Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun suggested on Wednesday that he might end up as a pastor after serving eight years in office as governor.
Governor Abiodun, who made the remark when speaking at the 108th Nigeria Baptist Convention held at the Baptist International Conference Centre, Lufuwape Town, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, said that athough he would not ascribe to himself the authority of the clergy, because he loves reading, studying and sharing the the Bible, he ‘may end up on the pulpit after I have served as governor for eight years.’
The event, which was equally used to conduct valedictory and commendation services for the retiring President of Baptist Convention, Nigeria and the President, Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) Dr (Reverend) Samson Ayokunle, was attended by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Senator Ishaku Abbo, among other dignitaries.
Governor Abiodun noted that the theme of the Convention, “Moving Forward: Finishing the race with Joy”, has called the attention of Nigerians, and the world, to taking action with the with fear of God in their hearts.
According to him, if Nigerians followed the instructions of God in all they do, life would be more peaceful and the country would not find itself in its current predicaments.
The Ogun governor charged Nigerians not to lose hope, stressing that ‘all we need is the fear of God in conducting our affairs.
‘We all need to treat our fellow human beings with love and even take care of our environment. If we do, we will live a more peaceful and prosperous life. We continue to pray for God’s blessing upon our land so that our people will live in constant abundance of every good thing.
‘More importantly, we must reject violence and pursue peace with one another. We need to walk in love and understanding. This is what our heavenly Father expects from us.
‘We, therefore, look forward to the continued reign of peace in our land and the constant strengthening of the body of Christ,’ the governor stated.
While noting that the Convention is the ‘gathering of the faithful and a clear demonstration of the injunction of the word of God,’ Governor Abiodun commended the Baptist Church of Nigeria for remaining relevant in the spreading of the gospel and the provision of qualitative education and healthcare services.
Governor Abiodun congratulated Rev Ayokunle for a successful tenure as the President of the Nigeria Baptist Convention after 10 years, noting his roles as the current CAN president has strengthened the unity among Christians in the country.
Speaking at the event, ex-President Obasanjo commended Ayokunle for serving meritoriously in his capacity as a leader in the Baptist Church.
Obasanjo, who expressed optimism that Nigeria would survive its present troubles, prayed that God would give the retiree new energy to continue the work of God.
Also speaking, Oyo Governor Makinde praised Ayokunle for his tenacity in carrying out the duties of his office, and urged him to continue to lead prayers for Nigeria and the country’s leaders.
President Buhari Son declared wanted over his involvement in N31 Billion fraud
President Buhari Son declared wanted over his involvement in N31 Billion fraud.
Gimba Yau Kumo, the son-in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari, and two others were on Thursday declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, over diversion and misappropriation of $65 million National Housing fund.
Buhari son-in-law, a former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, who in 2016 married Mr Buhari’s second daughter Fatima, Mr. Tarry Rufus and Mr. Bola Ogunsola, were declared wanted over misappropriation and diversion of $65 million National Housing fund.
ICPC Spokesperson, Azuka C. Ogugua, in a statement, urged the public to provide information about the whereabouts of Mr Kumo and his cohort.
“The persons whose pictures appear above, Mr. Tarry Rufus, Mr. Gimba Yau Kumo and Mr. Bola Ogunsola, are hereby declared WANTED by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in connection with issues bordering on misappropriation of National Housing Funds and diversion of the sum of Sixty Five Million dollars ($65,000,000),” the commission said.
Mr Kumo was being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over a N3billon fraud.
Though President Buhari campaigned on riding Nigerian public service of corruption, saying Nigeria must kill corruption before it kills Nigerians, Newsone reports that his allies and associates have been fingered in sundry corruption cases.
Meanwhile, Peoples Gazette reported how late Isa Funta, an ally of Mr Buhari, got millions of naira from Federal Inland Revenue Service and how present Acting EFCC Chair was involved theft before he was tapped for the job by Mr. Buhari.
Ortom: Anyone Against Southern Governors’ Resolve Has Hidden Agenda
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom says any Nigerian opposed to the position of Southern Governors regarding the ban on open grazing of cattle has a hidden agenda.
Governor Ortom spoke on Thursday at the Holy Ghost Parish Hall, Makurdi during an address on the occasion of ‘Media Week and Communications Day 2021’, organised by the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi.
He noted that his colleagues from the Southern part of the country had towed the right path towards addressing insecurity in Nigeria, stressing that open grazing was no longer feasible in the country due to development and population growth.
Governor Ortom said Nigeria is a great country with great potentials and should, ordinarily, have no business with poverty if only there was guaranteed security for lives and property and the people are allowed to remain stable in their localities to explore opportunities in farming and other ventures.
The Governor expressed appreciation to the Church and Muslims, as well as residents and citizens of the state for remaining supportive of his administration.
He also acknowledged the good reportage of government policies and programmes by the Directorate of Social Communication, Catholic Diocese of Makurdi and all the media groups in Benue, pointing out that his administration would always welcome constructive criticism.
The Governor who hinted at his administration’s plans to commence teaching of vernacular in schools in the next academic session said children must be trained and supported to inculcate reading in them, even as he described communication as key in the society.
Catholic Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Most Reverend Wilfred Anagbe stated that social communication was meant to uplift humanity and society, stressing that it is a positive aspect of the reality of life and not the other way round.
Bishop Anagbe who advocated for the teaching of history and vernacular in primary and secondary schools in the state said language defines a man and so should not be allowed to go extinct.
Ortom: Removing History Subject From Curriculum Is Evil
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Thursday, faulted the removal of history subject school curriculum in Nigeria.
The governor, who spoke in Makurdi at ‘Media Week and Communications Day 2021’ organized by the Directorate of Social Communications, Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, said the removal would prevent posterity from having knowledge of important events in the country.
According to him, if the Federal Government fails to restore the subject, the state government would initiate law to ensure it is taught in Benue schools. grin
The governor said: “Removing the subject History from the country’s school curriculum is an evil agenda to prevent the young generation from knowing their past.
“Even if Nigeria won’t restore the study of history to the school curriculum, we in Benue will initiate a legislation to make history a compulsory subject in schools in the state.
“Our children need to know how their forefathers lived on this land hundreds of years ago. Our children need to know what took place at Ushongo Hills in 1804 and why this land and our people were not conquered till this day.”
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