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Northern Christian Elders Blast Buhari For His Actions Against Nigeria Unity

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Christian Elders Forum of Northern States (NOSCEF) rising from its EXCO meeting in Kaduna on Saturday October 30, while joining the rest of Nigerians in thanking God for the country’s 61st Independence Anniversary, tasked the President Muhammdu Buhari-led Federal Government to match words with actions by doing away with every nepotistic tendency in his administration, to enhance the country’s unity.

NOSCEF in a statement signed by its Chairman, Engineer Ejoga Oyinehi Inalegwu dated Sunday October 31, 2021, described President Buhari’s Independence Day broadcast, in which he emphasized the need to unite Nigerians, as mere rhetoric if he fails to himself practice what he is preaching.

“We join the President in appealing for a united, equitable, Nigeria that is fair and just to all, irrespective of religion, tribe, origin or region.
“We however, add that unity must first begin from the President himself.

“Let him unite the nation by bringing people together through appointments, that are not based on mere relationship with him or religion or any premodial considerations but competent hands, across religious, tribal and regional divides.

“In this regard, we appeal to Mr. President to start by appointing competent indigenous Christians from his home state of Katsina into key government positions.

“He will do more in promoting unity across religious and tribal lines by appointing not just a section to key sensitive institutions (customs, inland revenue, accountant general, financial institutions etc), strategic ministries and parastatals so they can come together, work together in unity and appreciate themselves because of their capabilities and competencies that abound across the lines of division and not privileges derivable by their religion or ethnicity,” NOSCEF said.

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The statement further said, “We frown at the perpetuation of the terrible injustice of the past by the systematic replacement of the favored by the same group while the few others appointed are also being replaced by the already favored.”

The group reiterated that same goes for the security outfits; the Police, Army Air Force, Navy Prisons, Immigration, Civil Defence, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, etc, which should reflect the regional and religious diversity of the country.

“The President cannot preach unity and be appointing only a section of Nigerians to hold sensitive positions.

“The president is not preaching unity when telling a section of Nigerians that by religion, ethnicity and region they are incompetent to hold sensitive positions in his government.

“The President should preach unity in the distribution of infrastructure, in appointments to sensitive and none sensitive positions across all divides.

“For both the President and the Governors, it should be noted that that the resources due all citizens under them are held in trust for all, whether they voted at all or did not vote, whether they voted for the ruling party or not.

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“Siting and distribution of projects and development should not be repayment for patronage at elections. Revenues are for the development of the entire domain of governance and should be so seen,” the group adviced.

NOSCEF emphasized that it is unfair, to on any ground, exclude states from benefiting from borrowed funds, when those states will participate in the repayment.

“Such are instruments of disunity and should be nipped in the bud.
Let us, as a nation, re-ignite our successes of the past, when great minds and national prides like Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Prof. Adesina Akinwumi, Arumah Oteh, Amina Mohammed, Prof. Atahiru Jega, Dora Akinyuli etc were brought on the national stage on the basis of competence, not patronage. They, with others did us proud and we are now celebrating them on the world stage.

“Similarly, service chiefs and other security heads were appointed from across all divides, as lubricating oil of unity,” it recalled.

The group stressed that the cover-up and justification for this lopsided appointments being based on merit, “is a national insult on those we superintendent over. Competency abounds across all divides of our dear nation and no President can justify lopsided appointments on the basis of shortage of competence or integrity from any section of the country.

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” Let the President address these issues with determination and singleness of mind and he will be sowing seeds for reuniting Nigeria,” they said.

They advised Buhari that it is never too late to do the right thing, by redressing past wrongs, as the results will be rewarding and the “sowing of seeds of unity and rebuilding hopeful confidence for the desired oneness of our beloved country.”

On security in Nigeria, NOSCEF tasked Boko Haram insurgents that have announced their repentant status to prove their sincerity by facilitating the release of the Chibok girls still in their custody, Leah Sharibu and others still in captivity.

“That will be a practical demonstration to the nation that their repentance is genuine.
We commend the war against insecurity being taken to the camps of the bandits and commend the officers and men of the Armed Forces for gallantry and the successes being recorded.

“We identify with the ongoing onslaught against all criminal elements in our society,” they said.

On the October mood of the nation, they said, “We greet our nation Nigeria as we recently celebrated 61 years as an independent nation.
We appeal to Nigerians to continue to pray for a united and progressive country.”

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Sanwo-olu, Osinbajo Present In Nomthi Odukoya’s Night Of Tributes (Photos)

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The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinabajo alongside Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo Olu attended the night of tributes for the late Pastor Nomthi Odukoya on Monday night.

Husband of the deceased Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, at the night of tributes held for the late Pastor Nomthi Odukoya in Lagos, on Monday
The event was held at the headquarters of Fountain of Life Church in Ilupeju, Lagos.

Also, General Overseers of popular churches in and outside Lagos state, pastors, friends, families gathered to commiserate with the family of Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, the husband of the deceased.

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Timilehin and Jomiloju Odukoya at the night of tributes held for their late mother, Pastor Nomthi Odukoya in Lagos, on Monday
Popular gospel artist, Pastor Nathaniel Bassey ministered at the event.

Several people who had the chance to speak and pay tribute to the deceased recounted memorable experiences they had with her while alive.

The Fountain of Life Church Choir while ministering at the Night of Tributes held to honour the late Pastor Nomthi Odukoya in Lagos, on Monday
She was born on the 30th of May 1974 in Durban, South Africa. She attended Domino Servite School in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands, South Africa. She got married to Pastor Taiwo Odukoya on the 5th of January 2010. They have two sons together.

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Onaiyekan Makes Strong Case For Almajiri Review, Insurgency Link

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A former Catholic Archbishop of the Abuja Archdiocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, on Saturday blamed the worsening insecurity, especially in northern Nigeria, on the Almajiranci system, saying it had failed the region.

He also expressed concern that young boys, who had been abandoned by their parents, were ending up as bandits and Boko Haram terrorists.

Onaiyekan stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja during the premiere of a movie: ‘The Oratory’, produced by a Catholic priest, Dr Cyril Odia, to raise awareness on the predicament of street children in society.

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He said, “This question of abandoned children is not new. It has been in the world almost from time immemorial. It is just that nowadays, in this age and year 2021, there ought not to be any more abandoned children.

“We have a major issue right now in the North about the Almajiranci system. These are young boys, who have been abandoned by their respective parents. We know that many of them end up as Boko Haram terrorists.

Onaiyekan Makes Strong Case For Almajiri Review, Insurgency Link

“Right now, where are all the criminals coming from? Go to the Kuje prison and find out the ages of the people who end up in jail. For those who are now insurgents and bandits, information reaching us is that many of the heads of those bandits are all young people, because of the way they have been trained. So, it shows immediately and you don’t have to wait for 10 or 20 years to see the implications of not doing anything to tackle the menace of street children.”

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According to him, northern leaders should be concerned about millions of young people in the region, who never go through school.

say that security is very difficult, this is one of the reasons why. It is not too late, if we decide to work seriously on it.”

Odia said the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria was in the millions, saying the book was meant to call for action.

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Pray for God’s intervention in Nigeria Over Banditry – Sheikh Abubakar

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Renowned Islamic scholar Sheikh Abubakar Giro Argungu urges Nigerians to pray fervently for God’s intervention.

“… tasks citizens on attitudinal change, identifies corruption, greed, activities of informants as causes of insecurity in the country…”

Sheikh Abubakar Giro Argungu, a renowned Islamic Scholer from Kebbi State, has urged Nigerians to pray fervently for God’s intervention to end banditry and other security challenges facing the nation.

This, he said, was in the interest of peace, unity and for the overall development of the country.

Giro made the call in Umaisha, Toto LGA of Nasarawa State while preaching at an event in honour of the wedding of the Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alh. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi and his third wife, Rukaiyat Mohammed.

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He said that if Nigerians pray fervently for God’s intervention, it will not only end banditry but will also promote peace, unity and speedy development of the nation.

The Islamic scholar has also advised against corruption, saying that 85 percent of Nigerians are not sincere to themselves while calling for attitudinal change among citizens to build an egalitarian society.

” Corruption is too bad in Nigeria. We must stop corruption for the country to move forward.

” Informants are also responsible for increasing banditry in the country. There are bad boys in the town who are giving information to bandits.

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” They are the ones revealing secrets to bandits about people around them for personal gains” he said.

Giro also urged Nigerians to show love to one another for the progress of the country.

The sheikh urged the couple to be patient with each other for the progress of their family.

” Marriage is about patient, tolerance, understanding and love. So I told Mr Speaker to embrace these virtues”

“He need to be patient with his wives and trust God for the progress and development of his family” He added.

The Islamic scholar further urged Nigerians to trust in God in all their activities for societal development.

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On his part, the Speaker Alh. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi appreciated the scholar and all those who traveled from far and near despite their schedules find time to be part of the event and prayed God to reward them accordingly.

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