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Muslim group urges Nigerian govt to declare public holiday for Islamic New Year

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The Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, has called on the federal government to make first day of a new Islamic year — Muharram – a work free day.

The group made the call in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Ibrahim Abdullahi, to commemorate the current Muharram 1, 1439 in llorin which falls on September 21.

The coordinator noted that the declaration of first day of Islamic calendar a work free day in Nigeria would give Nigerian Muslim’s a sense of belonging.

Mr. Abdullahi called on religious leaders and their followers to learn to live in peace with the adherents of other religions.

According to him, Muslims should refrain from making provocative statements capable of causing bad blood among them and other Nigerians.

He stressed the need for mutual tolerance and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians irrespective of religious affiliations.

The group commended some states in the country that have declared September 21, Muharram 1, as work-free day to mark the beginning of a new Islamic year as it is done for January in the Judo/Gregorian calendar.

Some of such states include Oyo and Osun.

The Islamic calendar is lunar, consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days to date events among Muslim faithful.

It is also used by Muslims to determine the proper days of Islamic holidays and occasions such as the annual period of fasting and the proper time for the pilgrimage to Mecca.

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#EndSARS Protests Politically Motivated – Kogi Governor

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#EndSARS Protests Politically Motivated – Kogi Governor

Yahaya Bello

Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has expressed that the nationwide #EndSARS protests across the country were politically motivated.

Bello made the statement when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Tuesday.

Bello said the protest was sponsored by politicians who are benefitting from the disruptions caused by the demonstrations across the country.

The governor said Nigerians do not need a soothsayer to tell them that the protests had a political undertone even after the government agreed to the demands of the agitators.

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“Dear Nigerians, let me tell you, what is happening today, this so-called #EndSARS is politically motivated,” he said.

“Whether anybody says it or not, I am saying it once again and you can quote me anywhere, anyday and I will prove it to you.

“Why will you demand five items and you and granted and you refuse to take it.. which struggle, agitation or uprising across the world has ever succeeded without leadership?.

“100 per cent, I agree (with the agitations of the protesters) but if you look at what is happening today, you will have no option than to classify it as politically motivated”.

According to him, it is a “ploy to set we the youths of this country against one another.”

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Hoodlums Loot Abuja NYSC Office

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Hoodlums Loot Abuja NYSC Office
Hoodlums Loot Abuja NYSC Office

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The National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC) orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja has been reportedly attacked by some hoodlums.

According to reports, the orientation camp was invaded in the early hour of Tuesday, October 27.

It was reported that the hoodlums upon arriving at the NYSC camp at about 9 am today, blocked the major roads, and ordered motorists to follow another route.

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According to reports, the hoodlums were seen with mattresses, plastic chairs, rice, groundnut oil, and other items walking around the camp.

Military and police officers have cordoned off the area and there have been shooting there. A military helicopter is reportedly hovering around the area.

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‘You Cannot Gag The Press’ -Fani-Kayode Reacts To NBC Fine On Media Houses

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‘You Are A Dictator, Sociopathic Disgrace’ – Fani-Kayode Attacks Buhari
'You Cannot Gag The Press' -Fani-Kayode Reacts To NBC Fine On Media Houses

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Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has slammed the National Broadcasting Commission for punishing ARISE TV, Channels Television, and Africa Independent Television (AIT) over their coverage of the #EndSARS protests.

Recall that on Monday, the regulatory body fined each station N3 million for alleged violation of broadcasting codes for broadcasting footages obtained on the Lekki shooting by soldiers from unverified and unauthenticated social media sources.

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Reacting to this development, Fani-Kayode stated that NBC’s move was an indicator that President Muhammadu Buhari is a “dictator and a fascist.”

He wrote:

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