cushion the effect of the pandemic and to enable them to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri with others.’’

Also, the Chief Imam of Central Mosque, Ogbe Hausa in Abakaliki, Alhaji Muhammad Labaran said the period required all to be patient, unite and support the governments.

Labaran, represented by Secretary of the central mosque, Usman Adam, was optimistic that the COVID-19 had increased mutual understanding among the people.

He urged the faithful to understand that the preventive measures ordered by the government were for safety and enable people to stay alive.

He promised to continue to enlighten people on the need for adherence.

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Eid-El-Fitr: Imam tasks Muslims on charity, love, humility, sacrifice



The Chief Imam of Minna Central Mosque, Sheikh Ibrahim Fari on Sunday, urged Muslims in the state to make the lessons of the concluded Ramadan fasting part of their daily lives.

Fari said this during the two rakaat Eid prayers held at Minna central Mosque.

“You have to always put into practice the lessons learnt during the thirty day Ramadan fast in your daily lives, which include charity, love, humility and sacrifice for maximum results,” he said.

The Imam also stressed the need for the faithful to always adhere to government advice on precautionary measures against Coronavirus to curtail the spread of the disease.

Also, Alhaji Nma Kolo, Special Adviser to Gov. Abubakar Bello on political matters, told newsmen that  government was doing everything possible to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Kolo reminded residents of the state that the ban on horse riding, traveling and gatherings were still in force.

He said that the measure was to save lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state has 26 COVID-19 cases.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Gov. Fintiri urges Muslims to pray against COVID-19



Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has urged Muslim faithful to pray for divine intervention against Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Fintiri made the appeal in a Sallah goodwill message issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, on Sunday in Yola.

The governor prayed Almighty Allah to accept all sacrifices and answer the prayers of the Muslim faithful because of the blessed  month of Ramadan.

“I urge Muslims to pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world so that life can return to normal.

“In this trying times of the novel Coronavirus pandemic, everyone is admonished to cooperate with the frontline workers by observing the necessary safety protocols and contributing their quota in helping to save lives,” Fintiri said.

Similarly, the leadership of two religious bodies in the state; Adamawa Muslims Council and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), had called on the people of the state irrespective of their beliefs to live in peace with one another.

They made the appeal in separate statements also issued on Sunday in Yola.

Most Rev. Dami Mamza, the CAN Chairman in the state, felicitated with the Muslims on the occasion, stating that their Christian friends wish to identify with their Muslim brothers at this special and spiritual time.

“Our bonds of unity and togetherness on such special occasions go a long way to foster fraternity between Christians and Muslims which is critically needed in such a polarised world.

“Informed by this spirit of love and unity, the Adamawa State Christians, specially pray for you and congratulate you as you mark this feast,” Mamza said.

On his part, Alhaji Gambo Jika, the Chairman, Adamawa Muslims Council (AMC), called on the Muslim faithful to live in peace and harmony for the development of the state.

Jika commended the Adamawa Government for intervening in the recent communal crisis in Lamurde Local Government Area of the state.

“We are appealing to the State Government to investigate the cause of the recent communal crisis in Lamurde and prosecute whoever is found guilty to serve as deterrent to others,” Jika urged.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Eid-el-Fitr  festival had witnessed low key celebration as a result of COVID-19 lockdown.

Citizens have been urged to adhere to the safety protocol measures put in place by experts and government to contain the spread of the disease, among which are regular hand washing and physical distancing.

In compliance with the measures, Muslim faithful observed their prayers in Mosques within their localities and there was low turn out of people to the mosques.

On the security of lives and property, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, the Police Public Relation Officer of the Command in the state, said there had been no report of breach of peace so far.

Nguroje said the command had deployed significant number of personnel across the state to ensure security of lives and property.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Etsu Nupe felicitates with Muslims, urges adherence to COVID-19 guidelines



The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has advised his subjects and Nigerians to respect all government directives and health guidelines to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Etsu Nupe, who is the Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers in Niger, gave the advice in a Sallah message in Bida on Sunday.

Abubakar appealed for intensified prayers by the Muslim Ummah and adherents of other religions in the country for God’s intervention on the dreaded disease.

He emphasised that COVID-19 is real, urging Muslims to pray and adhere strictly to the preventive measures as they celebrate Eid-el-Fitr.

The monarch, while congratulating Muslims on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast, emphasised the need for love for one another and support for the less privileged in the society.

He enjoined Muslims to reflect on the lessons of Ramadan and pray fervently for the nation to overcome COVID-19 and other emerging challenges

“I enjoin Nigerians to adhere strictly to all the safety measures against COVID-19 as advised by the government and health experts such as frequent washing of hands, social distancing and environmental hygiene at all times.

“If this is done by all of us, it will go a long way in curtailing the spread of the virus in our communities and the country at large,’’ Abubakar said.

He advised that the occasion should be used to rebuild the fabric of national unity and to reaffirm Nigeria’s common destiny as an indivisible entity.

The monarch urged Muslim faithful to continue to pray to God to assist President Muhammadu Buhari and other elected and appointed leaders to overcome current challenges in the nation.

He charged the people of his emirate to send their children to schools to acquire both Western and Islamic knowledge, saying that through education they would be emancipated from illiteracy and ignorance.

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Eid-El-Fitr: CAN prays for peace, good health, wealth



The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Niger chapter, has prayed that the completion of the Ramadan fasting by the Muslims translates into peace, good health and wealth for the state and Nigeria.

Rev. Mathias Echioda, the Chairman of CAN in the state, offered the prayers in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Minna.

Echioda called for true love among Nigerians and wished the Muslim faithful a happy celebration.

“The Niger chapter of CAN congratulates the Muslim faithful for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.

“We pray that the benefits of the fasting will translate into peace, good health and wealth for both Niger State and Nigeria,’’ he said.

He appealed to residents of the state to always wear face masks, respect the social distancing and take other precautionary measures put in place to control and contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Gov.Ugwuanyi calls for prayers, faith in God



Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, has urged Muslim faithful and Nigerians to remain resolute in their abiding faith in God through prayers and sacrifice as they celebrate the Eid-el-fitr.

Ugwuanyi, who made the call in a statement on Sunday in Enugu, congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, and other Muslims on the successful completion of Ramadan fast and wished them happy celebration.

The governor noted that the religious exercise would hep in the country’s collective efforts towards winning the war against COVID-19; as well as in sustaining the peace, unity and progress of the country.

According to him, all Nigerians need is to stay safe, remain steadfast in prayers and continue to love and cherish one another.

“This is an unusual time, not only for us as a people but for the entire humanity and the world.

“I, therefore, urge that we remain committed to the core values that strengthen the bond that brought us together as a prosperous nation, as we fight back in solidarity and in determined efforts to contain this COVID-19 pandemic,’’ Ugwuanyi said.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Ooni congratulates Muslims, tasks Nigerians on fight against COVID-19



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.

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Eid-El Fitri: Kwara Gov felicitates Muslims, reiterates ban on large gatherings




Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has felicitated the Muslim faithful on the completion of Ramadan fast, praying God to grant their supplications and reward their devotion.
This was contained in the Sallah message issued by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Rafiu Ajakaye and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Ilorin.
AbdulRazaq, however, called on the Muslims to observe their Eid prayers at home, as the ban on large social and religious gatherings was still in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We congratulate our Muslim brethrens on the successful completion of Ramadan fasting and pray Allah to accept it as an act of worship and forgive our excesses.
“We also pray Allah to grant all our supplications during and after the holy month, and give us long life and good health to observe several months of Ramadan in the best state of faith in God,” he said.
He described Ramadan as a time of complete and sincere submission to the will of God.
“It serves to purify our souls and train us to be disciplined, selfless and conscious of our Creator.
“We beseech all the people of Kwara and indeed Nigerians to internalise the takeaways and let them guide our daily existence for the sake of humanity.
“As the fast ends today (Saturday), we repeat that the 2020 Ramadan came at an extraordinary time of human existence.
“We are to tamper with certain rights and privileges to preserve the human race against the ravaging deadly coronavirus.
“To that extent, there shall be no large gathering for congregational Eid prayer or other large social gatherings in Kwara State this year,” he said.
According to the governor, all religious places are to remain shut until further notice, while malls and other related places must also prevent such conditions or interactions that can spread the virus.
“All of these are in line with the COVID-19 safety protocols, which have been designed solely to flatten the curve of transmission and protect the people,” the governor added.

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Eid-El Fitri: Cleric urges Muslim faithful to imbibe teachings, lessons of Ramadan



An Islamic cleric, Sheik Abdul Isola, has enjoined Muslim faithful to imbibe the teachings and lessons of Ramadan, and depart from evil.
Isola, the Chief Imam of the Islamic Centre, Uwani, Enugu, stated this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Enugu.
NAN reports that Ramadan, which is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar, is a period when all Muslims are expected to observe a compulsory one-month fast.
The cleric noted that “most times, the hardship and sudden calamities that befall men are as a result of sin and lack of fear of Allah in the way they carry on with their lives.
“The Holy Quran and Islamic scholars have taught us through the television, radio and other electronic platforms to strive to shun evil, embrace Allah and live in accordance with His divine instructions.
“We should not make any mistake about it; there is always repercussion for sins and evil doings; if it is not here on earth, it will be during the judgment day,’’ he said.
Isola, who is the Chief Missioner of the centre, also urged Muslim ummah to strive to live in peace with their neighbours, which he said, Islam, as a way of life, was noted for.
“We must also strive to live in peace with others, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Mohammed,’’ he said.
The cleric advised Muslim faithful, especially the wealthy ones, to pay their Zakkat (compulsory religious alms giving) and provide for the poor within their neighbourhoods during this season.
“There is the need for wealthy Muslims to provide for the less-privileged and the poor around them so that they too could share in the joy of the season,’’ he said.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Sen. Tinubu lauds Muslim faithful for their resilience, self-sacrifice



Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, on Friday commended Muslim faithful for their resilience, dedication and self-sacrifice as they complete the Ramadan.

Tinubu, in a statement in Lagos,
urged all not to be carried away with the celebration of the Eid-el-Fitr, but to be mindful of the directives and protocols put in place to protect the society at large.

“While we may not be celebrating communally as we have been doing in prior years, we must remember the vulnerable in our midst, lending a helping hand to those we can around us.

“Our total reliance on God in times like this, when help seems far fetched, brings to the fore, the greatness of God and the best in us.

“Interestingly, times like this are also a good time to birth new ideas and unearth discoveries for our survival, and for charting the way forward,”she said.

Tinubu noted that exigencies of a global pandemic and the resulting lockdown had greatly affected a number of things, including our norms.

According to her, like no other year in this lifetime, 2020 would not be forgotten in a hurry.

“We must therefore continue in the teachings of love, tolerance, discipline, self-control, and piousness, while praying continually for restoration of all that we have lost to this pandemic.

“I congratulate Muslim faithful in Lagos Central Senatorial District, Lagos State and Nigeria on the successful observance of the Ramadan fast and commemoration of Eid-el-Fitr.

“l commend your resilience, dedication and self-sacrifice in partaking in this very important pillar of the Islamic faith.

“I felicitate with you all and wish you the blessings of the season. Eid Mubarak!” she said.

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Eid-el-fitr: Sen. La’ah calls for prayers against COVID-19



A lawmaker, Danjuma La’ah, representing Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone at the National Assembly, has called on Muslim faithful to use the occasion of the Eid-el-fitr to pray for Nigeria, as the country battles with the coronavirus pandemic.

La’ah, who made this call on Friday while speaking to newsmen in Kafanchan, said that it was important to seek divine intervention to defeat the pandemic and other problems afflicting the country.

On the ongoing efforts to find a local cure for the virus, the lawmaker said the legislative arm was ready to provide all the necessary support for the relevant agencies.

He, however, implored Muslims to draw enduring lessons from the holy month of Ramadan, which included personal sacrifice and charitable giving.

“I want to call on Muslim faithful to keep the lessons of the holy month, which involves making sacrifices and helping the less-privileged.

“They should emulate the virtues of Prophet Muhammad by coexisting peacefully with others irrespective of their religious differences,” he added.

He called on residents to continue to observe safety guidelines on COVID-19 and also respect the lockdown order of government to curb the spread of the disease.

La’ah prayed for bumper harvest for farmers in the 2020 season, adding that he was working out modalities on his part to help local farmers achieve food security in the region.

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Cleric admonishes women to appreciate spouses



Hajia Khadijat Abdulsalam-Olayiwola, a female Islamic Cleric in Kwara, has admonished women to appreciate their spouses for whatever provision they make for the family.

Abdulsalam-Olayiwola made the call on Friday in Ilorin during her Ramadan tafsir.

She enjoined women to show support and appreciation for all the toiling their husbands go through to provide food and other basic necessities of life.

According to her, women must factor in the economic situation in the country and must not look down on what their husbands provide for them, no matter how small.

The cleric said Islam has warned women against showing ungratefulness to their husbands, adding that Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has said some women will be unfortunate in their actions towards their husbands.

She explained that Islam detest women who are abusive, quarrelsome ungrateful to their husbands, urging women to guard their utterances, as what they say would be used against them hereafter.

“Some women have the bad habits of cursing their husbands and children if provoked, this is very bad.

“Any woman who curses her children will not reap from them because she has already condemned them and Islam has forbidden cursing children and spouses.

“What you say against them will surely come to pass,” she warned.

Abdulsalam-Olayiwola also enjoined men to be fair and caring towards their wives, adding that some men deliberately deprive their wives even if they have the means.

She advised men to strive and make necessary provisions for the family, cater for their needs and not subject them to needy situations every time.

“Islam has warned that men who are wicked towards their wives and children will face the wrath of Allah.

“The fact that your wife is working, does not mean you will leave her with provision of food and other basic needs of the family,” she said.

She advised men who have this mentality to follow the injunction of Allah and fulfil their own part as husbands and fathers, while the women should also support efforts of their husbands for peace and prosperity to reign supreme in the family.

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Auchi monarch urges Muslims to pray Eid-el-fitr at home



Ahead of the Eid-El-Fitri celebration, which marks the end of the Ramadan fasting, the Otaru of Auchi has called on Muslims to observe the Eid prayer in their respective homes.

Otaru Aliru Momoh (Ikelebe lll), who is also the Vice-President- General Supreme Council for Islamic Affair, (NSCA), gave the advice on Friday in Auchi.

He said this was in view of the ravaging corona virus (COVID-19), which he described as a new phenomenon mankind that must be contained to prevent spread.

He added that it was the first time the world was experiencing the pandemic, noting that the event was a reminder to all to return to God.

The traditional ruler also advised Nigerians to continue to respect and adhere to the lockdown guidelines as well as the prophetic guidance of Prophet Muhammad in containing any pandemic.

He noted that Eid-El-Fitri, the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting with intense prayers.

He added that in spite of this
the usual congregational prayer would not hold at the various Eid prayer grounds across the state.

He stressed that there was the need for people to obey constituted authorities as such persons were placed in such positions by the Almighty Allah.

He also said that Sallat was an obligation, adding that wherever one does prayers what mattered was the person’s heart and sincererity to God.

The Otaru urged the Muslims to continue to show love to all creatures of A God as enjoined during the Ramadan period.

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Eid-el fitr: Cleric advises faithful to pray at home



Malam Yusuf Alfulani-Abdullah, Chief Imam of Uthman Bn Affan Mosque Ilorin, has advised Muslims to observe the Eid-el fitr (Sallah) prayer in their homes.

Abdullahi, who gave the advise in his Ramadan tafsir in Ilorin on Wednesday, said the directive is in compliance with the safety measures put in place to check the spread of coronavirus disease.

The cleric noted that Islam as a religion provided alternative means for its adherents to follow in event of situations such as the world presently found itself.

“Muslims can say the Eid prayer at home with family members, though traditionally the prayers are usually done with large congregations in mosques or open ground, but either ways Allah will hear the prayers,” he said.

He enjoined the faithful to continue to observe the physical distancing in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection.

Abdullah explained that similar experience was witnessed during the times and era of Caliph Umar, the companion of prophet Muhammad and he employed method of social distancing even in act of worship to protect people.

He urged Muslims to reach out to the indigent with their Zakat fitr, which requires the distribution of foodstuffs to the less privileged before Sallah day.

Abdullah explained that this was to afford the poor the opportunity to have something to eat and also celebrate the Sallah with the rich.

“The Zakat fitr are foods that can be used to celebrate sallah such as rice, or any other grains and should be given out on time to the indigent,” he said.

Abdullah advised Muslims to be grateful to Allah and show happiness even in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We should endeavour to dress well, show gratitude through Zaka fitr and pray to Allah for all his blessings in spite of the prevailing  circumstance,” he said.

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COVID-19: Cleric warns against flouting directives on Sunday worships



A Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki, Rev. Fr. Livinus Obijiofor, on Sunday warned the faithful to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 rules and regulations provided for worships to avoid being sent out of the church premises.

Fr. Obijiofor, the Parish Priest of St. Patrick, Kpirikpiri, Abakaliki,  gave the warning in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria , in Abakaliki.

NAN reports that the cleric was reacting to a report that some individuals had refuse to abide by the guidelines to combat the COVID-19 pandemic while attending Mass.

Obijiofor disclosed that some persons were asked to put on their face masks while in the church, but refused to obey the church wardens’ instructions.

“I was told that some persons refused using their face masks and were really adamant in observing the rules.

“But, I had announced to the church today that in subsequent Sunday Masses, any defaulter who fails to abide by the rules made available for safety will be sent out of the church’s gate,” he warned.

Meanwhile, the priest expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance on physical and Social distancing, hand washing, use of sanitisers and face masks by many of the faithful.

He said that the church had directed that only three or four persons would be allowed on a pew depending on the length of the pew to maintain physical distancing.

He said the church had decided to celebrate Masses simultaneously at different locations in the church premises following its population.

“Since we have crowd in the parish, Masses will be held simultaneously in the church house, some under trees and open fields to observe the social distancing and allow people have available Masses.

“We will have first and second Masses at 9am and 10am,” Obijiofor said.

He pleaded with the faithful to always follow instructions provided for safety to avoid spread of the virus, adding that it was better for the society and the nation at large.

Earlier, the Chief Security Officer of the church, Mr Solomon Nwafor, said that two security outfits of the parish were putting more efforts to ensure compliance of the federal and state governments’ directives.

He said the two security outfits were Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (CYON), and Men of Order and Discipline (MOD).

NAN reports that the church maintained the rules and observed time for church service given by the state government.

NAN recalls that the state government had lifted the ban on worship centres across the state with effect from May 15.

With the reopening of worship centres, all churches would observe their services or Masses only on Sundays from to

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Gospel preaching secret to all round success – Adeboye



The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye says preaching of the gospel remains the secret of all round success for every child of God.

Adeboye said this while admonishing the faithful on a live Sunday Service via Dove Television.

The RCCG G O disclosed that soul winning was the secrets of success for every child of God, taking his text from the book of Mark 16: 15-20.

He urged all Christians to preach the gospel so as to become successful in life.

According to him, if you become an active soul winner, you will begin to enjoy many benefits.

The benefits, he said, include constant answered prayers, Constant divine touch, supernatural strength and hearing from God.

“You don’t need to be a prophet to hear from God, only be a soul winner.

“Other benefits are miraculous supply, divine immunity, You don’t have to worry yourself about demonic attacks, evil arrow, poisonous foods, they will not be able to harm you.

“You will begin to enjoy divine partnership, God cannot become your partner and you will not be successful, God will always back you up, you will begin to enjoy divine excellence; become better than your colleagues.

“Also, you will live long if you are winning soul; a Christian that is not winning soul risks not living a long life,” he said.

Adeboye further emphasised that anyone who did not preach the gospel, would be in danger as a Christian.

He, therefore, urged all faithful to be wise by doing what the word of God says about winning souls.

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Ramadan: Scholar tasks Muslims on prayers



Prof. AbdulRazzak Alaro, an Islamic scholar, has called on Muslims to intensify prayers and increase their request during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

The don and cleric reminded the faithful that wishes are more likely to be granted during this period.

Alaro gave the advice on Friday in Ilorin while delivering an online Ramadan lecture.

He disclosed that in the last 10 days of Ramadan, there is a special night called ‘Night of Majesty’ in which prayers are accepted.

The scholar said that the night of majesty could be among the odd number of days in Ramadan, stressing that can fall on either 21, 23, 25, 2, or 29 day.

“Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that the Night of Majesty is equivalent to 83 years and anyone that is fortunate to ask for forgiveness and request from Almighty Allah during the night will be forgiven and the request granted.

“The followers of the Holy Prophet have been observing Itikaaf (staying in the Mosque throughout the last 10 days of Ramadan) since they were told of the special night in Ramadan.

“The Holy Prophet said that Itikaaf can only be observed in the Mosque, during the last 10 days of Ramadan, and can be done by men and women, but they will stay in different parts of the Mosque.

“People observing Itikaaf will only worship Almighty Allah without doing or participating in any other thing, than observe five daily prayers, recite Qur’an, observe nafilah prayers and listen to tafsir,” Alaro said.

He however said that due to the present condition of coronavirus pandemic, Muslims should observe their last 10 days of Ramadan at home, except for those that built a Mosque in their homes

COVID-19 has affected a lot of things in the country in terms of politics, education, social activities and even religion.

“Itikaaf is best done in the Mosque under normal circumstance, but with the situation of things now, people should stay in their houses and be steadfast in prayer.

“The Holy Prophet said that anyone that usually observe a certain Ibadah, but could not do it as a result of journey or sickness, Almighty Allah will record the same reward of the ibadah for the person,” he said.

The scholar said that people that usually observe Itikaaf and had the intention this year, but could not due to COVID-19, will still have the same reward as if they observed Itikaaf by the grace of Almighty Allah.

Alaro however said that those that have built Mosques in their houses can still observe Itikaaf in their various Mosques.

He urged those that does not have Mosque in their homes o continue observing their Tahjud nafilat prayer and other supplications.

The scholar prayed Almighty Allah to accept all our good deeds as an act of Ibadah and accept all our prayers, fasting and requests.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID 19: Gov. Umahi lifts ban on worship centres in Ebonyi



Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has lifted the ban on worship centres across the state with effect from May 15.

Mr Uchenna Orji, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Abakaliki on Friday.

He said that the decision was in response to passionate appeals made by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state.

“The re-opening of the worship centres must however, be under strict observance of the state laws and must be once a week.

“All churches are to observe their services only on Sundays from to

“Seventh Day Adventists and Muslim faithful are to observe their services on Saturdays and Fridays, respectively and also from to

“No religious centre shall permit more than 50 people and worshippers must observe a minimum of two metres social distancing from one another,” he said.

Orji said that wearing of face masks, washing of hands with running water and use of sanitisers must be strictly observed in all religious centres.

“No religious service is allowed to hold any other day than the days specified herein and which must be in strict observance of all COVID-19 laws and regulations.

“The CAN has a duty to shut any religious gathering and arrest the principal of the worship centre, which violates this order.

“The government requests all religious bodies in the state to use this window to create awareness among members on the protocols, policies, laws and regulations regarding COVID-19 as well as pray for the state and Nigeria,” he said.

Orji also urged religious leaders to use the opportunity to advise members on the need for aggressive participation in agriculture and other lawful means of livelihood.

“The CAN leadership and anti-COVID-19 committee on religious centres, are requested to mount strict monitoring of all religious centres in the state and ensure strict compliance and discipline,” he said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Cleric admonishes women to be patient in handling marital issues



An Ilorin-based female Islamic scholar, Hajia Khadijat Abdulsalam-Olayiwola, has advised women to exhibit patience in handling their marital matters.


Abdulsalam-Olayiwola, while giving the advice on Friday in her Ramadan Tafsir, said not even the involvement of their husbands in extramarital affairs should get them into fighting.


She said  that while such a discovery could be painful to bear for them as women, they should rather display maturity by being patient.


According to her, matters can degenerate, sometimes becoming fatal, if they indulge in physical or spiritual brawl with the mistresses of their spouses.


“If; in the cause of fighting, you lose your life, who will care for your children? Your children may end up suffering as a consequence of your actions,” she advised.


The  scholar also observed that women could also be their own problems, as they indulge in different escapades to get the attention of men, even of married men.


She, therefore, urged married women to slow down on suspecting and monitoring their spouses, adding that Islam warned against being suspicious without facts.


The cleric pointed out that if their spouses derailed and engaged in extramarital affairs, they should be willing to turn toward Allah in prayers and supplication, instead of steering up trouble.


According to her, some men can be so besotted with their mistresses, so much so that any unfortunate action taken by their  wives could prove fatal.


She, however, advised men to desist from oppressing their spouses, adding that Allah dislikes oppression and has promised dire consequences for those who oppress.



Edited By: Moses Solanke/Peter Dada (NAN)


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