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A nongovernmental organisation founded by Sheikh Muhammad Nuru Khalid (Digital Imam), the Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters, Jumuah Mosque, under the aegis of Islamic Research and Da’avah Foundation, Abuja, has called on Nigerians to live in peace and harmony.

He made the call while speaking at a one-day inter-faith conference organised by the group with the theme:  “Promoting Religious Tolerance and Acceptance”, IRDF, in collaboration with Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace, recently. The Imam use the opportunity to  emphasised the need for people of different faith to allow love, respect, peace and unity in their community and beyond.

In his keynote address, Rev. Fr. Ferdinand Chinedu Kingsley of Catholic Church, Nyanya Parish, reminded participants that before anyone became Muslims or Christians, we were created as first human beings. He said our religious differences should not be allowed to swallow our collective humanity, but be seen as a blessing, because either as a Christian or a Muslim, we are created by one supreme Being and that we are created with dignity and abilities.

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He said our heroes past did not collectively fight for a united Nigeria that will be sacrificed on the altar of religion.

“Their labour to see a united nation must be cherished by consciously sustaining the united Nigeria that they fought for,” the Rev. Fr. said, while stressing that no religion is superior to the other.

Also speaking at the event, the former secretary of the National Mosque, Abuja, Alhaji Ibrahim Jega, called on Nigerians to treat each other with respect, bearing in mind that one God created all of humanity and He makes the Sun to shine on everyone without an exemption.

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He said any good Muslim would understand that God Almighty decides what everyone would be – the choice of religion is not an exemption, and in as much as He makes the Sun to shine on everyone alike, no one has the right to deny another of his entitlement on religion’s grounds.

Addressing the media at the event, he urged them to ensure that a news item is adequately verified, before going ahead to publish such. Quoting from the Quran, he emphasised that there is no room for hatred in Islam and that Allah encourages religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence, while referring to Ma’ida Chapter 5 vs 5.

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On his part, the Village Head of Karu Hausawa, Suleiman Musa, while addressing journalist, expressed appreciation to IRDF for organising such a timely event. He said there is need to smoothen the relationship between all people of the two major religious group in our country – Christians and Muslims. He urged participants to use the lectures received positively and also calls on the clerics of both religious groups to pass on the message of love, peace and unity to their congregations.

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Lai Mohammed unhappy media is underreporting military success against bandits

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Lai Mohammed says the military has already drastically reduced banditry.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has called on the media to give more attention to the military’s offensive against bandits in the northwest region.

Military operations against them have been stepped up in recent weeks, with the government shutting down telecommunications services in many parts of Zamfara, Katsina, and Sokoto to cut off the bandits’ information flow.

Mohammed said during a meeting with the Katsina State government on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 that the strategy is working, and has already drastically reduced banditry.

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Lai Mohammed unhappy media is underreporting military success against bandits

The minister however lamented that the government’s positive efforts have not received the kind of media attention given to the bandits.

“There is no doubt that the table is turning against the bandits, since Katsina and other affected states came up with a number of novel measures that got the bandits boxed in, and the military stepped up its kinetic approach,” he said.

The 69-year-old said the government’s success ‘should be trumpeted’ so as to encourage more states to adopt similar measures, and boost the morale of security agencies.

He said the government is very worried about the wave of violence in the northwest region, and expressed confidence the military will soon put an end to it.

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Reps to investigate exclusion of Rivers from World Bank loan benefits

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House of Representatives on Wednesday called for investigation into the alleged exclusion of Rivers from projects to be financed by a fresh World Bank loan.

Solomon Bob (PDP-Rivers) had alleged in the house that Rivers is the only state that would not benefit from the loans.

He stated that the report, if true, rendered the Federal Government’s action as contrary to the spirit and letters of the 1999 Constitution.

He added that it would be discriminatory against the people of Rivers and capable of creating a sense of alienation, exclusion and discontent.

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Bob added that the house had a responsibility to ensure that the affairs of the federation were conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the law of equity and fairness.

This, he said, should be followed with an overriding responsibility to deploy its Constitutional powers to ensure compliance on the part of the Executive.

He added that Nigeria is a federation that professes equity, fairness and social justice and that there were several constitutional provisions prohibiting all forms of discrimination on the basis of partisan leaning, religion, place of origin or tribe.

Reps to investigate exclusion of Rivers from World Bank loan benefits

He said that some sections of the Constitution imposed a duty on the Federal Government to ensure equitable distribution of resources and projects across the federation.

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The consequently mandated its Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management to liaise with the office of the Adviser on National Assembly Matters to the President to ascertain the veracity of the allegation.

It also mandated the committee to revert in 14 days for further legislative action.

The house noted that if other states were listed, Rivers should be included to benefit from the projects to be executed with the fresh loan.

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Nemesis Is Coming On Those Attacking Me, Benue People – Gov Ortom

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has expressed optimism that those attacking him for voicing out the criminal activities of suspected Fulani herdsmen would one day face the nemesis of their actions.

In an interview with DAILY POST, the governor expressed hope that the Supreme God would vindicate him following the attacks he had suffered while defending his people, stressing that the day of reckoning is coming.

The Governor accused some political actors in the state of sabotaging the interest of the people just to remain as Minister or gain the position of a party’s national chairman.

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Nemesis Is Coming On Those Attacking Me, Benue People – Gov Ortom

He said, “I will say it’s well. God will help us. All these things they are doing; the day of reckoning is coming. I can assure you. All these injustices; all the things that I have suffered on behalf of my people; the day of reckoning will come for all these blackmailers who have come out now to cause confusion in Benue State.

“The same people had benefited immensely from our people who voted them, but they are now turning our state into IDPs camps.

“God will judge us. And because they want to be National Chairman, they want to remain as Ministers, they do press conferences, they insult the people and walk on their graves and across their dead bodies. The day of reckoning is coming. Watch my words! I serve the living God”.

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DAILY POST recalls that the governor had recently been in war of words with the presidency and the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume over his calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the security situation in Benue and other parts of the country.

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