President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday blasted religious bodies responsible for killing human beings in order to please God, saying that they were ignorant as they could not please Him by murdering people.
He said his administration would investigate and bring to book all perpetrators of mayhem across the country.
The President said that no religion or civilised culture would tolerate violence, especially the taking of another life.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke at separate meetings with the Qadiriyya Muslim Movement in Africa and the Izalatul-Bid’a-Wa-Iqamatus-Sunnah at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari said anyone, or group of persons, who unleash violence on the innocent in the name of a movement, cause or religion lack understanding of the ordinances of God.
“You can’t kill to please God; and I know no religion tolerates the taking of another person’s life in the name of a religious movement.
“There is never a justification for killing any member of the society. We have been tackling the Boko Haram menace, and we have made significant impact, and we will extend the measures to stop all wanton killings,’’ he said.
The President said the security apparatus would be consistently reviewed to check threats to the peaceful co-existence of all Nigerians, and ensure the safety of lives and properties.
He told the delegation that his political party, the All Progressives Congress, campaigned on three issues, noting that his government had been consistent in ensuring that it “provides adequate security, fights corruption and stimulates the economy for creation of jobs.”
“Our priority is to also ensure that everyone in the country has something to eat. We are really concerned about the underprivileged.
“Graciously, God has been hearing our prayers. In the past two years, we have had bountiful harvest due to favourable conditions. All over the country, we have reports of farmers posting good harvests,” he said.
On corruption, the President said the security agencies would continue to expand their dragnet to ensure that sanity was restored into public offices.
“Justice will be done to all in the war against corruption. As religious leaders, I urge you to tell your followers to respect the rights of others.
“Those that stole from the public can no longer sleep well in the country today. When they run abroad, they cannot take their landed assets with them.
“We will, in all cases, have them return what they looted,” he added.
In his remarks, the leader of Qadiriyya Muslim Movement in Africa, Dr. Keribullah Kabara, said the movement would continue to uphold the President in prayers for good health and longer life to pursue the course of building a stronger nation that caters for all citizens.
He said the reports of improved security in the North-East and better harvests for farmers across the nation were clear signs of God’s favour on the government, urging the President to continually look unto God.
In an interview with State House correspondents shortly after meeting the President, Yassin Garba Maisikeli, said their mission was to pray for the President’s health as well as the health and progress of Nigeria.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )
Wike Signs Executive Order Proscribing IPOB, Lifts Curfew
Governor Wike disclosed he has signed an executive order proscribing IPOB in Rivers during a state broadcast on Wednesday night, a day IPOB worldwide leader, Nnamdi Kanu, referred to him as a “little Hitler.”
Governor Wike stressed during the broadcast that while Rivers remains the home to all tribes and ethnic nationalities, the state government is opposed to the presence and activities of the legally proscribed and anarchic IPOB and whatever it stands for in the south-south state.
The Rivers State governor said while his administration acknowledges and appreciate the enormous contributions from non-indigenes to the political, social, and economic development of the State, it will neither accept nor allow any individual or group from within and outside to violate the peace, endanger lives and property under any guise in the State.
Recall that the Governor had earlier lifted a ban on movement which had been imposed in some parts of the state.
Some of the areas include Mile 1, Mile 2, Ilabuchi, Ikokwu areas among others.
Wike however said the curfew in Oyigbo Local Government Area stile remains while the Ikokwu market remains shut.
Ogun Governor Orders Full Reopening Of Businesses, Others
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has ordered the full reopening of hotels, viewing centres, marquees, event centres, suites, guest houses, and motels.
Others in that category are restaurants, eateries, lounges, bars, and cinemas.
Recall that in the wake of the deadly Coronavirus, Dapo Abiodun ordered the closure of those establishments to avoid the spread of disease.
This was contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, on Wednesday.
The Ogun governor said those in the industry should open for business fully.
Somorin also revealed that schools, markets, churches, and mosques in Ogun have been asked to revert to their regular programme of activities as obtained before COVID-19.
However, Somorin urged the hospitality establishments to strictly adhere to a set of guidelines in order to keep up with the protocols aimed at further flattening the curve of COVID-19.
Lekki Shootings: Why Families Of Victims Are Afraid To Speak Out —Falana
Popular human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has said family members of those affected by the Lekki toll gate shooting have refused to speak about the incident.
The senior lawyer claimed that the families refused to speak “because of the environment under which we operate.”
Falana who stated that the military is “known for lies and deception,” recalled how the Nigerian Army allegedly covered up the reported killing of 347 Shi’ites in Zaria, Kaduna state, in 2015.
Falana said, “Nobody should believe the military because it has a history of lies, fraud, and deception.
“Just in December 2015, the same Chief of Army Staff, General (Tukur) Buratai claimed that there was a traffic jam in Zaria and the big man wanted to move and because of that traffic, he got soldiers from the first division in Kaduna to mow down Shiites.
“And what was the explanation? That the Shiites wanted to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff…and about six or seven persons died.
“But in the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State Government, we were told that indeed 347 Nigerians were killed by the military. No autopsy, no postmortem, nothing was done. Their bodies were taken away in the dead of the night and given a mass burial.
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