By Usman Abdullahi Koli
For many years Sahara Reporters are well known for spreading fake news, rumor and sentimental reports all over the country. Trying to dig out facts about governments doing but, all their reports have not once captured the triple virtues guiding the pen profession.
Yesterday, the Media outlet published on their timeline a report credited to Afenifere, a Yoruba Socio-Cultural Group, the headline reads” Igboho is like prophet Muhammad who fled Mecca for Madinah”. This is blasphemous and sacrilegious statement and a big insult to the entire Muslim communities across the globe. The content of the story compared the tribulations of Yoruba revolutionist Sunday suffered same plight with our beloved prophet.
If Afenifere, do not know how things need to be put especially at this moment, when the country is facing serious challenges and the Muslim communities are still battling with Abduljabbar Issue trying to bury it, and ensure he is punished for his blasphemous statements, then Sahara Reporters claiming to be a professional media outlet should not give the story this abusive headline.
This behoves every Muslim to feel offended, Sunday Igboho is a labelled criminal found wanted by his country for trying to create a long lasting war, it’s really pathetic and terrible for any individual or group to describe a wanted criminal to any religion not to even talk of comparing him to the most beloved man on earth. Oh God please pardon us!
Prophet Muhammad (SAW), a person who preached unity, peace and harmony among the residents of Mecca including the non Muslims is being compared to a secessionist leader? A person who brought humanity and strongly opposed bigotry and hatred is being compared to a rebellion group leader who is trying to tear his country apart?
Muhammad treated even the kafiruun with fairness, justice and equity. Talking about the prophet migration, he migrated to establish Islamic system in Madina. Muhammad who happened to be the most generous and most honest man, is now being compared to a hoodlum. Its really heartbreaking.
For Afenifere, I found their statement bias, untruthful, sentimental and hatred towards the entire Muslims including the Yoruba muslims living among them. But the content would not have been uglier if Sahara had done the needful, considering the ethics of the profession.
Every Muslim will find the comparison very hurting and disrespectful. You can’t compare such a scoundrel whose only wish, is to set his country ablaze.
Therefore, comparing the pious Muhammad of Islam to a notorious Igboho is a big disservice to humanity and insult to the entire Muslims. It should be retracted and apology needs to be rendered. Their apology is non-apology apology therefore we reject it.
Koli, a graduate of mass communication, Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi
Adamawa: CDD Joins Awareness Campaign Against Gender-based Violence
As part of activities commemorating 2023 16 days activism, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has sensitized Adamawa people on Violence Against Women and Girls VAWG.
The sensitization exercise begins with road walk from Bekaji roundabout to Jimeta modern market, Yola-North Local Government Area on Wednesday.
Mrs Amina Auwal, the team lead who spoke on this year’s theme: Unite, “invest to prevent violence against women and girls” described the commitment of stakeholders as the symbol of unity against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the state.
She urged stakeholders to unite and reduce the rate of GBV in the state.
“This VAWG is like a cancer, it is eating up the community gradually but when it has been cut off completely we will have society free of GBV.
“We appreciated the CDD for sponsoring the programme of being able to sensitize the public to bring to an end the menace of VAWG”, she said.
Mrs Rose Zinas, Desk officer GBV, National Orientation Agency (NOA) urged parents, guardians and stakeholders to take advantage of the theme of the year and to invest on women and girls-child.
She said these would help them to have something doing to reduce over dependent on husband’s and parents as well as end violence against them.
Zinas called on the women to also be proactive in looking for something doing and not to be a liability.
In her remarks, Lubna Dodo, representing Federation of Women Lawyers Association, FIDA appreciated the contribution of CDD in the fight against GBV in the state.
She explained that the mission of the road walk is to create awareness on the theme of this year activism.
“This means invest by educating the girls-child and empower them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in future.
“These will go along way by reducing their vulnerability to violence anywhere they find themselves “, she said.
Dodo further said that the passage of Violence Against Person Prohibition (VAPP) law and Child Protection law as well as ongoing sensitization for implementation have also help in reducing the rate of GBV in the state . News Hunter.
Adamawa Govt Approves 42km NYSC Camp – Borong Road Project
By Muhammad B. Muhammad
The Adamawa State Executive Council Wednesday approved reconstruction of 42km road stretching from National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in Damare to Borong community.
The feeder road project which covers the 2 LGAs of Girei and Demsa will cost over N836m.
The State Commissioner of Education, Dr Umar Garba Pella disclosed this while briefing newsmen shortly after the council meeting that held in the Government House, Yola.
Dr Pella said the project was awarded to Hydro Source and Resource Nigeria Limited and has the completion of period of 12 Months.
The Commissioner further disclosed that the council has approved over N117m variation for the construction of modern laboratory at Specialist Hospital, Yola.
Pella explained that the project was initially awarded at over N578m adding that the variation was to cover the cost of increased price of building materials.
The Wednesday’s 8th 2023 Council Meeting was presided over by the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
Bauchi SEC Approves Construction of 2 Flyovers , 200KM Roads
Bauchi State Government has unveiled a plan for the construction of sixteen strategic roads worth about one hundred billion naira across the state.
The project also comprises two flyovers at the busiest areas of Wunti and Central Market to beautify and decongest the city centre.
These among some other rural roads construction project across the state’s three senatorial zones were part of the resolutions made during State Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Bala Mohammed.
Some of the project that make a total of two hundred kilometers include two point six kilometers Sabon Kaura Birshi Gandu road, four point five kilometers Zango-Gwallagan Mayaka access road, one point seven kilometers Bayara township road, rehabilitation of Disina-Adamami road in Jama’are local government area and Dualization of A.D Rufa’i College to Misau town road among others.
Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the commissioners of Works and Transport Ibrahim Galadima and his counterpart of Special Duties and Rural Development Faruq Mustapha said the projects have been awarded to confitent contractors in line with developmental initiative of Governor Bala Mohammed led administration.
Also during the meeting, the Council has ratified and approved for upgrading of four palaces of Emirs of Bauchi, Ningi, Jama’are and Dass at sum of two point two Billion naira under the State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
The commissioner of the ministry Ahmed Sarki Jalam said the move was to creat a conducive environment for the traditional institutions to discharge their duties.
The council has also approved a memo for the 2024 Medium Term Expenditure presented by the commissioner ministry of Budget and Economic Planning Aminu Hammayo as well as a memo presented by the commissioner of Commerce, Trade and Investment Mahmud Baba Ma’aji on the preparation for the forthcoming Northeast Joint Trade Fair in Bauchi State.
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