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My Christmas Message Was Based On Love For The Country Without Any Political, Ulterior Motive – Bishop Kukah Says

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….. Asked Nigerians To Focus On His Message, Not The Baseless Propaganda Cooked against Him.

Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Sokoto Catholic Archdiocese, has responded to attacks on him over his Christmas Day message, urging Nigerians to ignore the lie against him.

He disclosed this in a chat with newsmen on Tuesday, 29th December, and asked Nigerians to dwell on the statement he made, not on lies against him, He explained that his message, titled ‘Another Christmas with Dark Clouds of Death,’ was based on his love for the country without any political or ulterior motive.

On the attacks on him, he said he was pained that his critics had failed to see that many innocent lives were being lost on daily basis and had failed to show concern for the loss of lives in the last ten years, even before the advent of this administration.

He said: “The reactions are a reflection of every citizen that make up Nigeria. It is sad that when you drop something in Nigeria, everybody goes back to their enclave and abandons the larger picture. I am someone who never takes offence to what people say about me.

“What I said was my opinion based on evidence and what has happened in Nigeria, and if you looked into the records, there is evidence that justifies that statement, and if anyone thinks I am wrong, they should come out with a superior position.”

He described as unfair news reports that he called for a coup while expressing his personal view about Nigeria.

To those calling him to drop his priesthood cassock and join the political fray, Kukah said if he was to join politics, it would have been during the time of the late Aminu Kano and not now.

He said: “I have no plan and will never play partisan politics for any reason. Those who link my message to partisan politics are only playing to the gallery.

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He argued that his views on governance and politics would not make him a politician, saying: “Take, for instance, brilliant Nigerian youths making comments about Chelsea or Arsenal and have never been to England, does that make them players of such club sides?”

He argued that people who called him a politician because of his comments on governance were totally ignorant of elementary politics and the role of a priest.

“Whatever I said can please or displease anyone, but that is my own. I have no problem with Muslims, Christians, or any other religion but what I don’t like is when someone is using a religious issue to play politics, it is wrong.”

Meanwhile, the COALITION of Nigerian Muslim Professionals (CNMP) and other groups had, yesterday, joined the ranks of those condemning attacks on Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto Catholic Archdiocese.

The latest support for Kukah by the CNMP and others came as the cleric broke his silence on the attacks against him, tongue-lashing his attackers and accusing them of deliberately misinterpreting his message to suit their selfish pursuits.

The coalition commended Kukah for “his boldness to speak truth to power.” They faulted those who rose against him over his sermon. In the statement signed yesterday by the group’s National Coordinator, Prof. Mohammed Inuwa, the group noted that President Buhari meant well for the country, but faulted him for some actions taken by his administration against the country’s unity.

They said the country would be a great place to live if it had three persons like the Catholic bishop, saying that persons attacking the truth do so for their personal interests.

It urged the President to see the bishop’s message as a wake-up call with a view to adjusting his policies and programmes for the betterment of the country and Nigerians.

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The professionals accused attackers of the bishop as doing so for pecuniary gains and not in the interest of the country. It warned against twisting the cleric’s message to mean that he called for a coup, saying the bishop was too learned to support such ignoble path to installing leadership, saying Nigerians with a conscience would not fall for the antics of those twisting the Bishop’s message.

The group said: “Even during the military era where people dreaded the powers that be at the time, Bishop Kukah, who was then a Catholic priest spoke truth to those at the helm of affairs without fear or favour. He has shown through his actions all the years that he is a true son of Nigeria in particular and Africa in general. We should support him for being bold enough to come out to speak what many Nigerians know is the truth but are afraid to speak out for fear of the leadership.”

It continued: “While we must admit that President Muhammadu Buhari means well for the nation, we must say most people in his government are grossly incompetent and don’t deserve to stay around power even in an uncivilised space.”

The group said it would not shy away from the truth even though most of the President’s actions drawing criticisms were in favour of its region.

It flayed marginalisation of the Igbo in every facet of national life, saying the development was not promoting national cohesion, which nationalists that laid down their lives for the country’s independence wanted.

“There’s nothing wrong with Bishop Kukah’s statement in the actual sense. Some regions particularly the South East have been marginalised in successive governments, and the administration of President Muhammad Buhari came and amplified it with the worst,” it added.

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SOUTHERN Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) youth wing and the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA), yesterday, joined the list of those declaring their support for Kukah and his sermon.

The Secretary General of ECWA, Rev Yunusa Sabo Nmadu, in a statement, said there was nothing new about what Bishop Kukah said.

“The bishop has spoken our minds and we will resist any attempt by any group or agency of government to harm him. Enough of this intimidation.”

He said effort by government to silent dissenting voices was unacceptable and must be resisted.

The cleric reinforced Kukah’s position on nepotism, saying: “as a matter of fact, Nepotism under President Buhari’s administration is topnotch. This administration has first class in nepotism and maladministration. The Federal Government must immediately take steps towards addressing those concerns raised by Bishop Kukah, rather than sponsoring fake groups to attack the revered bishop.”

He said the earlier the administration took steps to address the concerns raised by Kukah, the better for the country.

SOKAPU youth leaders flayed the statement credited to Arewa Youths Consultative Forum and signed by its national President, Yerima Shetima, “calling for the arrest of Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah.

A statement issued by the group, signed by its national leader, John Isaac, lamented that despite the obvious lopsidedness in the composition of the security architecture of the country as pointed by Bishop Kukah, the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum allowed itself to be dragged into the “murky waters of tribalism, ethnic loyalty and religious bigotry, choosing to look away the realities of the North which has become a pool of blood and a yard of graves”.

 

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Abaji Council Secretary Host FG Team Of Conditional Cash Transfer For Households.

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Abaji Council Secretary, Hon Nasiru Sani, (m) in a group photograph with the team of the FG conditional cash transfer for the house - holds in the area when they paid a congratulatory visit to the secretary in his office on Tuesday
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Abaji Council Secretary Host FG Team Of Conditional Cash Transfer For Households.

By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

The newly appointed Secretary of Abaji Area Council, Hon Nasiru Sani, on Tuesday, recieved in audience the team of the Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer for the households in the area in his office.

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Earlier, the Desk Officer of the FG conditional cash transfer for the households in the area, Mohammed B. Isah, who led the team on courtesy visit, told the council secretary that they were in his office to congratulate him on his new appointment as the secretary of the council.

The Abaji Council Secretary, Hon Nasiru Sani, left in a hand shake with the desk officer of the FG conditional cash transfer for the house- holds, Mohammed B Isah, when he led the team on a congratulatory visit to the secretary in his office on Tuesday

The Abaji Council Secretary, Hon Nasiru Sani, left in a hand shake with the desk officer of the FG conditional cash transfer for the house- holds, Mohammed B Isah, when he led the team on a congratulatory visit to the secretary in his office on Tuesday

He informed the council secretary that, the team saw the need to also briefed him about the activities of the FGs conditional cash transfer, which he said been successful without any hitches since the programme started in 2019.

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He disclosed that the conditional cash transfer scheme started with three political wards, which he said were Yaba, North/East and Rimba-Ebagi wards, saying Nuku-Sabon ward was later included after it was discovered that the scheme was going on smoothly without any hitches.

“Sir, and it would also interest you know that after Nuku-Sabon ward was included, we now proceeded to include Agyana- Pandagi ward, while Alu-Mamagi, Gurdi and the remaining other wards were later captured in the scheme, while the beneficiaries identity cards has been issued to them,” he said.

The desk officer, said though, those that were captured in the scheme have not started receiving the N5,000 conditional cash transfer, while he assured the team support to the new council secretary.

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Responding, the council secretary, Hon Nasiru Sani, thanked the team for taking time of their tight scheduled to come and congratulate him for his appointment as secretary of the council.

He therefore, solicited for the team support and prayers in order for him and the council chairman, Hon Abdulrahman Ajiya, to succeed in piloting the affairs of the council.

Abaji Council Secretary, Hon Nasiru Sani, (m) in a group photograph with the team of the FG conditional cash transfer for the house - holds in the area when they paid a congratulatory visit to the secretary in his office on Tuesday

Abaji Council Secretary, Hon Nasiru Sani, (m) in a group photograph with the team of the FG conditional cash transfer for the house – holds in the area when they paid a congratulatory visit to the secretary in his office on Tuesday

“And I will also want to solicit that I need your advices because I am new here, which I believe with your good advice we can move the council to a greater heights,” he said.

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FCT Minsiter Urges New FRSC Sector Commander On Advocacy, Enlightenment.

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The outgoing FCT sector commander of the FRSC, Ayuba Wobin Gora (m) Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello,with some top security personnel
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FCT Minsiter Urges New FRSC Sector Commander On Advocacy, Enlightenment.

By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

The FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, has charged the incoming new FCT sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), Mr Samuel Ogar Ochi, to ensure the enforcement of all traffic regulation on FCT roads and also embark on enlightenment and advocacy in the discharge of his duties.

Minsiter of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello, right present a souvenir to the outgoing FCT sector commander of the FRSC, Mr Ayuba Wobin Gora

Minsiter of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello, right present a souvenir to the outgoing FCT sector commander of the FRSC, Mr Ayuba Wobin Gora

Bello, gave the charge when he received the new FRSC Sector Commander in his office on Monday in Abuja.

“In the discharge of your duties, your keyword should be enforcement, enforcement, enforcement. After these three keys, you can go to the second one which is enlightenment and advocacy because so many people on the streets are driving vehicles without knowledge of traffic regulations”,he said.

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He also urged Mr Ochi who had previously functioned as the Head of Operations of the FRSC in the FCT, to pay adequate attention to, and meet the traffic challenges along Airport Road, which he reminded the official is a 10 lane expressway comprising of numerous bus stops, pedestrian bridges, has several settlements bordering it and a major gateway into the city

The minister, while expressing confidence in the ability of the new Sector Commander to meet the challenges, also said that apart from the Airport Road, he should also focus on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway.

“And starting all the way from the interchange junction, right through to the Apo Interchange, as well as the Aminu Kano Crescent in Wuse II. These are some of the areas in the city where you have the greatest concentration of traffic and also the greatest challenges”, the minister said.

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He further urged Mr Ochi to ensure the commitment of the men and women to their jobs, while pledging the continuous support of the FCT administration to the FRSC in the discharge of its responsibilities in the FCT.

In his response, the new FRSC Sector commander, pledged to work hard to meet the challenges of ensuring road safety in the FCT, saying that he was already familiar with the demands of his assignment in the FCT.

The outgoing FCT sector commander of the FRSC, Ayuba Wobin Gora (m) Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello,with some top security personnel

The outgoing FCT sector commander of the FRSC, Ayuba Wobin Gora (m) Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello,with some top security personnel

He also commended the FCT Minister for the steps taken to improve traffic management in the Territory inclusive of restrictions placed on the operations of tricycles and commercial motorcycles as well as the construction of roads saying “you can now drive to Dutse as if you are within the city”.

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Speaking earlier, the outgoing sector commander Mr Ayuba Gora Wobin, expressed his appreciation to the FCT Minister for all the support he enjoyed from the FCT Administration as the Sector Commander.

He said the job was challenging due to the constant influx of people into the FCT, even as he maintained that cooperation of officials of the FCT administration contributed to the successes he enjoyed.

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Global Times Nigeria, report that the FCT minister presented a letter of commendation and a souvenir gift to Mr Wobin, who was deployed to Jos Plateau state as the new zonal head of the FRSC.

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FCT Minister Lays Foundation For Widows, Orphans Housing Estate in Abuja.

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Minister of the FCT Muhammadu Bello Umar, right lays the foundation stone for Widows and orphans housing estate in Wassa Abuja.
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FCT Minister Lays Foundation For Widows, Orphans Housing Estate in Abuja.

By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Muhammad Musa Bello Umar, has laid the foundation for a housing estate for the widows and orphans being constructed by Qatar Charity, a Qatari Non Governmental Organization (NGO) in Wasa District of Abuja.

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According to a statement by the minister’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Anthony Ogunleye, the significance of the project was in the cordial and mutually beneficial relations that exist between Nigeria and the State of Qatar.

The minister of the FCT Muhammad Musa Bello, during the foundation laying for the construction of housing estate for Widows and orphans in Wassa Abuja

The minister of the FCT Muhammad Musa Bello, during the foundation laying for the construction of housing estate for Widows and orphans in Wassa Abuja

The project is a partnership between the FCTA and Qatar Charity, whereby financial cost would be borne entirely by the charity while the FCTA has provided the land.

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Country Director of Qatar Charity, Mr Hamdi Elsayed, was quoted in the statement as saying that the estate is being constructed on about 13 hectares of land and has a planned completion period of 12 months.

Minister of the FCT Muhammadu Bello Umar, right lays the foundation stone for Widows and orphans housing estate in Wassa Abuja.

Minister of the FCT Muhammadu Bello Umar, right lays the foundation stone for Widows and orphans housing estate in Wassa Abuja.

“The housing estate, according to the Country Director, will contain 200 units of two bedroom houses, a school, a vocational training centre, shops, and recreational facilities among other amenities,” he said.

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Mr Hamdi also revealed that benefitting widows and orphans will not own the houses allocated to them but will remain as occupants until such a time when they will no longer need them, in which case they will be allocated to other beneficiaries.

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