Ejike did not only win a gold medal but did so in an astonishing manner, shattering the Paralympic and World Record three successive times to dominate the women’s -61kg event in Power lifting.
The lessons of the Eid are piety and sacrifice and, my dear brothers and sisters, you have exhibited these in equal measure.
The present recession is as a result of cumulative effects of worldwide economic downturn and failure in the past to plan and save for difficult times. It is impossible to separate the present from the past to appreciate the extent to which mistakes of the past are affecting everyday life today..
I assure you that this administration is working round the clock to remove the hardships the country is going through. Rail and road constructions, projects in the housing sector, support for farmers and for small and medium scale industries, youth and women’s empowerment programmes, support for revival of industries are all designed to reinvigorate the economy and enhance living standards of ordinary people.
We are getting security right. We are stopping corruption in its tracks and we will get the economy right by the Grace of God.
I enjoin Muslims to live by the dictates of Islam, to keep good relationships with their Christian brothers and sisters and as patriots to maintain the spirit of the Nigerian nation.
I wish everyone happy holidays.
Shettima’s wife donates 100 rams to Borno widows, teachers
……and Sokoto buys N11m cows for orphans
Sokoto State Government has disbursed N11m for the purchase of cows for the provision of meat to 4,205 orphans on the Eid El-Kabir Day.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Chairman of the State Zakkat and Endowment Committee, Alhaji Lawal Maidoki, on Saturday said, “N130,000 was given to each of the 85 districts in the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
“Each of the districts will buy a cow, slaughter it and distribute it to 50 orphans each. The gesture is aimed at providing a sense of belonging to the orphans during the Sallah festivities.”
The chairman averred that the committee has taken measures to ensure the judicious utilisation of the funds.
Maidoki further promised that the committee will monitor the distribution of the meat to ensure that all the targeted children were adequately covered.
He also appealed to the district heads to ensure equitable distribution of the meat from their end.
Benue Police recover 100 cows allegedly hustled by wanted militia leader
Rivers teachers to shut schools over seven months unpaid salaries
Teachers in Rivers State have threatened to shut down schools over their unpaid seven months salaries.
The Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, Rivers State Wing, disclosed this in a communiqué after its State Executive Council meeting, weekend.
In a statement, the state Chairman of NUT, Mr. Nkpogone Dumnataah and the Secretary, Dr. Okechukwu Nwachukwu, said the union resolved that it would call out its members from the classrooms if they were not paid 24 days after resumption.
The body urged its members to resume academic activities as the session begins on Wednesday, but vowed to lay down tools if the government fails to meet their demand for the payment of their salary arrears.
The statement said: “After due consideration, the trust the union has in the government of Rivers State and in the interest of our younger generations, the union, hereby, urges all teachers to resume school by September 14, 2016.
“The state government should, as much as possible, clear the backlog of salaries from February to August owed teachers of Rivers State. If the backlogs of salaries owed are not cleared between now and October 8, 2016, the union will have no option than to call out teachers from the classrooms to avoid imminent danger of a teacher slumping in the presence of his or her students or pupils.”
The teachers’ union also called on the state government to revisit the promotion of teachers in the state which, according to it, has been long overdue.
Man kills wife’s lover, disappears
Police in Delta State are on the trail of a man, Ochuko Ajekpemevor, who stabbed one Robinson Ituke to death at Ugborikoko, Uvwie Local Government Area of the state, Saturday, for allegedly sleeping with his wife, Rose.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command, Celestina Kalu, in a statement yesterday, confirmed that “one Clement Ituke of 8, Udoko Street, Ugborikoko, reported that at 4p.m., one Ochuko Ajekpemevor and his wife, Rose, came into his house and her husband, Ochuko, brought out a knife and stabbed his son on the chest and ran away.
“The victim was immediately rushed to Inland Hospital Ugborikoko, where he gave up the ghost. Meanwhile, detectives visited the scene, photographs were taken and the corpse deposited at Warri Central Hospital’s morgue for autopsy, while effort is ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspect.”
A resident in the area told Vanguard that Ochuko, the suspected killer, was enraged by his wife, Rose’s alleged confession that her affair with the late Robinson, which started before Ochuko married her, was still on after their marriage.
“Ochuko was said to have warned Robinson to stay away from Rose, but last Saturday the situation got out of hand when Ochuko, after torturing his wife, forced her to take him to Robinson’s home at Ugborikoko.
“Ochuko drove the wife in his car from his Emebiren Street, Warri residence and headed for Robinson’s place.
“In the presence of Robinson’s father, Ochuko pulled out a knife from his trousers and stabbed Robinson repeatedly on the chest before disappearing. The victim died afterwards.”
Relatives and angry neighbours of the victim, who rushed to the assailant’s house, destroyed his property, while police arrested his wife, who was still at the Ugborikoko Divisional Police Office at press time.
Hoodlums attack Jimoh Ibrahim’s campaign office in Akure
The campaign office of a factional gubernatorial candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 26 Governorship election in Ondo State, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim (CFR), was on Saturday night, attacked and vandalized by unknown hoodlums in Akure, the state capital.
The newly renovated building is located along the busy Oyemekun road, in Akure.
An eyewitness account disclosed that some gunmen allegedly stormed the building at about 8:30 pm in a Toyota Bus branded with Eyitayo Jegede posters, went on rampage, destroyed and vandalised the newly installed PDP flags, the Nigeria National flag and the big billboard mounted on the top floor of the building.
While conducting newsmen around the building on Sunday, the Director of Media and Publicity of PDP in the state, Yemi Akintomide, described the act as barbaric, destructive and a very dangerous way of playing politics.
Akintomide said 18 poles with PDP flags, representing each of the eighteen council areas of the state and a Nigeria National coloured flag, just installed on Saturday morning, at the frontage of the campaign office by a governorship aspirant of the party, Bamiduro Dada, were all destroyed by the political thugs.
He said the hoodlums also pulled down and vandalised the campaign billboard of Ibrahim mounted on top of the storey-building.
He, however, said nobody was attacked as the perpetrators of the dastardly act came in the night after occupants of the office had left and the structure was under lock and key.
Akintomide urged stakeholders in the state, including political leaders, traditional rulers, youths, artisans, women and students to condemn this dangerous act “to forestall future occurrence of such action before, during and after the governorship election.”
“We are calling on our security agencies to come to our aide by fortifying security around the party secretariat and the campaign office, and all the people that will be visiting these buildings as the campaign hots up.
“We’re aware of the evil plans of the other faction of the PDP in the state as we go into the campaign proper; but we at the Prince Biyi Poroye led PDP in the state have been preaching peace and non-violence, leaving the court to do justice to the cases before it, while we continue politicking and preparing for the election.
“We condemn in it totality, this destructive attitude of our fellow party men at the other end, as we believe, as PDP members, we should jointly canvass for votes and mobilise our members towards achieving victory for our party in the coming poll, while the internal crisis can be amicably and lawfully resolved thereafter”, he added.