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Cleric cautions FG against fuel subsidy removal

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***Urges Nigerians to unite, defend them selves against bandits, kidnappers

By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

The national leader of the Jama’atu Izalatu Bida’a Waikamatul Sunnah (JIBWIS), Sheik Muhammad Sani Yahaya Jingir has cautioned the Federal government to tread carefully with its planed removal of fuel subsidy.

He also reminded the government of its responsibilities to making the lives of every average Nigerians comfortable.

The cleric made the call while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after the opening ceremony of the 25th National Qur’anic recitation competition organized by the group in Dutse Jigawa State capital.
The cleric said “That the mere fact that Government contemplated the removal of Subsidy alone there is general increase in the prices of things in the markets”

He expressed fear over what will happen if Nigerians are pushed into the streets to protest as a result of the proposed increase in price of fuel.
“So I fear for what will happen to the people, especially the market people who are waiting for such to happen”.
He admitted that the proposed withdrawal of subsidy is confusing him, “Since we are not experts on that field.”

He, however, reminded those in positions of authority of their responsibility of making lives comfortable for those they lead.

Sheik Jingir also cautioned the people against taking actions that would lead to the breakdown of law and order in the society as a response to the actions of the leaders, saying that, the consequence of such action on the side of the common man is better imagined than experienced

The JIBWS leader also added his voice to cautioning the organized labour to think about the repercussion of the proposed national strike on the common man.

Jingir believed that rather than adopting the strike option, there is the need for all stakeholders in the Nigerian project to come together, including, religious, political, traditional and other opinion leaders to agree on how to resolve the problems, that will be created by removal of fuel subsidy.

Commenting on the insecurity, he urged people to rise up and defend themselves against the activities of bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements terrorizing the northern parts of the country.

The cleric, who decried the growing insecurity, occasioned by kidnappings, armed robbery and other forms on insecurity, disclosed that the only way such could be curbed is for all to come together and confront the criminals once and for all

“If you look at the way #ENDSARS# protest wrecked Lagos and other parts of the country, it took us very long time of explanation and prayers before God intervened and restored peace to the country.
“So we should avoid anything that will destroy the country because if it happens, you will wake up and discover that you have nowhere to put your head. So we should avoid anything that will bring the country down.”

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Pray For Your Leaders, Don’t Curse them – Sultan of Sokoto Urges Nigerians

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***Preaches Peaceful Coexistence, Unity.

By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

SULTAN of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has urged Nigerians to pray for their leaders rather than curse them as he tasked them on unity and peaceful coexistence for the growth and development of Nigeria.

Sultan Abubakar made the call on Saturday in Lokoja while inaugurating the “Alhaji Abdullahi Habib Memorial Mosque”, at Federal University Lokoja (FUL), built and donated by a widow, Dr Maimuna Abdullahi.

The Sultan who was represented by the Emir of Keffi, HRH Shehu Chindo-Yamusa said that as patriotic citizens, “We should fervently pray for our leaders and not curse them so that they don’t go astray to our detriment as a nation.

“We should learn to always respect our leaders and the rule of law for the nation to have a direction for better living.

“This edifice or place of worship (sitting on 150m x 250 expanse of land) is built and donated by a family that loves God and desires for others to know and worship Him for their wellbeing.

“It’s my prayer that God will handsomely reward the Habib family and give others the passion and zeal to do same for the benefit of mankind”, he said.

Earlier in his welcome address, Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi, Vice Chancellor of the University described the inauguration of the mosque as a historic moment in the annals of the institution.

He expressed the hope that the mosque would serve as “a testament to our shared commitment to knowledge, compassion and service to humanity.”

“The commissioning of the mosque today is but a historic moment in the annals of this university, and the Muslim community will observe daily religious obligations that will foster the unity of all faiths in the university.

“Quran chapter 57 verse 18 says: “For those who give in charity, men, and women, and loan to Allah a beautiful loan, it shall be increased manifold (to their credit), and they shall have (besides) a liberal reward”

“This explains the circumstance of Dr Memuna Abdullahi our benefactor, who in her wisdom, decided to build and donate this mosque in memory of her late husband, Squadron Leader Abdullahi Habib.

“I remain grateful to God Almighty that this project was initiated and completed under my tenure in the University. May God continue to bless the family of the donor for finding Federal University Lokoja worthy of this gesture”, Akinwumi said.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), In his Keynote address, commended the family of the donor saying that the importance of the donated Jumaat Mosque in an University environment could not be over emphasized.

Represented by the Director of Legal Services of the organization, Abdulwahap Oyedokun, the JAMB Registrar said that the gesture would benefit the University community tremendously as it would go a long way in impacting useful knowledge and enhance “spiritual moulding.”

For the donor, Dr Abdullahi, the Mosque was a dream come true as it was the wish of her late husband who died on the 31st of October, 2021 leaving the instruction for her and the children to accomplish.

She disclosed that the mosque was the third and biggest of the three mosques the family has so far built and donated in Kogi as the family’s own way of giving back to God and the society.

“Today, we have have equally donated 75 copies of Qur’an to this very mosque located in FUL as our gesture in the service of God.

“This gesture is just the beginning and not an end to our resolve as a family in serving the Almighty God”, she said. (Ends)

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Governor Otu Applauds BCS On Education, Religious Tourism

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Governor Bassey Otu of Cross River, Thursday, commended members of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star (BCS), for their contributions to the state and society.

Otu who was speaking when he received a seven man delegation from BCS in Calabar, the Cross River capital, said the religious organization, through its programs has continued to attract visitors into the state from all over the globe.

“Brotherhood has contributed to the growth of Cross River State immensely. As government, we appreciate its contribution in education, spiritual empowerment and tourism potentials.

“We have tourists across the globe who visit Calabar at regular intervals for pilgrimage and spiritual satisfaction and these have continued to boost our name internationally,” Otu said.

The governor who enjoined the religious organization not to relent in propagating the word of God also encouraged the hearers to remain Godly and never derail from the path of truth, justice and fair play.

“I believe that any society that does not have spiritual diversity will have no direction.

“As you continue to evangelize, I believe our people will continue to change for good,” the governor remarked.

Assuring His Holiness, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu, of his administration’s commitment to continue to partner with him, the governor also sued for prayers for the people of the state, nation and the world at large in view of the precarious situation and challenges being faced by all.

On the request made by the team which bordered on land claims, Otu said he would not want to take instant decision, but would ensure that justice which were hitherto denied would be corrected.

Earlier, Leader of the delegation, Senator Biobarakuma Degi, appealed for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Akpet-Ugbem-Etono road, to create access for both local and foreign tourists to Biakpan Holy City in Biase local government area.

Degi also solicited for support on the 36 hectares proposed mega city in Adiabo, Odukpani local government area, a project, he remarked, is aimed at boosting the spiritual and economic values of the state and its inhabitants.

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How unforgiving spirit derails destinies of Christians, by pastor Godwin Ube

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Senior Pastor of the Help from Above Healing and Deliverance Ministry Worldwide, Pastor Godwin Ube has attributed unforgiveness and bitterness as underlying factors affecting the destinies of lot of Christians.

Pastor Ube stated this at a thanksgiving service to mark the end of a three day international conference with the theme ” Gate of My Destiny Open Now” in Abuja.

Speaking on the topic ” the Dangers of Unforgiveness” from the bible, the book of Mark chapter 11 verse 25, Ube reiterated that the devil makes people to harbour bitterness in their hearts in order to truncate their destinies.

“One of the weapons of the deveil today is unforgiveness which hinder the breakthroughs of many Christians, unforgiveness is dangerous and bitterness is deadly” Pastor Ube added.

According to him, the scripture makes it clear that one of the attributes of God is his loving ability to forgive.

The Senior Pastor explained that it is because of God’s willingness to forgive the sins of humanity that he sent his only begotten son, Jesus Christ to die for the sins of men.

He further emphasized that unforgiveness attracts torments that can lead to self inflicted pains and sicknesses as well as closed heaven.

“Unforgiveness invites troubles in life, it is the root of bitterness and it leads people to enternal damination”

Pastor Ube added that bitterness grows to outright hatred that deprived people from remaining focus.
He urged Christians nursing unforgiveness to have a clean heart in order to be accepted by God.

“Bitterness can also cause mental condition, if you begrudge anyone, try to reconcile with the person because the name of a church cannot save you but personal relationship with God can” he added.

Pastor Ube therefore appealed to Christians to always have open heart to forgiveness to be able to approach God, stressing that unforgiving heart is unfit to meet God in a place of prayer.

According to him one who hates his brother is a murderer and no murderer has eternal life.

“I counsel you make up your minds never to live in unforgiveness, remember forgiveness can destroy sickness while unforgiveness can attract afflictions.

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