Northern Clerics Mobilise Special Prayers, Fasting To End Russian – Ukraine War, Nigeria’s Insecurity
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Northern Nigeria Christians and Muslims are mobilizing preachers to offer special prayers and fasting to God to end the prolonged Russian – Ukraine war,
ahead of this year’s ( 2023) World United Nation International Interfaith Week and Harmony.
The essence of the week, which usually commences from 1st- 7th of February , is to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith, tribes, culture, ethnicity, race, color, height, region across all the continents.
Winner of the 2022 harmony week, Pastor Yohanna Buru, the General overseer of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry Sabon Tasha kaduna state, in north Western Nigeria, visited some Muslim scholars in northern part of Nigeria with the aim of mobilizing for prayers and fasting.
According to Pastor Buru, the prayers and fasting would be sustained through out the week of harmony In order for almighty God to bring an end to the international war between Russian and Ukraine
“The Russian /Ukraine war has crippled the world economy”, he said in a statement, stressing that the war in Ukraine has created the fastest displacement crises in Europe since World War II.
“The majority of those displaced are women and children, who are always most at risk of exploitation and abuse during crises
“The aim of the visit of pastor Buru to Muslim scholars is towards mobilizing hundred thousands of Muslims and Christians scholars across 36 states of Nigeria to used the interfaith week and harmony to offer special prayers and fasting for World peace and stability across the universe”, it added.
He also added that, “They want to also use this week to pray to almighty God to bring end to the outbreak of Diphtheria disease in Kano State which leads to the death of 25 persons in Kano State, mostly children.
He said, the world needs peace against the rising cases of locally, national and international crises affecting peace stability across the universe.
According to him, the essence, also is to strengthen the Nigerian military and police, para-military ,civilian JTF and Vigilantes over the activities related insecurity challenges which include terrorism, armed banditry, Kidnapping, armed robbery, Cattle rustling among others..
Buru pointed that , the interfaith week provides a golden opportunity for Christians and Muslims with other religious and traditional leaders to meet – interact and deliberate on issues related to religious tolerance, better understanding, peace building and new ways of empowering communities and groups different skills to resist activities related to violent extremism, gangsterism ,Cultism and other unlawful act that affect peace stability on the country,
The Christian cleric said, they are going to use Radio, stream, Television, newspapers, bloggers and social media to mobilise more Christians-Muslims scholars to use the week by United Nation, with the aims of enlightening different faith based organization on the need to sustained peace, love, unity and forgiveness.
“Our target is to communicate with 50,000 muslims-50,000 Christians through the media to used the week in spreading the message of peace, love, forgiveness.
“The world Interfaith Harmony Week is a UN resolution for a world-wide week of interfaith harmony proposed in 2010 by King Abdullah ll and prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan.
“The week also recognizes the moral imperatives of all religions, convictions, and beliefs call for peace, tolerance, and mutual understanding”, he said.
Buru also said, “The called has become mandatory in view of the increase crisis which include farmer –herders clashes , ethno-religious political instability that has affected all sector of human endeavors, starting from economic setback, education, Tourism,
“The one week prayers and fasting would help the country toward tackling most of problems associated ethnicity ,and religious impediment .,
“We are taking the Campaign to all places of worships, social gathering, market places, schools, Hotel, Car-park, football view centers, Temples, football stadiums, internally displaced people (IDPs), traditional wrestling center and to all media house including the on-line.
“We have sent message to all our friends Muslims and Christians clerics to dedicate more time in praying for the country and world at large”
“We want to call on all clerics to offer special prayers at night and fasting for God to bring an end to the insecurity challenges”, Buru said.
He also stated that, “The week provides many opportunities for people across the universes to meet and deliberate on ways to better understand themselves on how to live with one another irrespective of his tribe, religion, ethnicity, color, race in the country.
The Christians cleric said they are going to take the campaign to many place while maintaining social distancing to avoid the spread of Corona virus.
Nigerian, been tag as the most religious country in the country of the world, therefore we must submit everything to the hands of the Lord.
“For the past 11 years, his organization has been organizing many event to mark interfaith week and harmony which include using games like football and skating competition between Muslims and Christians to foster peace”, he noted.
Buru said, the church cannot forget the annual visit by team of Muslims imams during the international interfaith week and harmony which is targeted at promoting peace and unity among good friendship among the adherence of different faith base organization in the country.
“Sheick Abdulrahman Mohammad Bichi Kano is one of the Muslim scholar that emphasized on the need for Nigerians to embark on ceaseless prayers and fasting toward the success of the general election.
While calling on both Religion leaders to equally use the harmony week and pray for God to bring an end to Russia and Ukraine war, he said, “There is need for all religious leaders to be more committed toward sensitizing the public on the importance of this week to the entire people of the world
He then called on all faith-based organization, Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI), Christians association of Nigeria (CAN), and peace ambassador ,state and federal Government, to used to the 7 days toward sensitizing the general public on the importance tolerating each other for peace stability.
While he advocated for the creation of peace clubs for young children’s in schools and communities, he equally appealed for wealthy individuals to be sponsoring friendly matches between Muslims and Christians.
He thanked network of peace journalists in northern Nigeria working under interfaith mediation center kaduna for the peace promotion across the region.
ANTI PARTY ACTIVITIES: Esan Central APC, Suspends Nine Leaders, Appoints Bello
Nine Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Esan Central LGA have been suspended at an extraordinary meeting held this evening at Irrua, the LGA capital.
The suspended leaders include APC State Vice Chairman, Chief Francis Inegbeniki, Esan Central foremost Party Leader, Prince Willy Shaka Momodu, Ward Leader, Hon Abudu Ugbesia, among six others.
The suspended nine APC leaders are alleged to have held a clandestine meeting at a hotel in Eidenu, Irrua on the eve of the House of Assembly election and resolved to work against their party candidate for the House of Assembly election, Hon Victor Edoror. It is alleged that they were induced by the ruling party and their grand conspiracy to disallow Hon Edoror to get into the House and become the Speaker which might scuttle their agenda for Esan governor candidate from Esan Central LGA.
The meeting which was attended enmass by angry members and party executives of the party across the LGA appointed former LGA Councillior, and House of Assembly election aspirant, Hon. Bello Oyaziwolo, as the acting Leader, to oversee the affairs of the party pending the determination of the investigation into the degree of involvement of each of the suspended leader.
Interestingly, the Deputy Leader of the Party in Esan Central LGA and former Vice Chairman of the LGA, Hon Francis Ubene, was exempted from suspension because preliminary investigation revealed that he was in the meeting allegedly called by Chief Inegbeniki, but he refused to agree with their alleged plan to sabotage the election for Hon Edoror because according to him “I have forgiven him and if I have forgiven him, I cannot work against him or the party”.
Speaking with Hon Bello, after the appointment, the new LGA Leader said he was not interested in Leading the party for selfish reasons but would commit himself to helping the party rid itself of betrayals and inept leaders in the LGA and hopefully allow a free process to produce the next LGA Leader.
Delta: Oborevwori’s Victory, A Turning Point, Says Ebireri
Media Consultant, Henry Ebireri, has urged Delta State governor-elect, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori to embark only on programmes that are genuine, attainable, purposeful, durable and people-oriented.
He also urged him to make a significant impact at improving the lot of the masses.
In a statement in Sapele, the media consultant described the March 18 governorship election in Delta State as ‘’’a turning point, a landmark in the history of the oil rich state’’.
He appealed to Oborevwori to steer Delta State in the needed direction.
‘’There is a very high expectation from the governor-elect by the people. He must direct his energy towards inculcating the spirit of self-reliance among the citizenry through economic and empowerment programmes’’
The media professional listed security, youth and women empowerment, agriculture, health, education, infrastructural development, industrial revolution, cultural and tourism rebirth, communication and sports development as key areas to be addressed by the governor-elect.
The statement underscored the future of Delta youths infrastructure and security challenges.
He urged Oborevwori to be fair to all.
He also urged him to recruit only qualified, competent and meritorious hands to help him develop the oil-rich state.
‘’They should be people of integrity, honesty and trust. The team should comprise only tested, dedicated, loyal, courageous, selfless, focused and visionary men and women’’
Ebireri further commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his immense contribution to the political development of Delta State.
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege Rejects INEC’s Declaration of Oborevwori As Winner of Delta Poll
A while ago, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Delta State announced Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, gubernatorial flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect following the March 18 governorship election.
The declaration was made despite the myriad of infractions and acts of impunity on the part of the PDP in the course of the election. These were brought to the attention of INEC with incontrovertible proof.
The March 18 election was characterized by massive fraud, unprecedented vote buying and voter suppression perpetrated by the PDP in the course of the election.
The fraudulent nature of PDP’s so-called victory are just too damning and daring for it to be acceptable in any decent society. Most of those infractions are on the public domain and known to INEC officials and the security agencies involved in superintending the election.
In the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections, the results pointed to an unequivocal rejection of the PDP. Of the three senatorial zones in the state, APC won two while PDP controversially edged out the Labour Party in the Delta North Senate race.
It was an unadulterated verdict of Deltans on how they have fared under 24 years of governance of their state by PDP.
On the basis of the factors listed and more that will come later, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, governorship candidate of the APC in Delta State as well as the leadership of the party, unequivocally reject the declaration by INEC of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori of the PDP as winner of the March 18 governorship election.
We will challenge this fraudulent result using all legal means.
As a democrat and Deputy President of the Senate, Omo-Agege will explore all lawful avenues to reclaim the mandate freely given to him by the good people of Delta State.
To the numerous supporters of APC and the entire public that share in Omo-Agege’s vision of building a new Delta State, we urge you all to remain calm, peaceful and law abiding.
I can assure all our teeming supporters and all Deltans that the PDP pyrrhic celebration of a stolen mandate will be short-lived.
By the grace of God and the clearly expressed wish of the people, this electoral heist will be reversed and Senator Omo-Agege will be sworn in on May 29, 2023 as the lawfully elected Governor of Delta State.
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy President of the Senate and Governorship Candidate of APC, Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege
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