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Nigerians commend Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, for humanitarian aid

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Nigerian fans have commended a popular Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, for her humanitarian aid to patients.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dikeh in conjunction with her foundation disbursed food items in Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital in Abuja.

The fans, who appreciated the actress for her kind gesture, took to her Instagram page @tontolet to hail and prayed for her for helping others in this COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

According to them, this is not the first time she is doing such, so with that, they commended her good deed.

Below are their comments:

@flora.esther said” May the almighty God bless u as it is in the bible, a give never lacks may u never lack in jesus name amen”.

Some of the fans described in different ways including “she is a nice person “.

Meanwhile, Dikeh had earlier stated in her Instagram page that she and her foundation visited hospitals with relief packages.

She said that especially for hospitals that confined sick children and their families, adding that such package would be as a piece of token to them, to assist them in the face of this horrendous COVID-19 pandemic.

According to her, “In times like this, the parents of ill kids should be encouraged, because their task is one that tells of valor.

“They deserve every form of support, because they have proven their nobility through countless sleepless night by their sick children’s bed side praying, crying and most times loosing their self and finance.

“This relief package is limited to Sick children in different hospitals and different states; it extends to security officials that put their lives at risk to ensure that the lockdown is effective.

“The Tonto Dikeh Foundation is dedicated in doing anything possible to provide support for the fight against this pandemic,” she wrote.

Some food items like crates of eggs, rice, bread and other edible foods were distributed to people including women that just gave birth as they came on to receive these gifts on behalf of their kids.

The actress also used the opportunity to appreciate the doctors, nurses and caretakers for their good work.

“To you the amazing doctors, nurses and caretakers working tirelessly to achieve a better Nigeria.

“The Tonto Dikeh Foundation successfully distributed items to every Child in the Gwagwalada teaching hospital.

“Although we could not go into the emergency ward, but these beautiful matrons and nurses will be helping dispatch our items to the EMERGENCY WARD AND THE CONVID– 19 isolation centre…

“Thanks to the Management and Staff of the Gwagalada Teaching Hospital, thanks to @aishachildrenfoundation.

“We would like to say Thank you for receiving us and allowing us be a blessing to the Children and various families @t_d_foundation.

“To My Team, I say A BIG THANK YOU. You have been Amazing, Our reward isn’t in heaven Alone..it’s here on Earth, God bless you all for letting God use you to fuel his Love..,” she said.

Edited By: Benson Iziama/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Group urges govt to educate Nigerians on savings in post-COVID-19 economy

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Consumer Awareness and Financial Enlightenment Initiative (CAFEi) has urged government to take seriously the issue of financial literacy and inclusion during postCOVID-19 by educating Nigerians on importance of savings.

The President of CAFEi, Mrs Debola Osibogun made the call in Lagos on Tuesday.

Osibogun said that Financial Literacy was paid less attention to, than Financial Inclusion in the pre-COVID-19 era, hence, the need to take it seriously for sustainable growth and development.

According to her, the pandemic is generating an unprecedented global health crisis which in turn has critical implications on the financial system both in content and context.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought key financial literacy issues such as savings, taxation, access to credit and use of digital platforms back as topical and germane for debates and implementation.

“Somehow during the current pandemic, majority of households that were unable to save were lucky and able to rely on food banks and generous donors of palliatives to survive.

“The next emergency may be worse and so there is a need for proper re-orientation and education on the importance of savings.

“The COVID-19 experience has taught us that we must now prioritise our spending and save more for an uncertain future,” Osibogun said in a statement.

She said that the effect of the pandemic had put a strain on government sources of revenue as was evident in the decline in crude oil prices.

According to her, government is likely to take issues such as taxation more seriously as it seeks to diversify its revenue base from crude oil.

The CAFEi boss also advised government to give taxation as a financial literacy issue, a refocused postCOVID-19 to understand their obligations and expectations from government.

Osibogun also said that there was need for government to make credit easy and accessible to small businesses as the engine room of the economy but majority of them were struggling.

She said: “The directive given by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to increase Loan Deposit Ratio of Banks to 65 per cent has increased the opportunity to lend to SMEs and in turn save the economy.

“Small businesses therefore, need to understand terms and conditions on credit contracts and also when to and when not to borrow,” Osibogun said.

She called on government to create more awareness and educate them about their obligations, expectations and avenues for dispute resolution in loan agreements.

Osibogun also said that another key aspect of financial literacy that needed more consciousness was the importance of familiarising with alternative means of banking.

She said that the closure of banks during the pandemic and the hesitation to use cash because of its capacity to serve as a form of virus transmission brought to the fore the importance of using alternative mode of banking like online banking and mobile banking.

She recalled that First Bank recorded in the first week of the lockdown 38.5 million transactions from alternative modes of banking.

According to her, this is an indication that the future lies in alternative mode of banking.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: FEC congratulates Buhari, Osinbajo, Nigerians

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Members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) have congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and all Nigerians on the occasion of the Eid celebrations.

A circular signed by Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), in Abuja, noted that the FEC members prayed the Almighty Allah accept the nation’s supplication in this holy month of Ramadan.

The members of the FEC also prayed that God should look upon Nigerians with His mercy, especially at a time like this when the entire world and Nigeria in particular was faced with COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is the prayer of members that the Almighty shall accept our supplication and look upon humanity with mercy, especially at a time like this when the nation and indeed the entire world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is also the prayers of members that the nation shall experience peace, unity and economic growth even as the impact of the pandemic continues to disrupt global economy,” he said.

Members of the FEC also urged Nigerians to hold steadfastly to God, and continue to pray fervently for the restoration of normalcy in the country.

Meanwhile, members of the FEC had appealed to Nigerians to recognise COVID-19 as a potential danger and observe all guidelines for safety issued by the government.

“Nigerians are particularly encouraged to observe personal hygiene, wear face mask/coverings and please avoid non-essential outings,” SGF advised.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Eid-el-Filtr: Nigerians told to maintain core values as united entity

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Chief Olayide Adelami, former Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly, has urged Nigerians to always live as one irrespective of faiths and maintain their core values as a united entity.

Adelami stated this in his Eid-el-Filtr message to Muslim faithful on Monday in Akure.

He added that Nigerians should not allow negative developments to distort their love, peace and tolerance.

Adelami, who is a gubernatorial aspirant in the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ondo State, reminded Muslims to intensify more prayers to defeat the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic that had disrupted normal living.

“As we celebrate, let us remember to stick to COVID-19 preventive measures while praying that Allah (SWT) helps us to defeat the virus soon,” he said.

He lauded the cordial relationship, deep show of love and tolerance among Christian and Muslim faithful in the state.

The gubernatorial aspirant enjoined the Muslim faithful to imbibe and put into apt use the lessons of the Ramadan fast, which centre on love, sacrifice and tolerance.

Adelami said the observance of piety, self-denial, discipline, and love during the Ramadan fast showed that Nigerians could remain a united and peaceful nation irrespective of daunting challenges.

“I must also not fail to use this festive season to urge leaders of faith in our nation to show more commitment to peaceful co-existence and tolerance,” he said.

The APC chieftain also used the celebration to reiterate his resolve to transform the state through exemplary leadership in driving a governance that would usher in development, if elected.

“In-sha-Allah, the people of Ondo state shall enjoy the dividends of good governance when I assume the mantle of leadership next year,” he added.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Gambari: U.S.-based group lauds Buhari, congratulates Nigerians

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U.S.-based Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, as his Chief of Staff.

In a statement signed by its President, Mr Solomon Bakare, on Monday, OAN said Gambari was the man for the job, given his “superb administrative, organisational, diplomatic and leadership skills”.

The body congratulated Nigerians for the appointment, which it said came at a time the president needed such competent hands to actualise his vision for the country.

“We have no iota of doubt that Gambari is equal to the Herculean tasks ahead.

“We are confident that he will give the president his complete loyalty, wise counsel and good guidance.

“He will bring his native wisdom and superb administrative, organisational, diplomatic and leadership skills to bear on the running of the Federal Government of Nigeria,” it said.

OAN is the lead coordinator of the Nigeria Independence Day Celebration in New York City, the largest platform for Nigerians in the Diaspora for showcasing their culture and national pride.

The group recalled the support of Gambari to the Nigerian community while serving as the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations between 1990 and 1999.

“Our organisation benefited immensely from his guidance and unparallel love and passion for Nigeria.

“In fact, there is no way we can talk about the success of the Nigerian Independence Day Parade in New York City without mentioning Gambari’s name.

“It was he who advised us to move the annual celebration of Nigeria from its original route in Harlem to Second Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, where the Nigerian House is located, to make it one of the most prominent annual ethnic parades in New York City.

“Gambari backed his wise counsel up with moral support, enlisting the participation of his influential friends in the Nigerian Community, including Amb. Aminu Wali, to ensure the continued success of the annual parade.

“Today, it has grown to an annual carnival that gives Nigerians in the United States, the platform to showcase our cultural pride and accomplishments,” it stated.

“We respectfully advise him to discharge his duties to our president and our country with truth, honor, loyalty, fairness, compassion, and uncommon courage,” it added.

Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye (NAN)

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FG evacuates 69 Nigerians stranded in Lebanon – Onyeama

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The Federal Government has repatriated 69 Nigerians from Lebanon, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, said on Monday.

He said the 69 Nigerians were evacuated with the help of Lebanese government.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 69 persons were made up of 50 trafficked girls and 19 stranded Nigerians.

Onyeama who disclosed this on his verified twitter handle, appreciated the assistance of the Lebanese government and the Lebanese community in Nigeria for a successful evacuation process.

“With financial and logistic support of the Lebanese Government and the Lebanese community in Nigeria, 50 trafficked girls and 19 stranded Nigerians were successfully evacuated from Lebanon and arrived Nigeria today.

“My profound gratitude to Amb. Houssam Diad, Lebanese Ambassador in Nigeria and Ambassador Goni Zannabura, Nigerian Ambassador in Lebanon,’’ he twitted.

NAN reports that the Nigerian Government had so far successfully evacuated 1,039  Nigerians from the U.S., the UK,  the United Arab Emirate, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Eid el-Fitr: NOA urges Nigerians to observe precautionary measures against COVID-19

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As Nigerians join other Muslims worldwide to mark the 2020 Eid-el-Fitr amid the coronavirus pandemic, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has urged citizens to observe all precautionary measures against the disease.

The Director General of NOA, Mr Garba Abari, made the call in a Sallah message to the Muslim faithful in Nigeria, a statement by the agency’s Head of Press Unit, Mr Paul Odenyi, said.

Abari also urged them to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan, some of which are discipline, selflessness, and piety.

According to the director general, the month of Ramadan is a period that Muslims should take advantage of to strengthen their faith and stay safe from the ravaging coronavirus by adhering strictly to the precautionary measures put in place.

He said leaders at the local level should take responsibility for enforcing movement restriction orders, inspiring compliance with all advisories by government in line with the spirit of Sallah.

“We cannot afford to be careless or nonchalant about safety precautions in our religious and cultural observations.

“We must be cautious (so as) not to facilitate community transmission of COVID19.

“Leaders, especially in religious and traditional communities, must take responsibility for the safety of the members of their communities from COVID-19 as they interact.

“They can do this by ensuring that prescribed social distancing, use of face masks, regular hand washing, and sanitisation are observed in our communities,” he said

The NOA chief urged Muslims to keep praying for divine protection of Nigerians from the coronavirus, and for the speedy recovery of those already infected.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: ACF urges Nigerians to share love with compatriots

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The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has felicitated with the Muslim Ummah the end of the Ramadan fasting period and Eid-el-Fitr Sallah celebration.

The forum urged Nigerians to share love with their compatriots.

The National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Mr Emmanuel Yawe, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Kaduna.

“We use this Sallah to call on all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic affiliation or religious belief to see this as an opportunity to share their love with their compatriots, especially those who are in need, and need to be loved and cared for.

“We are grateful that even though with COVID-19 is novel, the Muslim community has broadly cooperated with the government in observing the anti COVID-19 protocols,” he said.

Yawe said the forum is also aware that this year’s Eid-el-Fitr is a unique event because it has come at a time when the whole country, indeed the whole world is ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to him, it is a trying period not only for Nigerian Muslims but for all Nigerians.

The forum also prayed that the Almighty Allah “will approve of your kind deeds and forgive all your disobedient acts and sins”.

While also praying Allah to ease the sufferings of Nigerians, ACF expressed optimism that the Almighty Allah will show Nigerians the right path and help in every step of life.

Edited By: Benson Iziama/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: D-G urges renewal of faith by Nigerians

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As Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid-el-Fitr, the Director-General, Nigerian Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, has called for renewal of faith by Nigerians.

Sulaiman, a former Minister of National Planing, made the appeal in llorin on Sunday in a statement commemorating 2020 Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

According to him, the renewal of faith will assist in eliminating COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges militating against the development of the country.

He advised Nigerians to utilise the prayers, piety, sacrifice and spiritual rejuvenation achieved during the holy month to pray for the country to overcome all its challenges.

“Eid marks a new beginning for each individual, and in spite of the COVID-19 crisis being experienced at this time, we should still hope for the blessings of renewed faith that come with it,” he said.

Sulaiman prayed Almighty Allah to continue to grant Nigeria His guidance, safeguard the nation’s faith, and make the world a prosperous and peaceful place.

The former minister praised the foresight of President Muhammadu Buhari; the President of the Senate, Sen.Ahmad Lawan; and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila,
for their unique leadership effort at curbing further spread of COVID-19.

While wishing Nigerians a prosperous celebration, he also advised them to continue to abide with all government directives and experts advice aimed at containing the scourge. (NAN

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Edited By: Angela Okisor/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: Gov. Sule urges Nigerians to embrace peace, tolerance

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Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has called on Nigerians to embrace peace and tolerance for the overall development of the country.

The governor made the call on Sunday shortly after observing Eid- el-Fitr prayer at Gudi, Akwanga Local Area (LGA) of the state.

According to him, no society can developed in an atmosphere of rancor and violence, hence the need for people to embrace peace and tolerate each other irrespective of religion, ethnic or political differences.

Sule noted that Nigerians, especially Muslim faithfuls, should sustain the peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed in the last 30 days of Ramadan.

According to him, for the past 30 days, Muslims all over the world have observed the fast in the sacred month of Ramadan in compliance with the Islamic injunction.

“As you are all aware, fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, aimed at strengthening our faith through spiritual engagements such as abstinence from eating, drinking and satisfying other desires from sunset to dawn.

“It also involves intense prayers, recitation and interpretation of the Holy Qur’an, as well as increased acts of kindness, charity and humility, among other moral virtues.

“I implore all Muslims to remain steadfast in applying the virtues of Ramadan through sustained supplication, hospitality and good neighbourliness for the overall peace, security and economic prosperity,” he added.

The governor also appealed to the people of the state to be patient with the government for some of the painful decisions taken in efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

“Some of these decisions could be interpreted as causing hardship, but they were taken to protect the entire people of the state.

“I thank the people of the state for your support to my government throughout the period of the pandemic and I want you to sustain the support to enable us defeat the virus from the state,” Sule added.

The governor has also called on Nigerians to continue to pray and support President Muhammadu Bahari’s led administration to succeed.

Sule noted that Mr President has been working assiduously in the last five years to reposition and transform the country hence the need for all to support him.

The governor also promised to complete all projects started by the previous administrations in the state to avoid wasting government’s resources.

He explained that government is a continuum and a lot of government resources had been spent on those projects hence our desire to complete them as well as embarking on fresh once. .

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

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