The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday asked Nigerians to pray against kidnapping, banditry and blackmail.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President made the call in his Eid-il-Fitr message.
The statement was titled ‘On the occasion of Eid, President Buhari calls for unity and solidarity’.
Shehu quoted the President as saying, “On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love amongst all.
“Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges which are surmountable only when we come together as one.
“It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.
“We should jointly pray against the tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry and the desperate quest for political power expressed through blackmail against the existence of our country as a united entity.
“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion.”
Ondo Youths Urge TB. Joshua Family To Bring Body Home For Burial
Some youths in Ondo State have called on the government to consider immortalising the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, popularly known as Prophet T. B. Joshua, by naming an institution after the cleric.
They also urged the family of the late cleric to bring his remains to his hometown, Arigidi Akoko for burial.
The renowned Ondo-born cleric died on June 8, 2021, a few days to his 58th birthday in Lagos.
The youths, who are from the four local government areas of Akoko made the call at the weekend during a ‘special walk’ to honour the departed cleric in his hometown of Arigidi Akoko.
Speaking at the procession, the President of the Akoko Youth Forum, Mr. Ifeoluwa Ajibuwa described the late Joshua as a charismatic pastor, televangelist, and philanthropist who devoted his lifetime to the teaching of Christ.
He said the prophet was among the most philanthropic among the sons and daughters of Akoko who ever lived.
While noting that Prophet T. B. Joshua was a blessing to Akokoland, Ondo State, Nigeria and the world at large, Ajibuwa pleaded with the government to bury his remains in his hometown of Arigidi Akoko.
He said, “The man of God was a shining light that has shone on every country of the world thus making Akoko land a place in the hearts of the people around the world.
“Prophet T. B. Joshua was a philanthropist, a role model and mentor to this generation and his message of love and help for the needy made him irresistible among the preachers and televangelists in the world.
“We want him immortalised by the government because it is also the best way to remember him for his impact to the society and the people. He will surely be greatly missed by everyone and all over the world.
“Even, his contributions to the security, welfare and education sector of the state will always makes the vacuum created by his demise unfilled.
“We, the entire youths of Akoko want to make it a clear request to the family of the deceased and those concerned that his remains should be brought home to Arigidi Akoko for Burial.”
Other speakers at the event also testified to the philanthropic nature of the cleric, saying his good works would speak after him.
They noted that his contributions to the security, welfare and education sector of the state was invaluable which they said would make it difficult for anyone to fill the vacuum created by his demise.
The monarch of Joshua’s hometown, the Zaki of Arigidi-Akoko, Oba Yisa Olanipekun had also demanded that the remains of the deceased be buried at place.
Nigeria Can Not Be Divided, Agitators Are Doomed – Spiritual Leader, Olumba Olumba Obu
Spiritual Leader, Olumba Olumba Obu Insists Nigeria Can Not Be Divided, Says Agitators Are Doomed
All those fanning embers of secession, plotting to take over government and sponsoring killings are doomed and will be arrested.
This was the declaration of a respected spiritual leader of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu on Saturday morning when he spoke on June 12 Democracy Day.
Olumba Obu spoke at his universal headquarters in Calabar when he addressed large crowds of faithful and visitors, cautionig groups of persons or individuals agitating for break up of Nigeria to desist, stressing that they can never succeed.
He said Nigeria is God’s own country, emphasising that all those threatening her existence have been arrested by spiritual forces.
Hear him:. “Nigeria is God’s own country. Nigeria can not be divided. Whether they like it or not, Nigeria belongs to God. All those fanning embers of division, sponsoring killings and threatening her existence are doomed.
“Now you are trying to take over power. Those engaging themselves to take over the administration, or attempting to separate her are in trouble.
“When He created this country, where were all those agitating for her break up? They will never succeed.”
He urged political, religious leaders and individual Nigerians irrespective of tribes to talk, peace, unity, adding that if they display love towards one another, Nigeria would be very great.
Catholic Bishops Not Happy That Islam Is Mentioned More In 1999 Constitution
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has registered their discontent with the level of recognition accorded Islam in the 1999 constitution.
They observed that Islam was mentioned many times in the constitution, while there was not a single mention of Christianity or any other religion in the constitution, demanding that it should be redressed.
CBCN in its presentation at the Senate Committee meeting on constitutional review demanded that such changes be effected in the proposed constitutional amendment to give equal recognition to all religion or expunge the recognition given to Islam in the constitution.
CBCN President Most Rev Augustine Akubueze, in a statement released in Abuja, stated that ‘in the first place that there was no time Nigerians convened as individual stakeholders or as represented citizens to decide on or give it to themselves as a binding law or constitution.
‘The 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a product of and an imposition of the military. The particular aspect we want to address for this constitution review has to do with the place Islam as a religion has assumed in our constitution vis-a-vis our national life, to the extent that the 1999 constitution put Christians and adherents of other religions at a disadvantage in any place with a Muslim majority.
‘Complaints abound on the lack of adequate compliance with the provisions of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, against the establishment of any state religion, respect for the freedom of religion, including the right to freely change one’s religion, and equality of all religions before the law.
‘In particular, there have been complaints about the special bias, recognition and prominence accorded to Islam in the constitution of this nation, Nigeria. This should be redressed.
‘To ensure peace and unity of the nation, there must be an end to the practically established status that Islam enjoys in our constitution. We note in this regard that while Islam is mentioned many times in the constitution, there was not a single mention of Christianity or any other religion in the constitution. This should be redressed.’
CBCN urged the Senate to take seriously its stand in response to its call for memoranda on the review of the 1999 constitution. ‘Senate should see this constitution review exercise as an opportunity to give a sincere listening ear to Nigerians to whom the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended) was imposed on.’
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