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We’ll take 100m Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years, says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari, has promised taking 100 million Nigerians from poverty to prosperity in the next 10 years.

Buhari disclosed this in his opening speech at the inaugural June 12, Democracy Day celebration on Wednesday in Abuja.

The President said that his administration would ensure rapid and positive growth in the economy to move Nigeria away from poverty.

“Our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to grow by 2.7 per cent this year.

“Our external reserve have risen to 45 billion dollars enough to finance over nine months of current equal commitments.

“This administration has laid a foundation of taking bold steps in transforming our country and delivering our people from shackles of poverty.

“First we will take steps in integrating the rural economy to national economic grade by extending access to input to rural farmers as well as credit to rural micro businesses and opening up many critical feeder roads.

“Secondly, all small scale enterprises in towns and cities would share facilities currently available so that we can continue to encourage and support domestic production of basic goods to improve our lives,’’ he said.

The president added that in the next four years his administration would remain positive to improve the lives of people by consolidating on efforts to address many issues.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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. .

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Don’t use foreign airline to evacuate stranded Nigerians- Reps Committee

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Rep. Nnolim Nnaji, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, has advised the Federal Government against using foreign airline to evacuate stranded Nigerians from Canada.

Nnaji, representing Nkanu East/West Federal Constituency of Enugu State, said in a statement in Lagos on Sunday that the House would not condone it.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there was persistent refusal by the Canadian authorities to grant Air Peace airline landing rights for the evacuation of stranded Nigerians in Canada.

NAN reports that the Canadian Government was alleged to have given preference to Ethiopian Airline for evacuation of stranded Nigerians desiring to come home as against the Air Peace which the task force has already engaged for the evacuation.

Air Peace is charging 1,134 dollars per passenger as against the sum of 2,500 dollars charged by the Ethiopian Airline.

Nnaji, however, said that the position of the House of Representatives was very clear on the issue of evacuation flights.

The lawmaker explained that the House had on May 12 adopted the motion against the use of foreign airlines for evacuation of stranded Nigerians in other countries.

Nnaji said the House had urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and relevant Ministerial Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the motion.

He said the House had urged them to ensure that Nigerian Airlines enjoy the right of first refusal in all circumstances where Nigerians need to be evacuated from other countries.

“The House of Representatives had insisted that the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Aviation and indeed the COVID-19 Task Force must explore all available diplomatic channels to ensure that a Nigerian airline operate the evacuation flight out of Canada.

“The aviation committee has also observed that Canadian authorities has no reason to deny Air Peace landing right.

“This is because available records had shown that the airline has the require certification and approvals to operate internationally.

“Our findings have shown that Air Peace is International Air Transport Association’s Safety Oversight Audit (IOSA) certified.

“This means that the airline has a major international parameter for measuring airlines’ safety standards,” he said.

Nnaji said that there was need for the Canadian Government to treat the flight as a special emergency occasioned by Coronavirus pandemic and immediately grant the necessary approvals to the Air Peace.

Similarly, the lawmaker said the committee had summoned the COVID-19 Task Force and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aviation and agencies to appear before it on Thursday.

Nnaji explained that the committee summoned those directly or indirectly involved in the earlier evacuation flights handled by the British Airways, Emirates and Ethopian Airlines from the UK, United Arab Emirates and America.

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Eid-el-fitr: PFN urges Nigerians to deepen spirit of mutual tolerance

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The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has urged Nigerians, irrespective of faith, ethnicity or gender, to deepen the spirit of mutual tolerance and embrace understanding in their conducts.

Its President, Rev. Felix Omobude, made the plea on Sunday while congratulating Muslims on the completion of the Ramadan season at this difficult time of global pandemic.

Omobude prayed that the celebration would usher in healing and greater peace in the country.

The PFN president, however, called on all religious leaders to continue to lift up the country in their prayers.

He prayed for wisdom for leadership and public officials at all levels in the country to be able to turn around the fortune of the nation in the face of the daunting economic challenges.

Omobude also congratulated the Sultan of Sokoto, Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, and all Muslims in Nigeria on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr.

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Eid el fitr: Ajimobi charges Nigerians on togetherness, peace

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Former governor of Oyo, Abiola Ajimobi, and the APC Deputy National Chairman (South West), on Sunday called on Nigerians to live in togetherness and peace as exemplified by Prophet Mohammed (SAW).

Ajimobi made the call in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Mr Bolaji Tunji, in Ibadan.

He urged Nigerians to continue to cooperate with the Federal Government in the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19), currently afflicting mankind.

He enjoined Nigerians to exercise patience, as the government was doing its best to ensure the country was not adversely affected by the pandemic and if ts attendant economic consequences.

“We should continue to strictly adhere to laid down protocols in the management of COVID-19.

‘`We must at all times wash our hands, use our face masks, continue the physical distancing advisory, while not forgetting to sanitise our hands,” he said.

The former governor said that the country would only achieve greatness in an atmosphere of peace and harmony.

He urged Nigerians to continue to keep safe in this difficult period.

“It is only in an atmosphere of peace and love that people can thrive and attain their potential.

“Nigerians should exhibit love towards fellow human beings, re-dedicate themselves to the service of Almighty Allah and humanity, as demonstrated by Prophet Mohammed (SAW).

“Let us use this Eld-el-Fitri period to pray for the peace, progress and economic emancipation of our dear country,” Ajimobi said.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Gov. Ayade tasks Nigerians on peace, unity

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Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River, on Sunday called for peace, love and unity among Nigerians, as Muslims celebrate Eid-el-Fitr.

Ayade, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita, charged Nigerians to use the period for sober reflection on the state of things in the country.

While congratulating the Muslim Ummah for successful completion of this year’s Ramadan fast, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, he urged them to remember that moderation was important in everything.

Ayade said his administration in this regard would continue to ensure that people of all faith and class in the state were not made to go through unnecessary hardships through stringent policies.

He explained that what informed his decision to exempt low income earners from taxation, including the petty traders in Bogobiri Muslim Community, was his conviction in the good governance principle that the less privileged of the society must be catered for.

Ayade also noted that the essence of the holy month of Ramadan was to task all Ummah on good and compassionate living even after the fast.

“Ramadan is a month of sacrifice, abstinence, and above all, love and care for humanity. I encourage you all to be your brother’s keeper.

“Look out for your neighbour in the firm belief that he or she too will look out for you; and most importantly always use your face masks while going out to contain the spread of COVID-19 disease.

“As you celebrate Eid-el-fitr, I urge everyone, regardless of religious belief, to continue to keep the peace and to live in unity with one another in Nigeria, and particularly in Cross River,” he said.

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Matane urges Nigerians to imbibe virtues of sacrifice, love, tolerance

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Alhaji Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the Niger State Government  (SSG), has called on Nigerians to imbibe the virtues of sacrifice, perseverance, tolerance, steadfastness and love for national unity.

In his Sallah message to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting, Matane, stressed the need for unity, discipline, trust, integrity and fear of God for the country to move forward.

He called on residents to embrace peace and unity in order to encourage the growth and development of the state.

He explained that the Ramadan fast was an opportunity for Muslim Ummah to deepen their relationship with God, charity, promote life of sacrifice and love for one another irrespective of religious, political or social affiliations.

Matane, who is also the Chairman, Niger State Task Force on COVID-19, urged the people of the state to pray fervently against the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state.

He called on residents to adhere strictly to the safety protocols of COVID-19 such as wearing of Face Mask, adherence to social distancing, maintaining personal hygiene, regular hand washing with soap under running water, application of hand sanitiser.

“We must stay at home as advised by health experts among other several measures taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” he said.

Matane called for continuous prayers against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the state and the country as a whole.(NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: Ooni congratulates Muslims, tasks Nigerians on fight against COVID-19

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Ahead of the celebration of the Eid-el-Fitr on Sunday,  the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has congratulated Muslims on the completion of the Ramadan fast.

Ogunwusi also urged Nigerians to keep supporting government in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19.

The Ooni’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Ile-Ife.

Ooni, the Co-Chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers, explained that there were reasons to celebrate and thank the almighty Allah for His goodness and mercies in every situation.

“Celebration here is not the conventional merriment of social gathering as we all know that there is an order against that, especially in this situation we are all facing globally.

“We should celebrate in our various homes with our families by remembering Allah and why we should not give up in our hope of a better tomorrow.

“God in His infinite mercy shall accept our fasting and prayers including those we said against the rampaging coronavirus and other enemies of humanity.

“We’ve been through a lot together and we can’t but be grateful to God for keeping us.

“Although it is regrettable to realise that we cannot gather like before especially for the annual congregational prayers but we must make the best out of what we have.

“We hope and pray to be part of the brighter future when Coronavirus will be past and become history of life,” the Ooni said.

He warned Nigerians against violating government’s rules and regulations in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ogunwusi also urged Muslims to observe the laid down precautionary measures, including maintenance of social distancing, personal hygiene and regular hand washing among others.

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Eid-el-Fitri: APC urges Nigerians to imbibe Ramadan lessons

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on Muslims to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan, which include personal sacrifice, charity, sobriety and self-discipline.

APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu said this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, congratulating Muslims on the successful completion of the 2020 Ramadan fasting and the celebration of Eid-el-Fitri.

“As we complete this important religious obligation, we join the Nigerian Muslim community in beseeching Allah to accede to all their prayers and accept their fasting as an act of worship.

“It is our hope that the important lessons of Ramadan, including personal sacrifice, charity, sobriety and self-discipline will not cease to be part of our ways of life in the months and years ahead.

“At this critical period of our nation’s history, these noble virtues should continue to guide our daily activities as we strive to fulfill our duties as good citizens of this great country,” he said.

The Party’s spokesman also urged Muslims to stay safe amid the Coronavirus global pandemic.

“In our continuous efforts to stem the spread of this virus, the APC urges all Nigerians to adhere to public health guidelines and instructions, including safe distancing, use of face masks at public places among others.

“On the part of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, no effort is being spared at mitigating the negative impact of the pandemic on our people.

“Finally, we call on Nigerians to keep supporting the government in its determined quest to make our great country secure, peaceful and prosperous,” he said. 

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Eid-il-Fitri: IBEDC urges Nigerians to observe safety precautions during celebration

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The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has urged its customers and all Nigerians to observe safety precautions as stated by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) during the celebration of Eid-il-Fitri.

The Chief Operating Officer of the company, Mr John Ayodele, made the plea in a congratulatory message to Nigerians, especially Muslims, on the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast.

Ayodele also urged Muslims to continue to display the virtues and the morals of Ramadan season, by being one another’s keepers, especially in these challenging times as occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said IBEDC was conscious of its customers’ expectations of regular power supply during the holidays, assuring that the company would not disappoint them.

“Our technical crew is also available to rectify any fault that may arise during this period,” Ayodele said.

He, however, urged customers to pay their bills to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the holiday.

“Our payment centres are open during the holidays from 10.00a.m to 3.00p.m daily to attend to customers for bill payment, vending, enquiries and complaints, whilst we strictly adhere to all laid down COVID-19 safety protocols.

“Also, customers can reach us via our Customer Care lines which will be open all through the holidays,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government had declared Monday and Tuesday as public holidays in commemoration of the Eid-il-Fitri.

NAN also reports that the month-long compulsory Ramadan fasting would end on Friday or Saturday, subject to the sighting of the new moon and directives from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).

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NGO seeks improved balanced diet for Nigerians

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An NGO, Global Alliance for Improved Nigeria, says Nigerians are more vulnerable when talking about foods that lack vitamin A and access to other nutrients.

Dr Michael Ojo, the Country Director of the NGO that specialised in food and nutrition, made the call during an online media briefing on Friday in Abuja.

Ojo, however, called for improved balanced diet among Nigerians to encourage development.

He said that the foods being supplied to Nigerians might be lacking the required nutrients.

According to him, this is why the NGO is engaging in effective information dissemination to Nigerians about the types of food they should eat.

“We are focussing on the informal markets.

“This is where majority of people buy their foods; in the open markets, closed markets, village markets and even, in the city markets where people bring their things to sell,” he said.

Ojo said that the project was aimed at ensuring cost-effectiveness of foods in the markets and means for people to get access to nutritious foods.

According to him, the NGO’s target is to ensure that crops which have been biologically fortified with vitamin A and every other food nutrients are made available in the markets.

He added that the focus was to see how the NGO could scale-up the cultivation of these crops in the zones where they were being produced abundantly.

“The NGO is also eliciting demand for the crops for consumption to meet up with the Nigerians needs,” he said.

Ojo also said that the NGO was set to build capacity, specifically on the food system and to respond to the cases of malnutrition.

He said the NGO was working with the financial regulations on foods supply, provide technical and financial support and policy formulation for Nigerians in need of nutritious foods.

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World Culture Day: Nigerians call for protection, promotion of cultural heritage

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Some Nigerians resident in the FCT, have called on government at all levels to take responsibility by protecting and promoting Nigeria’s cultural heritage, as the World marks the 2020 Day for Cultural Diversity.

Some of the respondents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria , on Thursday in Abuja, said the preservation of Nigeria’s cultural heritage was imperative if the country would completely liberate itself from the clutches of imperialism, which was clearly destroying the country’s natural values.

Mr Nnamani Ogbonna, a civil servant, said the preservation of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage such as; respect for elders, traditional marriage systems and abhorrence for gay relationships, was imperative.

“We should not allow foreign influence on our culture. Their cultures, such as indecent dressing, is not part of our culture.

“Section 21 of the Constitution puts a responsibility on federal and state governments to protect, preserve and promote Nigeria’s culture.

“Government at all levels should not forget that responsibility,” Ogbonna said.

He also called on the National Assembly to enact laws that would abolish cultures that were alien to us as a black, decent race.

He commended the National Assembly for halting plans to legalise gay relationships, which he described as alien to the Nigerian culture.

Mr James Kindness, a businessman, said that the benefits of cultural diversity could not be listed.

“In those days, women only wear beads on their waist, tie a piece of clothe to cover their breasts, and there were no issues, but today, diverse positive cultures have been imbibed.,” he added.

Mr Ola Joel, also a civil servant, advised Nigerians to appreciate and promote the country’s diverse cultures, adding that cultural diversity was significant for national growth.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the World Day for Cultural Diversity, Dialogue and Development, is celebrated every May 21. (NAN)

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

 

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Immigration arrest 14 Togolese, 10 Nigerians at Ogun border

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Ogun Command, has arrested 14 Togolese and 10 Nigerians at Ajilete and Ilase border posts in the state.

The NIS Spokesman, Mr Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.

The Comptroller, Ogun State Command, Mr Kunle Osisanya, said that the arrest were made by NIS operatives in line with Federal Government directives.

According to Osisanya, the 14 Togolese, comprising eight female adults and six minors, were arrested in a J5 bus at Ajilete, in Ogun.

“The other 10 were arrested at Ilase, also in Ogun State, and out of the 10, five were victims of human trafficking.

“Hence, they will be handed over to NAPTIP for defying the directive of government on closure of land borders,” he said.

Osisanya said that the arrested persons  had been profiled accordingly by health officials in line with NCDC medical procedures and subjected them to COVID-19 test.

He said that the NIS Comptroller General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, complimented the officers for being gallant and professional.

He commended the efforts of the officers, noting that, some of the arrest were made along illegal points created by the human smugglers.

He, however, charged them to up the tempo of their patrol as the service would continue to ensure safety of the nation.

Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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COVID-19: Group urges Nigerians to adhere to government’s directives in their own interest

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The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), an NGO, has pleaded with Nigerians to adhere strictly to the directives of government and experts on how to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, Chairman of CLO in Anambra, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Thursday that some Nigerians were still behaving in their old ways and shunning warning on social distancing and wearing of face mask

“Nigerians should desist from the notion of obeying these directives as a favour to government,’’ Ezekwueme said.

He decried the low level of awareness and compliance as some citizens feel that abiding with the directives was a task and service to the government, rather than a means to safeguard their lives and those of others.

“It is despicable that less than 50 per cent of citizenry comply appropriately to hand washing, wearing of face mask; whereas social and physical distancing are observed in breach.

“It is of prime importance to note that wealth without health is living in a state of languor.

“Unless citizens understand that observation of COVID-19 prevention protocol is for their interest and that of others, the future, just like the present, will be very bleak.

“It is ineluctable and inexorable for us to collectively and collaboratively wage war against COVID-19 and free ourselves and our dear country from the deadly pandemic,’’ he said.

The CLO boss, however, commended those who had provided palliative stimulus for the indigent citizenry in the country, urging others to emulate them.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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