COVID-19: Churches, Mosques to Remain Shut in Lagos, Says LASG

  The Lagos state government said that churches and mosques are to remain closed until further notice. This follows disagreement over modalities and protocols for the reopening of places of worship between the state government and religious leaders. Prince Anofiu Elegushi, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, who said this while fielding questions from newsmen as part of the activities commemorating Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s one year in office, said the possibility of reopening Churches and Mosques in the state has been ruled out for now. According to him, “Even before the…

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President Buhari, Amosun Mourn Alhaji Orunsolu, Chief Imam of Egbaland

  President Muhammadu Buhari and Senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial District, Senator Ibikunle Amosun have condoled with the government and people of Ogun State, as well as the family of Alhaji Liadi Orunsolu, the Chief Imam of Egbaland, who passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020, aged 98. In a statement signed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), the President salutes the life of piety and utmost submission to the will of Almighty Allah lived by the departed, who was also President-General of League of Imams…

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Tribute to Waheed Bakare By Abdullah Shuaib

  By Abdullah Shuaib We became friends in 2008 when I assumed office as the pioneer Executive Director/CEO of Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, Lagos, where I initiated media parley with the management of the foundation. Waheed Bakare was among the several Muslim journalists that honoured my invitation even though he knew me not before that time. Waheed, as popularly called was an unassuming person. That was the first impression I got from him on the first day of our meeting and remained consistent until his demise. Within the span of…

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COVID-19: Confusion As Trump Orders Governors To Reopen Churches, Mosques, Calls Places of Worship ‘Essential Services’

  United States President Donald Trump has declared churches, mosques and synagogues “essential services” and threatened to override governors who refuse to reopen them this weekend – a power he does not possess. Trump, while speaking with reporters at the White House on Friday said; “Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship.” “It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential.” Trump added: “The governors need to do the right thing…

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FG Declares May 25th, 26th As Public Holidays To Mark Eid Al-Fitr

  The Federal Government has declared Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May, 2020 as Public Holidays to mark this year’s Eid al-Fitr Celebration. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated all Muslim faithful for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast. Aregbesola who called on them to replicate the life of kindness, love, tolerance, peace and good neighborliness, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him), also expressed his concern about the spate of ethnic conflicts…

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COVID-19: Borno Okays Eid Prayers

  The Borno State government has approved the holding of Eid-el-Fitr prayers under certain preventive measures. The state’s COVID-19 response committee, chaired by the state Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur, in a statement on Wednesday, said the public may observe the Eid-el-Fitr prayers at the designated Eid grounds between the hours of 8-10 am on that day. It also said: “In furtherance of measures of infection prevention, the committee has made available hand sanitizers at strategic points for use by the public, and therefore urges the public to take full advantage…

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Eid-El-Fitr: Sultan Orders Muslims To Stay At Home

  The Sultan of Sokoto and Head of Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI), Sa’ad Abubakar III, has directed the suspension of Eid-el-Fitr congregational prayers in the outskirts of towns and cities across the country.   He gave the directive in a statement on Thursday by the JNI Secretary-General, Dr Khalid Aliyu.   The Sultan, who is also the President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), urged Muslims to observe the Eid-el-Fitr prayer at home with family members, or alone in the case of an individual living alone.  …

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600 Orphans Benefit from Ramadan Palliatives, as Izalah Jos concludes Tafsir In Kebbi

  By Usman Aliyu Haruna, Birnin Kebbi Kebbi State Izalahtul bidi, a Wa’ikatus sunna with headquarters in Jos Wednesday concluded its month-long Ramadan Tafsir in Birnin Kebbi. The event, which was attended by a large number of Muslim faithfuls, had in attendance a former of the State House of Assembly member, Garba Bena, Personal Assistant to the Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Faruk Musa Inabo and other top clerics in the state. In his speech, the chairman committee for orphans, Garba Bena said a total of 600 orphans, this year, benefited…

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COVID-19: Observe Eid at Home, FG Tells Muslims

The Federal Government has urged Muslims nationwide to observe the end of Ramadan eid celebration in the safety of their homes. National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, made the appeal on Tuesday at a briefing of the committee. “The eid celebration is an important milestone that we urge our Muslim brothers and sisters to observe in the safety of their homes,” Aliyu said. He said: “The PTF would continue to work with states to align with national guidelines,” adding that state governments are still allowed to take…

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Coronavirus Will Expose Businessmen Pastors, says Kaigama

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, says coronavirus has become an acid test for Christendom to determine genuine clerics. He said pastors and priests after prosperity are businessmen and not called by God. Kaigama said this in an interview with Sunday PUNCH in Abuja in response to the protests by pastors and imams against closure of places of worship because of COVID-19. Kaigama said, “This is the time to know who are true shepherds of the flock and those who are just engaged in work of religion…

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