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Maulid Celebration: Kwara Muslim Council Commends Governor AbdulRazaq



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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Imo State Labour Party Gubernatorial Aspirant Found Dead



Chief Humphrey Anumudu, a Labour Party aspirant in the upcoming Governorship primaries in Imo State, has been found dead in his house.

Fidel Info reports that The aspirant died in his house in Lagos after he had returned from an LP meeting at the party national headquarters in Abuja on Friday.

A native of Mbieri Ancient Kingdom in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state, Anumudu was reportedly found dead in his house in what family sources described as a “spiritual attack.”

As a multi-billionaire businessman cum politician, he has been contesting for the governorship seat of the state since 1998.

He was said to be the true winner of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in the state in 1998 before the ticket was ceded to Achike Udenwa who went on to rule the state between 1999 and 2007.

Since then he had been contesting for the number one seat of the state. In 2019 he was the Zenith Labour party governorship candidate.

A close friend of the deceased said that he died around 5:30 pm on Friday.

The late politician had already paid the sum of 25 million Naira for Labour Party’s Governorship form for the November 11th 2023 Guber contest.

Chief Anumudu, a respected legal luminary and an astute politician was also the Chief Executive Officer of Globe Motors.

He contested for the Governorship election in the past under the All Progressives Grand Alliance.

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INEC Vows To Prosecute Perpetrators Of Violence In 2023 Elections



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to prosecute perpetrators of electoral violence in the just-concluded 2023 general elections.

Fidel Info reports that The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated this on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Oyekanmi said the prosecution of electoral offenders and their sponsors will curb the prevalence of violence in the nation’s elections.

He also called for the need for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal to prosecute such offenders and their sponsors.

The INEC boss spokesman noted that if the new commission was established, electoral offenders and their sponsors would reconsider their actions.

Oyekanmi, however, said the Commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched.

He said, “Electoral violence should not be tolerated. That is why the commission has been calling for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal, specifically to try cases related to infractions associated with elections.

“In fact, stakeholders have also been calling for this tribunal for many years, especially after the 2011 general elections. I believe strongly that if perpetrators of electoral violence and their sponsors know that they will give account for their misdeeds, they will think twice.”

“The commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched. We need to change this.”

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JUST IN: CBN Orders Banks To Circulate Cash This Weekend



As part of a coordinated effort to facilitate the circulation of banknotes of various denominations, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has confirmed the evacuation of banknotes from its vaults to commercial banks throughout the nation.

Fidel Info reports that Also, the CBN has ordered all commercial banks to be open on Saturdays and Sundays. (more…)

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