NTA.ng – Breaking News, Nigeria, Africa, Worldwide http://www.nta.ng Nigerian Television Authority | Africa's Largest Network Mon, 29 May 2017 19:53:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 President Buhari Fulfills Campaign Promises — Lai Mohammed http://www.nta.ng/news/20170529-promises-2/ http://www.nta.ng/news/20170529-promises-2/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 16:35:38 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=46635 The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said on Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has fulfilled its campaign promises to Nigerians despite dwindling revenue. Mohammed made the pronouncement at the Presentation of National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) Report Card event to mark the 2nd Anniversary of President Buhari’s administration in Abuja. The

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President Buhari Fulfills Campaign Promises — Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said on Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has fulfilled its campaign promises to Nigerians despite dwindling revenue.

Mohammed made the pronouncement at the Presentation of National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) Report Card event to mark the 2nd Anniversary of President Buhari’s administration in Abuja.

The theme of the report card presentation was “ Showcasing the Achievements of National Social Investment Programmes: A Smile for Every Nigerian.“

He said through N-SIP the Federal Government provided employment to 200,000 unemployed graduates, engaged 57,000 people through Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) and empowered about 26,000 ordinary Nigerians through Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT).

Mohammed said that under the National Home Grown School Feeding Programmme (NHGSFP), government was able to serve about 25 million meals to 1.2 million pupils all over the country in order to make leaning conducive.

The minister added that the APC-led Federal Government under its school feeding programme had employed no fewer than 12,000 cooks across 36 states and the FCT.

“ This is a government that promised and delivered on its promises and the unique thing about this particular N-SIP is that it has been achieved in an era when there has been no revenue.

“ It would have been very perfect excuse to say that because oil revenue dropped drastically, therefore, we are not able to deliver on our promises.

“ But despite the dwindling revenue, we are able to deliver on our campaign promises and then this is not related just to the social investment programmes alone.

“ I am happy that we are here today to prove that this government is not a government of propaganda; this is a real government that is dealing with the real people, “ Mohammed said.

He said the programme was designed in such a way that it was easy and accessible to all Nigerians, adding “one of the unique selling points of the programmes is the transparency in it.”

According to him, this is the first programme in the history of Nigeria that you don’t need to know anybody before you can get enrolled.

“ I am happy that many of the beneficiaries have testified to this and this is a new dawn.

“ My appealed to all the beneficiaries is to please let them not limit their testimonies to this hall please say it louder and clear at every time to all Nigerians.

“ Let Nigerians know how this government has impacted positively on your lives,“ he said.

The minister said that in spite of dwindling resource between October, 2016 and to dates, the Federal Government was able to add an additional seven billion dollars to its foreign reserves.

Mohammed disclosed that the the Buhari administration had been able to attract 500 million dollars to the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), and increased the Excess Crude account with 87 million dollars.

“ All these we did despite the very tight resources,“ the minister said.

The Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, commended the Federal Government for putting smiles and restoring hope on the lives of ordinary Nigerians through its intervention initiative, social investment programmes.

Akpabio assured that the senate was ever ready to support anything that would alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians either through budgeting process or approvals.

“ I am standing here to endorse this programme and to commend the President, the Acting President and Coordinators of this programme for this very laudable initiative, “ he added.

The National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said President Buhari had fulfilled his major campaign promises to Nigerians by decimating Boko Haram insurgency.

He said that there was nothing as good as focusing on the social investment programme of the Federal Government, adding that the initiative would eradicate poverty and take children off the street. (NAN)

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N-SIP: FG Empowers 1.6m People, Promises To Scale Up Programme http://www.nta.ng/news/20170529-empowers/ http://www.nta.ng/news/20170529-empowers/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 15:54:09 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=46633 The Federal Government has empowered over 1.6 million Nigerians under its National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP), aimed at reducing poverty and improve livelihoods of vulnerable groups. N-SIP has four components of N-Power, National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP). The Special Adviser to the

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The Federal Government has empowered over 1.6 million Nigerians under its National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP), aimed at reducing poverty and improve livelihoods of vulnerable groups.

N-SIP has four components of N-Power, National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).

The Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments, Mrs Maryam Uwais, said this at an event to commemorate two years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s lead administration, on Monday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was organised to showcase the achievements of the N-SIP.

Uwais, however, said that the government would scale up the programme to cover the 36 states and the FCT by the end of 2017.

The presidential aide said that the objective of this administration was to support and enable Nigerian citizens to live a life of security and dignity.

She said objective of the administration was also to support Nigerians by allowing them to participate in and benefit from the social and economic transformation of our country.

According to her, the government has improved the standard of living of some Nigerians through the N-SIP.

Uwais said N-Power was aimed at empowering Nigerian (graduates and non-graduates) between the ages of 18 and 35 years by paying them N30, 000 monthly over a period of two years.

She said the graduates volunteered to acquire the skills needed for effective delivery and productivity along their chosen career path.

“So far, 87 per cent of the selected N-Power graduate volunteers have started receiving payments.

“They have started receiving payment having been deployed to teach as assistants in primary and secondary schools, serve in primary health centres and as agricultural extension workers.

“Thirteen (13) per cent of them, who are yet to be paid include those disqualified as a result of fake or incomplete records, and those that were absent from the verification and deployment conducted in the States and the Local Government Areas, around the country.

“ We are currently addressing the backlog of outstanding payments,’’ the adviser said.

Under the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), Uwais said it was a social assistance programme designed for the poorest and most vulnerable households in the rural communities.

“So far, 35 States and the FCT have been engaged with the cash transfer programme, and signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

“Almost 70,000 households in nine States, whose caregivers already have validated BVN records, are presently being paid N5,000 per month.

“They have been paid while over 350,000 more households have been identified, and are rapidly growing in 12 more states,’’ she said.

The presidential aide said that School Feeding had commenced under the NHGSFP in seven states, while cook-to-pupil mapping had been carried out in 16 States.

She said 18 States were presently at various stages of preparedness.

“We are currently feeding over 1 million (class 1-3) pupils in over eight thousand schools at N70 per child, with close to 12, 000 cooks recruited across the seven States.

“Twenty six states have engaged the programme by carrying out their capacity building workshops with the aim of establishing their multi-sectoral teams and determining the preferred model/delivery flow for the programme in their States,’’ she said.

In addition, Uwais said GEEP was designed to provide small scale enterprises access and financial services over a period of months.

In summary, she said loans of between N10,000 and N100,000 had so far been disbursed to a total of 59,376 GEEP beneficiaries across 32 States across geopolitical zones.

According to her, 56 per cent of our beneficiaries are female.

“Artisans have borrowed 28 per cent livestock, poultry, chicken and fish farmers have borrowed nine per cent of the total so far disbursed, while crop farmer product commencement would hopefully be at the end of June.

“We are reserving 25 per cent of all loans for farmers. All in all, youth (18-35 years) cutting across all categories) constitute 35 per cent of our beneficiaries,’’ she said.

She, however, said that the implementation of programmes was in line with the promises made in the All Progressives Congress (APC) manifesto.

Uwais said that Nigeria had before feared poorly in its social and human development indices in the past, which continues to be exacerbated by ‘jobless growth’, rising poverty and other forms of social exclusion. (NAN)

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Rice smuggling: F G Threatens To Shut Land Borders http://www.nta.ng/news/20170529-borders/ http://www.nta.ng/news/20170529-borders/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 14:57:39 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=46630 The Federal Government has threatened to shut some land borders if the smuggling of rice continues from neighbouring countries. Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, gave the warning on Monday while speaking to newsmen on some of the Federal Government’s achievements in the agriculture sector in the last two years in

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The Federal Government has threatened to shut some land borders if the smuggling of rice continues from neighbouring countries.

Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, gave the warning on Monday while speaking to newsmen on some of the Federal Government’s achievements in the agriculture sector in the last two years in Abuja.

Ogbeh said the decision had become necessary to encourage local rice farmers and to enable the country achieve self sufficiency in rice by 2018.

“We believe they are determined to sabotage the efforts that we are making to guarantee self sufficiency in rice and to save foreign exchange which we don’t have.

“They insist on bringing in rice through the land borders, avoiding the duties and the levies we put on them and they are definitely bent on sabotaging our efforts and we are getting increasingly unhappy with them.

“And I must say that very soon, if they persist, we will take very nasty measures against them.

“We will like to advise our neighbours, who believe that the ECOWAS treaty means that Nigeria is a volunteer nation for economic suicide.

“We have no such plans, destroying our own economy to make any neighbour happy.

“The ECOWAS treaty number two  does not suggest that any country can be an avenue of smuggling foreign goods not produced in that country for dumping in his neighbours territory.

“If they insist, I do not think that government is far away from considering permanently closing certain borders very near us and when we do, nothing will make us change our minds on the issue, ECOWAS treaty or not,’’ Ogbeh warned.

The minister said that the importation of rice reduced from 580,000 tonnes in 2015 to 58,000 tonnes by 2016.

According to him, by the end of this year, we will eliminate the difference because more people are growing rice in the country.

He said the Federal Government would distribute no fewer than 200 rice mills to millers across the states of the federation to encourage fresh milling of locally produced rice in order to make them more palatable than the imported ones.

Ogbeh said the move would save about five million dollars for the country daily when achieved.

According to the minister, about three months ago, there was this cry about Nigeria going to starve and we told them that there will be such thing.

“We have never produced as much grains as we did in the last two years in this country’s’ history.

“We have fed not only Nigeria, we have fed West Africa and there are still thousands of tonnes in people’s warehouses.

“Those who bought grains and stored believing that starvation was near and they will make a killing they are now begging us to take off the grains from them because they are getting stock.

“The only shortfall we have is maize because of the disease called the armyworm.

“We are dealing with that and this planting season, we are going to support farmers to make sure that we bring that disease under control.

“We have done amazing things in agriculture in two years, we are still going,’’ Ogbeh said.

The minister said the government was working toward achieving self sufficiency in staples within the next two years excluding wheat.

He said that government’s ambition was that in five to six years from now, Nigeria should be able to earn between N10 to N30 billion from exportation of agricultural produce annually to service the country’s debts and build a robust foreign reserves. (NAN)

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Democracy Remains Our Best Hope ~ Former Vice President Atiku http://www.nta.ng/news/20170529-hope/ http://www.nta.ng/news/20170529-hope/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 14:12:48 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=46628   Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar congratulates Nigerians of all political persuasions on the occasion of this years’ Democracy Day, which coincides with the 2nd anniversary of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, stressing that democracy and representative government which it brings to birth remains the best

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Democracy Remains Our Best Hope ~ Former VP Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar congratulates Nigerians of all political persuasions on the occasion of this years’ Democracy Day, which coincides with the 2nd anniversary of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, stressing that democracy and representative government which it brings to birth remains the best and only hope of the country.

In a press statement released by his Media Office in Abuja, the Turakin Adamawa says that Nigerians should be proud of themselves for doing away with military governments in 1999, in favour of Democracy, which the World over, gives voice and a sense of belonging to more people in the society.

He counsels all those who may be contemplating alternatives to perish such thoughts as the worst form of democratic rule has been adjudged far better than the best form of military dictatorship.

According to him, since Nigeria instituted the democratic system in 1999, the nation has been able to accomplish a lot in social, economic and human development adding that in those other areas where the nation is lacking, the system makes it possible for the problems to be brought to the public arena for discussion and settlement, in democratic institutions like the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly.

The APC chieftain opines that among the virtues of democracy, aside public discussion, is the culture of patience with the leadership which informs that once an election has taken place, and a leader is elected, the populace has to be patient with the Leader until he completes his tenure. The implication of this, says the Turaki, is that a democratic system imbues the people with political wisdom, to improve on their mode of selection of leaders with each election that takes place.

The former Vice President, says that the best guarantee for the peace, progress and development of plural societies like Nigeria, and even homogeneous entities, is democracy because popular political participation and inclusiveness in government helps to develop patriotism in the citizenry and this galvanizes the best endeavors of the people for the development of the society.

Noting that the beauty of democracy is the opportunity it gives to the people to elect their leaders, the former Vice President acknowledges the improvements in the electoral processes over the years since 1999 and calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission not to rest on its oars in making credible and transparent elections possible in the country. He also calls on Nigerians to take keenly to voter education because, “it takes and informed electorate to elect and informed leadership”.

While wishing the Government and People the best of this period, which coincides with the second anniversary of this administration, and the days ahead, the former Vice President and recipient of the “Hero of Nigeria Democracy” award, urges Nigerians to pray for the quick recovery and safe return of President Muhammadu Buhari to continue with the work of entrenching democracy and development in the country.

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Democracy Day; Muslim Media Watch Group Calls For Sober reflection Among Leaders http://www.nta.ng/news/20170529-muslim/ http://www.nta.ng/news/20170529-muslim/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 13:57:42 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=46626 As the Nation marks its Democracy Day today, the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, calls for sober reflection and attitudinal change especially from those in leadership in this Country. This appeal becomes necessary as the present situation calls for concern. The Nation in the last few years has majority of its citizens suffering in

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Muslim Media Watch Group Calls For Sober Reflection

As the Nation marks its Democracy Day today, the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, calls for sober reflection and attitudinal change especially from those in leadership in this Country.

This appeal becomes necessary as the present situation calls for concern. The Nation in the last few years has majority of its citizens suffering in the midst of plenty. This is because our leaders have allowed their respective selfish and materialistic interests to override their sense of judgement. The emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as the new Nigerian Leader which most Nigerians who voted him to power rests their hope, has in the last two years been a mirage due to lack of commitment of those who are in leadership with him.

We are presently battling to reduce hunger, unemployment, poverty, insecurity, economic hardship, corruption and diseases.

We therefore appeal to the Nation’s leadership to re-appraiise their plan, strategies and implementation process and evolve a better approach to Nigeria’s developmental programmes with special emphasis on poverty reduction.
One of the best ways of tackling the economic problems is the upward review of salaries and pensions, clearance of backlog of salaries and pensions and incentives to upscale industrial development.

We commend the Federal Government for fighting corruption and we appeal to the Anti-Graft Agencies not to be deterred by the unnecessary and unwarranted criticisms from some quarters but to fight the battle with renewed vigour so as to reduce to corruption in no distant future. We appeal to the National Assembly to scrutinise and pass some bills that are concerned  with the anti-corruption stance of the FG, so that relevant aspects of them could be used to deal with the economic sabotuers.

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As this year’s holy month steps in, we appeal to muslims to generally reflect on the purpose of fasting which is Taqwah (Fear of God) and  call for total submission to His will.

One of the ways of doing this, is to increase our alms-giving, provide for the needy and render assistance to the need less-priviledged.

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Dr Zainab Shinkafi: Empowered Women Farmers in South Kebbi With Fertilizer http://www.nta.ng/agriculture/20170529-dr-zainab-shinkafi-empowered-women-farmers-south-kebbi-fertilizer/ http://www.nta.ng/agriculture/20170529-dr-zainab-shinkafi-empowered-women-farmers-south-kebbi-fertilizer/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 12:42:48 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=46615   Historically, the women of Southern Kebbi / Zuru Emirates are known to be industrious farmers. Many crops such as wheat, rice, shea nuts, sesame seeds, boaboa are cultivated by the women. To encourage them, A team of the governor’s  wife, Dr Zainab Shinkafi distributed 600 bags to women across 4 LGAs namely Zuru, Fakai,

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Historically, the women of Southern Kebbi / Zuru Emirates are known to be industrious farmers. Many crops such as wheat, rice, shea nuts, sesame seeds, boaboa are cultivated by the women. To encourage them, A team of the governor’s  wife, Dr Zainab Shinkafi distributed 600 bags to women across 4 LGAs namely Zuru, Fakai, Sakaba and Danko Wasagu. The exercise was carried out in Zuru.

ALSO READ: Kebbi State: Dr Zainab Bagudu Support Cancer Patients With N4,850,000

The Governor’s Wife represented by the Sole Administrator of Danko Wasagu LGA Hajiya Tsahara Bawa said the measure was to further boost the efforts of the current administration in the Agricultural sector and consumption of Made in Nigeria products.

 

 

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She called on them to form cooperative groups to enable them benefit from various women centred skills and entrepreneurial schemes of the state and federal government.

Dr Zainab Bagudu emphasised the need to use our locally sourced food to form balance diets that addresses the nutritional needs of children and nursing mothers so that we can check the prevalence of malnutrition in the state.

ALSO READ: Birnin Kebbi: Water Supply Restored as First Batch of Inmates Walk Free From New Prison

Highlight of the occasion was distribution of the fertilizer to women drawn from all the political wards in the Emirate.

In attendance were the Sole Administrators of Fakai, Zuru and Sakaba Local Government Areas as well as top party functionaries led by the Deputy State APC Chairman Alh Abubakar Kana. The Team A of Dr Zainab present include Halima Galadima Yauri, Murjanatu Bagudu, Fadima Bala, Maryam Kaoje, Hauwau Sai Mama and Kalala boys.

Source: kebbi state gov’t

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Kano State at 50: Gov Gaidam Visits Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II http://www.nta.ng/news/20170529-46620/ http://www.nta.ng/news/20170529-46620/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 11:49:55 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=46620 H.E Governor Ibrahim Gaidam paid a personal visit to His Highness the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II in his Palace in Kano where the governor felicitated with the Emir on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Kano State and wished him a successful and rewarding Ramadan Fast.   Source: Yobe state Gov’t

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H.E Governor Ibrahim Gaidam paid a personal visit to His Highness the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II in his Palace in Kano where the governor felicitated with the Emir on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Kano State and wished him a successful and rewarding Ramadan Fast.

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Source: Yobe state Gov’t

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Kebbi Gov’t, Canada to Partner on Health, Education http://www.nta.ng/news/investment/20170529-kebbi-canada-partner-health-education/ http://www.nta.ng/news/investment/20170529-kebbi-canada-partner-health-education/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 11:33:10 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=46618 Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu held fruitful meetings with the Canadian High Commissioner, Christopher Thorley at the Canadian residence in Abuja Nigeria The meeting was to initiate dialogue on the country’s bilateral program and elevate growth levels across sectors such as education, power generation and health. possible partnerships with Kebbi State. Governor Bagudu added that partnerships

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Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu held fruitful meetings with the Canadian High Commissioner, Christopher Thorley at the Canadian residence in Abuja Nigeria

The meeting was to initiate dialogue on the country’s bilateral program and elevate growth levels across sectors such as education, power generation and health. possible partnerships with Kebbi State.
Governor Bagudu added that partnerships help to energise and elevate growth levels across sectors and Kebbi is looking at boosting investment, power generation, educational, vocational and socio-economic connections.

His Excellency was also in attendance Abuja this week as the Chairman Northern Governors forum Governor Shetima signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Northern Governor’s forum, The Kukah Foundation, Catholic Bishops Conference and the Profutura Foundation

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The Memorandum which was signed at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja on Friday the 26th of May 2017 is for the provision of access to Education and ICT for the over 14 million Children in Northern Nigeria who are at the risk of exclusion to qualitative education on account of poverty, Insurgency and social imbalances.

The Profutura foundation is to be supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Dangote foundation, and the Barrack and Michelle Obama foundation. The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria and the Kukah Foundation are the implementing partners and will work in Conjunction with the Commissioners of Education of the 19 Northern States to identifying the various schools and locations for the implementation of the project.

Source: Kebbi State Gov’t

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RAMADAN: Real Opportunity for Muslims to Display What Islam Stands For- Bashir Yankuzu http://www.nta.ng/uncategorized/20170529-ramadan-real-opportunity-for-muslims-to-display-what-islam-stands-for/ http://www.nta.ng/uncategorized/20170529-ramadan-real-opportunity-for-muslims-to-display-what-islam-stands-for/#comments Mon, 29 May 2017 11:24:47 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=46580 Malam Bashir Yankuzu, Chief Imam of Federal University of Technology ( FUT)  Minna  has called on Muslims to  strive hard and follow the path of Allah in order to reap the benefits of the Ramadan fasting. The Imam described the Ramadan period as a unique opportunity for Muslims to display the real Islam, which promotes

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Malam Bashir Yankuzu, Chief Imam of Federal University of Technology ( FUT)  Minna  has called on Muslims to  strive hard and follow the path of Allah in order to reap the benefits of the Ramadan fasting.

The Imam described the Ramadan period as a unique opportunity for Muslims to display the real Islam, which promotes patience, kindness, care for the  needy and sincere submission to Allah.

Yankuzu told the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) in Minna on Saturday that during the Ramadan rewards for all acts of worship were doubled.

He added that this encouraged Muslims to display the real Islam in their deeds and actions, which largely reflected accommodation, tolerance, sacrifice, kindness and compassion to all irrespective of religious affiliation.

” The messenger of Allah forbade a Muslim fasting from returning abuse but should rather reply saying ‘I am fasting’ to whoever angers him”, the messenger forbade Muslims from slandering or backbiting,” he said.

Yankuzo stressed that Allah will not reward  those who only shun eating and drinking but yet slander others.

” It is a month that Muslims must learn to share with others and avoid wastage. There is no looser than someone who missed the opportunities in Ramadan.”

The Imam stressed that the  breath of the observer of fast is sweeter to Allah, on the Day of Judgment, than the fragrance of musk.

”  Angels seek forgiveness to the observers of fast till they break their fast and the devils are chained up, while the  gates of paradise are opened and the gates of the hell are closed during the month of Ramadan.

” In it, there is Lailatul- Qadr, which is a night better than one thousand month of worship; the one who is deprived from its good is surely deprived.

“The sins of the observers of fast are forgiven in the last night of Ramadan.

” Allah frees some people from hell fire in each night of Ramadan,” he added.

The Imam, therefore, advised Muslims to take advantage of the uniqueness of the Ramadan to get closer to Allah and promote goodness among humanity. (NAN)

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Paul Pogba: World’s Most Expensive Footballer, Visits Mecca For Lesser Hajj http://www.nta.ng/news/religion-2/20170529-paul-pogba-worlds-expensive-footballer-visits-mecca-lesser-hajj/ http://www.nta.ng/news/religion-2/20170529-paul-pogba-worlds-expensive-footballer-visits-mecca-lesser-hajj/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 11:14:07 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=46613 Paul Pogba in Mecca World’s most expensive player Paul Labile Pogba has ignited the internet with posts that revealed his religion as Islam. The Manchester United midfielder in a post on Twitter on Sunday wished muslims a happy Ramadan. He wrote: Ramadan Kareem…Bon Ramadan. In an  Instagram, Pogba shows himself in Mecca performing the lesser Hajj, known

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Paul Pogba in Mecca

World’s most expensive player Paul Labile Pogba has ignited the internet with posts that revealed his religion as Islam.

The Manchester United midfielder in a post on Twitter on Sunday wished muslims a happy Ramadan. He wrote: Ramadan Kareem…Bon Ramadan.

In an  Instagram, Pogba shows himself in Mecca performing the lesser Hajj, known as Umra and with the Kabbah as backdrop, the Frenchman says: ‘most beautiful thing I have seen in my life’.

He did not indicate when he performed the Umra. The post has however drawn over 1.5 million likes.

Pogba was  born 15 March 1993 in a place in Paris called Lagny-sur-Marne.


As a professional footballer,  he also plays for France  as a central midfielder and is comfortable playing both in attack and defence.

Unknown to many of his fans, Pogba is not just a practising muslim, but a devout one.

He was said to have been introduced to the faith by his mother, Yeo Moriba, who he described as his inspiration.

Yoriba, according to a report by Quora raised Pogba and his twin brothers all  alone by  in an estate near Paris.

Drugs were rife near their home in Roissy-en-Brie, but she kept them clean.

Pogba is not the only famous footballer, who is a muslim.

Karim Benzema, Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard,  Xherdan Shaqiri, Adnan Januzaj, Mesut Ozil are also muslims.

NAN

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