It was excitement galore penultimate weekend when members of Lagos Assembly led by the Speaker Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa honored one of their own and a popular Politician in Mushin, Hon Sobur Olayiwo;a Olawale who was decorated gracefully by the Muslim community in Mushin area of Lagos State. The amiable Honorable member of the Lagos Assembly who represent Mushin was bestowed with the Islamic honor of Saraki Adinni of Mushin Land.
Expect a frenzy atmosphere this weekend, Saturday 9th December 2017 in Mushin, Lagos as two prominent Politicians in the popular area currently representing the town at State and Federal level respectively will be honored by the Muslim community for their leadership roles and contribution to the cause of Islam propagation in the community.
The event is the official Turbaning ceremony of Federal Lawmaker, Hon Bolaji Yusuf Ayinla [BYA] representing Mushin Federal Constituency in the House of Representative as Alatileyin Adinni of Mushin Land. While, his counterpart who currently represent Mushin at the Lagos House of Assembly, Hon Sobur Olawale Olayiwola fondly called [Omititi] will be decorated with the honor Saraki Adinni of Mushin Land by the Mushin Central Mosque.
The ceremony which will witness lots of Politicians both within and outside the state as well as notable Islamic religion leaders will also be Chaired by a Popular Politician in the area who incidentally is also the Baba Adinni of Mushin Land, Sen. Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon [GOS]. Slated to hold inside the Mushin Central Mosque, notable elders and leaders in Mushin town will all be on ground led by HRM, Olu of Mushin Land Oba Fatai Aileru, HRM, Olu of Afowowa Land, Ogun State, Oba Muftau Olatunji Hamzat, Alhaja Rashidat Ajileye, Hon Emmanuel Bamgboye, Executive Chairman Mushin Local Government among many others under the spiritual leadership of Fadilat Sheik Sulaiman Opeyemi Bukhari Olanijo, The Chief Imam of Mushin Land.
The Nasrul-lahi-li Fathi Society (NASFAT) of Nigeria on Thursday commended Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode for displaying high level of religious tolerance ever since assuming the mantle of leadership two and half years ago, saying that the development had brought about peace and harmony among all the religious bodies in the State.
National President of NASFAT, Alhaji Kamil Abayomi Abolarinwa, who said this when he led the national leadership of the body on a courtesy visit to Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, also lauded Governor Ambode for the massive infrastructural projects across the State in the last two and half years.
He said the numerous projects already implemented and ongoing were positively touching lives of residents of the State.
While commending Governor Ambode for the religious harmony in the State, Abolarinwa said: “We specifically appreciate your religious tolerance. You (Ambode) are a Christian but you conduct yourself as a human being and you relate with every religion with tolerance. May almighty Allah (SWT) continue to protect you and guide you right.”
Alluding to the various infrastructural projects across the State, the NASFAT leader said: “We are here not only to say good morning but to say thank you. We know you are doing well. Incidentally, yesterday, November 29, marked the 30th month Governor Ambode got to the saddle of governance in Lagos State and we want to commend you for good governance and infrastructure development in the State.
“There are too many projects to allude to but everybody who had lived in Lagos in the past and who have lived in Lagos in the last two and half years, will likely pass through Ojota and will not know they have passed through Ojota and when they are going towards Lagos-Shagamu expressway, they will pass through Berger and will not know they have passed the Berger Junction.
“Also, journey to Ota from Agege and Iyana Ipaja through Abule Egba has been made easy with the perennial traffic gone. All these touches the lives of every citizen of Lagos State and when you reduce the manhour you spend in traffic, then your life has suddenly become better for it.
Besides, Abolarinwa congratulated the Governor for the awards won by the State Government at the 2017 Hajj exercise largely due to his support, saying out of eight awards up for grabs, Lagos won seven including the Best State in Hajj performance.
He, however, solicited for the continuous support and partnership of the State Government with NASFAT for the development of Muslim ummah in the State.
Responding, Governor Ambode commended religious bodies in the State for exhibiting tolerance for each other, saying the peaceful atmosphere had made the economy of the State to continue to thrive.
He said: Yes, it has been two and half years that we came here but it has been two and half years of religious harmony and tolerance. There is no way I would have done it without your intrinsic support. Yes, it is not visible but it is the most tangible part of the progress that we have made because without religious harmony and tolerance, there can’t be a platform for us to do any infrastructure or the things we are doing and so I just want to thank you.
“Sometimes you find in different cities civil strife, religious strife but in Lagos there has never been anything like that and I want to thank you for the peaceful atmosphere in Lagos. Today, economy of Lagos has improved; the security of Lagos has improved but again it is for the people who are able to go about their daily callings and able to go about the things they do that these things are benefiting.”
Also, in his Eid-El-Maulud message, Governor Ambode called on Muslims to continue to offer prayers for greater peace, unity and continuous progress of Nigeria.
The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, particularly enjoined Muslims to follow the exemplary leadership of the Holy Prophet by promoting peaceful co-existence and uphold his legacies of unity, integrity and love for one’s neighbour.
While imploring Nigerians to shun ethnic, political and religious differences and work towards building a safer and better Nigeria, Governor Ambode said the celebration of the birth of the Prophet should renew the faith and bond of unity as one people and one nation irrespective of diversity.
“I want to seize this occasion to urge all Nigerians to commit themselves to making a greater effort to imbibe these qualities and values as they celebrate the Prophet’s birth.
“Let me therefore on behalf of all the good people of Lagos State wish our Muslim brothers and sisters a happy Eid-El-Maulud celebration,” Governor Ambode said.
The leading presidential candidate in Liberia and footballing legend, George Weah, on Sunday attended a Church service in Lagos, Nigeria to “seek God’s face” for his nation. Weah was at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Ikotun, Lagos, Nigeria, led by Pastor T.B. Joshua. During his sermon, which was broadcast live on popular Christian channel, Emmanuel TV, Joshua warmly welcomed Weah and spoke directly to him. He said: “My brother is here today because he loves his country and wants God’s choice for his country. “He is not here to impose himself. What does God say about his country, Liberia? What is God’s opinion? That is why he is here.” The cleric went further to reiterate that he was not favouring any particular side of the political spectrum but his own role was to pray for “the will of God” to be done in the nation of Liberia. “We are not herbalists or witch-doctors; we are people of God. God’s choice is our choice. We cannot pray against God’s will,” Joshua stressed, with Weah nodding firmly in agreement. “Without God’s corresponding power, we cannot pray to Him. For every step we take – every movement and action – intimation comes first,” Joshua further expounded. “There must be suggestion from the Spirit to move before we move. If truly I am a man of God, I must hear from God – move or don’t move.” Joshua, who is known for political neutrality, noted that Liberia’s incumbent Vice President and Weah’s contender in the upcoming presidential run-off, Joseph Boakai, had also contacted him to request a meeting. “God’s opinion is what we should seek in our country – simple! God is the Answer, the Final,” the influential Nigerian pastor added. Also present in the service was Senator Yormie Johnson, a former Liberian war lord and also one of the nation’s prominent presidential candidates. Joshua was instrumental in Johnson’s conversion to Christianity and mediated his reconciliation with the family of the late Liberian President, Samuel Doe. “You cannot twist or bribe God; He is not a man… The best place to go is to meet people God has given the grace to be a communicator between visible and invisible,” Joshua concluded. “Meet them and let them tell you what is the way out – the next thing to do.” The presidential run-off elections between Weah and Boakai is scheduled to hold on November 7, 2017. Other prominent visitors to The SCOAN in the past have included Tanzania’s President, John Magufuli; the late President of Ghana, John Atta Mills; Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangarai and Julius Malema, South Africa’s fiery opposition leader.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Kingdom Summit 2017 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God blamed Churches for not speaking against corruption.
Osinbajo, who was at the Kings Court Parish, Victoria Island, Lagos on Sunday, remarked that corruption in the country still existed because the church had failed to speak against.
He said: “They failed to speak against graft simply because those involved in graft had relationships with them.”
Osinbajo also urged Christians against putting tribe above other things.
He said at creation, there was no difference in the nature of man and everyone related in an atmosphere devoid of tribe or other differences.
He said: “The canal nature of man is that he places his tribe above others but the only basis for the power and unity of the church is that there is no Jew or Gentile.”
Osinbajo also advised the faithful to avoid divisive issues as much as they did to foolish disputes.
Osinbajo added that it was wrong to seek vengeance as the gospel did not give Christians the power to habour hatred.
According to him, when the disciple, Stephen, was killed, if the Apostles had retaliated, there would not have been the gospel.
He said: “The gospel of the Lord says you must overcome evil with good.”
He said God had a purpose for Nigeria with the kind of persons in authority.
Osinbajo warned that the strategic position God had placed the leaders would be meaningless if they failed to live by the gospel.He said: “I am so pleased and happy and I believe that the Almighty God has a plan for our nation by putting us in strategic positions in politics, business and everywhere.
“But the strategic positions He has placed us will have no effect unless we are prepared to live by the gospel.
“There is no wisdom of man that can change men or change nations; it is the power and wisdom of God that can.”
The vice president, who titled his remark: “Neither Jew, nor Gentile,” noted that the gospel of the Lord was transformational, meant to turn the market place around by uniting God’s people.
According to him, the only way to transform the nation is to obey the gospel and to do so that citizens must free themselves from the canal and simply return to the gospel in their practices.
Osinbajo noted that sometimes people thought that God did not achieve His purpose in man because God’s gospel contradicted the purpose of man.
He said many times, Christians interpreted the gospel to suit their purposes, which explained why it was easy for them to pray against their enemies that prayed for them.
He said: “This canal nature cannot save us; we are completely different from God because the gospel is not a canal word.”
The vice president pointed out that the Bible was not just a book but the wisdom of God, which could not be trampled upon.
Osinbajo noted that the power of the church lay in its unity.
He traced the history of creation where God made man in His own image, and that man fell apart because of sin, but salvation still came when Christ was born.
Osinbajo prayed for the country and the people and asked God to grant Nigerians faithfulness to Him and give everyone the grace to avoid every form of disunity
It was an experience never to be forgotten for people of Limbe, Republic of Cameroon as the servant of God who is the President of the Omega Fire Ministries worldwide (OFM), Apostle (Prof.) Johnson Suleman, held a three-day healing conference in the township. It was the country’s edition of OFM’s ‘Help From Above’ crusade being hosted to restore souls across the world and second visit since August 2015 when the man of God held the ‘The Invasion 2015’ at the Douala Sports Stadium, Douala, Cameroon.
This year’s programme impacted Cameroon as a nation and her citizens also in a most remarkable way as words from the mouth of the ‘Oracle of God’ came forth with fire from above forcing several souls to be delivered from the bondage of oppression. There were testimonies of deliverance from various ailments as high blood pressure, diabetes, abdominal pains, and arthritis, with evidence from medical experts.
The Cameroon’s ‘Help From Above’ which was started on Tuesday, August 1st and ran through Wednesday 2nd and Thursday, August 3rd 2017, witnessed the largest ever gathering in the history of the republic of Cameroon, as about 40,000 participants attended the first two days of the 3-day restorative gathering at the Omnisports Stadium, Limbe.
Despite the heavy downpour that greeted the sessions, the Limbe people were not deterred in their resolve to have salvation and be fed with the first priority which is The Word.
People travelled down from the US, Congo DR, Nigeria, France and the UK for blessing at the crusade where the lame, about 80 in number, dropped their walking aids as Apostle Suleman prayed for them. Also, the blind had their sights restored, the deaf and dumb spoke, and the paralyzed walked, to the glory of God.
The ‘Restoration Apostle’ also used the opportunity of the conference to pray for peace and development in Cameroon with the symbolic image of the country’s national flag.
The Muslim Rights Concern has warned some of the country’s retired military Generals who are part of the National Christian Elders Forum not to think they can intimidate Muslims. The position of MURIC was contained in a statement signed by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, on Monday, which was premised on the alarm raised by NCEF that the country was being Islamised. MURIC said using retired General to issue a statement on the platform of the NCEF was an attempt to intimidate the country’s Muslim population. It also said the umbrella body of Christians in the country, the Christian Association of Nigeria, was in the habit of using such platforms to issue statements when it has committed a blunder. The statement by MURIC reads in full: Some retired military generals and Christian elders under the aegis of the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) declared on Thursday in Abuja that Nigeria was being Islamised. The retired generals included Theophilus Danjuma, Joshua Dogonyaro and Zamani Lekwot while Elder Solomon Asemota, Elder Moses Ihonde, Elder Shyngle Wigwe and Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife were among the elders. The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) totally rejects this allegation. It is false, baseless, deceptive, malicious and provocative. Using Christian and Islamic studies (CRK and IRK) which are in the current school curriculum as a launching pad for its tirades on Muslims in the country stands logic on its head because both Christian and Muslim leaders asked the Federal Government under ex-President Jonathan to make the two subjects compulsory for students who belong to their respective faiths. However, we are not surprised at this latest development because Christian leaders are simply behaving to type. They have always been shouting wolves where there is none. Warnings against the ‘Islamisation’ of Nigeria is now an old song and nobody is interested any longer. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and its attack megaphones like NCEF are adept at subterfuge and their false alarms usually come after they might have committed an evil act. It is diversionary tactics. Come to think of it. Why is the new false alarm coming just after the bloody massacre of an entire Fulani Muslim population in Taraba State? NCEF feels frustrated that its plot to Christianise Muslim children by using the old deceptive curriculum failed when government introduced a policy which grants religious freedom to all. What is wrong if government makes Christian Religious Knowledge compulsory for Christian students while Islamic Religious Knowledge is also made compulsory for Muslim students? How on earth does that translate to Islamising Nigeria? NCEF is shouting blue murder because CAN’s plot of catching Muslim children as ‘fishes’ through a deceptive curriculum has been floored. It is a cardinal dogma of CAN that any child who lacks Christian moral training must end up as a social outcast and a burden on society. They therefore seek to compel Muslim children to take CRK and deny them the chance to study IRK. There is no gainsaying the fact that researchers have long agreed that the colonial master and later its ‘beloved son’ (CAN) used Western education as a tool of forceful conversion of Muslim children. We must also call the attention of the Federal and State ministries of education to another grand plot of CAN which has been in operation for long. Teachers of IRK are being cleverly diverted to teach other subjects. Senior officials in the Ministry of Education who are Christians are made to compromise their positions. They conspire with CAN to neutralize teachers trained for IRK. These teachers are not allowed to teach IRK when employed. They are threatened with dismissal and offered alternative subjects to secure their source of daily bread. Thus CAN creates scarcity of IRK teachers by diverting experts in the field to other subjects. On the other hand, Christian graduates of any subject under the sky are given juicy offers to drop their core areas to teach CRK. This is how our cunny neighbours who are now alleging Islamisation create scarcity by diversion for IRK but ensure proliferation by the same diversion for CRK parri passu. Our claims are verifiable and we charge the Federal Ministry of Education in particular and the state ministries of education in the South West to launch an investigation into this. Many graduates of Islamic Studies who have been forcefully diverted to teach other subjects are ready to come forward. Those clamouring for restructuring have something interesting here. CAN has created a rot in the ministries of education all over the country and restructuring must start from there. Besides, what is this idea of using former military generals to intimidate the country in an issue involving religion? When last did Muslims use their own generals to make noise? Must we flex military muscle over a civil matter? Why the emphasis on a statement “issued by retired military generals and Christian leaders”? Are the generals there to represent the Nigerian Army? To make what point? Who did this to CAN? The reference to war by the group is an admission that they are already making secret plans to wage war on Muslims. It must also be noted that the names of the army generals involved have been linked with one crisis or another in the past and this is the danger. Otherwise why the assemblage of Christian war veterans in the form of army generals and why the need for the emphasis on the military elements in the group? Why do Christian leaders always mobilize their army generals? This attitude is suggestive of subtle intimidation and coercion. Is there any connection between this surreptitious union and the South African money-for-arms scandal which involved an aircraft belonging to Ayo Oritsejafor, former CAN president? Also, can any sane mind rationalize the involvement of Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife in this group? How does he fit in for crying out loud? So how Northern is the Northern Christian Elders Forum? We declare clearly, categorically and unequivocally that Nigerian Muslims are not in any way moved by this subtle threat. Who is afraid of the Northern Christian Elders Forum? Count Nigerian Muslims out. We get the message but we dismiss it as the usual ranting of incorrigibly belligerent neighbours. Our avowed role in this country as tutored by our leaders is to work for peace, to pray for progress and to search for the stability of the Nigerian nation. Instead of utilizing precious times on hard work that will put bread on the tables of Nigerians, CAN leadership has misled Nigerian Christians into superfluous religiousity, leading to a situation where a large proportion of the Nigerian population spends 17 hours daily searching for an ever elusive and perpetually fictitious miracle. Every Christian civil servant or businessman in Nigeria today is being indoctrinated and made to believe that not only must he become a pastor, he must also own a church, a situation which has led to unbearable noise pollution as churches spring up in the most unlikely places: tiny 2 x 2 shops with huge signboards and gargantuan loud speakers. Yet morality continues to sink to a very low ebb. MURIC charges the Nigerian military to caution its retired Christian generals. They must desist from brandishing their expired medals in our faces. Something has gone terribly wrong with their pre-retirement briefings. We appeal to CAN to allow Nigerians to work together as compatriots and without religious bias. Only thus can we forge a truly genuine nation where rewards for citizens are based on potentials and performance rather than affiliation to a church, a mosque or a tribe. Allow merit to be the deciding factor.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has enjoined the adherents of the two major religions in Nigeria to imbibe the spirit of harmony and tolerance in order to strengthen the bond of unity across the country.
The Minister made the call in his hometown of Oro, Kwara State, on Saturday at the 10th Lai Mohammed Ramadan Lecture Series.
"God has a purpose for making us (Nigeria) one and we shall remain united, despite our differences
"We have been living together peacefully and we will continue to live together peacefully. We have a lot to gain by being united," he said.
Alhaji Mohammed advised Nigerians to borrow a leaf from the people of Oro whom, despite their religious differences, have been co-existing peacefully, saying he has even held four editions of the annual lecture on the grounds of a Catholic school in the town.
The Minister warned those who are fanning the embers of discord through divisive and hate speeches, noting that war is an ill-wind that blows nobody any good.
"Like people say, wars are not really started by bullets, they are started by words of mouth. If there is war today, none of us will escape whether you are young or old, whether you are Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa," he said.
Alhaji Mohammed cited an example of Rwanda, where hate speech fuelled the genocide that led to the loss of over 800,000 lives, with an unimaginable scale of destruction of property, in 1994.
In his remarks, the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, urged the Muslim faithful to be pious and prayerful during the Ramadan fast.
The Guest Lecturer, Alhaji Ibrahim Gidado, underpinned his message on faithfulness and devotion in the month of Ramadan.
"How do you become faithful? It's by doing things in the way of Allah and not just doing things for show-off but for Allah to see and reward you," he said.
He advised the wealthy in the society to make it mandatory upon themselves to always assist the poor and the needy in order to cushion the effect of the recession in their social and economic lives.
The highpoint of the occasion were prayer sessions for President Muhammadu Buhari, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians.
Dignitaries from all walks of life, including traditional rulers, religious leaders, top government functionaries, women groups and students attended the 2017 Ramadan Lecture.