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Boko Haram: God Will Intervene, Says Akpabio

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AkpabioGovernor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State and other concernced Nigerians have expressed hopes that with fervent prayers, Nigeria will overcome the security challenges currently bedeviling her.

Speaking with State House correspondents after the 2014 Presidential National Prayer and Breakfast session held at the Presidential Villa on Saturday, where President Goodluck Jonathan called on Nigerians to intercede for the nation over the insecurity situation, Akpabio noted that there was nothing impossible for God to do.

“We are all believers, both the Christians and the Muslims, and we believe strongly that there is nothing that is impossible before God.

“What we have done this morning through our dear President is to present Nigeria before God and present all the challenges that we are facing today to God Almighty and I am very convinced, as a human being and as one of the small leaders in the country that God will intervene. God has intervened in the affairs of Nigeria and God will lead us aright”, he said.

Akpabio, who is Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors Forum, expressed confidence that with the prayers offered at the session, divine intervention is on the way.

“The security problems that we are seeing today are temporal just like our dear President has pointed out that these things are ephemeral… nothing is permanent. It is only the word of God that is permanent. We have called on God and I know that God will intervene and the enemies we are seeing today, we will see them no more”, Mr Akpabio stressed.

The Secretary of the Nigerian Christians Pilgrims Board, Mr John Kennedy Opara, said that “what Nigeria is doing is to replicate what many countries of the world did several years ago when they were in turmoil and got free.

“Today portends Unity. Today is a day of reflection. It gives us an opportunity to reflect as a nation and pray for our dear country Nigeria.

“If you check the history of national prayer breakfast, from America till today, you will see that when the people of a nation gather to pray under the able leadership of the president there is always a significant change and that is what we have gathered under the leadership of the President to do today. It is a significant day”, he told State House correspondents.

Information Nigeria reports that at the prayer session, which was graced by President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic, President Jonathan had stressed that the Boko Haram sect would “surely pay” for every attack that they have carried out in Nigeria.

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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