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Kogites Berate Governor Bello, Aide Over Blasphemous And Provocative Comments



For putting his foot in his mouth and making derogatory remarks about Christianity, the Chief of Staff to the Kogi State Governor, Mr. Abdukareem Jamiu Asuku, has come under intense criticism for what one described as a display of ignorance of the Christian faith.

Other commentators have asked that he be appropriate disciplined by the Governor, who he was allegedly speaking for when  he made his irresponsible, provocative and controversial comments.

A minister of the gospel and National Coordinator of Mobilisation and Networking of the Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association (NEMA), Pastor Victor Idakwoji, however opted to educate Asuku.

Abdulkareem Jamiu Asuku
Made the provocative statement

In a statement in Abuja, Idakwoji said: “My attention has been drawn to a radio interview with the Chief of Staff of the Governor of our dear Kogi State, Mr. Abdukareem Jamiu Asuku, who was sent to represent his principal, Alh. Yahaya Bello to call for peace between two factions of the Muslim community in Okene. But sadly, he left the matter on ground to insult the Church of Jesus Christ out of sheer ignorance of the Christian faith; his own religion, Islam; the Holy books; and the ethics of his office as a public servant and the principles of leadership.

“It is curious to us that Mr. Asuku abandoned the assignment to appease two aggrieved Muslim factions and deliberately went on a voyage to invite religious unrest making blasphemous statements against Christianity. If not for the peace loving nature of Kogi Christians, the state would have been engulfed already by his inflammatory utterances!

“I am compelled as a Christian and a citizen of our dear Kogi State to clear the air on his wrong and manipulative interpretation of Scriptures so that the teaming young population of our dear state will not buy his ignorance being sold using public office and platform, and be misled from the Truth.

“Let me make it clear to Mr Asuku and all our careful listeners that Christianity has no Old and New Era since the crucifixion, burial, ressurection and bodily ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven. There was an Old Testament before these historical events but after these events, all true Christians are followers of Jesus Christ the Messiah, including Apostle Paul who he called and assigned in an audible voice to take his message (the Gospel) to the Gentiles. There are no followers of Barnabas and Paul, we all have one Lord, Jesus Christ, who is the only begotten Son of God, who is God’s Incarnate.

“Let it be known also that Asuku has quoted Deuteronomy 6:5; Mark 10:32; and Mark 12:19 completely out of context. If he has time to read those three verses of the Bible, he should as well have read John Chapter 1:1-5, ” *In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God. The SAME was in the beginning with God, and without Him was nothing made that was made, in Him was life and the life was the light* *of men, the Light shines in darkness and darkness could not overcome it”.*

“If he does not understand and believe who is the word of God, he should read Qoran 3:45, where it is clearly stated that Isa (Jesus) is the sign and the word of Allah to mankind (not only Israel). Read the words of Prophet Yahaya (John), the son of Zachariah, the forerunner of Jesus confirmed by the Qoran in John Chapter 1: 10, 12, 14, 29, 36, 49, and Jesus’ confirmation of same in verse 51 and read John 3:13-18 just to mention a few. If you believe the Qoran you will believe that Jesus is KalimatuLa’h, the word of Allah, if you believe his Prophets you will believe that “the word was made flesh, and dwelth among us” John 1:14. In verse 49 the same prophet echoed the words of Mathias in the presence of Jesus, “you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel”.

Now let’s look at John (Yahya) Chapter 3:13-18, these are the very words of Jesus mostly marked in red letter in the Injil, it reads: “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from Heaven, even the Son of Man which is in Heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”.

“Lastly I wish to confirm to you that Jesus is Spirit of Allah (RuhuLa’h) as stated in Qoran 21:91, the same as the Bible ascertained in the words of Angel Gabriel (Jibril) “the power of the most high shall overshadow you and the Spirit of the Lord shall come upon you, therefore the Holy child shall be called the Son of God” Luke 1:31-35 (paraphrased). Sir, if the Spirit of God is God, and that God through His Spirit impregnated Mary to give birth to Jesus, I don’t know why the paternity of the Son of the Spirit of God is a thing of argument to you. I know the carnal mind cannot understand the things of the Spirit, my prayer is that same Spirit who teaches us all things will open your eyes to comprehend these mysteries and deliver you and all our readers and listeners permanently from the dangerous darkness of ignorance in Jesus Name.”

Asuku has drawn the ire of many Christians who berated him for his indiscretion, with some referring to viral video where a Muslim cleric authenticated the prime position of Jesus Christ.

Speaking on radio programme Asuku who represented his principal, Bello, addressed the leadership tussle in the Okene Central Mosque following the death of the Imam, Sheikh Musa Galadima, between members of the Izala and the Tijanniyah sects, he dovetailed to speak on Christianity.

He accused the contenders of behaving more like “modern day Christians who have neglected the teachings of Jesus Christ, a Muslim, and gone after Barnabas and Paul who coined the concept of Christianity”.

He added: “My plea to the Islamic Ummah in Ebira land is that for God’s sake, they have started exhibiting Christianity. The Muslims in Ebira land have deviated to Christianity ignorantly. The reason why I am saying this is that in the Qur’an, Hadith and the Prophet that we are all following, it is not written anywhere that there is Shi’ite, Izala, Terriqqa, Tijanniyah, Salafiya, Ahmadiyya, Quraniyu or any other sect in Islam. God told us to obey the five pillars of Islam and obey him as the only God.

“This is the same message He sent to Christians of old through Jesus Christ who we call Prophet Isa. But, modern day Christians have today turned their religion upside down. The Ebira Muslim Ummah has today turned their religion to the way of modern day Christians because of this Imamate issue. There is nothing like that in Islam. What they are doing is modern Christianity”.

Asuku, who spoke mainly in Ebira, said further: “I have a reason for saying that because I am heading somewhere. Even you will still have to go and check your Bible today.

“The old era Christians who followed Jesus Christ used to call him “Teacher”. He was sent to the Israelites and given the Bible. We Muslims call him the spirit of God. Jesus told Christians that there is only one God who created him. You can check this in the Bible book of Deuteronomy 6:4. Jesus said and I quote; ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one’. Jesus told the old era Christians in the book of Mark 12:19 when he was asked about God that; ‘Hear O’ Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one’. Still in the book of Mark 10:32, the Israelites affirmed what Jesus had been telling them, saying, ‘O Teacher, you said it and you are right. The Lord our God is one’.

“Look, Jesus was a Muslim. Anyone who is worshipping God in Ebira land know that all we have talked about now is Islam. There is no other god but Allah alone and there is none beside Him, according to the Qur’an. The same thing that Jesus said then is what the Qur’an has said now.

“It was after Jesus died that Saint Barnabas and Paul stood up and coined the word Christian, to mean Christ-like, long after the death of Jesus Christ. That is the Christian religion that people are following today. That was not the religion of Jesus and that is what those struggling to become Imam are bringing into Islam today”. (Everyday)

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63rd Independence: Tinubu Approves Wage Palliative for Junior Workers, Appeals for Patience Over Reforms



President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved a temporary wage award for workers on the lower rung of the Civil to cushion the effects of economic reforms by the Federal Government.

In an Independence Anniversary broadcast to the nation on Sunday, the President announced a N25,000 addition to the monthly wages of the affected workers for the next six months.

President Bola Tinubu also said that the Federal Government has been taking the path to economic greatness since his administration assumed office in May, and that he was aware of the hardships being experienced by Nigerians, but affirmed that nothing good comes easy.

He appealed to Nigerians to remain resolute as the gains of the reforms will be visible and felt in a short while.

Full text of Presidential broadcast:

Dear Compatriots,

It is my unique honour to address you on this day, the 63rd anniversary of our nation’s independence, both as the President of our dear country and, simply, as a fellow Nigerian.

On this solemn yet hopeful day, let us commend our founding fathers and mothers. Without them, there would be no modern Nigeria. From the fading embers of colonialism, their activism, dedication, and leadership gave life to the belief in Nigeria as a sovereign and independent nation.
Let us, at this very moment, affirm that as Nigerians, we are all endowed with the sacred rights and individual gifts that God has bestowed on us as a nation and as human beings. No one is greater or lesser than the other.

The triumphs that Nigeria has achieved shall define us. The travails we have endured shall strengthen us. And no other nation or power on this earth shall keep us from our rightful place and destiny. This nation belongs to you, dear people. Love and cherish it as your very own.

Nigeria is remarkable in its formation and essential character. We are a broad and dynamic blend of ethnic groups, religions, traditions and cultures. Yet, our bonds are intangible yet strong, invisible yet universal. We are joined by a common thirst for peace and progress, by the common dream of prosperity and harmony and by the unifying ideals of tolerance and justice.

Forging a nation based on the fair application of these noble principles to a diverse population has been a task of significant blessing but also serial challenge. Some people have said an independent Nigeria should never have come into existence. Some have said that our country would be torn apart. They are forever mistaken. Here, our nation stands and here we shall remain.

This year, we passed a significant milestone in our journey to a better Nigeria. By democratically electing a 7th consecutive civilian government, Nigeria has proven that commitment to democracy and the rule of law remains our guiding light.

At my inauguration, I made important promises about how I would govern this great nation. Among those promises, were pledges to reshape and modernize our economy and to secure the lives, liberty, and property of the people.
I said that bold reforms were necessary to place our nation on the path of prosperity and growth. On that occasion, I announced the end of the fuel subsidy.

I am attuned to the hardships that have come. I have a heart that feels and eyes that see. I wish to explain to you why we must endure this trying moment. Those who sought to perpetuate the fuel subsidy and broken foreign exchange policies are people who would build their family mansion in the middle of a swamp. I am different. I am not a man to erect our national home on a foundation of mud. To endure, our home must be constructed on safe and pleasant ground.

Reform may be painful, but it is what greatness and the future require. We now carry the costs of reaching a future in Nigeria where the abundance and fruits of the nation are fairly shared among all, not hoarded by a select and greedy few. A Nigeria where hunger, poverty and hardship are pushed into the shadows of an ever-fading past.

There is no joy in seeing the people of this nation shoulder burdens that should have been shed years ago. I wish today’s difficulties did not exist. But we must endure if we are to reach the good side of our future.
My government is doing all that it can to ease the load. I will now outline the path we are taking to relieve the stress on our families and households.

We have embarked on several public sector reforms to stabilize the economy, direct fiscal and monetary policy to fight inflation, encourage production, ensure the security of lives and property, and lend more support to the poor and the vulnerable.

Based on our talks with labour, business, and other stakeholders, we are introducing a provisional wage increment to enhance the federal minimum wage without causing undue inflation. For the next six months, the average low-grade worker shall receive an additional Twenty-Five Thousand naira per month.

To ensure better grassroots development, we set up an Infrastructure Support Fund for states to invest in critical areas. States have already received funds to provide relief packages against the impact of rising food and other prices.

Making the economy more robust by lowering transport costs will be key. In this regard, we have opened a new chapter in public transportation through the deployment of cheaper, safer Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses across the nation. These buses will operate at a fraction of current fuel prices, positively affecting transport fares.

New CNG conversion kits will start coming in very soon as all hands are on deck to fast-track the usually lengthy procurement process. We are also setting up training facilities and workshops across the nation to train and provide new opportunities for transport operators and entrepreneurs. This is a groundbreaking moment where, as a nation, we embrace more efficient means to power our economy. In making this change, we also make history.

I pledged a thorough housecleaning of the den of malfeasance the CBN had become. That housecleaning is well underway. A new leadership for the Central Bank has been constituted. Also, my special investigator will soon present his findings on past lapses and how to prevent similar reoccurrences. Henceforth, monetary policy shall be for the benefit of all and not the exclusive province of the powerful and wealthy.
Wise tax policy is essential to economic fairness and development. I have inaugurated a Committee on Tax Reforms to improve the efficiency of tax administration in the country and address fiscal policies that are unfair or hinder the business environment and slow our growth.

To boost employment and urban incomes, we are providing investment funding for enterprises with great potential. Similarly, we are increasing investment in micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.
Commencing this month, the social safety net is being extended through the expansion of cash transfer programs to an additional 15 million vulnerable households.

My administration shall always accord the highest priority to the safety of the people. Inter-Service collaboration and intelligence sharing have been enhanced. Our Service Chiefs have been tasked with the vital responsibility of rebuilding the capacities of our security services.

Here, I salute and commend our gallant security forces for keeping us safe and securing our territorial integrity. Many have paid the ultimate sacrifice. We remember them today and their families. We shall equip our forces with the ways and means needed to perform their urgent task on behalf of the people,
We shall continue to make key appointments in line with the provisions of the Constitution and with fairness toward all. Women, Youth and the physically challenged shall continue to be given due regard in these appointments.

May I take this opportunity to congratulate the National Assembly for its role in the quick take-off of this administration through the performance of its constitutional duties of confirmation and oversight
I similarly congratulate the judiciary as a pillar of democracy and fairness.

I also thank members of our dynamic civil society organizations and labour unions for their dedication to Nigerian democracy. We may not always agree but I value your advice and recommendations. You are my brothers and sisters and you have my due respect.

Fellow compatriots, the journey ahead will not be navigated by fear or hatred. We can only achieve a better Nigeria through courage, compassion, and commitment as one indivisible unit.

I promise that I shall remain committed and serve faithfully. I also invite all to join this enterprise to remake our beloved nation into its better self. We can do it. We must do it. We shall do it.!!!

I wish you all a happy 63rd Independence Anniversary.
Thank you for listening.
May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Eid-ul-Mawlid: FG Declares Wednesday Public Holiday



By Ojone Grace Odaudu

The federal government has declared September 27 as a public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration.

Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, minister of interior, announced the holiday on Monday in a statement by Oluwatoyin Akinlade, permanent secretary of the ministry.

The Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration is in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Tunji-Ojo congratulated all Muslims in the country and in the diaspora for witnessing this year’s occasion.

The minister urged Nigerians to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition towards one another.

“His admonition to Nigerians is to imbibe the spirit of love, patience, tolerance, and perseverance which are deep spiritual virtues that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) exemplified,” the statement reads.

“Tunji-Ojo also urged Nigerians, especially our youths, to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition toward fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class, and ethnicity, and join hands with President Bola Tinubu’s administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable Nation that all citizens will be proud of.”

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Female wrestler Adekuoroye Obtains 2024 Olympics Spot



Female wrestler Adekuoroye obtains a spot in the 2024 Olympics.

By Ojone Grace Odaudu

Odunayo Adekuoroye, a female wrestler representing Nigeria, won the bronze medal in the women’s 57kg division at the upcoming World Championships in Belgrade on Wednesday. She therefore became the nation’s first grappler to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games in Paris.

Adekuoroye overcame Turkish opponent Elvira Kamaloglu in the third-place match 9-5 to earn a spot in Paris.
Adekuoroye will compete in her third Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, aiming to win a medal after obstacles in Rio in 2016 and Tokyo in 2020.

The 29-year-old, who missed the African Wrestling Championship earlier this year, was charged with winning her first world title but dropped 6-4 in the quarter-finals against world No. 1 and India’s Sarita Mor on Tuesday.

She was however able to compete in the repechage on Wednesday, securing her third World Championships bronze medal and a spot to per take in next year’s Olympics.

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