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Sallah : Gov. Bagudu prays for peace, unity, safe return of pilgrims to Nigeria



Sallah : Gov. Bagudu prays for peace, unity, safe return of pilgrims to Nigeria

BIrnin Kebbi, Aug.12, 2019 The Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Abubaka Bagudu,  has prayed for the peace and unity of the nation and wished pilgrims safe return to Nigeria from Saudi Arabia.

Bagudu offered the prayer while felicitating with people of Kebbi on this year’s Eid-el Kabir festival at Government House, Birnin Kebbi, on Monday

”We continue to use this period of Edi-el kabir celebration to pray for peace and unity of the nation and we pray for the safe return of all Nigerians who went for holy pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

”Thanks be to Allah for giving us good health to celebrate this Edil-el Kabir.

“I rejoice with people of the state and our president Muhammadu Buhari for peaceful celebration of sallah,” he said.

He also commended the farmers for their effort in farming in the rainy season.

“We thank God for this year’s rainy season which is going to be good omen for our farmers,” Bagudu said.

The governor further reminded communities living in riverine areas that the state was among states indicated to face flooding this year.

He then advised those on flood plains to relocate to safer areas to avoid the flood disaster.

Nigeria News Agency , reports that the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has warned of the probability of heavy flooding in 12 local government areas of the state.

Edited by Donald Ugwu

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Eid-el-Fitr: Emir of llorin cancels Sallah homage to Gov. AbdulRazaq



ln a bid to discourage further spread of COVID-19, the Emir of llorin, Alhaji lbrahim Sulu-Gambari on Sunday canceled the annual Sallah homage to the Kwara Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

The monarch, who is also the permanent Chairman of the State Council of Chiefs, ordered the cancellation of the 2020 Eid-el-Fitr Sallah homage in a statement issued by his Media Aide, Malam AbdulAzeez Arowona.

The royal father, who was expected to lead other traditional rulers in the Ilorin Emirate to pay Eid-el-Fitr visit to the Government House on Monday, said he would no longer embark on the traditional homage.

“This is in line with strict adherence to the lockdown and movement restriction order imposed in the state and aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19,” the Emir said.

He urged residents of Ilorin Emirate to celebrate the Eid-el-Fitr with decorum and extend charity to the less privilege to further promote unity and prosperity.

Sulu-Gambari charged community heads, district heads, ward heads, groups and associations to be vigilant and ensure social distancing during and after Sallah celebration.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that all Eid praying grounds in the emirate were empty on Sunday as worshippers stayed away in compliance with government directive.

The Muslims performed the two Eid-el-Fitr raka’ats supererogatory prayers in their various homes without sermons or use of public address system in compliance as directed by the Emir of llorin.


Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Sallah: APC stalwart calls for prayers against global challenges



A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Saliu Mustapha, has called for prayers by Muslims for an end to the prevailing global challenges.

Mustapha made the call in a statement issued on Saturday in Ilorin while felicitating with Muslims on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.

The former APC gubernatorial aspirant in Kwara urged Muslims to allow the lessons of the period to continue to reflect in their dealings.

According to him, only total submission to the will of Allah could end the challenges bedeviling the world.

The initiator of the Saliu Mustapha Foundation admonished Muslim faithful never to return to sinful ways after the holy month.

He also admonished wealthy individuals to always give charity to the poor in their neighborhood to alleviate their sufferings.

The APC stalwart said that the call for the rich to deploy their wealth for the purpose of providing succor for the poor became necessary in the face of the untold hardship unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the country.

“Let me also call on Muslim Ummah to strengthen their worship in Allah, repent from sins and sustain the lessons of piety, patriotism and generosity learnt during the Ramadan period.

“We thank Almighty Allah for sparing our lives, especially Muslims to be counted among the living souls that completed this year’s Ramadan.

“This is a challenging time for all of us, let us assist the needy around us, pray for our leaders and be patriotic Nigerians.

“Our leaders presently need our support and prayers, I will urge you all to support the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in the task of building a better Nigeria.

“Let us support all government’s policies and adhere strictly to all government’s guidelines in containing the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

“I congratulate Muslims in Nigeria, particularly those in Kwara, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari and the Council of Ulamas in Kwara.

“I greet our Islamic teachers that provided insightful sermons for us during the period and the entire people of Ilorin Emirate on the successful conclusion of the Ramadan fast,” Mustapha said.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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ZMSG spends over N3b on fasting, Sallah welfare – Matawalle



Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara says his administration had spent over N3 billion on various welfare packages during Ramadan fasting and preparation for Eid-El-Fitr.

The governor announced this in a state-wide broadcast in commemoration of the Sallah festival to mark the end of the 30 days Ramadan fast.

He said that over N2.9 billion was spent in feeding indigents during the fasting period and buying of assorted grains distributed to the state’s civil servants on a subsidised loan.

Matawalle said another N55.2 million was used to buy 280 cows, which were distributed to civil servants, groups and community leaders to mark the Sallah festival.

Similarly, the governor said clothing materials were distributed to 40,000 orphans across the 17 emirates in the 14 Local Government Areas of the state.

He reiterated his administration’s resolve to meet the yearnings of the people through the provision of welfare packages and the early payment of May salary to workers on May 18 to enable them to celebrate Sallah comfortably.

The governor urged people of the state to continue to observe all the COVID-19 preventive guidelines, especially social distancing, the use of face masks, regular hand washing and the use of hand sanitisers.

He urged Muslims to imbibe the teachings derived from the fasting period.

Matawalle also called on them to use the Sallah period to pray against the novel coronavirus disease as well as pray for sustained national unity and wellbeing.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Sallah: Wife of Bauchi governor distribute clothing materials to less privileged persons



Wife of Bauchi State Governor, Dr Aisha Mohammed, has donated clothing materials to 300 People With Disabilities (PWDs), Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Women groups in Bauchi state.

Speaking while presenting the items, Mohammed said gesture was to enable the beneficiaries celebrate the Eid-el-Fitr like other citizens, and also cushion the hardship occasioned by measures put in place to check the spread of coronavirus.

“Beneficiaries are vulnerable members of the society, hence the need to improve on their well-being.

“The intention is for  the PWD, IDPs and other women groups to  have  a sense of belonging in the society during the Eid-el-fitr celebrations,” she said.

Mohammed said that women groups  cut across every strata, and therefore stressed the need for the items to reach them.

She admonished people of the state,particularly women, to  abide by the guidelines of  the state government on containing spread of COVID– 19.

She said that womenfolk should not be overwhelmed with activities during the celebration and should  avoid violating recommended WHO practices on how to stay safe.

In her remarks on behalf of the  beneficiaries,   Mrs Shafa’u Ladan, Chairperson, National Council for Women Society (NCWS) in the sttate, commended the governor’s wife for extending  Sallah gifts to the less privileged in the society.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma (NAN)


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Financial autonomy to legislature, judiciary, invaluable Sallah gift from Buhari – Assembly Speakers



Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria have lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Executive Order granting financial autonomy to legislatures and judiciaries of  all states.

In a statement through their chairman, who is also the Speaker of Lagos State Assembly, Mr Mudashiru  Obasa, the Speakers  described  the development as the best Sallah gift from the president.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the president, on Friday evening , signed an Executive Order 10,  granting financial autonomy to state legislatures and judiciaries.

NAN reports that the executive order came months after Obasa had led a team of his colleagues on a visit to the president where he made the demand.

The Executive Order 10 signed by president Buhari makes  it compulsory for the 36 states to always include the allocations of the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets.

The order also made  it mandatory for the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF)  to deduct the amounts due to state legislature and judiciary from monthly allocations of states that refused to implement the order.

“This is the best gift President Muhammadu Buhari has given the legislative arms of state governments at this Sallah.

“This is coming at the end of the Ramadan; it means God truly answered the prayers of the member state legislatures, through the president.

“No doubt, this order will further make state legislatures independent of the executive arm of their various governments.

“It will also boost healthy competitions among state legislatures in pursuit of advancements and developments,” they said.

They said the committee set up by the president had the mandate to ensure the implementation of the financial autonomy in line with section 121(3) of the country’s constitution as amended, just as they commended members of the implementation committee for putting in their best.

The Speakers urged beneficiaries of the Executive Order to see it as a further push to unite the country, and for them to play roles for the  growth, peace and progress of the nation.

They thanked the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), led by Gov. Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, for its support during the events and meetings leading to a final decision of the President.

They also  commended the Attorney-General of the Federal AGF), Abubakar Malami, for his roles that eventually resulted in the signing of the order by President Buhari.

Edited By: Chioma (NAN)  Ugboma


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Buhari cancels Sallah homage, to observe Eid prayer at home as directed by Sultan



President Muhammadu Buhari says he will be conducting his Eid prayers with his family at home as directed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who is also the President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI),

The President, in a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Friday, said his decision to observe the Eid prayer at home was also in line with the protocol against mass gathering issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

According to him, the decision is also in observance of the lockdown measures in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, put in place “to save lives and protect people from all dangers.”

He said: ”This is also in line with the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III suspending Eid congregational prayers across the country as well as the protocol against mass gathering issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

”Further to this, the President who has traditionally shared the joyous moment with top government officials, political leaders, community heads, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and children, will not be receiving these homages in a bid to stop the coronavirus from further spreading.”

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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CONVID-19: Bauchi Emir cancels Sallah durbar



The Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwan Sulaiman, has canceled the annual  durbar  by royal horsemen, popularly known as “hawan daushe”, held a day after Eid-el-fitr (Sallah) in Bauchi.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the  horse parade is a tourism event organised by most the Emirs in the North, which  attracts thousands of people during the sallah festivities.

Sulaiman said at the stakeholders’ meeting with the State government on Wednesday  in Bauchi that the cancellation of the event was necessitated by the global Coronavirus pandemic.

He said the world was faced with the dreaded coronavirus disesase which had caused    untold  hardship to the people.

“We will do everything possible to see that we stop the spread of the virus in our society.

“Therefore, the annual “ daushe” horse parade is cancelled to ensure adherence to social distancing and discourage all forms of social gathering in the state,” he said.

Edited By: Angela Okisor (NAN)




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Sallah: Zamfara APC distributes 200 cows to members 



The Zamfara State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has distributed 200 cows to its members ahead of  the Eid-El-Fitr celebration.

The state APC Chairman, Alhaji Lawal Liman, disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting of the party in Gusau on Wednesday.

Liman said that the cows were donated to the party for distribution by a former governor of the state, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari.

He said that the gesture was aimed at reducing the hardship of members of the party, especially those at the grassroots, resulting from COVID-19 lockdown.

According  to him, the gesture is  inline with the party’s commitment to assist various categories of the needy to celebrate Eid-El-Fitr in a happy mood.

“In addition to food items donated to people of the state at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

“We also distributed 200 cows to party members and other needy in the state donated by the state APC leader, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari.

“The animals have been distributed under the supervision of central coordinating committee headed by myself.

“In each of the 147 wards of the state, we gave one cow,” Liman said.

He said other beneficiaries comprised the executives and elders of the party across the 14 local government areas of the state.

“Youths and women wings of the party and staff of state APC headquarters among others, also benefited from the gesture,” he explained.

Liman, who thanked the former governor for the gesture, described it as timely.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Kaduna State Govt pays May salaries ahead of Sallah



Kaduna State Government has directed the state Ministry of Finance to pay May 2020 salaries for public servants on Tuesday, six days before the usual payment date of 25th of every month.

The Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, disclosed this during a media chat she co-hosted with Gov. Nasir El-Rufai at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House on Tuesday.

In a statement issued by Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, the deputy governor said that the gesture was to enable workers to better utilise Wednesday and Thursday COVID-19 lockdown free window.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lockdown free window was provided for residents to stock up on food and other essentials, especially ahead of Eid-il-Fitr celebration.

NAN also reports that the month long Ramadan fasting by Muslims ends by Friday or Saturday, subject to a formal announcement by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.

The deputy governor, however, advised public servants to be prudent in managing their resources ahead of difficult period caused by the realities of COVID-19.

“Kaduna State was the first government to comply with the new national wage, which it began paying along with consequential adjustments with effect from 1st September 2019.

“The state government had initiated and concluded its own wage review before the Federal Government launched new minimum wage negotiations with the labour unions in 2018.

‘’The review was implemented as a key component of its public service reform and revitalisation programme launched in 2016 to transform the public service into a more efficient and responsive, IT compliant and younger institution,’’ Balarabe said.

She pointed out that, prior to the initiation of the public service reform programme, the state government had announced during the revenue slump of 2016 that it was prioritising personnel cost as a key component of its budget adjustment mechanism.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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