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Those who kill in the name of God will go to hell – Sultan

Those who kill in the name of God will go to hell, says Sultan

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III,

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu


“Shouting Allahu Akbar to kill your fellow human being in the belief that you are fulfilling God’s injunction is pathway to hell and not the teaching of Allah,” he stressed.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday cautioned those killing in the guise of fulfilling God’s injunction, saying their reward would be hell fire.

He said it was a huge lie for people to nurse such belief, stressing that human life should be protected, whether the person is a Muslim or not, adding that the dignity of man covers all, including Muslims, Christians, Hindus and others.

“Shouting Allahu Akbar to kill your fellow human being in the belief that you are fulfilling God’s injunction is pathway to hell and not the teaching of Allah,” he stressed.


He emphasised that Fulani herdsmen who go about killing people “are criminals and not genuine herdsmen. We don’t call them herdsmen, because herdsmen cannot kill another human to protect cow.”

The Sultan also spoke on the need for understanding and recognition of various ethnic groups in the country, stressing that time has come for every divisive and selfish tendencies threatening the country and retarding its progress to be done away with.

He particularly asked Muslims to project and apply the best value of Islamic civilisation at these very trying moments of restructuring. Delivering the 9th Dignity of Man Lecture at the 57 Founders Day celebrations of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), the Sultan said: “Human dignity is God-given. Any society where the sanctity of life is not protected cannot be said to be civilised.

“In other words, the sanctity of human life, the honour conferred in the human person and the investment in the development of the human person are the metrics to measure human civilisation.

“This promotion and protection of human life and dignity can only come through education. Education holds the key to development and development is people-centered and people-driven.”

According to him: “Modern education, which subsumes the Greek and Islamic traditions and our indigenous and Islamic educational traditions should be harnessed to ensure that the dignity of man is restored in our country, especially in these difficult times when the sanctity of human lives appear to be under threat.

“Man has no dignity if he has no education. The less education, the less his dignity.” Quoting his great grandfather, Uthman Dan Fodio, he said: “The man without education is like a country without inhabitants.”

Speaking specifically on the title of his lecture, ‘Restoring the dignity of man: Education as a veritable tool,’ he said no nation can develop without the education of its citizenry, saying: “Societies that take education seriously tend to be more developed, healthier, happier and better.

“Societies that do not embrace education wallow in retrogression, hunger, abuse of human rights and absence of dignity and human honour.”

Also speaking, Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and his Delta State counterpart, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, emphasised the need for proper attention on education, which they said is the bedrock of the development of any country.

The governors urged the university to continue to play leading role in education as a way of contributing to national development, in line with the visions of the founding fathers, particularly the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, who set up the institution to restore the dignity of man.

Source : The Guardian 

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​I want to go to heaven- Obasanjo

I want to go to heaven, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday at Apostolic Faith Church said he wants to go heaven and longs to sing among the heavenly hosts .

According to the News Agency of Nigeria Obasanjo made this remark during the 2017 Camp Meeting Concert by Apostolic Faith Church Choir and Orchestral at the Camp Ground Igbesa in Ogun State .

He said , “You have to be fully prepared for the second coming of our Lord , there is no compromise .

“I have a friend who will always say that when we get to heaven , we will be exhausted praising God and it will be like a prison and very boring.

“But with what I have seen by the choir this afternoon , I will want to go to heaven and join the host to sing.

“If this is an example of what praising God in heaven will be like , then I want to be part of it. If what I have seen here is an indication of how heaven will be , I will like go to heaven .

“Jesus Christ came to the world to show us the way to salvation and eternal life . We have a good heritage and we have everything to be proud of .”

Obasanjo said God could not fix Nigeria except Nigerians invite God into their lives collectively and individually.

“We have a lot of things wrong with this country , if all Nigerians are sincere .

“Nigeria can be fixed by God but we have to invite Him into our lives . What we have to do about this country is in our hands .

“Gods grace abounds when we do not abuse it,” he said .

The District Superintendent , Apostolic Faith , West Africa , Rev. Adebayo Adeniran , said that only tolerance , peaceful coexistence and harmonious living among Nigerians , irrespective of religious and political differences , could lead to meaningful development .

Buhari breaks silence, says why he can’t return now

BREAKING: Why I can’t return now- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari meeting the Information Minister and his media team


By Isiaka Wakili

President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that his doctors will decide when he will return from the United Kingdom where he has been on medical vacation since May 7.
 
According to him, there is tremendous improvement in his health and that he wishes to return home.
 
He stressed that “but I’ve learnt to obey my doctor’s orders, rather than be the one issuing the orders. Here, the doctor is absolutely in charge.”
 
Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement, said Buhari spoke on Saturday while receiving his media team and the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, at Abuja House, London.
 The visiting team, led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; include the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina; the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu the Personal Assistant on Digital/Online Media, Laureta Onochie and the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
 
Adesina sais when the team expressed delight at the much improved health of the president, he (Buhari) retorted: “I feel I could go home, but the doctors are in charge. I’ve now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed.”
 
He stated that when Buhari was asked how he felt hearing different conjectures about his health, the president said he followed events at home closely, lauding Nigerian television stations, and the media generally, for keeping him informed.
 
Adesina said Buhari was told that prayers were going on fervently for him, not only in Nigeria, but all over Africa, and around the world, the president expressed delight and said: “What we did in The Gambia early this year fetched us a lot of goodwill on the African continent. It gave us a lot of latitude. I thank all those who are praying. May God reward them.”
 
The presidential spokesman said Buhari sent appreciation to all Nigerians, expressing hope that he would be with them soon.
 

Source : Daily Trust 

Pilgrim dies while boarding plane in Sokoto

Pilgrim dies while boarding plane in Sokoto


By Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto

An intending pilgrim from Sokoto State, Inno Mu’azu has died at Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto. Aged 56, she is said to have died while boarding a plane to Saudi Arabia Thursday evening. The Public Relation Officer of the State Pilgrims Welfare Agency, Alhaji Faruk Umar confirmed this to Daily Trust.

Similarly, the spokesman of the Sokoto State Hajj delegation, Alhaji Isa Shuni who also confirmed the incident, said the deceased hailed from Kware Local Government Area and had no record of any disease.

According to him, Inno had passed all screenings only to collapse and die while boarding a plane. Daily Trust gathered that two of her sons who escorted her to the airport also collapsed but one of them was resuscitated immediately but the other one is still receiving treatment at the hospital.

The leader of the delegates and Chief Judge of the state, Justice Bello Abbas while condoling with the family of the deceased, prayed Allah to grant her Paradise. 

Source: Daily Trust 

Police to pay US Muslim woman $85,000 for forcefully removing her hijab

Police to pay US Muslim woman $85,000 for forcefully removing her hijab



A California city has agreed to pay $85,000 (72,000 euros) to settle a lawsuit filed by a Muslim woman whose hijab was forcibly removed by the police.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR) which announced the settlement on Thursday, had sued the city of Long Beach on behalf of Kirsty Powell, an African-American Muslim, “after police officers forcibly removed her hijab in view of other male officers and dozens of inmates.”

Powell, who wears the head covering “as part of her religious beliefs,” was “forced to spend the entire night exposed in custody and described the experience as deeply traumatizing,” the rights group said.

Powell was arrested during a traffic stop in May 2015 on outstanding warrants that were since cleared.


Long Beach voted Tuesday to approve the settlement, CAIR said, adding that nearby communities have already adopted policies protecting religious headwear in detention following similar lawsuits.

Now female officers are required to remove the headscarves of female inmates “when necessary for officer safety,” and away from male officers and inmates, Long Beach assistant city attorney Monte Machit told the Los Angeles Times.

During the arrest officers told Powell that she had to remove her hijab.

Powell was denied requests for a female officer to search her, and was denied requests to wear her hijab in custody.

“I would never want anyone to go through what I felt from this experience,” Powell said when the suit was filed last year, according to CAIR.

AFP

It’s official!  FG declares Monday,  Tuesday Eid El-Fitr holiday 

Eid El-Fitr: FG declares Monday, Tuesday public holidays
The Federal Government has declared Monday , June 26 and Tuesday , June 27 as Public Holiday to mark Eid – el -Fitr .

Minister of Interior, retired Lt . – Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau made the announcement on behalf of the Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja .

He enjoined all Muslim faithful and Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation in its march to nationhood .

Dambazau urged all Nigerians to shun hate speeches and divisive tendencies and join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to build a peaceful , strong and united Nigeria .

He assured of a Nigeria , which guarantees fundamental freedoms , including the right of residence in any part of the country, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria .

The minister reaffirmed the determination of the Federal Government to protect all lives and property of Nigerians .

He warned hoodlums not to test the will of the administration .

The minister said the government has the capability to deploy security agencies to deal with any individual or group that may threaten the corporate existence of the nation, as well as the peaceful co – existence of the people.

He further assured Nigerians of government ’ s resolve to be just and fair to all.

The minister wished Nigerians a peaceful and rewarding celebration.

NAN

​NACOMYO Tasks Ambode on Religious Rights, Access to Employment Trust Fund

NACOMYO Tasks Ambode on Religious Rights, Access to Employment Trust Fund

The National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO) has charged the Lagos State government to ensure observance of fundamental human rights of the citizens including the right to obtain instruction in their own religion.

Addressing a press conference in Lagos, the NACOMYO Coordinator for Lagos State, Barrister Abd’Fattah Olanrewaj Muheeb, challenged the State Government under the leadership of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to continue making life meaningful to the people through provision of basic amenities, observance of rule of law and fundamental human rights to propagate one’s religion or belief.

X-raying the achievements of the state in the last 50 years and in particular the last two years of Ambode administration, NACOMYO noted a lot of progress, identifying investment in infrastructure, security and welfare.

It, however, lamented that Muslims cannot benefit from theN25 Billion Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) because the loan attracts five per cent interest which is against the tenets of Islam.  It therefore charged the government to modify the conditions for obtaining the loan in order to ensure Muslims have equal access in the interest of justice.

“It is common knowledge that Islam abhors the collection of interest on loan. We therefore condemn the 5% interest being charged by the Lagos State Government.  If Muslims in the state are to be genuinely accorded the constitutional right to freedom of worship, the interest on the LSETF is unacceptable because it is discriminatory and un-Islamic to say the least”, NACOMYO added.

The NACOMYO also condemned the kidnapping of six students of Lagos State Model College, igbonla, Epe, saying it is a bad way to celebrate Children’s Day.

The umbrella union of Muslim organisations therefore appealed to the abductors to ensure release of the students without any harm. 

It also charged citizens to promptly report any criminal activity noticed in their neighbourhood.