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Maulid Celebration: Kwara Muslim Council Commends Governor AbdulRazaq

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated the Muslim community on the birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhmmad, urging faithful to emulate the great examples and legacies of the prophet.

Addressing a large gathering Muslim community in Ilorin, the state capital, the Governor called on faithful to rededicate themselves to the commandments of Allah, including shunning all kinds of mischief which might disrupt public peace and human brotherhood.

The annual Maulid celebration was organised by the Kwara State Muslim Council under the chairmanship of the Emir of Ilorin Dr. Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari.

“I join the Muslim community to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Muhammad. I pray Allah to continue his blessings on the Prophet, his households, his companions, and all of us,” the Governor said.

“History has not known a greater figure than this noble Prophet. His excellent character, his unique message, and the reach of that message are what stand him out.

“On this anniversary of his birth, our message to Kwarans is to be the best ambassadors of the Prophet and his great legacies.

“On this day and always, I urge all of us to reflect on the Words of Allah which say: ‘And guard against the mischief that will not only bring punishment to the wrong-doers among you. Know well that Allah is severe in punishment.’

“We face different challenges today. Let us examine our roles in the recent flooding incidents in our community, the evil of kidnappings, and drug abuse, among others.

“As parents, guardians, and leaders in our own rights, let us examine what roles we play to tackle these serious challenges. May God ease our affairs.

“Distinguished brothers and sisters, and our leaders, I assure you that our administration will continue to do its best within available resources to serve you in fairness.

“Once again, I congratulate the Muslim community on the anniversary of the birth of the Prophet.”

The Governor refunded the registration fees to all the Arabic schools that participated in the colourful march-pasts, among other supports.

The event was attended by various dignitaries, including the representative of Emir of Ilorin and Balogun Gambari Ilorin Alhaji Aliyu Adebayo; Chief Imam of Ilorin Sheikh Bashir Soliu and other Imams and Emirate Chiefs; Grand Mufti of Ilorin Sheikh Suleiman Faruq Onikijipa; Khalifatul Adabiy Sheikh Abdulqodir Muhammad Kamaldeen; Prof. Hamzat Abdulrareem; Prof. Yusuf Lanre Badmus; among other dignitaries.

The programme also featured march-pasts and colourful display by students from different Arabic schools.

Chairman, Kwara State Muslim Council, Justice Soliu Muhammed, appreciated Almighty Allah for the gift of life and His mercies upon the Muslim community and Nigeria.

He commended the Governor for always attending and supporting the Muslim community, including the Muslim Council.

Grand Kadi, Kwara State Shariah Court of Appeal, Justice Abdullateef Kamaldeen Al-adaby, said in his keynote address that the society can achieve more success, salvation, peace and tranquility if people follow the footprints of the Messenger of Allah.

Represented by Hon. Justice Moshood Oniye, the Grand Kadi commended the efforts of the Federal and State governments in the fights against corruption, insecurity and hunger in the land, saying a lot more can be done to achieve greater results.

Justice Oladimeji Ahmad Sayi, for his part, urged young people to recommit themselves to national unity and moral rectitude.

He urged governments, especially the National Orientation Agency, to intensify campaigns about value reorientation among young persons on their civic duties to make the country a better place.

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“O su wa”: A Symptom That Kwara PDP Is undergoing Political Depression- Soliu Mohammed

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The adoption of “O su wa” as campaign slogan by the Kwara State PDP is unarguably a symptom that they are going through what is  called Political Depression, a recent topic that is gaining global interests among political scientists and clinical psychologists.

O sun mi (singular) meaning I’m “fed up” O sun wa (plural) “we are fed up” a term commonly expressed out of frustration due to successive failures of attempts at a particular endeavour or when life is generally perceived to be hopelessly unfavourable to an individual or group; a symptom indicating such an individual or group is undergoing or prone to depression. So if Kwara PDP chose to adopt such a slogan too, it means they are exhibiting a symptom of depression or Political Depression in this case.

Simply put, Depression is a state of mind producing serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future.

By extension, Political Depression involves thinking and feeling like we no longer have control over our destiny. Dr. Robert Lusson in his article on Political Depression says: “Political depression may be partially driven by the fear that one may be materially harmed or socially excluded by conditions beyond one’s control.” Political Depression is an “…intense feelings of helplessness, grief and anxiety which occurs due to distressing social and political events.”

These brief definitions of Political Depression above simply encapsulate and point directly to the current psychological reality the members of Kwara State PDP are going through.

“Depression is a state of mind producing serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future.” This is not far from the current situation of Kwara PDP, because their “enjoyment of life has been lowered” due to their inaccessibility to Kwara State fund which has been their cash cow for all manners of luxury life they lived. Hence their lack of enjoyment has created a fear in them and impaired their vision of living a “happy future”, a fear that the APC Abdurahman Abdulrazaq will rule the state in the next four years God willing, thereby dashing away the hope of PDP living a happy life anytime soon.

Dr. Lusson further posits that Political Depression “may be partially driven by the fear that one may be materially harmed or socially excluded by conditions beyond one’s control.” Of course, there’s no doubt that the Kwara PDP led by Bukola Saraki to the last members are gripped by the fear that they may be materially endangered and socially excluded from schemes  of things in the state because they no longer control the political power both at the national and the state level.

Political Depression is an “…intense feelings of helplessness, grief and anxiety which occurs due to distressing social and political events.” Obviously there are many political events capable enough to cause intense feelings of helplessness, grief and anxiety for Bukola Saraki and the Kwara PDP…

From losing the 2019 PDP primary to Atiku after coming a distance third with 317 votes, coupled with the “O to ge” political revolution that dismantled the Saraki dynasty, marking the beginning of the diminishing sociopolitical relevance of Bukola both at the national and state level, to also of recent, all the manipulative efforts by Bukola Saraki to secure the PDP 2023 Presidential ticket and later to be the DG of Atiku Abubakar all hit brick wall, which compounded Bukolas’s political predicaments.

Therefore, these series of political events are bad enough to create frustration, helplessness and hopelessness for the PDP Leader in the state and his followers, hence the reason for adopting “O su wa” as a campaign slogan, a symptom that they are battling with some psychological deficiency, because it is only a political party who’s membership have mental case will say “O su wa” (they are fed up) with the ongoing unprecedented development of Kwara State by Mallam Abdurahman Abdulrazaq.

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FG Has Recovered Over N120B From Crime Proceeds

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Since the Bill on Proceeds of Crime Recovery Management was signed into law earlier this year by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian government claims to have recovered at least N120 billion as proceeds from criminal financial transactions.

Fidel Info reports that In Abuja on Wednesday, when the Environment Minister delivered the ministry’s scorecard for the Buhari administration, the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the revelation during a press conference.

Mohammed said, “I have an update on the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Act (POCA), 2022. In line with the new law, all relevant government agencies have now opened ‘A confiscated and Forfeiture Properties Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). 

“I can confirm that the Federal Government has realized over 120 billion Naira, among other currencies, from POCA.

“This money will be used to fund the completion of ongoing critical infrastructure projects in the country like the Second Niger Bridge as well as the Lagos-Ibadan and Abuja-Kano Expressways. We will continue to update you on this,” the Information Minister said.

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Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia Reinstated As Federal High Court Judge

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The National Judicial Council, NJC, has reinstated Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia as a judge of the Federal High Court.

Fidel Info reports that the legal body based its decision on a court judgement that quashed a 15-count money laundering charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against the embattled judge.

It will be recalled that the NJC had okayed Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s prosecution, following  a petition dated December 28, 2017, which accused her of engaging in various acts considered to be in breach of the Code of Conduct of Judicial Officers.

Based on recommendation by the Council, President Muhammadu Buhari, on November 7, 2018, in the exercise of his constitutional power under Section 292 (1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, dismissed Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia as a judge of the Federal High Court.

However, owing to an application by Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, the trial high court, in a ruling it delivered on November 19, 2021, discharged the defendant of the charge against her.

The court placed reliance on a judgement that was delivered on November 28, 2019, in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/638/2018, which quashed the NJC report that indicted the defendant.

Sequel to the court judgement, the NJC, at the end of a meeting it held on December 1, okayed the reinstatement of Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia to the bench, a directive that has been complied with by the Chief Judge of the High Court, Justice John Tsoho.

Justice Tsoho, in a circular that was sighted by Vanguard, said Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s reinstatement was with immediate effect.

The circular, dated December 5, read: “Your Lordships are by this Circular letter notified that at the Meeting of the National Judicial Council held on the 1st of December, 2022, the Council reinstated the Hon. Justice R. N. Ofili-Ajumogobia as a Judicial Officer.

 “The reinstatement takes instant effect and there shall be consequential posting.”

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