Kwara Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi on Saturday charged religious leaders to encourage their followers to join, and be actively involved, in political processes in order to turn the nation around for the better.
Alabi gave the charge on Saturday in Ilorin, while speaking during the 50th Anniversary of the Kwara Baptist Conference of the Nigeria Baptist Convention. It had the theme: “Moving Forward: Building a great Church through Faithful Stewardship.”
The deputy governor implored Christians to be involved in nation building and play greater role in political development, calling on Christians to pray for government to succeed in its ‘Next Level’ drive.
He said that the era of giving and siphoning government fund was gone, adding that the present administration would accord priority attention to the welfare of the people.
Rev. Samson Ayokunle, National President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in a message titled: “Showcasing the glory of God in every opportunity as good stewardship”, called on Christians to be spiritually alive and be good ambassadors of Jesus Christ.
Ayokunle, who doubles as the President, Nigerian Baptist Convention, admonished Christians to be humble and utilise every opportunity to glorify God.
The CAN president tasked those in positions of authority to be mindful of their action as they would give an account of every action in the end.
The President, Kwara Baptist Conference, Rev. Victor Dada, thanked God for the success of the conference in the last 50 years, and called on government to pay attention to infrastructural development and the welfare of the people.
He also urged those in leadership positions to ensure regular payment of salaries.
Dada prayed for the leadership of the state and the nation, asking God to give leaders wisdom to direct the affairs of Nigeria.
Edited by Remi Koleoso and Ephraims Sheyin
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.
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
Bauchi Muslim Pilgrims Board announces N1.5m deposit for 2020 Hajj
Bauchi State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board on Thursday announced a deposit of N1.5 million for 2020 Hajj.
Babayo-Tilde further announced that intending pilgrims were expected to pay the deposit in three instalments before the end of January 2020.
He also announced that registration of intending pilgrims would commence on Friday,Nov. 15, in all headquarters of the 20 Local Government Areas in the state.
Babayo-Tilde urged all interested intending pilgrims to register at the centres.
The special adviser assured that the camp, to be equipped with modern facilities, would be completed before the end of 2019.
He commended officials of the board over success recorded during the 2019 operations, and urged them to sustain the tempo in 2020.
The Acting Executive Secretary of the board, Alhaji Alkassim Shall, had earlier announced that 2,010 seats had been allocated to the state for the pilgrimage next year as against the 3,090 seats in 2019.
He recalled that the board recorded death of four persons out of the 1,987 pilgrims that performed 2019 Hajj.
Shall also recalled that some intending pilgrims, which figure was not given, died before the commencement of the operations.
He stated that in spite of hitches experienced during 2019 Hajj, the exercise recorded success, and that the board had received commendations from some organisations.
Shall warned intending pilgrims against last minute rush for the payment fares as experienced this year.
He said such last minute rush had made it cumbersome to officials of the board in obtaining Visas and other documents for the pilgrims.
The Secretsry warned officials of the board against unwholesome practices that might thwart the success of the operations.
Eid-el-Maulud: MURIC urges youth to embrace FG’s SIP
Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the Director, Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC), on Monday urged Nigerians to embrace the Federal Government’s empowerment programmes in order to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.
Akintola made this appeal in a statement made available to newsmen in commemoration of the 2019 Eid-el-Maulud in Abuja.
He advised youths to take advantage of the Federal Government’s Social investment Programme (SIP), especially the youths empowerment programmes, instead of engaging themselves in dangerous journey abroad in search of greener pastures.
“Instead of running round in circles looking for white-collar jobs or embarking on suicidal trips across the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, we urge Nigerians to embrace government’s empowerment programmes.
“The advanced facilities, which Nigerians crave in Europe and America were not produced by an indolent citizenry or a cynical labour force. They are products of dogged industry.
“Sitting down idly and waiting for manna to fall from heaven via endless visitations to miracle centres and Asalatu grounds will not bring the change we need,” the MURIC director said.
He urged Nigerians to embrace programmes initiated by the Federal Government instead of endless search for white-collar jobs, thereby remaining jobless and idle.
“Prophet Muhammad whom we are celebrating today hated laziness with a passion.
“He toiled relentlessly as a youth, and worked harder even after marriage because he condemned begging and encouraged hardwork.
“This is why Nigerian Muslims in particular and other citizens have no business begging around or remaining idle when the opportunities offered by the Federal Government are there,” he said.
Akintola congratulated Muslim Faithful on the Maulud celebrations, and urged them to imbibe the good virtues of Prophet Muhammad who preached peace, tolerance and forgiveness during his lifetime.
“We urge Nigerians to emulate Prophet Muhammad’s philosophy of the dignity of labour. In view of the government’s aggressive economic empowerment for citizens and investment partnership with foreign countries.
“We, therefore, invite Nigerians from all strata of society to avail themselves of the opportunities, because this is the only way to turn the country to a nation of producers after being a consumer nation for so long,” the MURIC director stressed.
Editing by Oluyinka Fadare/Felix Ajide
Obaseki felicitates with Muslims on Eid-el-Maulud
Obaseki felicitates with Muslims on Eid-El-Maulud
In a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Benin, Obaseki urged Muslim faithful to continue to show love and good neighbourliness espoused in Islam as they celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).
He urged them to commit themselves to the teachings of the prophet not just as a matter of religious obligation but a means to promote peaceful living in a multicultural society.
“I felicitate with our Muslim brothers and sisters in Edo State and across Nigeria on this day set aside to celebrate the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).”
“This occasion, once again, reminds us all of the virtues of the Prophet, which we should emulate in advancing love, peace and progress of the state and country.
“Muslims constitute a major force for peace and progress wherever they may be, and we are glad that our Muslim brothers and sisters have been an integral part of our march to development in the state,” he said.
Obaseki encouraged Muslims to continue to eschew acts and behaviours that undermine the unity and progress of the society.
The governor, however, expressed appreciation to Muslims for supporting his administration’s policies and programmes aimed at building a total and sound society in Edo.
Edited by Felix Ajide
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