Nigerian Gospel Singer, Panam Percy Paul says about 22 artistes will converge on Abuja for a praise festival to promote unity and peaceful coexistence among the people of the middle belt region.
Paul, who is the Convener of the festival, disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday, said the upcoming middle belt praise festival would hold from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20.
He noted that the festival was to serve as a platform where people from the region could come together irrespective of their political, cultural, ethnic and economic differences.
According to him, the festival has become the incubator through which God wants other visions and ideas in the region to be birth.
”For years, so many people saw the middle belt as tribe, which is to come together, but the middle belt alone is made up of over 600 different tribes, so when you try to unite such a people, it becomes very difficult because so many parameters divide us.
”I think the Lord Jesus just raised us right from the very beginning to emancipate this region.
”The main vision is bringing the people together because nothing works unless the people are one, and so the middle belt praise festival happens to be the most reasonable platform to bring the people together.
”We are Christians, we can’t deny that and we can never downplay our faith and I discovered that it is not possible for the middle belt region to come together under politics, tradition or economy, but under one single denominators that binds us together.
”We, therefore, want to use this medium to invoke the power of God to unite us as one,” he said.
Paul, therefore, said that over 300 Christian traditional rulers had been reached to get to the over 600 tribes in the region on the need to bring them under one umbrella to promote unity in the region.
He added that the festival, which would henceforth be an annual programme, would also be taken to other states within the region.
Also, Rev. John Ornguze of the Christian Centre Ministries, said the enemies was bent at destroying the call of God in the middle belt, urging Christians in the region to rise up and ensure unity of purpose to move forward.
“The enemy is trying to kill the call of the gospel in the middle belt. End time gospels have come upon the middle belt and God is trying to bring out Elijah out from the region.
”It is now left for us to come together to see to it that the dream of God upon the region did not go unfulfilled.
”The festival will therefore be a forum where Christians can come together and propagate the ideals that will hold us stronger and united,” he said.
Mr Jonathan Tsaku, Liaison Officer, Middle Belt Forum, said there was need for the people of the region to go back to God for reconciliation so that He could eliminate the problems that divide the region.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the festival would showcase the very best gospel singers ranging from Solomon Lange, Prospa Ochimana, Chris Morgan, David G, Steve Crown, Ruben Okala, Helen Kokoruwe, among others.
Edited by Remi Koleoso/Felix Ajide
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
2020 Hajj: Kwara Pilgrims Board to disqualify intending Pilgrims with ill health— Official
The Kwara Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board says intending pilgrims without clean certificate of health will be disqualified from performing the 2020 pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
Alhaji Mohammed Tunde-Jimoh, the Executive Secretary of the Board, stated this in llorin on Monday, shortly after a meeting with Hajj coordinators from the 16 local government areas of the state.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the meeting, which was also attended by Hajj registration officers across the state, was aimed at reappraising Hajj activities in 2019 and preparation for the 2020 Hajj operation.
The Executive Secretary said the disqualification of intending Pilgrims without clean certificates of health was to save them from the rigours during the Hajj rites that could worsen their conditions or lead to death.
He advised individuals, groups or organisations intending to sponsor pilgrims to the 2020 Hajj to be sure of their health status in the interest of the beneficiaries.
“The Board will not process traveling document of any intending Pilgrims to 2020 Hajj exercise found not to be medically fit or confirmed to be afflicted with one ailment or the other,” he said.
Tunde-Jimoh explained that the development followed the decision of the Saudi Arabia authority to no longer be responsible for the care of sick pilgrims brought into their country.
He advised aged persons among the intending Pilgrims to make arrangements for a relation to accompany them and to care for them while in the holy land.
Tunde-Jimoh also appealed to Hajj coordinators and registration officers in the local councils to be honest with their clients and allow the fear of God to guide their dealings with the intending pilgrims.
Edited by Remi Koleoso/Bayo Sekoni
Bauchi govt. to construct permanent Hajj camp
The Bauchi State government has pledged to commence the construction of a modern permanent Hajj camp in the state.
Malam Isa Tilde, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Pilgrims Affairs, was quoted to have said this in a statement issued on Sunday by Mr Muhammad Yunusa, the Information Officer, Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (BSMPWB).
The statement said that the project would provide a conducive atmosphere for the intending pilgrims and officials during hajj operations in the state.
According to the statement, Tilde also said that the project was part of the Gov. Bala Muhammed-led administration’s plan to take the state to the next level.
“I’m very optimistic that the camp, which is close to Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, will provide a conducive operating environment to the intending pilgrims and officials.
“This administration is determined to completing the project on time, with a view to accommodating the 2020 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia,” he said.
The special adviser also assured of prompt payment of compensation to the land owners.
Edited by Fatima Sule and ‘Wale Sadeeq
- Spanish dictator, Franco left legacy of $1.9m to wife, daughter – reports
- Court remands driver over alleged cheating
- Operators forsee profit booking, improved buying interest on NSE
- FG charges statisticians on accuracy, timeliness on data preparation
- Akeredolu says Lyon’s victory in Bayelsa turning point for APC
- Man on trial for alleged 420, 000 theft, fraud
- Court sentences applicant to 6 months in prison for cyber-crimes
- Saudi’s September crude oil exports fall 3% after attacks
- Denmark to create 25,000 jobs for Nigerians
- Delta govt. committed to funding veterinary public health, to immunse 5,000 dogs -Commissioner
- UN report says 7m children deprived of liberty
- FAO pledges support for prudent use of antimicrobials in Africa
- Creative industry set to build practitioners’ capacity
- S. Sudan group urges respect for nation’s independence amid political changes in Sudan
- Omo-Agege, Sanwo-Olu call for tough laws against rape, sexual abuse
- FG launches National Noma Control Policy document
- Customs arrest tanker loaded with 33,000 liters of PMS in Katsina border town—- Controller
- EBHA Speaker, PDP chairman, sports commissioner to feature in veterans cup competition
- Insecurity: Forum seeks FG’s support to boost trading activities
- Masari swears in 17 commissioners, others