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Sanusi Urges Muslims To Rise Against Insurgency

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The Emir of Kano,
Malam Mohammeed Sanusi II, has called on Muslims across the country to rise against insurgency.
Sanusi made the call at the closing ceremony of the 29th National Qur’anic Recitation Competition in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo.
“We have people fighting in the name of Islam; who are the people being killed in Borno, Yobe, Gombe and Adamawa?
“Borno must be liberated, Gombe must be liberated; every states with insurgency must be liberated.
“Every Muslims must come together and say no to insurgency.’’
Sanusi urged governments to ensure the protection of lives and property of their citizens
“Any states that cannot protect its citizens has no fundamental reason of existence and we must continue to ask that we are protected,” he said.
The emir faulted the Boko Haram sect for using Islam to fight their war, saying that the group was destroying what Islam stood for.
He urged Muslim leaders to continue to preach peace and to ensure that Islam was not distorted by the Boko Haram sect.
He, however, advised the competitors to always practise what they memorize from the Holy Qur’an, adding that, “it is not enough to memorize the holy Quaran but to act on the content of the Holy Book’’.
Also speaking, Vice President Namadi Sambo urged Muslim leaders to continue to pray and support government in the fight against insurgency.
Sambo, who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Islamic Matter, Malam Tahir Usman, restated government’s committment to ending insurgency in the North East zone.
In his remarks, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar El-Kanemi, said that the Holy Quaran enjoined Muslims to stand for peace, justice and greater understanding and the knowledge of the book.
“I urged the Imams and other Muslims to rededicate themselves to the teaching and learning of the Holy Qur’an.
“Islam is a religion of peace and we must apply every principle to it.
“It is, therefore, imperative for us always to pray for peace and security in our country.
“Violence will not pay; that is my Goodwill message.’’
The our correspondent that one Khadija Abdullahi from Plateau Sate emerged the overall winner in the female category of the competition while Yusuf Dukku from Gombe State emerged winner in the male category.
Our correspondent also reports that the event, which started on January 7, was organised by the Centre for Islamic Studies, Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.

Board member, GPHCDA, Engr. Victor Amachree (right) presenting award to Christian Tamunoemi (left) after the thanksgiving service at the administrative office of GPHCDA, recently.            Photo: Egberi A. Sampson

Board member, GPHCDA, Engr. Victor Amachree (right) presenting award to Christian Tamunoemi (left) after the thanksgiving service at the administrative office of GPHCDA, recently. Photo: Egberi A. Sampson

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Ayade Suspends Carnival Over Insecurity, COVID-19

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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Yesterday suspended the 2021 Carnival Calabar over fears of a renewed outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The governor disclosed the decision after a prolonged debate among his aides including Commissioners, special advisers special assistants, speaker of the House of Assembly, council chairmen, during an enlarged executive council meeting.
Announcing the suspension, Ayade cited the health concerns arising from the outbreak of Covid-19 variant, Omicron, as well as the prevailing security situation as reasons for the suspension.
He said he would not as a governor and leader compromise the lives and safety of the citizens for the fleeting excitement of the carnival.
Before announcing the suspension, Ayade had subjected the decision to popular votes, following which the majority of the stakeholders voted for the suspension of the carnival.
“We voted more than three times to arrive at No Carnival this year for the best interest of Cross Riverians!
“I’m sad of course as I wanted Carnival for 2021 but the majority carried the day. Dear Cross Riverians, we need to be alive first to enjoy Xmas and Carnival.
“The New Covid-19 Variant is dangerous and won’t portray a good image for the Governor who is the hero of Covid-19 prevention,” the governor told the people of the state.
One of the speakers and former Minister of Culture and Tourism, High Chief Edem Duke even opined that it would be a mockery for a state whose Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, is the Chair of Nigerian Commissioners of Health Forum to hold a carnival amidst the dangers of the new Covid-19 wave.

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Lawmaker Empowers Edo Youths, Women

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Senator representing Edo South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Matthew Urhoghide, has trained and supported over 222 youths and women in the state with starter kits to commence businesses.
The training, facilitated by the senator, was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Cross River Basin Development Authority, as part of the lawmaker’s effort to improve livelihood of unemployed persons in the state.
Addressing newsmen at the training session in Benin City, the senator, who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts, said he had so far upgraded skills and empowered over 7,000 persons across the seven local government areas that make up the senatorial district in the state.
Urhoghide, represented by Pet Eghobamien, legislative aide to the senator, said: “The programme is facilitated by Senator Matthew Urhoghide. He promised all of these things during electioneering that he will improve lives and livelihood of Edo people.
“There are different classes of participants. For metal works, we have 200 and for barbing, hair making and fashion, we have 22 persons. Those that will be trained on metal works and local fabrication will go home with N50,000. We are not giving the other ones money but we have given them full complement of what they need to start their businesses.”
Ogbomo Tona, chief resident officer, Human Resources, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, who represented the Edo State controller of the ministry, congratulated the trainees, pointing out that capacity development is key to nation building.
Items distributed were generators, sewing machines, and dryers, among others.

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Pirates Kill Three, Abduct Seven Oil Workers

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Gunmen, suspected to be pirates, in the early hours of Sunday, attacked two oil installations, killing three and abducting seven oil workers in Bayelsa State.
The Tide learnt that the pirates ambushed their unsuspecting victims in Okoroma and Ogbokiri-Akassa communities of Nembe and Brass Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State.
Sources close to the affected oilfields said the gunmen reportedly shot dead two staff of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company and a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The driver of their boat, an indigene of Okoroma community, is still missing, according to the local sources who witnessed the incident.
According to the sources, in the ambush that occurred at Ogbokiri-Akassa in Brass Local Government Area, six oil workers said to have been doing maintenance job close to their platform were abducted.
The Agip oil workers and their security guards, it was gathered, came under attack at about 6 a.m., while working close to a manifold in the deep swamp.
The NSCDC spokesperson in Bayelsa, Ogbere Solomon, confirmed the incident on Sunday evening.
Mr Solomon said a civil defense officer died in the ambush, while two others, who were missing, have been found and are currently receiving treatment at a medical facility in Yenagoa.
“Yes, our officers were ambushed and attacked by some unknown pirates while on their lawful duty of providing protection to some Agip oil workers close to Obama manifold in Okoroma community of Nembe Local Government Area.
“One personnel was killed while the other two that were missing have been found and are responding to treatment,” he said.
The youth president of the Okoroma Clan, Tarinyu Joseph, said indigenes of the area had recovered the corpses of those killed.
He said those injured were taken to the hospital while the boat driver is still missing.

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