Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has congratulated the Muslim Umah on the successful completion of fasting during the Holy month of Ramadan, charging insurgents to sheath their sword in adherence to the teachings of Prophet Mohammed.
In a press release by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun admonished adherents of Islam to continue to pray for peace and stability of the nation, particularly during this trying period.
The governor, who noted that lslam is a religion of peace, enjoined those behind the bombings in parts of the country to sheath their sword in the spirit of the season and in adherence to the teachings of Prophet Mohammed so as to find peaceful means to express their grievances.
“As Muslims, we must not allow the significance of the season to be lost on us. We have fasted and prayed in the Holy month for Nigeria so that the nation can overcome its current challenges. I enjoin you all to continue to demonstrate this spirituality as you support and show love to one another,” he said.
Amosun wished the Muslim Ummah a joyous celebration.
I felicitate with all Nigerians, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters on the auspicious occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebrations.
I congratulate all of our countrymen and women who have successfully undertaken the purifying Ramadan fast.
As we celebrate Eid-el-Fitri, it is my hope and prayer that Ramadan’s spiritual lessons and the Holy Prophet’s teachings of piety, love, justice, fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence with others, tolerance, honesty and dedication to duty will remain with us all for the benefit and greater glory of our dear nation.
May the lessons and blessings of the Holy Month also permeate into us all, and positively influence our attitudes towards our fellow countrymen and women, irrespective of their religion or places of origin; and promote greater commitment to the peace, unity and stability of the nation.
Although the observance of the Holy Month was sadly tainted in parts of the country with the continuing atrocities of extremists and terrorists in our midst, I urge all patriotic Nigerians to remain strong and resolute in defence of freedom, unity, law and order, peace, security and progress of the nation.
I feel the pains and anguish of all our compatriots who have experienced the harrowing impact of terrorism unleashed on them by brainwashed and misguided agents of evil and disunity, but we must never throw up our hands in helplessness and despair as the terrorists and purveyors of anarchy want.
Going forward, let us all remain unwaveringly committed to showing solidarity with our Armed Forces and security agencies and giving them the full support they require to prosecute the war against terrorism to a successful conclusion.
I assure all Nigerians, once again, that we are totally committed to winning that war, putting the scourge of terrorism and insecurity rapidly behind us and giving the fullest possible attention to the urgent task of improving the living conditions of our people in all parts of the country.
We cannot and will not be deterred from our goal of positively transforming our nation into a strong, united, progressive, stable, secure and prosperous nation in which all citizens will live in peace in spite of our immense diversities.
May Almighty Allah continue to bless our nation and all who have successfully undertaken this year’s Ramadan Fast.
I wish you all happy and peaceful Eid-el-Fitri celebrations.
GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN, GCFR
Federal Republic of Nigeria
July 26, 2014
As part of efforts to ensure hitch-free Sallah celebrations, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered effective and extensive deployment of officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force and other special operatives as well as all necessary logistics to all nooks and crannies of the country.
In a stamens Signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Frank Mba, The IGP, issued a directive to all Commands and Formations of the Force directs Command Commissioners of Police and other field Commanders across the country to ensure that no stone is left unturned in making sure that adequate security is provided in their various areas of jurisdiction. Stressing that maximum attention should be paid to critical public places and other points prone to enemy attack, the IGP orders the Command Commissioners of Police to retool their security infrastructures in line with their local security realities. The IGP further directs the Command Commissioners of Police to personally supervise the special security deployment and ensure a 24-hour surveillance of their respective area of operations.
The IGP, while congratulating the Muslim Umma, enjoins them and other citizens to maintain utmost vigilance and courageously continue to support the security agencies in their prayers and provide useful information towards preventing and unearthing crimes and their authors.
By Ossom Raphael
The Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Dr. Ade Abolurin has directed the zonal and state commands of the Corps to adequately deploy their personnel to strategic places such as federal highways and gathering places, not excluding black spots where criminal elements hibernate, in a bit to ensure a successful and peaceful Sallah celebration,
The commandant gave the directive in line with the present security challenges currently facing the nation especially during festivities.
Abolurin stressed the Corps commitment for ensuring that law-abiding citizen are at peace, emphasizing that both Muslims and Christians are one, therefore all hands must be on deck in tackling the problem of insecurity bedeviling the society, as no religion preaches violence.
In felicitating with Muslim Faithful across the globe, the Corps Chief Executive states that apart from the deployment of over 50,000 regular and volunteer personnel, the Corps has deployed some specialized Units such as the Special forces, Counter-Terrorism Unit; Nuclear, Biological Chemical and Radio-Active Squad; surveillance vehicles and sniffer dogs for the purpose of sniffing out combustive chemicals and other dangerous compound substances used in creation of bombs and IEDs.
He enjoins with the faithful to see the period as an opportunity to pray for the unity of Nigeria and to ask for forgiveness of sins.
However, the Commandant General extends his greatest sympathy to those who lost loved ones to the twin bombing in Kaduna State.
“There will surely come a day when justice shall be meted out to those who have incurred the wrath of the law. The threat to the nation’s peace shall not be ignored and no effort shall be spared to uphold the value of the human life”. He stated.
Further to sustained efforts towards ensuring sanity on the highways during this year’s Eid-el- Fitri celebrations, the Federal Road Safety Corps has deployed 15,000 personnel, 800 patrol vehicles, 60 motor bikes, 52 ambulances and 6 heavy duty tow trucks along critical corridors of the highways as part plans for a nationwide special patrol slated for 25th – 29th July, 2014 with the theme, ‘Attitude: the change we need on our roads’.
In a stamens signed by the Corps, Public Education Officer ACM Jonas Agwu, The exercise is in line with the Corps’ continued drive to achieve its 2014 strategic goals of reducing road traffic crashes by 15% and fatalities by 25% especially during the festive season, which has also being designed to address the perennial rise in the violation of traffic rules and regulations during the Eid-el Fitri celebrations.
According to the statement, the special patrol is aimed at addressing the spate of avoidable road crashes usually associated with surge of human and vehicular traffic across the country and is an all inclusive exercise which will witness intensive patrols, prompt rescue services, strict enforcement of traffic rules and robust public enlightenment campaigns across the country.
Aside from massive deployment of personnel and logistics along designated corridors and black spots, the FRSC has established 9 Help Areas along Hawa Kibo, Akwanga, Gwagwalada, Lokoja, Ore, Egbeda, Mowe, Oghere and Kakau highways, in addition to the establishment of mobile courts at specific locations across the country for quick dispensation with road traffic offences.
Speaking on the Sallah special patrol, the FRSC Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Boboye Oyeyemi said that the nationwide exercise ‘ forms part of the Corps’ sustained efforts to build on its Ember months and Easter campaigns which to a large extent, will be sustained towards the end of the year to mitigate against road crashes”. He added that “the FRSC has initiated a consistent tradition of enforcing traffic rules and regulations throughout the year to avoid a one-off approach to road safety management in Nigeria’.
He added ‘ the Operation Eid-el Fitri 2014’ special patrol signifies the intension of the Corps to do all within its powers to ensure that zero road crashes, injuries and deaths are recorded throughout the sallah period”.
Against this backdrop, motorists are hereby warned to ensure strict compliance with all traffic rules and regulations and proper maintenance of vehicles which ply the highways as there will be no waiver for any traffic violations.
As build up towards crash-free sallah celebration, the FRSC has initiated a 24- hour prompt response to distress calls and urges the Nigerian motoring public to contact 070022553772 or toll free 122 emergency lines in the event of any road crash and other traffic related challenges.
A marriage proposal right on stage by the CEO of Praiseworld Radio, Tola Omoniyi, to his fiancée, Mabel Okorafor, a moving tribute to Kefee and a total of 29 awards were the highlights of the Crystal Gospel Awards 2014 which held at the MUSON Centre, Lagos, on the night of Sunday, July 20, 2014.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar, has instituted a high-powered investigation team made up of very seasoned investigators to unearth the perpetrators of the recent bomb attack in Kaduna in which thirty-nine (39) Nigerians unfortunately lost their lives while thirty-seven (37) others got injured just as the former Head of State, General Mohammadu Buhari and the respected Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi narrowly escaped unhurt.
In a statement signed by the Force Public Relation Officer ACP Frank Mba, The team of investigators, which is expected to work in close collaboration with other security agencies, is headed by the Commissioner of Police in charge of Legal Department, DCP Nwodibo Ekechukwu. Other members of the team include: DCP Chris Ezike of the Federal SARS, DCP Dan Mallam of the Monitoring Unit and DCP Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi of the Interpol Unit and others.
Meanwhile, on the orders of the IGP, security has been tightened in all states of the federation, particularly in the states perceived to be more vulnerable to terror attacks.
While appealing to all Nigerians, particularly Kaduna residents to remain calm, the IGP calls on the citizens to cooperate with the security agencies by providing them with relevant information to solve the crime.
Our prayers are with those that lost their lives, wounded and saved from the hands of terrorists. Our Country is going through some challenges, the newly appointed Ambassador at Large, Dr. Bamanga Tukur condemned in its entirety the killings of innocent lives and attacked on political and religious leaders in the country.
There is no religion that support or incite their followers to such barbaric acts within any community or nation.
Our prayers goes to the families of the bereaves and thank God for his mercies and protections on the lives of former Head of States General Muhammadu Buhari and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi amongst others.
Our heart goes to those that were injured and maimed by the twin bombings in this Holy Month of Ramadan in kaduna which is totally against the teaching and preaching Islam.
I called on all good citizens of this great country to find a ground to unite against such violence and work towards greater peace for all in Nigeria.
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