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Islamic Group Alerts NSA Over Imminent Religious Crises In Kogi

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

National Security Adviser, (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd)

An Islamic group in Okene local government area of Kogi state, ‘Righteous On-Lookers Association’ has raised alarm over threat to peace following the lingering crises rocking the area on the appointment of Chief Imam.

Worried by the ugly situation, the group has appealed to the National Security Adviser, (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), to prevail on Kogi State Government to put in place procedure for the appointment of a substantive Chief Imam of Okene Central Mosque.

The appeal was contained in a letter addressed to the office of the national security adviser titled “Security alarm -The pending leadership crises over Imamship of Okene central juma’at mosque” signed by the patron of the association , Ahmed Adoke copies which were made available to newsmen in Okene on Sunday.

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Adoke lamented that the yet to be resolved Imamship crises has pitched two Islamic group; the Tijaniya and Ansarul Islamic Society of Nigeria in the area against each other as a result of disagreement on the mode of ascension to the position of Chief Imam of the central Juma’at mosque in Okene.

According to him “Our concern is that instead of addressing the mode of ascension that has generated palpable tension, Kogi State Government waded in and appointed one of the contenders as acting chief Imam for an indefinite period.

“Thus giving the appointee an undue advantage over other contenders, a situation that seems to have generated more tension in the area.”

He pointed out that part of the consequences of Kogi State government’s action was the recent violent clash between supporters of the two Islamic groups putting the area in an unnecessary apprehension.

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While calling on the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to as a matter of urgency do the needful to avoid further crises that can snowball into massive killings and destructions of property, Adoke cautioned that religious crises can be more disastrous than political crises if urgent steps are not taken.

“As much as we appreciated and commended the quick intervention of the state governor , His Excellency Governor Yahaya Bello immediately after the demise of Late Chief Imam Alhaji Musa Galadima, we still appeal to your honourable office and other Islamic Authority to act promptly in order to avert further crises against the existing peace we are enjoying in Kogi State.

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“This association is of the candid view that the leadership (Imam) crises has gotten to a level that calls for attention of your respected office, especially when considered the fact of the strategic location of Okene town as a gateway between north and southern parts of the country” he said.

National Security Adviser, (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd)

While appealing to the two warring Islamic sects to exercise utmost restraint in the interest of peace and the comfort of Islam that both parties propagate, Adoke drew the attention of those fuelling the crises directly or indirectly to bear in mind that the consequences of any crises can not be underestimated, noting that “no one can predict the end result”

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Abaji MSSN Demand Bye -law For Marriage Registration.

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The Agabe of Gwargwada-Ugbada, His Royal Highness (HRH) Alhaji Hussaini Agabi Mam, representative of the Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Salihu Kakamba, during the public and book launch by the Abaji MSSN on Tuesday
Abaji MSSN Demand Bye -law For Marriage Registration.
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By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

The Abaji Area Council unit of the Muslims Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has advocated for a bye law for registration of marriages in the area.

Some Abaji MSSN executives during the public lecture and book launch on Tuesday

Some Abaji MSSN executives during the public lecture and book launch on Tuesday

Speaking at a public lecture and book launch on Tuesday, the Ameer of MSSN in Abaji, Haruna Kure, said the desire to demand for a bye law for registration of marriages was due to the way and manner some government agencies as well as foreign embassies compelled muslim women to obtain marriage certificate under marriage Act before their documents will be processed.

He said the MSSN noted that marriage certificate usually obtained at various issuing offices carries the caption “Marriage Act” which he said indicated that the marriage of the holder of such marriage certificate is contracted in accordance with the marriage Act.

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He said the implications to a holder of such marriage certificate is that such marriage cannot be separated  or dissolve during life time except by a valid court judgment of divorce.

According to him, either of the parties before the death of the other shall not contract another marriage, while such marriage remain not dissolve.

“And what is sure and certain from the above is that this marriage certificate issued and its registration thereof, do not have found a function of the local to register all marriages under item 1 (I) of the fourth schedule of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 as (amended),” he said.

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He said since there is a provision of section 55 (g) of the local government Act of 1997 applicable to FCT specifically and emphatically for legislative arm to make a bye law, there was the need for the legislators to make a bye law for registration marriages rather than marriage under the” marriage Act”.

Kure, however, disclosed that the MSSN had already written a letter accompanied with a proposed bye law to chairman of the council, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, and legislative arm of the council making a case that will take care of muslim sisters in the area.

The Agabe of Gwargwada -Ugbada, His Royal Highness (HRH) Alhaji Hussaini Agabi Mam, who is also the patron, commended the MSSN executives for organising the lecture and launching of book titled “Dispute Negotiation: An insight of the reality of Hudaybiyya.

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The monarch advised the MSSN to endeavour to extend invitation to non muslim faith, saying such may encourage some of them to convert to Islam.

Global Times Nigeria correspondent report that the book, was written by secretary general of the MSSN, I.B Ahmad, which was also launched by some dignitaries and clerics that graced the event.

The Agabe of Gwargwada-Ugbada, His Royal Highness (HRH) Alhaji Hussaini Agabi Mam, representative of the Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Salihu Kakamba, during the public and book launch by the Abaji MSSN on Tuesday

The Agabe of Gwargwada-Ugbada, His Royal Highness (HRH) Alhaji Hussaini Agabi Mam, representative of the Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Salihu Kakamba, during the public and book launch by the Abaji MSSN on Tuesday

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Just In: Nasarawa Speaker Felicitates Muslims Worldwide, Advocate For Sober Reflection.

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Rt. Hon. Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, Nasarawa State House Assembly Speaker
Just In: Nasarawa Speaker Felicitates Muslims Worldwide, Advocate For Sober Reflection.
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Following celebration and commemoration of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi has joined the people of his constituent, Toto LG and Nasarawa State to felicitates with Muslims on the occasion of this year’s maulud and urged believers to use the period for sober reflection.

The Speaker in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Jibrin Gwamna, described the birthday of prophet Muhammad (SAW) peace be upon him as significant and called on Muslims to reflect on his exemplary life style.

Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi and President Muhammadu Buhari

Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi and President Muhammadu Buhari

He emphasized the need for believers to tolerate and love one another in respective of their religion and other differences as the major teachings of the prophet to build an egalitarian society.

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Speaker Balarabe Abdullahi enjoined Muslims to also used the period to pray fervently for the emerging challenges facing the nation and for God to continue to keep the country and the people in peace, progress and as one united nation.

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ZHCOAN General Overseer Admonish Christians to Seek God’s Face

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ZHCOAN General Overseer Admonish Christians to Seek God’s Face

 

 

By: Joshua Adinoyi

 

General Overseer of the Zion Hill Church of All Nations (ZHCOAN), Dr. Kolawole Adebisi has called on believers to seek God’s face continually.

Dr. Adebisi who gave the admonition in a Sunday sermon in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State said seeking God continually helps believers to fulfill their purpose on earth.

The Clergyman noted that life will be easy for those who are out to seek God, obeying His commandment and as well, devote their time to worshipping God always.

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“Its is good to seek the face of God always, not just when we are in trouble, when we are in lack, when need help, provision and so on

“We are to seek God continually because it brings us more closer to God and create deeper relationship between us and God

“That is why we were made to understand in the book of Jeremiah that we should seek God and live”

Dr. Kolawole prayed to God to help christians shun all forms of distraction to enable them secure deeper relationship with God.

The service featured word and song ministration.

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