Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday called on Muslims in Nigeria to embrace the values of sacrifice, love and continue to foster unity as they join their counterparts worldwide to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.
In his Sallah message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, Governor Ambode said the period of the celebration was a clarion call for Nigerians to imbibe the lessons of the season such as selfless service to God and humanity, sacrifice and sincere commitment to righteous conducts in their private and public life.
He explained that the significance of the season should be beyond feasting, adding that as Muslims prepare to offer animal sacrifice in the prescribed days of the festival, the real essence should be to encourage piety, self-discipline and sacrifice.
Governor Ambode therefore called on all Nigerians to exhibit these values for the good of the country and shun any act capable of heating up the polity or causing distrust among various ethnic groups in the country.
“As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, let us renew our faith in our nation and implore the Almighty God to restore to us those values that place high premium on human life, love of neighbour and sharing even as we ventilate our faith in the unity of our dear country”, the Governor said.
“This period requires more patience, fortitude, tolerance, endurance, patriotism and a greater willingness to make personal sacrifices for the good of all,” he said.
The Governor also thanked Lagosians for supporting his administration, assuring that the Government would continue to do its best to serve the people and promote fairness and mutual tolerance among the populace, irrespective of their ethnic religion or political affiliation.
While wishing all Lagosians, especially adherents of the Islamic faith a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration, Governor Ambode enjoined Nigerians in other parts of the country to continue to be their brothers’ keeper.
The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has applauded the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the arrest of a top official attached to the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) over allegations of money laundering.
In a press release issued by CACOL’s Media and Publications’ Coordinator, Otunuga Adegboyega on behalf of the Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran, he noted: “Dr. Imaobong Akon Esu-Nte is a level 14 officer with the Federal Ministry of Finance, seconded to the Nigerian Prisons Service as Head of Capital Accounts. This same woman was found to have in her various bank accounts huge cash deposits. Her lifestyle was also clearly above her legitimate earnings on a monthly salary of about N120,000.
“Some of the luxury vehicles and property so far recovered from her in Abuja include two Mercedes Benz cars -ML 350 4matic and GL500; a Toyota Sienna; a palatial mansion; a duplex with two-bedroom boys quarters at the high-brow Sun City Estate and another duplex nearing completion at Karu Extension. She is also the promoter and signatory to the accounts of three companies, namely: Abasiaga Global Resources Limited; Abasiano Nigeria Limited and Ememima Global Ventures Limited.
“The interesting thing about all this is that all these companies were established after she was posted to the Nigerian Prison Service and all the directors are her children, namely, Dr. Etsu David, Eme Faith and Uwen David. She also owns two other companies named Darima Properties and ID Petroleum. The accounts of these companies were said to have recorded an inflow of more than N200m between 2009 and now.
“Another startling revelation about her was that she has paid over N60m as tithes into the account of The Redeem Christian Church of God, Karu- Abuja, within a short period.
“You can then understand where Vice-President Yemi Oshibajo was coming from when he recently observed that the Church in Nigeria had not been particularly helpful in discouraging corruption amongst its members. Instead, what they preach and encourage is prosperity at all costs while quoting some verses to suit their purpose.”
The CACOL boss concluded: “It is therefore incumbent on us to insist that for corruption to be holistically tackled, account vouchers and financial transactions of religious bodies would also need to be periodically scrutinized as it is done in other civilized societies where most of these religious groups actually have their root. For as contained in the Christian holy book itself, ‘if the salt is spoilt, where cometh the good taste?’ Esu Nte could have felt that she was doing God’s work by stealing even from the funds meant for unfortunate prison inmates and giving part of it to the Church while nobody ever bothered to ask any questions as to the source of her wealth. We congratulate the EFCC for blowing the lid off this monumental corruption and enjoin that not only should her ill-gotten wealth be confiscated and returned to the appropriate coffers, she should be further investigated and tried for abuse of office and money laundering to serve as a deterrent to others.”
Muslims across the globe will be marking the annual Id al-Kabiir tomorrow, Tuesday, 21st August, 2018. Consequently, the Federal Government (FG) has declared a two day holiday beginning from tomorrow to mark the festival. In a special message to mark the occasion, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) felicitated with the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Nigerian Muslims and the Nigerian people in general.
The Islamic human rights organisation called on FG to empower the Nigerian Police in order to ensure an enduring security of lives and properties. The group reminded FG that the security of lives and properties is the basic function of government as enshrined in Article 14 Section 2(b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which states inter alia, “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”.
This was contained in the Salah message issued by the group today, Monday, 20th August 2018. The message was signed by the leader of the group, Professor Ishaq Akintola. MURIC lamented the spate of killings which took place around the country in the past few months. It commended FG, the police in particular and other security agencies for rising to the challenge and for bringing the killings to a halt. It however stressed that there is still much to be done in the area of empowering the police and improving their welfare. MURIC said, “The Nigerian Police remains the best in West Africa. Yet there is no conducive working environment. The welfare situation is near zero. Police staff houses collapse at will. Many police stations have no generating sets. They rely on lanterns and candles to work at night. Policemen tax themselves to buy fuel for their patrol vehicles. “Some police stations have no single patrol vehicle. An example is Iba Police Station in Ojo Local Government, Lagos State. It is more than pathetic. How can policemen in such a station patrol the streets? How can they effect stop and search operations? How can they chase criminals on our roads? How can they tackle armed hoodlums? How can we expect such a national security outfit to be efficient? “As far back as the late 70s, every policeman in Cairo had a pistol attached to his belt and a walkie-talkie. But in our Nigeria of the 21st century, rifles cannot go round among the police. This is a national disaster and a big shame on a country that prides itself as the giant of Africa. Who did this to Nigeria? “This poor working condition subjects men of the Nigerian Police to severe stress. Yet they are sometimes made to work round the clock thereby adding to their stress. The Inspector General of Police was once reported to have issued an order compelling divisional police officers (DPOs) to sleep in their offices in other to ensure their presence at all times. But how comfortable or convenient are the DPO’s offices?
“What happens to the wives, husbands and children of DPOs who practically live in the police stations? It has great impact on the family system. These are some of the causes of accidental discharge and extra-judicial killings. They are products of stress, built-up anger and frustration. We give the police too little but we expect too much from them. Policemen are not adequately compensated for the hazards of the profession.
“MURIC suggests a stress and anger management mechanism. The ministry of police affairs must, as a matter of urgency, establish psychotherapy clinics in every state command where psychiatry and psychology experts can attend to policemen from time to time. This will reduce incidents of accidental discharges and anger killings
“Citizens are advised to cooperate with the police and to provide credible information. We urge people to remain calm and to exhibit warmness whenever they are accosted by policemen. They are advised not to say or do anything capable of annoying the police on such occasion in view of the stressfull condition under which the police work. We advise motorists to always dim their headlights and switch on the inner lights of their cars when stopped at night by the police.
“We call on FG to consider the supply of sophisticated weapons and communication gadgets a matter of paramount importance. Every policeman must have a pistol and a walkie-talkie. The police deserve a special salary scale. There must be a robust welfare package for them and they must not be overworked. Only then can Nigerians sleep with both eyes closed.
“On a last note, we reiterate our appeal to President Buhari to grant presidential pardon to the 54 soldiers serving a 10 year jail sentence for refusing to fight Boko Haram with bare hands. We charge Imams to pray for Nigeria during the Id prayers. Pray for peace, security, progress and full economic recovery. Pray for the exposure of masterminds of killings in Nigeria. Pray for good health and protection for President Muhammadu Buhari. Above all, pray that evil, selfish and corrupt leaders may not rule this country again”.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
Ogun State Government, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has felicitated with Muslims on the celebration of the Eid-el-Kabir, urging them to pray for peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
He said this in his Eid-el-Kabir message to Muslim faithful, signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Adedayo Adeneye.
The governor charged them to look beyond the meriment of the period, but focus more on praying for peace and harmony, which according to him, will ensure progress and development of the nation.
“During this festival of feast, we should ensure that we truly imbibe the virtues of Prophet Ibrahim, who, in obedience to God’s directive, sacrificed his only son.
“Beyond the sacrifice, we should also not relent in praying for peace, unity and religious tolerance, which are essential to sustaining the glory of our dear nation”, the governor added.
Wishing Muslims happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the governor prayed that God will accept their supplication and sacrifices.
LAGOS, Nigeria, August 20, 2018/ — Sheraton Lagos Hotel (www.Marriott.com/hotels/travel/lossi-sheraton-lagos-hotel) will host the living legend Femi Kuti (www.Facebook.com/femikutiofficial), live in concert, on 22nd September, 2018. Curated in partnership with media and entertainment company Chocolate City Group, the critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and four-time Grammy Award nominee, is set to enthrall music lovers, Afrobeat enthusiasts and members of Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), with an exclusive live performance of his seventh studio album, One People One World.
Marriott International has been focused on stepping up its experiences game, creating exclusive Moments that help connect with members through their passions, be it culinary, music or sport. From Masterclasses with renowned chefs, mixologists, DJs and photographers to behind the scenes access to concerts, to experiences around your favorite sport or an immersive experience of the local cuisine or culture, there is a lot to explore and discover what makes travel more enriching.
“We are committed to creating unforgettable moments for our loyal members, and what better way to do that than to connect with them through their passions,” said Neal Jones Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. “This is an opportunity for us to engage with our loyal members and build a strong emotional connection with them by creating a once-in-a lifetime experience while amplifying the benefits of our Loyalty Programs. Through this very special experience created by Sheraton Lagos Hotel, we want our members to carry back a memory that ties back to the destination and our brand.”
“Chocolate City is happy to collaborate with Marriot International and Sheraton Lagos to give its guests and Marriott International loyalty members an exclusive live music experience with its artist and Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti. His music and brand embody Africa’s rich culture and we have tried to replicate that in the set up, management and curation of the event. We expect guests to remember the event for the energy and excitement that Femi’s music brings” said Edward Israel-Ayide, Senior Marketing Manager Chocolate City Group.
Members can redeem their points for an experience package on the Moments platform which includes the following
Front row seats and access to special viewing area at the Femi Kuti concert at Sheraton Lagos
Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres during the concert
VIP backstage passes
Exclusive breakfast with Femi Kuti at the Club Lounge at Sheraton Lagos Hotel on 23rd September, 2018 with a photo opportunity with Femi Kuti.
A one-night stay in the Sheraton Club Room for two people at the iconic Sheraton Lagos
A goody bag and a bounce-back F&B voucher
To secure your experience, please visit : www.Moments.Marriottrewards.com/item/vip-concert-breakfast-and.
“As a city landmark hotel and a hotspot for the local community as well as the international traveler to Nigeria, we are excited to bring this concert to the hotel and create transformative moments for our guests and loyalty program members, through the reverberating rhythm of Afrobeat” said Barry Curran General Manager Sheraton Lagos Hotel.
In addition to Femi Kuti there will be performances from five other popular artists. Invited guests and loyalty members will be treated to an eclectic selection of expertly crafted cocktails and finger favorites.
To find out more about the hotel log on to www.SheratonLagos.com or follow on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
More details about the event are available on the Chocolate City Group website (https://ChocolateCityGroup.com/femi-kuti)
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