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Gov. Bello inaugurates church building, charges youths against ethnicity, religious bigotry



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By Friday Idachaba

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has inaugurated a newly constructed 600-seater auditorium with a charge on youths to relate across barriers and boundaries of religion, ethnicity, tribe and class for overall advancement of the country.

Bello made the call during inauguration of 600-seater auditorium constructed by Enemona Josh Humanitarian Foundation for United Evangelical Church (UEC), Inele-Ugo in Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State on Saturday.

Represented by his deputy, Chief Edward Onojah, the governor said only through unity of purpose devoid of religion, ethnicity, tribe and class divisions would the desired socio-economic and political advancement of the country be guaranteed.

“We desire to have our young people relate across barriers and boundaries of religion, ethnicity, tribe and class. This is the government’s desire always.

The governor commended the Foundation for sowing into the spiritual life of the community in rising to address their yearning to have a quality worship centre.

“The quantity or volume of what you sow does not really matter but it is the quality and the heart you sow it from that matters”, he said and commended the President of the foundation and his international partners for the gesture.

“We must thank and appreciate our young brother, Enemona Gabriel Onojah for allowing God to inspire him and for yielding his heart to that inspiration to do what has been destined that he should do at this point in time.

“Many people get inspired by God but very few people go on to obey God’s inspiration. You have done this and it is counted to you for righteousness”, he said.

President of Enemona Josh Foundation, Amb. Gabriel David Onoja, in his address called on Nigerians especially, the clergy, to pray for the peace, unity, development of Nigeria especially against the economic security situation of the country.

He said that with the building and commissioning of the 600-seat capacity Inele-Ugoh UEC church, a mosque in Kogi Central alongside his various humanitarian gestures across the state, his heart desire to address socio-economic and religious challenges of the people were being achieved.

“As a young boy who passed through well-defined and sophisticated suffering and First-class hunger growing up, I know what it means to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisioners, provide for the widows, orphans and the poorest of the poor among us.

“To be there for the weak and rejected persons in the society is a task I am committed to as long as I live on this Earth.

“The major push factor for crimes and criminalities by our youths is idleness. When a productive mind is indolent, it becomes fertile for destructive activities”, he said

Onoja noted that the Foundation had over a few months back engaged over 1,000 youths directly or indirectly in artisanal mining activities in various Mining sites across Kogi state.

The foundation President said hinted that over 500 would be engaged in vocational training programmes in the next phase of enrollment appealed to Governor Bello for the state government to intervene.

He appealed to the state government to assist in the provision of Mining equipment like tractors, pay loaders, trailers among others to enable engagement of more youths in Mining sites.

In his goodwill message, leadership of the United Evangelical Church (UEC), Rev. Dr Samuel Ebukiba represented by Rev. Akor Abraham, Chairman, Northern States Area Conference, commended Onoja and family for adhering to God’s instructions to build the church.

Ebukiba however appealed to other well-meaning wealthy and rich Nigerians to emulate Amb. Onoja as a model in humanitarian interventions for poverty alleviations, care for the aged, orphans and widows.

In his exhortation titled: “Because You Have Done This”, Very Reverend Anthony Okoliko, Director of Social Communications, Idah Catholic Diocese said the shortest route to God’s heart was Charity.

He said that every action had commensurate or equal response adding that it would be ecologically erroneous not to sow and expect to harvest saying that whatever we have is for the purpose of impacting others. I am because you are.”

Co-founder of Enemona Josh Humanitarian Foundation, Apostle Yahousha Burrel, from USA said he was sent to Nigeria on prophetic instruction adding, “I stand here today with representatives from Jamaica, USA and UK.

“And the instruction is being fulfilled today through the Foundation spreading the gospel and giving hope to the hopeless”, he said.

The Nigerian Pilot reports that the commissioning was preceded by a dinner night on Friday at Anyigba for foreign partners and Co-founders of the foundation

The foreign partners include 87-year-old Briton, Merlyn Borotha Johnson from United Kingdom; Apostle Yahousha Burrel, USA and Tanya Burrel, Jamaica, who commended the determination of Onoja to advance the frontiers of the Kingdom of God in Nigeria through philanthrophy.

Highlights of the commissioning ceremony was the special rendition of songs by famous gospel singers, Dr Elijah Abalaka, Sis. Abigael Omonu, UEC Choir and Choristers from Prince Abubakar Audu University, Anyigba. (Ends)

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Eid El Fitri: Akpabio celebrates with Muslims, Urges prayers for peace, unity




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President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has sent out a message of congratulations to Muslims in Nigeria for the successful end of 30 days Ramadan fast.

He also wished them all the blessings as they celebrate the feast of Eid El Fitri.

Akpabio’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh.

“On behalf of my family, the people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District and indeed the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I heartily rejoice with all the Muslims in Nigeria as they join their counterparts in other parts of the world to celebrate Eid El Fitri.

“I wish all of you a peaceful and sweet celebration and pray the Almighty God to grant your heart desires”.

The Senate President urged Muslims to continue to offer prayers for peace, unity and prosperity of Nigeria saying, “Islam is a religion of peace and if its adherents go to God in prayer with sincerity, He will surely answer.

“I therefore ask you to pray for your leaders and the peace and unity of our dear country. I believe with your prayers, Nigeria will overcome its current challenges.

“Wherever you find yourselves, radiate the peace that Islam preaches and the love and care for the less privileged that Prophet Muhammad exemplified”

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Senator Echocho felicitates with Muslims at Eid-El-Fitr




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The Senator Representing Kogi East Senatorial District, Isah Jibrin (Echocho), has sent a message of felicitations to Muslim faithful on the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan fast.

Special adviser on Media to the senator, Mikail Ibrahim in a statement quoted the senator to have urged the Muslims to celebrate the Sallah in love, and unity across all communities.

Echocho who described the Ramadan period as being stressful said it is deserving, because it is the only period for spiritual reflection on the need to mortify the flesh in sincere sacrifice and supplications to Allah.

He added that, Ramadan symbolises Allah’s way of teaching humanity on virtuous living, where people keep away from all forms of comfort to appreciate what the less privileged experience and deprivation they suffer daily.
He tasked Muslims to extend the lessons of Ramadan to their daily lives and their relationship with their neighbours.
“Let’s seek peace at all times and promote unity of purpose in our society” the Lawmaker demanded.

He prayed that the celebration may usher in sustainable peace every home, Kogi East Senatorial District, Kogi State and Nigeria at large.

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




Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III
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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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