Sultan of Sokoto announces Monday, September 12th as Eid el-Kabir Day
“The committee in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee had received reports from various Moon sighting committees across the country. The reports confirmed the sighting of the New Moon of Zulhijja,1437 AH, on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016,
which was the 29th day of Zulka’ada, 1437 AH. The Sultan and President, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), accepted the reports and accordingly declared Saturday, Sept. 3, as the first day of Zulhijja, 1437 AH. Therefore, Monday, Sept.12, which will be equivalent to 10th Zulhijja, and will be marked as this year’s Eid el-Kabir”the statement read.
Church of England bishop becomes first cleric to declare he is in a gay relationship
Speaking with the Guardian in an exclusive interview he said: “People know I’m gay, but it’s not the first thing I’d say to anyone. Sexuality is part of who I am, but it’s my ministry that I want to focus on.”
He disclosed that his superiors including the archbishop of Canterbury who is the leader of the Anglican church worldwide knew of his sexuality. “I was myself. Those making the appointment knew about my sexual identity” he said.
Chamberlain said he adhered to church guidelines, under which gay clergy must be celibate and are not permitted to marry. In the appointments process, “We explored what it would mean for me as a bishop to be living within those guidelines,” he said.
In a statement, Welby said: “I am and have been fully aware of Bishop Nick’s long-term, committed relationship. His appointment as bishop of Grantham was made on the basis of his skills and calling to serve the church in the diocese of Lincoln. He lives within the bishops’ guidelines and his sexuality is completely irrelevant to his office.”
Lagos state government says owners of demolished structures in Ikoyi were duly served contravention notices
In a statement issued by the Commissioner, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the Government said it had noted with dismay, the flagrant disobedience of Building Regulations, and has therefore resolved to ensure removal of all structures that are in contravention of the law.
Speaking against the backdrop of recent demolition of some illegal structures in Ikoyi, Ayorinde reiterated Government’s determination to rid the State of Illegal developments saying “In our effort to maintain a sustainable, organized, liveable and friendly environment, the Government will not renege on its declared stance of zero tolerance for structures and properties without development permit or approved building plans.
APC has destroyed Nigeria’s economy – Delta Speaker
Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Monday Igbuya has blamed the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the country’s economic problems.
Accusing the party of mis-managing Nigeria’s economy, he said: “The APC has not fulfilled its promises. It has not solved the social problems, neither has it solved the economic problems. It has destroyed the economy, particularly the nation’s currency.”
“The poor can no longer buy garri, rice and other foodstuff. APC is making a mess of the nation’s situation” he lamented.
Urging Nigerians to reject the APC in 2019, he said, “The APC preaches the gospel of change. Who is deceiving who? As a people, we must face realities squarely and decide what we want.”
He commended Okowa “for doing very well”, adding that “he is a listening governor.
“The dualization of Amukpe- Ajogodo Road is aimed at making Sapele a modern city. Governor Okowa will work on all the roads in Sapele. He will complete the Sapele market and the stadium.
“The PDP government will continue to empower the people of Sapele.”
PDP in a state of comatose – Obasanjo tells Sheriff
Speaking at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State, after a closed door meeting with embattled factional Chairman of PDP, Sen Ali Modu Sheriff, Obasanjo said the party had lost its soul.
Obasanjo, who presided over the affairs of the party for eight years said, “And, as they all want to say now, ‘well, you were once the father of PDP’, I was once the leader, for eight years. I was the leader of PDP but the PDP that I was the leader of is not the PDP of today.
How government jailed my father for not sending me to school – Atiku
Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has disclosed how local authorities in Adamawa State imprisoned his father for refusing to send him to school.
He made the disclosure at the Ford Foundation Special Reunion to mark the 80th Anniversary of Ford Foundation in Lagos.
The former Vice President revealed that like many parents of his generation, his father attempted to stop him from acquiring western education because he needed his help in the farm.
He said, “Although he later relented, my father was put in prison by local authorities for refusing to send me to school. Like many parents of his generation, he needed my help in the farm.
“My encounter with Peace Corps teachers in the 1960s had a profound impact on my life. It helped to instill in me the virtues of hard work, critical thinking, and commitment to excellence.
“The teachers encouraged us to develop a ‘can-do’ spirit and never to despair in order to bring out the best in us to enable us to succeed in life. In my young eyes those Peace Corpers represented excellence. They instilled in me a burning desire to look to a wider horizon to have a global outlook.
“So, my encounter with the Peace Corps changed my life and education is responsible for the modest success I have achieved thus far. Because of the education I received which was paid for by the Northern Regional Government and local authorities, I was able to rise from a small village in Adamawa to the topmost level of the Nigeria Customs Service.
“My exposure to education encouraged me to embrace savings and investment from very early in my career. Upon retirement, I went into business. And when my mentor, the late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, invited some of us to join politics to help restore democracy to our country, I agreed, guided by that same “can-do”spirit. Since then, both in and out of public office, my commitment to democracy has not wavered”.
“The PDP of today, if you can talk of a party again as PDP, its soul has been taken out of it and those who allowed that to happen are, unfortunately, either in the country or out of the country unperturbed about the fate of the party and indeed the fate of the country.
“I have said to my brother (Sheriff), that I wish him well in the dying baby they have put on his laps, because PDP is in comatose and he was of course not in the PDP, he has never been in the PDP until now.”
Police arrests prophetess running brothel in Ogun state
The Ogun State Police Command yesterday paraded some suspects recently arrested.
Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, at the command’s headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, said no fewer than 21 assorted guns, which included three AK 47 rifles, were recovered.
Among the suspects was a 54-year-old woman, Idowu Olupinla, the founder of a white garment, Adura migba Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Ijoko, Ota.
The prophetess was paraded for allegedly running a prostitution ring, using teenagers.
Three of her victims confirmed that she used one of the rooms in her apartment as a brothel, where different men, including male members of the church slept with them.
The Commisioner said one Haruna Saidat aged 16 years and three others lodged complaints against the suspect for using them for prostitution and sending other young girls to neighbouring countries for the same purpose.
Also paraded was a member of a gang of robbers/kidnappers terrorising residents of Oyo, Lagos and Ogun states, Richard Abraham.
Iliyasu assured that all the suspects will be charged to court after investigations.