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Religion Must Never Be Used To Divide Or Oppress Others – Buhari

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from left, Yemi Osinbajo, APC Vice Presidential Candidate; Muhammadu Buhari APC Presidential Candidate; Babatunde Fashola, Lagos State Governor; Pastor E. A. Adeboye General Overseer Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and wife, Mrs Adeboye

from left, Yemi Osinbajo, APC Vice Presidential Candidate; Muhammadu Buhari APC Presidential Candidate; Babatunde Fashola, Lagos State Governor; Pastor E. A. Adeboye General Overseer Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and wife, Mrs Adeboye at the Lagos Annual Thanksgiving Service

The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammed Buhari, (retd), yesterday, said religion should not be used to divide the country, but should rather strengthen the corporate existence of Nigeria.

The former Head of State spoke at the 8th edition of the Annual Lagos Thanksgiving Service under the administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola, in Ikeja.

“This is how it should be. Religion must never be used to divide or oppress others or gain unfair advantage. All my life, I have always held the belief that all Nigerians must be free to worship God according to their beliefs,” he said.

“I am honoured to participate in this year’s edition of the Lagos Thanksgiving Service. And commended Fashola and his wife, Mrs Abimbola Fashola for this kind invitation.

“I am glad to know that this year’s service has brought together Nigerians of all faiths just to thank and praise the Almighty God for his mercies.”

Speaking further, Buhari noted that “The duty of government is not religion, the duty of government is to ensure peace, security of all Nigerians ,regardless of tribe, race or religion. And this is a commitment all of us must make in this service.”

Also speaking, Fashola said it was high time the people focused more on their common humanity and those things that they share together and focus less on their differences.

“Our languages, our religion, our ethnic origins are accidents of our birth and not the essential content of our humanity. If our creator wanted us to be the same it is not difficult for him to do so.

“Your faith is not better than mine, and if you think it is, I cannot quarrel with your opinion. You must respect my right to practice mine. That is why we gather today in the Centre of Excellence to thank and praise God together, Christians of different denominations, Moslems with different affiliations and traditionalists, because we are all grateful. That is the Spirit of Lagos,” Fashola said.

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Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

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Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

Olufon of Ifon

Oba Adegoke Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon under Ose Local Government Area Ondo State, has been murdered by unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits.

Oba Adeusi was reportedly killed on Thursday evening at a spot around the Elegbeka axis of the town.

According to reports, the monarch was initially kidnapped before he was eventually killed.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Raises Alarm As Bandits Allegedly Kidnap Scores On Kaduna-Abuja Road

The monarch reportedly died at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, as a result of gunshots he sustained during the attack.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Tee Leo-Ikoro, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

Describing the event as an unfortunate one, the Police spokesman in the state also revealed that two people in the monarch’s convoy were kidnapped.

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No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu

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No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed that there is no pardon for people indicted in reported cases of rape and gender-based violence.

The governor made this remark on Thursday when he received a 54-page compendium on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence compiled by the Stakeholders’ Committee set up by this wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.

The Committee was set up to give recommendations on how the fight against sexual and gender-based violence can be won.

Speaking at the occasion, Sanwo-Olu, restated his commitment to protecting the vulnerable demographics and getting justice for victims violated.

Also Read: Don’t Allow Conspiracy Theorists Undermine Lagos Security, Sanwo-Olu Tells Residents

The governor said, “I am delighted by the work done by the Stakeholders’ Committee to bring attention to the problems facing voiceless adults and children in our society. Through your efforts, vulnerable people are building the courage to speak out on offences of sexual violence and heal their wounds.

“We will bring people, who have been perpetrating these crimes, knowingly or unknowingly, to book. We will ensure they never walk freely without the full wrath of the law brought upon them. It is part of our responsibility to ensure that the vulnerable members of our society have a voice and have access to where they can get justice when their rights are violated.”

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Vendor’s Widow Disowns Family Over N500m Lawsuit Against Gbajabiamila

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Vendor’s Widow Disowns Family Over N500m Lawsuit Against Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila

Josephine Okereke, wife of the Abuja-based vendor killed by a security aide of Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, has rejected the family’s demand of N500 million compensation.

Okereke while speaking to newsmen on Thursday stated that what she wants is justice for her late husband, and not the compensation being sought by his family.

Recall that some days ago, Ifeanyi, her husband, was shot by Abdullahi Hassan, a Department of State Services (DSS) operative attached to the speaker.

Also Read: Family Of Slain Vendor Demands N500m Compensation From Gbajabiamila, Threatens Legal Action

Days after the Speaker promised to ensure justice, the family of the slain vendor wrote the speaker, demanding a N500 million compensation.

Okereke, however, told journalists in Abuja that she was not privy to the N500 million compensation requested by the family.

“I was in my house when within 10 minutes my father-in-law came from Abia, he went out along with his other son and the next day I heard that my husband’s people are demanding N500 million as compensation,” she said.

“I was shocked and asked how will they be doing that and how will the speaker help the children again with such demand. All I want now is that the person that killed my husband to face justice.”

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