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Pope Francis officially announces the retirement of Cardinal Onaiyekan



Pope Francis officially announces the retirement of Cardinal Onaiyekan


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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


Clergy urges parents, religious leaders to teach sexuality



, North Central Zone, on Tuesday urged parents and religious leaders to teach and preach about sexuality to avoid children learning things the wrong way.

Akanji said this in Abuja at a summit on the “Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children”organised by Women’s Wing of Christian Council of Nigeria (WOWICCN), FCT Chapter.

He stressed that religious leaders must come out of their shells to talk about sexual violence against women and children.

“They must start preaching and teaching exactly what we have in our scriptures like in 1Corinthians chapter 7, the woman is told that she must carry out her sexual duties towards her husband.

”And the husband must also carry out his sexual duties towards his wife,  and from Genesis to Revelation the bible talks about sexuality.

”We can not continue to hide these teachings from our children, we must teach them rightly or they will learn wrongly,” he said.

Akanji also said that parents must teach their children to be cautious and careful around people.

“This is not the generation that we go to sleep waiting for when our children come of age, children are learning so much from the internet and from their friends.

“We must teach them the implications of certain things, else the child you think is innocent in the house would have been defiled and destroyed.

“As a mother, don’t say you were not thought things like this by your own parents, so you will not teach your children,  the season has changed so you must change and teach your own children sex education.

“Tell your children what will happen if they go into sexual misconduct or allow someone abuse them.

“Teach them the implications of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and unwanted pregnancies,” he added.

Akanji noted that there were so many  things one could teach the children about sexuality.

”You can also introduce rewards; for instance if you remain a virgin till marriage, I will give you a house gift or a car, things like this can motivate them not to fall victim or get enticed.

He, therefore, called for severe punishment against those who violate and abuse children.

Mrs Ngozi Izuogu, Chairman, FCT WOWICCN, urged parents to monitor those they allow to come close to their children.

Izuogu, however, called for capital punishment for anyone convicted of sexual abuse against children.

Rev. Olubunmi Badejo, Covener of the summit, said that the rate of abuse in the country was alarming and government must step forward to curb the menace.

Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole

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AU Boundaries: Germany to spend 18m euros to enhance peace, security



The German government has promised to commit 18 million euros to enhance peace, security in the Africa Union Border Programme (AUBP).

Mr Ludwig Kirchner, ECOWAS Cluster Coordinator of Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit’ (GIZ) said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a workshop on the Regional Review and Planning of the AUBP.

He said the 18 million euros support to the AUBP would be at the continental, regional and member state levels through another three-year phase from 2020 to 2022.

Kirchner said the move had become imperative to promote peace, security and stability as well as the socioeconomic development of cross border areas in the West African Region.

He said at the three-day event, organised by the National Boundary Commission in collaboration with GIZ, that with the fourth phase Germany would like to renew its political commitment and support the joint management of African common borders.

Kirchner said in spite of AU members’ effort, it was clear that the major challenge facing the region remained the absence of synergy between different stakeholders in the area of border security and the development of border regions.

“Therefore, on behalf of GIZ, I want to congratulate you for holding this meeting which will help strengthen your consultation, coordination and joint efforts,’’ he said.

He maintained that the workshop was an opportunity to discuss the achievements, lessons learnt and challenges of the border management as well as the GIZ’s support in the past 10 years.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the AUBP was established during the 8th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Governments of the AU held in Addis Ababa in January 2007.

The secretariat was then mandated to pursue programmes aimed at structural prevention of conflicts and establish the AUBP.

However, AUBP was developed to use borders as vectors to promote peace, security, stability and to improve and accelerate integration through effective governance of borders.

Also, the AU Convention on Cross Border Cooperation held in Naimey, Niger Republic, in 2012 formed the legal framework for cross border cooperation.

GIZ support for the AUBP has so far culminated in the construction of 20 standard primary pillars, 88 international boundary pillars and eight solar-powered boreholes for some Nigerian border communities.

Edited by Hawa lawal/Donald Ugwu

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Buhari honours Public Servants for exhibiting integrity in service




Abuja, Nov. 19, 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday presented Integrity awards to two public servants, ACG Bashir Abubakar and Mrs Josephine Ugwu of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, for exhibiting Integrity in the performance of their official duties.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the president presented the awards to the recipients at the opening of two-day National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in Public Sector held at the State House old Banquet hall, Abuja.

The event is being organized by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in collaboration with Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).

The Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Abubakar rejected 412,000 dollars (N150 million) bribe offered to him by drug traffickers to import 40 containers laden with Tramadol, a controlled and highly addictive drug.

Ugwu, a former cleaner at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos had on different occasions returned millions of naira found in the course of her duty, including the sum of 12million dollars forgotten in the toilet by an airport user.

Speaking at the event, President Buhari stressed the need for Nigerians to uphold the traditionally cherished values of honesty and integrity.

‘‘Let me again note with concern the need to uphold the values of loyalty, honesty, trust, and integrity that were once cherished in our public service.

‘‘Ethics and integrity are the foundation of an enduring society.

‘‘Nigerian culture does not tolerate dishonesty. Therefore, we must reclaim our traditional values of honesty, integrity and hard work.

‘‘In spite of the few bad eggs, I am delighted that many Nigerians still hold on to our traditionally cherished values of honesty and integrity.’’

President Buhari called on the National Assembly to fast-track the passage of the Special Crimes Court Bill.

He also urged the judiciary to embrace and support the creation of the Special Crimes Court.

He said: ‘‘The fight against corruption is of course not only for government and anti-corruption agencies alone. All arms and tiers of government must develop and implement the anti-corruption measures.

‘‘I invite the legislative and judicial arms of government to embrace and support the creation of Special Crimes Court that Nigerians have been agitating for to handle corruption cases.’’

President Buhari noted that the passage of the Bill was a ‘‘specific priority’’ of this administration’s Economic Recovery & Growth Plan 2017-2020.

The President also used the occasion, which marked the launch of the Constituency Projects Transparency Group (CPTG) Report Phase One, to reiterate his appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians to join in the fight against corruption.

‘‘The war against corruption cannot be won without prevention, enforcement, public education and enlightenment.

‘‘I encourage the ICPC and other law enforcement agencies to intensify their efforts in public education, enlightenment and engagement with citizens.

‘‘I also urge our development partners, civil society organizations, and the media to continue to support our efforts to strengthen ethical values and integrity in Nigeria,’’ he said.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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Gashua market fire: Minister sympathises with victims, directs urgent assessment



Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of  Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has condoled with the victims of Gashua Market disaster in Yobe.

She also tasked the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to conduct an assessment of the losses and make recommendations that would alleviate the sufferings of the victims.

Farouq, in a statement in Abuja, described the fire incident in the potash market in Gashua as “one fire too many”.

The Minister described the incident as “saddening”.

“I was greatly saddened by the unfortunate news of the fire outbreak that has once more left innocent victims counting their losses.

“I commiserate with the government and people of Yobe State on this unfortunate incident.

“I pray that the Almighty God will grant them the strength and fortitude to bear the losses,” she said.

Farouq said that the frequency and intensity of market fires across the country, as well as the impact on lives, property and livelihoods, was a challenges to government and agencies tasked with managing disasters.

“The ministry will continue to coordinate activities to ensure that all stakeholders leverage their tools and resources to ensure efficient prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response to fire disasters.

“I thank God that no life was lost. However, I have directed the Director-General of NEMA and the North-East Regional Team to visit the site of the fire disaster.

“They are also to perform necessary assessment and report back with actionable recommendations that will ensure that the victims/traders are empowered as they rebuild back their lives.

“I implore Nigerians to initiate fire prevention measures and general health and safety measures in our homes, schools and workplaces,” Farouq said.

Edited by Bayo Sekoni and Ephraims Sheyin

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NiMet predicts sunny, cloudy weather for Tuesday



Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted

sunny and partly cloudy conditions over Northern and Central cities with possible chances of thunderstorms over the Southern region on Tuesday.

NiMet’s weather outlook on Monday in Abuja predicted sunny and hazy condition over the Northern states throughout the forecast period.

The agency further predicted the day and night temperatures of the region to be 35 to 38 degree Celsius and 15 to 21 degree Celsius respectively.

“For Central states, partly cloudy to sunny conditions are envisaged over this

region in the morning hours.

“These conditions are expected to continue over the region into the afternoon/evening period with day and night temperatures expected to be 28 to 35 degree Celsius and 14 to 23 degree Celsius respectively,” it said.

NiMet forecast partly cloudy to cloudy conditions over Southern states with chances of thunderstorms over Lagos and Yenagoa in the morning hours.

“Later in the afternoon/evening hours thunderstorms are expected over the region with day and night temperatures expected to be 30 to 34 degree Celsius and 20 to 25 degree Celsius respectively,” it said.

Edited by Donald Ugwu

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Kogi Governorship: FCT Minister of state hails Yahaya Bello’s re-election





Abuja, Nov. 18, 2019 The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has hailed the re-election of Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi in the Saturday governorship elections.

The minister in a statement issued by her Special Assistant on Media, Mr Austine Elemue, on Monday in Abuja, described Belo’s victory at the poll as well deserving.

She called on other contestants in the race to join hands with the governor to build Kogi where everybody would be proud of.

Aliyu also commended the electorate for coming out en-masse to re-elect the governor for a second term, stressing that with the outcome of the election the people of Kogi state have spoken in one voice.

Similarly, the Minister also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, civil society organisations and the media for their professionalism during and after the elections.

“To me, the re-election of Gov. Yahaya Bello for a second term in office is well deserved..

” It is a victory for all and it is high time we join hands together to build Kogi of our dream,” she said.

Aliyu, therefore, advised the governor to be magnanimous in victory by reaching out to all aggrieved parties aimed at building a united and economically viable state.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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