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Eid-el-Kabir: NGIJ Greets Muslims, Calls for Adherence to Health Protocols

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The Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) has felicitated with President Muhammadu Buhari and other Muslims in Nigeria on occasion of this year Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

The foremost Investigative Journalists Guild in Africa in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Femi Oyewale, noted that this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration is unique as a result of ravaging COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.

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NGIJ however urges Muslims to adhere strictly to precautionary measures by Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) and Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 protocols during the Sallah celebration, restating that the novel coronavirus is real.

The Guild called on religious leaders to intensify awareness campaign about COVID-19 and avoid misleading their followers with their messages amidst the pandemic. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

”The novel coronavirus is real and this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration is unique as Muslims would be observing the prayers in strict compliance with the NCDC and PTF on COVID-19 protocols. Some states have banned large gathering for Eid prayers and others permit Muslims to hold their mass prayers. In all, the federal government and States have displayed serious commitments in curtailing the spread of the virus.

‘The citizen should therefore take responsibility by complying with all lawful directives to prevent spread of COVID-19. They need to adjust to the new normal in their own interest for public health and safety. Nigeria will come back stronger and better, it’s becoming evident with ongoing massive improvements in health sector due to outbreak of COVID-19.

”As Muslims celebrate 2020 Sallah, they must remember the country, its leaders and people in isolation centres nationwide for quick recovery. There is also need to intensify prayers and seek Cod’s intervention amidst the pandemic that is ravaging the world economy”

The Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) is a registered association of journalists in Nigeria with special interest in Investigative Journalism

Its flagship projects include the State Governance Assessment Report (GAR) which it conducted in Kogi and Bayelsa states respectively which were unveiled to the general public.

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Democracy Day: FG Declares Monday, June 14, Public Holiday

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The Federal Government has Thursday declared Monday,  June 14, as Public Holiday to mark 2021 Democracy Day.

This is contained in a statement released to journalists on Thursday in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore..

Belgore said the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government.Aregbesola congratulated Nigerians on the occasion and urged all citizens to support the present administration in its efforts at ensuring a united and prosperous nation.

The minister urged Nigerians to shun any form of agitation that could threaten the unity of the country for the good of all.

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He added that the space known as Nigeria would be a haven of peace, unity and progress if citizens love  their neighbours and  embrace the spirit of brotherliness.

“As we mark another Democracy Day in the history of our dear country, let us reflect on the efforts of our founding fathers and ensure that Nigeria remains one United and Indivisible Entity.

“We should all know that no meaningful development can take place in an acrimonious environment.“With the challenges we face in Nigeria today, I see an opportunity for us not to break up or break down but to break open; open up to ourselves in truth.

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“So that we may appreciate each other, understand each other, honour each other and live together in peace and prosperity,” he said.

He, however, assured that with the concerted efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari to secure the lives and property of Nigerians and stabilise the economy, the nation would continue to get better.

“There will surely be light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

The Minister, however,  wished all Nigerians a happy Democracy Day celebration.

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Prophet T. B Joshua: Akoko will not remain the same — BTO

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The member of the House of Representatives representing Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, on Sunday described as ‘great pain of unimaginable level’ the passing of Prophet Temitope Joshua, the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations.

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This is contained in a released signed by his
Special Adviser on New Media, Also Babatunde

The Lawmaker noted that the Arigidi-born preacher died with a passion for the development of Akoko Land.

He added that he would be remembered for all his intervention in different communities in Akoko.

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“We have not just lost an illustrious son but one of our best. He was a spiritual father, a community developer and everything an Akoko man represents. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); ”

“Some men want to live forever, others want to live long while legends want to leave a legacy when they leave. Prophet T.B Joshua, your legacy lives on in our hearts”

“It’s a sad and dark day for us in Akoko especially in Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency,” he said.

BTO who expressed his condolence in a statement by his Special Adviser on New Media, Alao Babatunde, prayed God grants the people of Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria and members of the Synagogue Church of All Nations the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

News had in the early hours of Sunday filtered in of the passing of the great evangelist at the age of 57.

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Constitutional Review: Sanwo-Olu Calls For Fiscal Federalism, Special Status for Lagos

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Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said that the issue of a Special Economic Status for Lagos, considering its place in the national economy and the special burdens the state bore by virtue of its large population and limited land mass, was paramount on the list.

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Sanwo-Olu said this while declaring open the South-West Zonal Public Hearing on the Review of the 1999 Constitution Review organized by the Senate in Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu further said that issues of Special Status for Lagos, State Police and Fiscal Federalism were priorities for stakeholders in the state in the ongoing review process of the 1999 Constitution.

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According to him, the request for a Special Economic Status for Lagos was “by no means a selfish one, but one that is actually in the interest of every Nigerian and of Nigeria as a nation. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

”The progress and prosperity of Nigeria is inextricably linked to the progress and prosperity of Lagos State.

”A Special Status for Lagos State, therefore, must be a concern not only for the people of Lagos State alone, but for all Nigerians,” he said

He commended the National Assembly for responding to the concerns of Nigerians on the need to carry out a review the 1999 Constitution to reflect the current realities that we found ourselves as a nation.

”This is what true democracy is all about – the exercise of the sovereign will of the people, regarding how they are being governed and how they wish to be governed.

”The Constitution is the foundational body of principles defining our existence as a nation, and spelling out the rights and responsibilities of all elements and stakeholders.

”It is very necessary to subject that document to a constant process of review and updating, to ensure that it keeps up with changing times and contexts,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He noted that the need for the review of the 1999 Constitution had been a recurring subject of national conversation and clamour, with various groups of stakeholders desiring various particular outcomes.

Sanwo-Olu said that the constitutional amendment process would provide Nigerians the opportunity to express their minds on the issues that must be reflected in the Constitution.

He urged all to come to the exercise in the spirit of give-and-take, with a willingness to mutually compromise and avoid unnecessary tension and division along the way.

“This is what true democracy is all about, the exercise of the sovereign will of the people,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He said that this could be either by way of amendment to existing provisions or entirely a new provisions.

Earlier, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, Chairman, Senate Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution, represented by Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, Chairman of the Southwest Zonal Committee, said that the Senate had decided to adopt a bottom-top approach to engage Nigerians in the process.

Omo-Agege said that the need to address topical issues like judicial and electoral reforms, local government autonomy and devolution of powers were sitting prominently on the agenda of constitutional amendment process.

“A constitution review represents a critical phase in our development and advancement as a nation,” he said.

He said that, as a living document, the constitution and to a large extent our constitutional democracy needed to be reviewed from time to time to take stock and plan for the future.

“We have a compelling duty to carefully address challenges to this nation and there is no better way to do it than through this constitutional amendment exercise,” he added.

He said that the Senate and its counterpart from the House of Representatives, had a herculean task of giving the people the constitution that would speak to the nation’s challenges.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two-day public hearing had in attendance senators from Ogun, Oyo and Lagos and various groups and workers’ unions, religious leaders, traditional leaders and civil society organisations, among others.

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