Abuja, March 12, 2019 The retiring Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has condemned the violence which occurred in the 2019 general elections.
He said the elections were supposed to offer opportunity for Nigerians to choose those who would serve them and not a battlefield for warriors fighting to capture power, conquer territory and people.
Onaiyekan made the remark in a homily at mass of the 1st Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and the Dedication of St Gabriel Chapel Building at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Durumi, Abuja, on Monday.
”Elections are supposed to be an opportunity for us to choose those who will serve us. In many cases, it has been turned into battlefield for warriors fighting to capture power and conquer territory and people.
”No wonder it has become such a do or die and winner takes it all.
“No wonder the process has been militarised, with armed thugs engaging our security forces, who in their turn are rarely able to be as fair and professional as they claim to be. No wonder votes often no longer count.
”When this happens, it is not only the losing contestant who alleges fraud. More significantly, it is the people, the voter, who is denied the once in four years opportunity to choose who will serve us as political leaders.
”If the name of the political game does not change from domination to service, elections will continue to be problematic and the nation will continue to stagnate,” Onaiyekan said.
The cleric, however charged those who won in the elections to always discharge their duties, having in mind that power belongs to God alone and He would demand for accountability on how power is used.
”Whatever the outcome of our elections, fair or foul, whoever holds power at the end of the day, even with the fairest of election victory, must remember that power belongs to God and Him alone.
”He will demand strict accountability on how anyone takes power, and how anyone uses power. God cannot be deceived or challenged,” he said.
Onaiyekan said the voter apathy during the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections was as a protest and a vote of no confidence on the electoral process by the electorate.
He said, ”it would seem that many of the challenges that emerged during the process were as a result of bad laws, which made implementation problematic, and at times offered lacunae for evil minded people to exploit things to their own advantage.
”Even where the rules are clear, they were not always adhered to. Those who claim that these elections were wonderful because it worked in their favour should be reminded that bad election cannot lead to good governance.
”The massive boycott of the polls on March 9 in many places can well be a loud protest and vote of no confidence in the process that had destroyed their trust in the system.
”The government that has been declared re-elected must listen to the sound of murmurs and protest in the winds and take proactive steps to pull the nation together, even while we are waiting for the outcome of the legal challenge already on course in the tribunals.
”It is quite unfortunate that in modern era, free, fair, transparent and peaceful election has become so hard to attain.
”To the extent that the problems are deliberate manipulations, it is time to repent and change ways, for the sake of the survival of our nation, now and for future generations to come.”
COVID-19: Onaiyekan, Aliyu, others pray for Nigeria, as NGO holds online prayer session
A Non-Governmental Organisation, UFUK Dialogue Foundation, on Thursday, held an online interdenominational prayer session for the unity and progress of Nigeria amid the rampaging Coronavirus pandemic and imposed lockdown in many states.
The prayer session featured prominent religious leaders, including John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Dr Khalid Aliyu, Secretary General, Jamatul Nasril Islam and Rev. Fr. Cornelius Omonokhua, the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC).
A statement issued by the Media Officer of the foundation, Mr Emrah IIgen, quoted the President, Mr. Sabri Unal, as saying that the programme was aimed at encouraging people across faith to pray for the nation.
He said that through such online platforms, people could still congregate and pray for Nigeria, especially at these trying times, occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unal, in his welcome address entitled: “Nigeria Prays” said that as many places of worship were currently under lock and key, religious leaders must utilise such platforms to pray together for the nation.
“As many of our places of worship were forced to close their doors, to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus, we believe in facilitating an inclusive unifying moment for humanity.
“The outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic across the globe has reinforced the need for humanity to stay united in our shared values towards halting the further spread of the virus.
“Our aim is to unify the voices of our religious leaders in prayer for Nigeria and the whole world, to be able to contain this pandemic.
“Moreover, in organising this online “Nigeria Prays” session, we hope for a better world of togetherness and unity, and to illustrate the power of prayer and reflection in this trying period,” he said.
Unal expressed appreciation to essential health workers who were risking their lives to remain on duty in spite of the rising cases and risks of the virus.
He expressed hope for a better world in togetherness and unity, through the power of prayer and reflection on interfaith and inter-cultural dialogue.
Other participants at the prayer included Sheikh Abdul Ahmad, Head of Mission, Ansarudeen Society of Nigeria; Dr Joseph Job, the Methodist Archbishop of Abuja; Abubakar Muhammad, an Islamic scholar and columnist and Archbishop John Praise of Dominion Chapel International Churches.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Onaiyekan Foundation urges students to stay away from religious bigotry
Mrs Lilian Okoye, a Peace fellow, Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP) has urged students in the FCT to stay away from hate and reject religious bigotry.
Okoye made the call on Wednesday at a one day inter-faith seminar and workshop organised by the foundation in collaboration with Catholic Women Organisation Abuja Archdiocese (CWOAA) in Abuja.
The workshop had the theme: “Unity in Diversity: Nigerian Youths and Religious Bigotry”.
Okoye, the convener of the workshop, said the purpose of the seminar was to encourage children and youths to stay away from hate and reject bigotry by catching them young.
According to her, a religious bigot is an individual who strongly and unfairly demonstrates hate and intolerance to other religions, beliefs and practices.
She said that bigotry was a lifestyle choice which could lead to crime, saying nothing good came out of crime.
“These young ones must learn to welcome everybody irrespective of their language, religious belief and ethnic/political affiliations for diversity strengthen our community lives and country at large.
“Instead of hatred and revenge choose harmony, tolerance and co-existence that foster nation building and national growth at large,’’ she said.
Okoye advised the students that to be great achievers and needed to practice certain values such as humility, giving, faithfulness, honesty, love and forgiveness.
“Therefore, let us learn to be who we are, that is God’s children; tolerate each other, not minding our religious beliefs; care for and help one another; show love because love conquers everything and every situation.
“Be our brothers’ keeper not minding the language, religion, culture or tribe and have what we call unity in diversity.”
Alhaji Adamu Baba, the Director, Co-Curricular Activities, FCT Secondary Education Board, in his remarks advised the students to love each other irrespective of religious differences, saying the country would be better for it.
Baba, represented by Mr Liman Attahiru, the Principal Executive Officer of Board told the students that the future of the nation was in their hands and the only way they could make a difference was by showing love.
Mrs Nkiruka Imaezue, President CWOAA, charged the students to maintain peace at home, at school and in their communities.
Imaezue, who is a Peace Fellow with COFP, said everyone must work together to find lasting peace in the country, adding that the youths had a major role to play.
“At COFP we looked at the Bible and Quaran and we see forgiveness runs through them. So we must work together to find lasting peace in the country.
“God is one, we should respect each others’ religion, you are the ones to make it right, we want you to carry the message of peace to your homes, schools and communities.
“Nobody should force another to practice a religion instead respect each other. What makes Nigeria beautiful is our diversity and we must find unity in that diversity.”
She advised the students to be guided against hate speech, especially in the social media which could lead to conflict as she called on the school administrators to form peace clubs in their schools.
Imaezue said that CWOAA was working closely with the Federation of Muslim Women aimed at promoting peace.
The highlights of the event include paper presentations by Christian and Muslim on the theme; `A Documentary on Violence; Unity Dance’ and drama presentation by the students.
Participants include student from Government Secondary School (GSS) Wuse Zone 3, GSS Garki and GSS Tubdunwada, Zone 4, Abuja.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf
Installation: Onaiyekan officially hands over to Kaigama
His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has officially handed over to His Grace, Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, as the new Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja.
During an Order of Mass for Installation of the New Metropolitan Archbishop on Thursday in Abuja, His Excellency, Most Rev. Anothonio Fillipazzi, Apostolic Nuncio prayed that God hide him under His shadow.
Fillipazzi noted that the Holy Father, Pope Francis on Nov. 9, officially announced the retirement of His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, as the Archbishop of Abuja Dioceses.
According to him, in the letter from Rome, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama as the new Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja.
The Nigeria News Agency , reports that Kaigama was the Archbishop of Jos from 2000 to 2019, when he became the first Archbishop Coadjutor and then Archbishop of Abuja.
NAN further reports that the Pope recently accepted the retirement of Cardinal Onaiyekan, who clocked the retirement age of 75 on Jan. 29, 2019.
The announcement coincided with the opening of the first plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).
Filipazzi had named Kaigama as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Abuja and administrator of Jos archdiocese, where he served as its chief Shepherd in the last 19 years.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was among dignitaries present at the Installation Mass.
Edited & Vetted By: Dorcas Jonah/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Onaiyekan bows out as Abuja Catholic Archbishop, hands over to Kaigama
John Cardinal Onaiyekan on Tuesday formally bowed out as the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja and handed over to his successor, Ignatius Kaigama.
Onaiyekan, who handed over at a press conference in Abuja, said that Kaigama would be formally inaugurated on Thursday in Abuja.
The Nigeria News Agency , reports that the Pope recently accepted the retirement of Cardinal Onaiyekan, who clocked the retirement age of 75 on Jan. 29, 2019.
NAN also reports that Archbishop Kaigama was announced by the Pope, through Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, as Onaiyekan’s successor, on March 11.
The announcement coincided with the opening ceremony of the first plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).
Filipazzi had named Kaigama as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Abuja and administrator of Jos archdiocese, where he served as its chief Shepherd in the last 19 years.
Speaking during the conference, Onaiyekan assured Nigerians that he wouldn’t retire from speaking against all forms of oppression in the country, until social justice was achieved for all citizens.
Onaiyekan, who formally retired from his role as the episcopal leader of the Catholic Church in FCT, Kogi, Nasarawa, and Benue States, after 25 years, urged political leaders to prioritise social justice.
He said that government must achieve equity, if the nation must make progress.
“I am confident in the abilities of my successor to lead the Archdiocese to the next level of development.
”There were no elections to determine who will succeed me. There were no campaigning and lobbying. His (Kaigama) appointment was simply in line with the Church practice,” he said.
Archbishop of Abuja province, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, noted that many things had gone wrong in Nigeria, but vowed to wage serious war against the social ills and vices impeding the development of the country.
“We are the hope of Nigeria. So many things have gone wrong, but we cannot just sit and say prayers.
”We have to go beyond prayers, because faith and action go together. We have to mobilise our people to be integrated and work genuinely for the progress of Nigeria and the happiness of our people.
“I am not going to be hunting for problems, but when they come, I will do my best to tackle them with my priestly character and identity.
‘”I will not be idle. I will always be doing something for Church and country, attacking ills, social vices, and anything that will not be helpful to the development of Nigeria,” he said.
Kaigama said that despite the government’s promise to tackle graft among public office holders, the menace had failed to give way for probity and accountability,
”If there wasn’t corruption, there would have been an equitable distribution of resources and our people will be living well above the poverty line,” he added.
Edited & Vetted By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and Ephraims Sheyin
Onaiyekan Foundation administers free medical treatment on 1,000 FCT residents – Manager
The Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP), says it has administered free medical treatment on 1,000 residents of Toge and Gosa communities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
COFP Programme and Operations Manager, Mr Austin Nnakwe, made this known to Nigeria News Agency on the sideline of its medical outreach to mark the 2019 World Day of Prayer and Action for Children in commemoration of the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child.
NAN reports that the theme of 2019’s celebration is:“Investing in Child’s Health: Our Priority.”
“And it is in response that we had also mapped out plans to celebrate a day of prayer and action for children, where religious men and women are called together to pray and also work towards making the society a better place for the children.
“Also in response to the day of prayer and action for children, the Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace has picked it up as a duty to visit some of these outskirts such as Toge where throughout our tour round this community we have not seen any basic health facility.
“We have decided to take care of the children and offer them free medical attention and also the adults who we have seen here because to get to the children we also reached out to the parents.
“And we are attending to 1,000 patients both in this community and the next community where we are going to visit.
“We are also visiting Gosa, to carry out the same programme for them,” he said.
Also, Rev. Sister Rose Confidence Amaku, Personnel Manager, COFP, appealed to the Federal Government to support the efforts of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) towards ensuring that children have their basic need for healthy living and comfort.
“A child should have that right to education, a child should feed well, and also a child should be healthy.
“We are appealing that the government should provide for this children with the life necessities that will help them.
“We, as private organisation or NGOs, cannot just fold our hands and be waiting for government to do everything.
“ We are just contributing that we also help mankind to be healthy, to be free from diseases and be happy human beings.”
A COFP Health Officer, Dr Ndubuisi Clement, said the team of medical personnel were conducting tests and treating of the beneficiaries for common diseases, adding that they would always refer those they could not handle.
Clement listed some of the common diseases to include: Malaria, Typhoid, and infections such as cough and catarrh; skin diseases, Hepatitis, pregnancy test and eyesight problems.
According to him, NGOs are doing their best, but emphasised the need for the government to set up a primary healthcare centre in the affected communities.
“If there is one, we can donate these drugs to the centre and the patients can always go back there for a follow-up,” he said.
Mrs Esther Okonkwo, Assistant Head Teacher of LEA Primary School, Toge – Sabo thanked the Foundation on behalf of the staff of the school, praying God to continue to bless them as they continue to give back to society.
Kabir called on the government to provide the community with basic amenities, adding that the authorities should also support the efforts of well-meaning Nigerians and NGOs towards improving indigent people’s living conditions.
NAN reports that the children received a bouncing castle, snacks and drinks, and clothing and shoes from the Foundation as gifts.
Edited & Vetted By: Shittu Obassa/Felix Ajide
Pope Francis officially announces the retirement of Cardinal Onaiyekan
Pope Francis officially announces the retirement of Cardinal Onaiyekan
Abuja, Nov. 9, 2019 The Holy Father, Pope Francis on Saturday officially announced the retirement of His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan as the Archbishop of Abuja Dioceses.
This was made known through a telephone interview with Nigeria News Agency , by Mr Josef Ishu, department of Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja.
According to the letter from Rome, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama as the new Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja.
Ishu, however, noted that the date for the installation of the new Archbishop would be communicated in due time.
Kaigama was the Archbishop of Jos from 2000 to 2019, when he became first Archbishop Coadjutor and then Archbishop of Abuja.
Speaking also in a Telephone interview with His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, who confirmed his retirement, noted that it was long over due.
Onaiyekan said that it was time for transition and time for a new leader to come and continue where he had stopped.
John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan was born 29 January, 1944; he is a Nigerian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church.
He was Archbishop of Abuja from 1994 to 2019 and was made a Cardinal in 2012.
The cleric has served as President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and Bishop of Ilorin.
Edited by Felix Ajide
Onaiyekan foundation trains caregivers, teachers on handling violence against children
The Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP) says it has embarked on training of teachers and caregivers on how to handle violence against children across the country.
Rev. Sister Agatha Chikelue, the Director, COFP, said this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on the sidelines of the training organised by the foundation for 30 beneficiaries in Abuja on Friday.
Chikelue said the purpose of the workshop was to train teachers on “Ending Violence/Abuse Against Children”.
She said that the main objective of the workshop was to bring to the notice of teachers, caregivers, religious leaders the high rate of abuse and violence against children.
“It is also to educate them on how to track this kind of issue in the society and how to address it by developing practical monitoring and reporting mechanisms on violence against children,” she said.
She said there was a need for institutions to work with security agencies in ensuring the rights of children were protected.
Earlier, Chikelue told participants that violence against children was on the increase, decrying that it was perpetrated by people who the children were entrusted to protect them.
“Children are now exposed to life they are supposed to have in the next 10 to 20 years by their parents, teachers, relatives and religious leaders.
“They have been put on that line at a tender age and if this is not addressed what kind of society are we going to have in the future?”
She urged the participants to go back to their various communities, schools, churches, mosques to implement what they had learnt and find ways to address the issue of child abuse.
“So you must draw up programmes and activities to checkmate this, many children have lost hope in their parents and they are looking up to you, can they trust you?
“Make your students your friends, when you do, they will open up to you and you would help save and direct them,” she said.
Mrs Amaka Nwokocha, a facilitator told the participants that abuse could either be sexual, psychological, or physical, adding that sexual and psychological were the most common ones in the country.
Nwokocha said sexual abuse had serious effects because the child was been forced into something he or she was not prepared for physically and mentally, thereby creating a negative impact on the child.
She said giving a child tribal marks was a form of abuse and should be discouraged.
Mr Austin Nnakwe, the Programmes Manager of COFP said that protecting the rights of children could not be overemphasised, adding that there was no institution that was immune to abusing children.
Nnakwe said that there was the need to strengthen various institutions to prosecute child abuse offenders, saying “there is no negotiation when it comes to child abuse’’.
“If the parents are weak, teachers must learn to speak out for these children and we most correct them in love instead of abusing them,” said Nnakwe .
Participants, who spoke with said they had learnt many new things from the training and would go back to their various organisations and train their colleagues on what they had learnt.
Mr Alhassan Awwal, from LEA Primary School Toge-Sabo, AMAC, Abuja said one new thing he learnt was that negligence such as denying the child food was a form of child abuse.
“As a participant, it is my duties to go back to my school and step down by training other teachers so they can learn what I have learnt to effect changes where necessary.”
He called on the organiser to invite more parents in subsequent trainings so that there could be more awareness on violence against children and how it could be stopped.
Ms Chioma Lillian, a Guardian and Counsellor with LEA Primary School, Jabi, said “For instance I did not know that confining a children is a form of abuse that is locking the child up in the house of closet”.
Mr Peter Jude, a teacher with Sheikh Abubakar Gumni Academy, Asokoro, said he had learnt how to study children to find out if they were being abused and how to help them protect themselves and guide them to a better future.
“Child abuse is one thing that affects them psychologically, mentally and in their academics and as a teacher if I cannot identify how to help my students achieve their goals then I have failed as a teacher.
“When we get back to school, we will organise training for our colleagues, so we can impact this same knowledge to them so we work as a team to achieve this goal.”
reports that participants were drawn from schools, orphanages, and different religious institutions in the FCT.
Edited by Isaac Aregbesola/Grace Yussuf
Onaiyekan Foundation, Czech Embassy construct toilets for IDP camp
The Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP) in partnership with the Czech Republic Embassy have constructed three units of toilets in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in Area 1, Abuja.
Rev. Sis. Agatha Chikelue, the Executive Director, COFP, disclosed this while handing over the toilets to the IDPs in Abuja on Friday.
Chikelue, who spoke with the Nigeria News Agency at the event, said that prior to the construction of the toilets, the IDPs defecate in the open, whenever nature called.
“We have been working in this IDP camp for the past three years, and I am very ashamed to tell you that since we have been coming we found out they do not have toilets.
“When we are training the women and the children in the learning centre, you see them moving into the bush to ease themselves.
“I did not need to be told that these people seriously need good toilets and what we had then could not complete the toilet project.
“Therefore, we approached the Czech Embassy to ask if they could support us with the project and they generously supported us and that is what we have here today,’’ she said.
Chikelue said the toilets would not only provide a convenience for the IDPs but would also help them improve their sanitary conditions, and in turn help them to live healthier and happier lives.
According to her, I feel so happy and fulfilled that we have stepped beyond empowering the women here to providing a place for them to ease themselves.
“In the last three years, we have trained not less than 150 women from this camp in different vocational skills,’’ the COPF director added.
Chikelue appealed to the IDPs to maintain the toilets by keeping them clean at all times in order to live healthy lives.
She called on the government to do more for the IDPs, saying it was their responsibility to provide the basics such as water, toilets, and bathrooms, for them to live a conducive life in the camps.
Chikelue also called on well-meaning Nigerians and non-governmental organisations to also support the IDPs in whatever way they could.
Ms Beata Matusikova, Economic and Commercial Affairs, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Abuja, who spoke with , said the embassy felt that it needed to focus on IDP camps.
“Despite other projects we did with the foundation we thought that focusing on the IDP camps and the destiny of the people here is very important.
“That is why we decided to partner with COFP and participate with this little help in the IDPs camp in Abuja and we see it is really of great importance to the people .
“We are ready to partner with the foundation and participate on other projects in the future. Hopefully it will be something in this IDPs camp as well,’’ Matusikova said.
She disclosed that some other projects the embassy had partnered with the foundation included building of two boreholes in Ampere community in Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau.
Matusikova added that it had also partnered in educational and empowerment projects for youths living above addiction with COPF.
The Chairman of the camp, Ibrahim Amodu thanked the foundation and the Czech embassy for the new toilets on behalf of the IDPs and prayed God to bless them.
Amodu said COFP despite being a Christian organisation had helped empower both Moslems and Christians in the camp in the last three years.
Editing by Oluyinka Fadare/Felix Ajide
Onaiyekan’s Foundation, NDLEA, Czech embassy rehabilitate 30 drug addicts
The Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP) on Monday said it had rehabilitated 30 youths in Abuja who were subjected to treatment in 2018 for drug addiction.
Rev. Sister Agatha Chikelue, Executive Director, COFP, made the disclosure on Monday during its “Youths Living Above Drug Addition (YOLDA)’’ programme in Abuja.
The programme was supported by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Czech Republic Embassy in Abuja.
Chikelue said the youth after their rehabilitation were trained on skills acquisition such as tailoring, hair dressing, hair cutting, makeup, cobbling, pastries and soap making, among others.
She also announced that the foundation had engaged another 30 youths for rehabilitation this year.
“The foundation will also graduate another 30 youths this year, so 60 youths are going to be graduating between 2018 and 2019,’’ the executive director said.
Chikelue said that the objective of the programme was to ensure that youths were put on the right track to live more dignified lives in the future.
The executive director said that the beneficiaries went through series of tests such as heart, liver, kidney and STDs in order to determine if they had been affected by the drugs, while those with issues started treatment.
She said that the empowerment stage afforded the participants the opportunity to identify skills they had a passion for and the organisation paid for their training and gave them start up kits.
Chkelue said the participants were made up of 21 males and nine females drawn from the FCT and environs.
Mrs Beata Matusikova, Economic and Commercial Affairs, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Abuja, said that the embassy collaborated with the foundation to help Nigerian youths come out of the ugly act.
Matusikova said that the embassy decided to come to their rescue and also engaged them in economic empowerment related skills acquisition.
She urged the beneficiaries not to relent in whatever thing they are doing and assured them that the embassy would not abandon them after their graduation.
Mr Boniface Donald, one of the beneficiaries, told the Nigeria News Agency that the participants would continue to remained grateful to the foundation and other stakeholders. (NAN)
Edited by Abdullahi MohammedFelix Ajide
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- Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport in England as UK COVID-19 deaths hit 39,904
- Ondo Assembly cautions youths against uncouth character
- Lawmaker urges rape victims to speak out
- Israeli scientists find way to overcome melanoma cells’ drug resistance
- Kyrgyzstan prepares for resuming international flights
- Nigerian Army donates vehicle to NIPR
- Morocco confirms 81 new COVID-19 cases, 8,003 in total
- FG ‘ll continue campaign for productivity, better governance – Information Minister
- United States jobless claims climb by 1.88 mln last week amid COVID-19 pandemic
- COVID-19: Unilorin mosques remain close – Chief Imam
- Ekiti APC mourns ex-Governor Olumilua
- Enugu Assembly confirms re-appointment of Emeka Odo as BIR chairman
- NiDCOM, Lebanese embassy collaborate to return stranded Nigerians
- Palestinian National Council stresses ending agreements with Israel, United States
- Insecurity: House of Reps invites NSA, security chiefs, IGP, DSS
- 20-odd airlines to resume flights to and from Cyprus
- Sports Festival: Oyo govt. rewards 2018 athletes, officials with N39m
- NE China city expands COVID-19 tests
- Weekly storage of natural gas in United States up 3.9 pct: EIA
- FCTA issues guidelines for reopening places of worship
- Actors Guild set to eradicate sexual abuses in Nollywood —- National President
- 19 IS militants killed in airstrikes by int’l coalition aircraft in Iraq
- Death: Cleric admonishes Nigerians to live exemplary lives
- Ukrainian parliament appoints new deputy PM for Euro-Atlantic integration
- Italy’s COVID-19 death toll rises by 88 to 33,689
- Normal life in Tunisia resuming after lifting of COVID-19 lockdown
- Olumilua ruled with fear of God, love for masses – Rep
- Legislative, Judiciary Funds bills will promote democratic ideals – Ogun lawmakers
- MWAN leads online protest over murder of UNIBEN student
- Police arrests man over alleged rape of 85-year-old woman in Niger
- S. African gov’t to appeal court ruling invalidating some lockdown regulations
- Anambra poll: Aspirant urges PDP to reconsider zoning of ticket
- Police Command rescues kidnapped mother of Yenagoa LGA Chairman, SPDC workers
- Ethiopian food delivery startup rides to restaurants’ rescue
- UN condemns attacks on aid workers in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone regions
- Urgent: Burundian court confirms Evariste Ndayishimiye’s victory in presidential election
- ‘Chernobyl’ tops TV award list as BAFTA lines up live show
- Firemen rescue 30-year-old man from well in Kano
- Nigerian air force confirms killing of over 300 bandits in NW region
- African govt to appeal ruling declaring some COVID-19 measures invalid
- India pledges 15 million USD to international vaccine alliance
- Nigeria bourse succumbs to profit taking, loses N50bn
- COVID-19 lockdown shrinks S. African economy
- Edo Assembly condoles with APC Youth Leader over father’s death
- United States Navy veteran leaves Iran after nearly two-year custody
- FCTA minister says renovation of 12 PHCs will be completed soon
- COVID-19: PTF decries refusal of citizens on contact tracing, isolation
- Turkey, Libya to enhance cooperation in Eastern Mediterranean: Turkish president
- Boko Haram: Drivers offer free rides to returning residents of Auno
- COVID-19: NGO donates kits worth N500,000 to Badagry Council
- Namibia to introduce more refined basic income grant
- BudgIT seeks improved standardisation of Open Treasury portal
- South Sudan denies offering Egyptian military base bordering Ethiopia
- Erdogan says Turkey to increase support for Libya’s Serraj
- COVID-19: Nasarawa lifts ban on commercial motorcycles, open markets
- COVID -19: Gov.’s wife trains 60 women on face masks, hand sanitisers production in Zamfara
- 2nd LD Writethru: ECB expands pandemic purchase program by 600 bln euros
- Spain backtracks on decision to open land borders before end of June
- UN Decade of Action: Stakeholders harp on enforcement, education to reduce road accidents
- Heavy rains, floods leave 10 killed in southeastern Yemen: official
- Fayose, Olujimi mourn passage of Olumilua, ex-Ondo gov.
- FBNQuest educates Nigerians on estate planning, wealth transfer
- Operation Katsina: Military eliminates 392 bandits since commencement of operation – DHQ
- UN Security Council extends mandate of Darfur mission, sets up follow-on presence
- Kaduna draws modalities on safe reopening of state
- Urgent: UK COVID-19 deaths hit 39,904 as another 176 patients die
- Kaduna Electric urges public to disregard energy allocation on social media
- Lebanon to create fund to support local SMEs with financial problems
- NPA expects 17 ships with petroleum products, others at Lagos Ports
- Interview: China’s global stewardship key to revitalizing biodiversity conservation: UNEP
- India gov’t releases funds to states to meet expenditures, pay salaries
- Power: Senate probes N1.8trn intervention fund
- Banditry: Don’t give breathing space to bandits –Chief of Air Staff urges NAF Special Forces
- UN chief hopes for COVID-19 vaccine as global public good
- Security heightened in Sri Lanka as 2-day nationwide curfew gets underway
- COVID-19: Group donates hygiene packs to NUJ
- Passenger numbers at Portuguese airports down 15.4 pct in Q1
- COVID-19: Group wants adequate preparations by NFF before resumption of domestic league
- Thai agriculture ministry to join hands with Chinese e-commerce giant to tap into international online market
- Yao Ming on CBA restart: “Everything is just beginning”
- Eastern forces quit Libyan capital after year-long assault
- Lockdown: NSCDC in Kaduna arrest 21 suspects in hotels
- Angola redoubles border surveillance amid fears of reported Ebola cases in DR Congo
- Osun Assembly pledges improved public works, transportation
- Roundup: Young Japanese being hit by new wave of COVID-19 infections in Tokyo
- One NYPD officer stabbed, two shot in hand during attack
- Kudirat Abiola: Women Arise marks 24 years remembrance of late MKO’s wife
- UK new car sales collapse in May as lockdown continues to impact market
- 76% COVID-19 patients in Kano male – official
- FOMWAN condemns murder of Bello, seeks probe of cases
- C’River commissioner tasks newly elected LG chairmen on leadership
- Financial autonomy will radically transform state judiciary – Ex-NBA chairman
- COVID-19: NOA begins motorised sensitisation in Nasarawa
- Thai gov’t hints at allowing reopening of high-risk businesses for next phase of lockdown relaxation
- N3.9bn Light project: Kwara Legislature demands prosecution of Ahmed, Ogunshola
- Buhari mourns ex-Governor Bamidele Olumilua
- UK defends digital service tax against United States investigation
- Correctional Service to establish studios to record inmates’ evidence, says AGF
- 9 ships expected at Delta ports – NPA
- Indian state allows inter-district transport within Mumbai Metropolitan region
- Face masks made mandatory at Danish airports
- Economic institutes, industry welcome Germany’s stimulus package
- China adjusts plans for int’l inbound passenger flights
- OPEC+ cuts responsible for current oil market stability — Barkindo
- Japan gov’t seek measures to combat cyber-bullying, eyes new legislation
- ASEAN, China, Japan, S.Korea vow to keep open markets against COVID-19 epidemic
- LCCI, MAN praise CBN’s bailout funds for economic recovery
- Obaseki announces Ohonbamu’s replacement as Commissioner for information
- Thailand develops odour-proof boxes to store durian for international shipments
- It’s up to states to choose type of guber primary to adopt, says Edo APC Chairman
- Ekiti Speaker pays tributes to late Olumilua
- COVID-19: patient absconds from Jos isolation centre – WHO
- Meghan Markle says George Floyd’s life “mattered”