NATIONAL NEWS JULY 20, 2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • ONDO CHIEF IMAM URGES MUSLIMS TO STICK TO PROMISES.
  • EMINENT NIGERIANS PREACH LOVE, PEACE, INTENSE PRAYERS FOR NIGERIA.
  • YORUBA LEADERS DRUM SUPPORT FOR IGBOHO.
  • NCDC CONFIRMS 15 FRESH CASES OF MONKEY POX AFTER FIRST CASE FROM U.S RETURNEE.

Eid-el-adha/xtray

Today is eid el-kabir. Eid el-kabir or eid-el-adha is also referred to as the festival of sacrifice, is celebrated worldwide by muslims and is marked with the slaughtering of rams, cows, and sheep.

In muslim parlance, the festival is the most important feast because it is an occasion to celebrate the willingness of prophet ibrahim to sacrifice his son, isma’el, in submission to allah’s command.

In commemoration of this intervention, an animal, usually, a ram, is sacrificed ritually and divided into three parts.

One share is given to the poor and needy, another is kept for home and the third portion is given to relatives.

As usual, after performing the two rak’at eid-el kabir prayers and the ritual sacrifice, people come out mostly in northern states to watch the historic durbar otherwise called hawan sallah, ogun state fixes her annual odun oba festival during this period with other states as well region with their different ways of celebrating.

However, due to the pandemic, katsina and daura emirate councils announced cancellation of the 2021 eid-el kabir durbar festival to contain spread of the virus and banditry while in other places including ondo state, the festival was celebrated moderately incompliance of all covid-19 protocols.

Eid/message 1

President muhammadu buhari, senate president, ahmed lawan, house of representatives speaker, femi gbajabiamila and all progressives congress, apc stalwart, have, on the occasion, this year’s eid el-kabir festival congratulated nigerian muslims.

President buhari the muslims to demonstrate the good virtues of islam through personal examples and practices, reminding them that islam is a religion of charity, restating the determination of his administration to create a just, harmonious and prosperous country in which the safety of life and property is assured.

The senate president, ahmad lawan, called on nigerians and muslims to work for peace, unity and progress of the country.

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Speaker of the house of representative, who also observed the rite, femi gbajabiamila called for prayers and unity of purpose, urging the muslims to use the season to pray for their leaders as they find solutions to the country’s problems.

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Teaching of eid el-kabir include sacrifice, love, and forbearance with god and one another, virsues muslims are to imbibe in their habits.

Eid/message 2

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A former head of state, abdulsalami abubakar prayed that god should touch the mind of the bandits causing mayhem in the country to desit from the act.

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On his part, former vice president, atiku abubakar, on his part urged muslims to exhibit peace, mutual respect and tolerance as they celebrate.

The apc caretaker chairman, governor mai mala buni of yobe state, in his message, urged muslims to have deep reflection, celebrate in harmony and support each other irrespective of political and socio-cultural differences to entrench national unity and cohesion.

The national chairman of the pdp, uche secondus, asked nigerians to intensify prayers for the nation’s democracy.

Secondus implored nigerians not to despair and miss the essence and meaning of eid-el-kabir festivity and the divine succour it brings, assuring that there is always a light at the end of every tunnel.

Eid/message 3

In kaduna, former emir of kano, muhammadu sanusi has led the eid prayer at the murtala mohammed prayer ground where he sought for peace as well called on nigerians to continue to live in peace, irrespective of their religious or ethnic differences.

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Security is the major concern of the governor of kaduna state, nasir el-rufai as he stated the effort carried out so far in the state to curb criminal activities in the state.

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On his part, zamfara state governor, bello mattawale said he will not rest until relative peace is restored to his state.

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Niger state , governor, abubakar bello also charged nigerians to seek for the peace of the country.  

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Bauchi state governor, bala mohammed, who paid the state workers ahead to the festival said he did because his government cares and assured the people of more dividence of democracy but urged them to remain supportive.

Okeigbo/eid

Muslim faithfuls across nigeria have been charged to live a selfless and exemplary life.

The chief imam of okeigbo kingdom in ile-oluji/okeigbo local government area, alhaji salaudeen nurudeen gave the charge during this year’s eid at oke ologudu road, okeigbo.

Eki f. M’s reporters were at the ground, the report.

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Ondo/eid

The chief imam of ondo kingdom, alhaji basir alimi has charge muslims to fulfil all promises made to almighty allah.

Alhaji alimi gave the charge while speaking to eki f.m’s reporters at the eid ground held at kopec, itanla area, ondo city, explaining that the festival serves as remembrance of god’s covenant with prophet ibrahim and also as a way of showing appreciation to the almighty allah.

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On his part, the logbosere of ondo kingdom, alhaji abdulrazak famuditimi encounraged the muslim to celebrate the festival moderately and desist from ungodly behaviours.

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Also, the balogun adini of ondo kingdom, alhaji yemi adewetan as well as secretary of the ondo central mosque, alhaji, lateef adetuyi said the most paramount thing to do as muslim is to give thanks to god after completion of fast.

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They advised the muslim umars and nigerians to allow peace reign and curb insecurity in the country.

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Eid el-kabir is a yearly festival celebrated by muslim faithfuls globally.

Igboho/arrest

Yoruba leaders, including monarchs, have rallied support for yoruba rights activists, sunday adeyemo, popularly known as sunday igboho, who has been arrested in benin republic.

Speaking to newsmen, renowned historian, emeritus professor banji akintoye, who confirmed the arrest of sunday igboho, said he and others are working to provide assistance for ighoho to prevent his extradition into nigeria, saying benin republic is a land that respects the rules of law.

Akintoye who heads the umbrella body of yoruba self-determination groups, ilana oodua, therefore called on all yorubas within and beyond the shores of nigeria to come out and ensure that their ancestral land is not defeated by invaders.

However, on his part, former oyo state governor, rashidi ladoja, called on the federal government to grant amnesty to the yoruba nation agitator, as well as the leader of the proscribed indigenous people of biafra, nnamdi kanu.

He said since the federal government declared amnesty for boko haram, they should also declare amnesty for igboho and the ipob leader.

Ncdc/covid

The nigeria centre for disease control, ncdc has registered 59 suspected cases of monkeypox with 15 confirmed.

Ncdc director-general, dr chikwe ihekweazu, disclosed this in abuja while reacting to the dallas, texas resident who recently returned to nigeria and tested positive to the disease.

Report has that the case was the first confirmed case of the virus in the u.s. since 2003, with health officials saying that the public should not be concerned.

Laboratory tests confirmed that the patient was infected with a strain of the virus mainly seen in west africa, which included nigeria.

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