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Ramadan: Gov Fintiri Urges For Peace, Unity In Adamawa

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Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has extended warmest congratulations to Adamawa people and the Muslim Ummah on the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan.


“May Almighty Allah bring it back to us and all humanity with goodness and blessings. May Allah protect Adamawa and its people”, the Governor said.


While expressing his sincere sentiments along with his best wishes of good health and peaceful Ramadan, Governor Fintiri also prayed Allah to bestow his blessings on all Muslims, wishing that it would be a month of security, peace and stability all over the world. “I solemnly pray that Almighty Allah continues to bestow his blessings and mercy on our beloved State and Country”.


According to a statement by Governor Fintiri’s Media Aide, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, fasting during the Holy Month is one of the five pillars of Islam and is mandatory for all Muslims who are in good health.


Rt.Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri noted that Prophet Mohammed used to spend generously on the poor and the needy during this period, and therefore urged Muslims to copy the good example.


He admonished Muslims to always remember those who are less privileged and reach out to them and also help the Government in confronting the challenges facing the nation.


Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who is grateful to Allah that Muslims are finally able to gather, and there are no strict restrictions this time like before noted that “The improving COVID situation has brought optimism as the Ramadan Holy Month is upon us as we commence the Ramadan fast. I enjoin Muslims to increase their love for humanity, acts of charity, Kindness and gratitude”.


Governor Fintiri who regretted that Nigeria has sadly witnessed the escalation of division and insecurity of recent, urged the people to endeavour to work together and bring an end to that.


“The Month of Ramadan is intended to teach Muslims how to live good and compassionate lives. It is a Month of sacrifice, abstinence and above all, love”. He said.


While urging for peace, love and unity amongst Nigerians, the ATM Governor advised that “Everyone must join hands to repair the fabric of love and oneness that bind the people together. Nigerians must close ranks and refuse to accommodate the machinations of those who speak to profit from their pains or widen the lines of division”.


Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri therefore prayed Allah to grant all Muslims the strength to successfully complete the fasting period.

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Bishop Mamza Declares 2024 General Assembly Open, Calls For Active Participation 

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By Jessica Bakari, Yola 

The Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Most Reverend Doctor Stephen Dami Mamza says the church must be a prophetic voice for social justice, advocating for the rights and dignity of all people. 

Bishop Mamza stated this while declaring open the twenty twenty-four General Assembly of the Catholic Diocese of Yola taking place at the old cathedral of Saint Theresa Cathedral Jimeta.

The theme of this year’s general assembly is mobilizing pastoral agents for structural and human development in the Yola diocese.

Bishop Mamza stresses the need for the priests, religious, and laity to reflect on their collective mission to serve not only the spiritual needs of their community but also foster holistic development, spiritual, social, and economic.

He explained that the general assembly brought together priests, Reverend sisters, catechists,  deacons laity to rub minds on issues that will move the church forward.

He added that it is his hope and prayer that at the end of the meeting, they will come out with some pastoral plan that will guide the Catholic Diocese of Yola for the next few years.

The Bishop described the role of pastoral agents in the Modern church as the lifeblood of the church mission, hands, and feet of Christ Jesus in reaching the diverse needs of the congregation and the larger society. 

Bishop Dami Mamza says investing in training and professional development for pastoral agents is vital by equipping them with skills and knowledge to address the contemporary challenges to enable them to serve more effectively. 

He further identifies human development as the heart of the Christian mission, saying the church’s commitment to nurturing the whole person spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically is rooted in the teachings of Christ. 

Additionally, Mamza described education as a cornerstone of human development, noting that establishing and supporting schools helps empower individuals with knowledge and skills that can transform their lives and communities. 

The Catholic Bishop, however, called on the participants to actively participate throughout the meeting so that together they can build a church that not only nurtures the spiritual well-being of its members but promotes justice, compassion, and sustainable development in society. 

Earlier in his welcome address, the Vicar General Pastoral, Reverend Father Emmanuel Mathias said thirty-nine parishes and pastoral heads of diocese societies under the Catholic diocese of Yola are in attendance at the general assembly. 

He urged the participants to take ownership of the general assembly by active participation to enable them to come up with strategic plans for six years that will support the development and process of the Bishop to the development of the church. 

A facilitator at the general assembly, Sir John Danboyi made his presentation on the processes and procedures of developing a strategic development plan, diocese core values, and developing organizational assessment.

He said values are the driving force for the operation of an organization and criteria for an organization’s strategies adding that the difficulties of the strategic plan are the implementation. 

Some of the participants interviewed, Mrs. Josephine Odiniya and Mr. Justine both described the general assembly as timely as it allowed them to discuss issues that would bring more development and move the church forward. 

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Bauchi Young Leaders Network Trains 20 Youth On Promoting Freedom Of Religion, Belief In Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau

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The Young Leaders Network YLN also known as the Initiative for Leadership Development and Youth Empowerment has concluded a two-day training for 20 veteran peace actors that will support the youth religious networks previously trained by Search for Common Ground in collaboration with Young Leaders Network.

The training was aimed to champion advocacy actions that promote Freedom of Religion and Belief (FoRB) in Bauchi, Gombe, and Plateau states under the Nigeria Youth Collective Action for Religious Engagement Project.

The workshop which held at the Ignite Hub in Bauchi from May 28-29, 2024, also established the Youth Religious Network Advisory Body to promote FoRB in Bauchi State. This aligns with Search’s Youth-360 approach, which will help the Youth Advisory Network Group develop a well-designed action plan for subsequent activities.

The workshop focused on developing an advocacy strategy for the youth, introducing the Youth-CARE project to the Youth Religious Network Advisory Body, and setting realistic timelines for mentorship sessions with the youth religious network.

Mr. Moses Danjuma Kusko, Programme Manager for Governance and Youth Engagement, emphasized the importance of collaboration between the newly inaugurated Youth Religious Network Advisory Body and the Bauchi Youth Religious Advocacy Network to achieve the project’s objectives.

Khalid Ibrahim Angale, a member of BRYAN, expressed his appreciation for the timely training, which has equipped them to design implementable action plans to achieve the project’s objectives in Bauchi state.

The organization, with funding assistance from Search for Common Ground, is providing this intervention to promote religious understanding, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence, and to advance religious engagement in both peace and conflict situations.

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Bauchi YLN Organise 5-Day Youth Activist Training On Addressing Conflict Among Religious Divides

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The Young Leaders Network YLN Bauchi State has organized a 5-day youth activist training on the Common Ground Approach to Religious Engagement and Advocacy, aimed at empowering the Network with knowledge and skills on Common Ground Advocacy (CGA) for effective religious engagement.

The training was organized by Young Leaders Network in collaboration with Search for Common Ground under the Nigeria Youth Collective Action for Religious Engagement Project was held at Hazibal Hotel and Suites from June 10-14, 2024.

The training brought together about 22 youths from the Bauchi State Youth Religious Advocacy Network to strengthen their capacity, promote Freedom of Religion or Beliefs and peaceful co-existence across different beliefs.

Moses Danjuma Kusko, Programme Manager for Governance and Youth Engagement tasked the youth religious actors to identify their target stakeholders, analyze their positions, assess their influence, and identify their target audience.

He emphasized the need for applying the techniques learned during the training to craft messaging that resonates with policymakers.

Speaking at the training session, one of the key peace actors Zainab Yusuf noted that the training exposed her to the Common Ground Approach, stakeholder mapping, listening skills, empathy, and conflict resolution.

On the other hand, Garba Surama Ahmed reveal that he gained insights into online hate speech, approaches to advocacy, and the importance of data-driven advocacy.

The training aimed to equip the Network with knowledge and tools to address and prevent conflict along religious divides in Bauchi state.

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