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.
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.
Kebbi : Cleric urges Muslims to exhibit high sense of maturity in religious obligations
The Chief Imam of Umar bin Khattab Jumma’at mosque Birinin Kebbi, Ustaz Nasidi, has urged Muslim faithful to exhibit high sense of maturity in their religious obligations to promote peace and tolerance.
Nasidi made the call in Kara, Birini Kebbi, while delivering his Jumma’at sermons on Friday.
“I call on all Muslims to conduct themselves to exhibit Islamic obligations and seek for spiritual forgiveness from Allah against hell fire.
” Muslims should be of good conduct, honesty and desist from unlawful acts and seek for Allah’s forgiveness at all times before death,” he said.
He also called on Muslim Ummahs to obey their leaders and prayed for sustainable peace and stability in the state and the nation in general.
The cleric advised Muslims to be law abiding as well as disregard any act that would tarnish the practice of the religion , saying that Muslims should continue to show love, forgiveness and respect for one another.
He urged Muslim faithful to practice what they preach and allow the Holy book guard whatever they do or say.
“We should promote Muslim religion,traditional and cultural values especially to the children in preference to adopting foreign cultures as well as to ensure proper moral upbringing of our children,” he added.
Edited by: Julius Enehikhuere/Tukur Muntari.
Yuletide: Sanwo-Olu’s wife urges Nigerians to be security conscious
Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the wife of the Governor of Lagos State, on Wednesday urged Nigerians to be security conscious as they travel during the festive period.
Represented by Mrs Atinuke Olowo, Sanwo-Olu urged people who would be travelling during the festive period to be careful and drive with caution.
I encourage everyone to be calm, especially those traveling.
Drivers should drive with care and everyone should be careful and security conscious.
I pray that there will be divine touch on every Nigerian and those in the executive, legislature and judiciary, and that there will be change for good,” she said.
Rev. Ayo Oladotun, the Presiding Chaplain of Chapel of Light Church Alausa, Ikeja, urged the Christian faithful and others to allow the light of God to radiate in their lives in the Yuletide and beyond.
Oladotun said, ” God is light and His plan is that we become light.”
The cleric said that anywhere there is light, there are positives, true profession, clarity and beauty, which are are the things God wants for Nigerians.
We should allow God to use us to spread His light, irrespective of whatever religion we practice,” he said.
Oladotun advised Christians to all go out and be the light of Nigeria.
He said that everyone should do everything in moderation as Christmas approaches.
They should not overdo anything, and if it is extremely important for one to travel, they should be discreet, be security conscious and above all put their trust in the Lord,” he said.
The cleric urged the federal government to put in more effort to alleviate the suffering of the masses.
I urge the government to put in more effort to alleviate the suffering of the people.
I pray that the prosperity in Nigeria will go round,” he said.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the highlight of the service was the presentation of scholarship to three students to help in furthering their education.
The beneficiaries are Mr Kunle Adeolu, Mr Jeremiah Asuquo and Miss Jumoke Oladimeji.
COSCF also presented money to 10 widows known as “Jesus wives” working in the public service to better their lives.
Also, 13 public officers were recognised and given awards for their contributions, dedication and commitment to COSCF.
They include the wife of the governor; the Chief of Staff, Mr Tayo Ayinde; and the Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola.
There was a large turnout of public officers at the service.
Edited by: Oluwole Sogunle
Challenges: Anglican Bishop urges Nigerians to hope in God
The Anglican Bishop of Kubwa Diocese, Rt. Rev. Duke Akamisoko, has urged Nigerians to put their hope in God in the midst of challenges facing the country.
Akamisoko made the call in Abuja at the dedication of an ultramodern vicarage at the Church of the Pentecost, Anglican Communion, Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Lugbe.
He said: “Despite the difficult times, we should put our faith in Christ, love one another and believe that God will take care of all that we have.
Christ is the answer to our problems, despite all the challenges, our trust and faith should be in Christ and He will take care of us.
Rev. James Etor, the Vicar of the Church, who reminded Christians the importance of keeping faith in God, noted that it was the same faith that saw to the completion of the vicarage.
Etor noted that the edifice which was completed within one year, cost the church and its members about N20 million.
He urged them to uphold their faith in God especially now that the Christmas was fast approaching.
There were times we feel it’s too tough to move on and yet God inspires us and we translate the same to the people, and today we are happy for the achievement.
As we prepare for the Christmas, it should be a season to renew our hope and resolve in following Jesus Christ, more so that he is the centre of the season.
The Christmas season is a very significant period to the church, for Christians and indeed the whole world.
Except a man that is not sincere, otherwise, as Christians, we should have several reasons to thank God, essentially for Jesus Christ who saved us from the shackles of sin.
“We owe him thanks eternally, we must be thankful to God for preservation and protection upon us and keeping us safe in 2019 in the midst of uncertainty and difficulty,” Etor said.
Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz
Don calls for service to Allah, as OAU MSSN inaugurates new executives
The Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria has inaugurated a new central executive council that will pilot its affairs for the 2019/2020 academic session.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the inauguration ceremony took place at the institution’s central mosque on Sunday.
In a lecture delivered at the occasion, the Guest Speaker, Dr Ajao Adiyatullah of the Department of Animal Production, University of Ilorin, reiterated the purpose for which God created man which, he said, was to serve Him.
“In all that we do, we must ensure that we serve Allah because that is the only thing He expects from us.
“We should have this at the back of our mind that one day, we will die and what will remain are our goodwill and the service we rendered while on the planet earth.
“We should, therefore, serve Allah with our whole heart,” he added.
In his words, the Chairman of OAU Muslim Community, Prof. Isiaka Aransi said it was a privilege to serve in Allah’s vineyard, as nothing was more rewarding than that.
NAN reports that Aransi, who is the institution’s Dean of Students’ Affairs, was represented by Dr Lukman Olasunkanmi.
The new executives included: Sanusi Abdulmalik, Amir (President); Owolabi Ibrahim, Naibu Amir (Administration and Planning); Amoo Naheem, Naibu Amir (Islamic Affairs); Bello Muktar, General Secretary; Araromi Abdulhammed, Islamic Affairs Secretary and Azeez Akinola, Public Relations Officer.
Others were Olayiwola Abdulrahman, Central Faculty Coordinator; Adebayo Ismail, Internal Auditor; Adewuyi Naseemah, Financial Secretary; Salawu Abdullah, Director of Studies; Aderinto Ibrahim, Secondary School Coordinator and Fatai Lateef Adesina, Asset Maintenance Officer.
The remaining executives were Abdulsalam Ibrahim, Chief Security Officer; Dhkirullahi Abdullah, Librarian; Abdulsalam Muminah, Amirah; Muritala Mujeebah, Naibu-Amirah; Sanni Nafees, Sister’s Circle Secretary and Raji Rukoyah, Sister’s Circle Public Relations Officer.
The ceremony was witnessed by Alhaji Musa Afeiye, Bursar, Postgraduate College, and Mrs Musiliat Nasir, Deputy Director, Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
Others present at the ceremony included Mallam Taofeek Olayoonu, Amir MSSN, Osogbo Central Branch; Mallam Abduljeleel Arikewuyo, Amir MSSN, Osun State Area Unit and Mallam Raji Saheed, Chairman, (Shuror), Selection Committee, among others.
In his acceptance speech, the new Amir said his emergence and that of other executives was a great opportunity for them to serve members and humanity generally.
Abdulmalik said that Allah had favoured them to be the ones to pilot the affairs of the society for the next one year.
In her remarks, Mrs Nasir implored the new executives to be alive to their responsibilities and not shirk their responsibilities as Muslim students’ representatives.
“You are the mirror others are looking at now; therefore, you cannot afford to disappoint the Muslim body,” she said.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Gov. Obaseki cautions intending christian pilgrims against absconding
Obaseki, who gave the caution at a one-day Orientation/Retreat held for the intending Pilgrims on Thursday in Benin, also urged them to be good Ambassadors of the state and Nigeria at large.
The governor was represented by Ms Itohan Bazuaye, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youths and Special Duties.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the orientation/retreat, organised by the state Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, has as theme: ‘’Pilgrimage: A tool for Moral Transformation and Spiritual Rebirth.’’
The governor said that the essence of the orientation was to physically and spiritually prepare the intending pilgrims for the journey to the holy land.
He said that the theme of the retreat was apt and timely, adding that the nation needed transformation and rebirth.
“Our poor value system and attitude must change. If we must succeed, then, every Nigerian and particularly believers who have visited the Holy Land must take their rightful position as transformation builders, ‘’he said.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Edo Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Bishop Oyonnude Kure, said the retreat was aimed at correcting all wrong impressions concerning pilgrimage.
“It is not for tourism and not for business. It is to fulfill God’s injunction, “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee, whose heart is set on pilgrimage (Psalm 84:5), “he said.
He thanked the state governor for providing the needed finances, logistics and medical team to ensure a successful 2019 pilgrimage.
An intending pilgrim, Prof. Jacob Unuigbe, said the retreat was a welcome idea, adding that it had exposed participants to the benefits of pilgrimage and ways to conduct themselves in the holy land.
“I want to specifically thank the state government for organising this retreat, it has exposed us to the type of journey we will be embarking on.
He expressed optimism that none of the intending pilgrims would abscond during the pilgrimage, adding that intending pilgrims had been thoroughly screened for them to participate in the exercise.
Edited & Vetted By: Joseph Edeh/Dada Ahmed
Church donates borehole to Kaduna community to ease water shortage
The Redeemed Christian Church in Jaji, has donated a borehole to Wusono community in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, to ease water shortage in the area.
General Overseer of the Church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, said in a message to the inauguration of the borehole on Sunday, that it was part of church’s commitment in providing laudable projects aimed at uplifting the living standards of the people.
Adeboye who was represented by Assistant Pastor in charge of Kaduna region, Pastor Asegbare Brown, explained that the project was also in line with the church’s social responsibility.
He maintained that the church has made it a point of duty to impact positively on host communities by sinking boreholes, donation of hospital equipment and assisting the less privileged.
He also stressed that the gesture was part of its contribution towards complimenting the efforts of government in providing basic social amenities to the people.
Adeboye assured that the church will not relent in its efforts aimed at putting smiles on the faces of people.
Earlier the Pastor in charge of the province, Pastor Oyekanmi Kadiri said water is life, a basic necessity required by the community to safeguard their health.
Also speaking, Pastor in charge of the area, Pastor Dele Sonoiki explained that the the project was conceived owing to the difficulty the people of the community encounter in having access to quality drinking water.
Sonoiki urged the beneficiaries to maintain the facility, assuring that more communities in the area will benefit from the gesture.
In a remark, community leader, Mr Emmanuel Aket, expressed gratitude to the church for the gesture and appealed to other organisations to emulate the initiative.
Edited & Vetted By: Maharazu Ahmed
Fear of God, panacea to immoralities in Nigeria – Cleric
The National President of United Aladura Churches (UAC), Most. Sup. Evang. Samson Banjo, has said that the fear of God is the only solution to all the immoralities currently plaguing Nigeria.
Banjo stated this during at a news conference to herald activities marking the 15th anniversary celebrations of the church, on Friday in Ile-Ife.
He lamented the rate at which crimes, especially rape and abduction, were being perpetrated in the country, saying it was so alarming.
“What is even more worrisome and totally abhorred is the rising rate of incest and sexual assault on minors, sometimes even by their own relatives.
“It is even disgusting that some Christians and the so-called ministers of God are not exempted from all these evil acts, such as kidnapping, abduction and rituals, among others,” he said.
The cleric called on governments at all levels to enact laws that would spell out more stringent and corrective punishments for offenders.
He urged the security agencies to deal decisively with the menace and eradicate it before becoming a scourge.
Banjo also expressed concern over the rising rate of corruption in the country, saying it must be tackled with all seriousness.
“We pray for the spirit of righteousness to dwell in the minds of our leaders in Nigeria so that they can lead us aright, while the citizens too must have change of attitude,” he said.
The religious leader said that all the white garment church had decided to come together to ensuring proper monitoring of its members and eradicating all forms of atrocities among them.
This, he said, was aimed at promoting visible growth, purity, transparency, accountability, open-mindedness and unity among white garment churches, culminating into living exemplary lives.
Banjo warned those he called fake pastors who only preached prosperity and breakthrough to members with a view to deceiving and extorting them to desist forthwith.
He advised preachers to preach the true gospel to their congregations and emphasis their salvation rather than worldly things.
The cleric appealed to the Federal Government to provide job for the teeming unemployed youths as a way of curbing criminality and restiveness among them.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the celebrations will be rounded off with a thanksgiving service at St. Uriel’s C & S Church, Ile-Ife, on Sunday.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Cleric urges Christians to speak, fight against immorality in families
NNN: A cleric, Rev Chinedu Eboyi of the Anglican Church of Ascension, Enugu, has charged Christians to always speak the truth and to fight against immoral behaviors in their respective families to engender a better society.
Eboyi made the call while preaching a sermon on Sunday in Enugu.
The cleric lamented that the reason why so many things were going wrong in the society today was traceable to the fact that the church had refused to speak against evil.
“The Church has kept quiet that is why so many wrong things are happening, this is not that we are already in the last days as many have alluded.
“We have neglected and refused to keep to God’s covenants and as children of God, we need to obey and keep to the covenant of God to prosper.
“If a family maintains the covenant of God, as Christians, many generations of such family will reap the fruit of God’s blessings,” he said.
The cleric said that it was the responsibility of parents to train up their children in the way of God.
“If parents, who are Christians are living up to their responsibility, the society will have experienced lesser criminality.
“The Bible says train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it,” he said.
He buttressed his sermon with quotations from the Holy Book, Proverbs Chapter 22 verse 6 which said, train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Edited & Vetted at NAN By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Tukur Muntari.
Ondo governor’s wife criticises spate of single parenting in Nigeria
Mrs Akeredolu said this on Saturday while declaring open the 2019 Family Conference organised by the Blissful Home Initiative in Ijapo Estate Akure.
She lamented the increasing number of single-parenting in Nigeria, saying mothers were over-burdened with the task of raising children alone.
According to her, many men are absentee fathers which is the reason we live in an imbalanced and unprosperous society due to the absence of healthy families.
She emphasised the need for a progressive society where there was mutual respect and genuine love in the family noting that for a man to respect and value his wife did not mean he was weak.
“l always leverage on my position as the First Lady to promote a healthy family where both parents are actively involved in the care and development of their kids.
“As one of our activities in this regard, we included a family game that requires the participation of the father, mother and their toddler in the 2nd FOWOSO Summit scheduled to hold on the Dec. 4, and Dec. 5,” She said.
Mrs Akeredolu knoted that the family game known as Crawlers’ competition was aimed at strengthening the bond between both parents and their kids.
”In preparation for the event, my team went to all the local governments in Ondo State to select families that will participate in the crawlers’ race.
“Their visit to the local governments has really shown that most men are unconcerned in the care and development of their children,” She said.
She expressed hope that the competition would expose the dysfunctional and lack of love and affection within families.
The governor’s wife, therefore, described the theme of the conference, ‘Conjugal Bliss: A Panacea for Peaceful Societal Peace’ as instructive.
She urged men to “man-up” and show true love to their wives to jointly care for the children.
She commended the Convener of the conference, the Chairman of the State Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. John Ayo-Oladapo, and his wife, Esther, for promoting good family values through the programme for the past nine years.
Rev. Ayo-Oladapo appreciated Mrs Akeredolu for her motherly support for family issues in Ondo state while affirming that enhancement of family life values remained part of her vision since she became the first lady of the state.
Edited by Donald Ugwu
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