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Alhaji Ismaila Aliyu Felicitates With Muslim Ummah On Eid-El-Fitr



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The former Chairman, Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s Transition Committee and former Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defense, Alh. Aliyu Ismaila, has extended his heart-felt season greetings to all Muslim Ummah in Nigeria and especially in Adamawa state, over the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr.

Aliyu said, as the Ramadan fast comes to an end, he prays that all prayers and supplications made during the Ramadan fast by Muslim faithfuls will be answered and that the lessons learnt will be appropriated in our daily lives onward. He also enjoins Muslims to use the occasion to spread kindness, compassion and the message of peace and unity that Islam stands for.

Aliyu said, “Nigeria is a nation that is deeply rooted in faith and as people of faith, we must learn to pray for our leaders, our country and its people, especially for our President Muhammadu Buhari, for his patience and for wisdom to deal with the hydra-headed security situation that the country currently grapples with, so that we will continue to enjoy peace especially for areas in our country that have been overwhelmed with violent conflicts as a result of armed attacks in the north east, north west and other parts of our country, for Allah to bless us with peace and happiness.”

He also tasked Nigerians, “To pray to Allah to guide our country heading into the 2023 general elections, that Nigeria and Adamawa state will enjoy a peaceful conduct of elections and for Allah to bless our country with sincere, honest and visionary leaders that will steer the affairs of the country towards attaining its true potential.”

Addressing politicians, Aliyu challenge them, “To go about their politicking above party lines to put aside their differences and put the country first above and beyond personal and party interest while cautioning politicians and political parties to exercise restraint and decorum in the cause of their campaigns and electioneering activities and to be committed to a peaceful conduct of their activities while also guiding their loyalist to exercise restrain, temperance and respect for their fellow citizens, which are important lessons of the Ramadan.”

Aliyu notes that, “As the world celebrates the Eid-el-Fitr, muslims in Adamawa and Nigeria must imbibe all the lessons of Ramadan and appropriate the sacrifices made in the month of Ramadan into their personal lives in order to draw closer to Allah and to each other irrespective of our political, religious or ethnic divides.

“Nigerians must commit themselves to the welfare of their families, state and country and to pray especially for His Excellency, H.E. Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, to continue to lead Adamawa aright and for Adamawa to be blessed with good leadership at all levels for a sustained peace and all round success.

“Let us also used this occasion to pray for members of the armed forces, for protection, for courage and strength to curb the insecurity bedevilling the country. Nigeria Armed Forces are making tremendous sacrifices for the sake of keeping the country indivisible and united. Without the support of the general public in the areas of information sharing and prayers it will be difficult to address the security challenges as at when necessary.

“I have taken time in the cause of the Ramadan to pray for myself, our dear state Adamawa and our country Nigeria, for lasting peace, development and economic growth.

“I and my family wish the people of Adamawa and Nigeria, a very blissful sallah celebrations.”

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Don’t Turn Our Joy Of Voting You Into Tears, EYN Group Cautions Church President




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Crisis is looming in the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria ( EYN) over the venue for the celebration of the centernery of the church.

According to the programme released by the EYN leadership under president Joel Billy,showed that for the first time in the history of the church 100 years of the birthday of EYN in Africa will be celebrated outside Garkida where the church was established since 17th March 1923.

A group called Concerned Citizens who are members of the EYN church asked Billy ,the president to retraced his steps to avoid putting the church into crisis.

The spokeman of the group Durkwa Dogara Hammdu, told journalists today in Garkida, that the attempt by the Billy leadership to modify the history of the church will be resisted to save the soul of the church.

Hammdu who spoked under the tree that the first Mass celebration of EYN was held by Rev. Albert Helser,in Garkida,urged the president of the church to desist from any temptation that can bring disunity in the church in the interest of peace and progress of the church.

“Don’t turns our joy of voting you as our president into tears, we were happy to have you as our leader,so don’t ends your leadership with tears on our faces,” he said.

Hammdu,added, “we want to handover EYN church to our children thesame way our parents handed over the church to us .Truth must triumph over darkness and the truth most be told in the interest of our children”.

He alleged that some people were fabricating lies using security challenges, which he said it does not exist.

” If there is insecurity how come all schools are operating, churches are holding their Masses on Sundays, markets are holding on all market days,so where is the insecurity that can prevent a one day occasion,” he asked.

Hammdu expressed the fear that what brought divisions in LCCN which divided the church should not be introduce in EYN by the leadership of president Joel Billy.

He urged members of EYN church to stand up and defend truth, unity and soul of the church.

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Islamic Organisation Appeals For Restraint As INEC Declares Election Results




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Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) on Tuesday appealed for more restraint as the nation awaits the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) declaration of results of the Feb. 25.

Dr Khalid Aliyu, Secretary-General of the JNI, made the appeal in a statement issued on Tuesday in Kaduna, he also called for prayers

Aliyu said JNI had observed with concern the unfolding events arising from the collation of the 2023 General Elections’ results.

“And the resultant inflammatory statements and commentaries being peddled, which is overheating the polity.

“We strongly believe that there are processes and procedures provided by the constitution and the electoral act, for those who disagree with the outcome of the election result process wholly or partly to seek redress.

“We would equally like to remind all political gladiators that there must be a secured and peaceful Nigeria first and foremost before it is well-governed.

According to him, as a religious body we have noted with serious concern how some politicians and even some religious figures are bent on scuttling the process with their misguided inciting utterances and threats.

However, we call for caution and restraint from all stakeholders in the 2023 General Elections and insist that peace must not be jeopardised for selfish interests.

Therefore, the Federal Government through its relevant agencies should be at alert, and swiftly act against all forms of actions and utterances capable of jeopardising the fragile peace we are enjoying.

“Nevertheless, we would strongly call on all security outfits and the general public not to have their guards  lowered or relaxed,” he said.

The secretary said government must do everything possible to make categorical statement against any form of trouble.

He, however, added that INEC should go ahead with its statutory duty, with all sense of patriotism and due diligence, until the electoral process is concluded.

“INEC should be reminded that its loyalty should be to the Federal Republic of Nigeria not any vested interests.

“Nigerians are implored to ignore all those calling for trouble in disguise or any other subtle attempt to undermine the will of the people, as there can only be development when there is peace and security.” Aliyu said.

He also called on all Muslims to offer special prayers for peace and calm in the country.

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Bishop Mamza Urges Prayer For Peaceful Elections As Catholics Begin 40-Day Lent




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By Jessica John Bakari

As Christians across the globe begin the lenten season, the Catholic Bishop of Yola, Most Reverend Stephen Dami Mamza, has called on  Christians to pray for peaceful elections and  continue to engage in charity and alms giving during the fasting period.

Bishop Mamza who doubles as the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Adamawa state stated this immediately after Mass to mark Ash Wednesday which signifies the beginning of a 40-day lent.

Christain faithful in their numbers converged to Saint Theresa’s Cathedral at six o’clock in the morning to receive the ashes on their forehead

Bishop Mamza said the Catholics observe the period beginning with the application of ashes on the forehead, symbolising that they are all mortal and  that “from ash we came and to ash we will return’’.

The Bishop pointed out that Ash Wednesday is a solemnity which reminds  human mortality and the need for reconciliation with God and marks the beginning of the penitential Lenten season.

The bishop then urged Christains especially Catholics to pray, fast and give alms more than before.

Speaking on the coming general elections, Bishop Dami Mamza said the era of from top to bottom campaign is long gone, and appealed to electorate to vote in their own  interests and for the common good of all.

Bishop Mamza urged Christians to desist from any sinful nature and continue to pray for Nigeria and its leaders as citizens go to the polls.

The Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese further advised youths not to  be used as political thugs before, during and after the elections.

Jessica John Bakari

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