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SANWO-OLU ATTENDS 34TH NATIONAL QU’RAN RECITATION COMPETITION

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…Reiterates Administration’s Commitment To Freedom Of Religion

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has assured that his administration will continue to protect the rights of the citizens to practice any religion of their choice without the fear of harassment or discrimination.

The Governor, stated this on Friday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos where he declared open the 34th National Qu’ran recitation competition.

The Governor noted that the competition will further enlighten all and sundry as well as exposing Muslim youths to the bright side of life as preached by Islam through the holy Qur’an.

The National Qu’ran recitation competition was established in 1986 as an annual Islamic competition. It is organised by the Centre for Islamic Studies, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto to bring the Qur’an closer to the hearts and minds of young Muslims across the country.

This year’s competition will run from December 27th to January 10th in the Centre of Excellence.

Sanwo-Olu reminded all that now was the time Nigeria required more programmes such as the quranic recitation to re-channel the minds of the youths toward positive ventures.

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He said: “As a nation engaged in the battle against extremism, this programme will, among other initiatives, promote true understanding of the religion of Islam and help make our young people less vulnerable to beliefs that are not consistent with the teachings of the religion.

“As you all know, Lagos State is a cosmopolitan State in which people of diverse religious, ethnic and cultural orientations have lived together in peace, tolerance, mutual respect and understanding for centuries.

“As a government, we will continue to protect the right of every citizen to practise every religion of their choice without fear of harassment or discrimination in this State.”

The Governor described Islam as a religion of peace stressing that citizens should embrace tolerance, with reference to the life of Holy Prophet Muhammed.

He said: “To underscore the importance of this, it was reported that the Holy Prophet Muhammed, in his last sermon, emphasised that he was leaving behind for Muslims, two things that will continue to serve as a guide for them after his demise: the Quran and his personal examples.

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“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, Islam is a religion of peace; encouraging tolerance and harmonious coexistence among all people of different beliefs,” he said.

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar in his remarks noted that the Quran stands as a guide to life in all facets of life.

According to the Sultan: “Islam is a way of life. Whatever you want to do must be according to the Qu’ran. It is very important that our children must memorise and work with the Qu’ran. Whether as leaders or followers, we will not do bad things if we continue to work with the Qu’ran. A lot of Nigerians are good people, let us continue to be patience because patience is a virtue.”

Other notable personalities at the recitation includes the Deputy Governor of Lagos, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, among others.

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Amotekun Not Threat To Nigeria’s Unity – Tinubu

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Bola Tinubu

National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has called for private discussion between the governors of the South-West and the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, over Amotekun, a security outfit launched by governors in the region.

Tinubu said the foundation of the country has not been put at risk with the security outfit launched by the governors of the zone in a bit to confront the insecurity in their states.

The former Lagos governor, however, warned that the nation’s fabric could be torn by what he called the “dangerous rhetoric of those who should know better.”

In his first intervention in the controversy surrounding Amotekun, Tinubu said in a statement on Wednesday: “Those claiming that this limited, inoffensive addition to security threatens the Republic have taken themselves upon a madcap excursion.

Those claiming that the Federal Government seeks to terribly suppress the Southwest have also lost their compass. Those who occupy these two extremes have sunken into the dark recesses of fear and political paranoia that can undo a nation if such sentiments are allowed to gestate.”

The statement continues: “Amotekun. This issue has dominated recent discourse and media headlines. Distilled to its basics, it concerns how best state governments can assist with the safety and security of their residents. This is a matter of serious concern entitled to sober thought. However, it has been turned into a political tug-of-war. Fierce, often unthinking rhetoric, for and against, has crossed the lips of too many Nigerians. More subjective talking than objective thinking has been the fuel of this outburst.

Question those in favour of Amotekun. Most have but the vaguest notion about it. They know few details yet vigorously attribute to its opponents the most negative intentions. Ask those who oppose Amotekun. They are equally ignorant of its provisions. They oppose the initiative not on its merits but merely because it was proposed by their political opponents or because they don’t see an avenue for personal gain from it.

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“While colourful, the rhetoric has been disconcerting. How people have mishandled this matter demonstrates that we still have far to go in perfecting this democracy. Too much energy has been spent distorting this issue instead of seeking a resolution that supports local enhancement of security while keeping the constitution intact. If this becomes the standard for how we handle disagreements then we will obscure Nigeria’s path forward with our own rubbish.

“In this matter, I do not see malign intent in the differences of opinion between the SW Governors as authors of Amotekun and the Attorney-General as the primary law enforcement officer of the Federal Government. Shorn of the overly dramatic language, what lies before us is but a step in the evolution of our federalism. This is an opportunity to more clearly define that federalism; but one cannot attain this better, more functional definition through overblown, emotional language. Objectivity and calmness are required. To a significant degree, the enduring quality of our republic will be established by the sagacity with which we handle disagreements regarding the division of power between federal and state governments. Such disagreements are inevitable. This is not the first. Nor will it be the last. We must devote our energies more toward solving problems rather than amplifying them.

“Seeking to fulfil their mandates by helping protect their people, the governors of the Southwest collectively established a program to buttress existing security mechanisms. Seeking to protect the constitution as best he could, the Attorney-General offered his opinion on what he believed the governors have sought to do. No one can blame either party for seeking to fulfil what they genuinely see as their public duty.

“Until now, I have deliberately maintained a studied silence regarding Amotekun. Many have tried to goad my swift public reaction. Those who have taken this road did so not because they care about Amotekun or even the people it intends to help protect. They did so knowing this had become a delicate and emotional issue for many. These cynics did so with the adversarial hope that, in haste, I might misspeak or misstep in a manner they could twist to their political advantage.

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Such people are possessed of a mercenary aspect that permits them to sacrifice almost anything, even jeopardize the very foundations of our political unity, if they might exact personal gain from the upheaval. In that they know no nobler purpose than their own appetites, we should feel sorry for them. However, we must not allow our sympathies for their barren condition to persuade us that there is worth in their destructive misconduct. They must be left to the consequences of their own devices.

“If truly I am a political leader as I am often described, then I have not the luxury of hasty, ill-conceived utterances. There are those who will use inflamed words to spark the passions of others. This may bring transient applause. But when the cheers fade, we shall only have further descended because their words were never inclined toward resolution and long-term improvement but toward short-term popularity and perpetual confrontation.

“I believe in this nation and its benign prospects. I dearly love its people, all of them. Over the years of our existence, they have suffered much. Yet they still hold forth with heroic patience and an extraordinary optimism born of strong faith. To these people, I owe my best. I shall not treat them cheaply or bandy their emotions like some errant football. The welfare of these good and decent people is my overriding concern.

Equally, I do not cow to the demands of those who press for me to make a premature statement on an important issue. Again, that is a game devised by those who care more about political cleverness than the quality of governance. I chose to talk when my position has been made ripe by a collection of the facts and a reasonable assessment of those facts.

Culled: Qed

 

 

 

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10 Imo Lawmakers Defect To APC

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At least 10 members of the Imo State House of Assembly have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The defectors includes members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Action Action (AA).

Deputy Speaker of the house, Okey Onyekanma, who resigned as Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business led the pack which included Minority leader of the assembly Ekene Nnodimele who also resigned his position.

 

Other lawmakers who jumped ship includes PDP’s Chyna Iwuanyanwu, Chidiebere Ogbunikpa, Paul Emeziem, Heclus Okorocha, Authur Egwim, Obinna Okwara, Johnson Duru, Ngozi Obiefule and AA. Ekene Nnodimele.

The letters of resignation and defection were read by the speaker, Collins Chiji, at the plenary.

The resignations came after Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma sacked all members of the Interim Management Committees (IMCs) in the 27 councils of the state. The committees were constituted by the immediate past governor, Emeka Ihedioha, on assumption of duty in June last year, after suspending the elected office holders following a resolution to that effect by the Imo House of Assembly over alleged financial malfeasance and other allegations against them.

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Supreme Court Affirms Gaduje’s Election

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The election of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has been affirmed by the Supreme Court.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf, had filed an appeal at the apex court to dispute the March 24 supplementary election held in some electoral wards in Kano State.
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