Dr. Olasupo Ayokunle
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has congratulated Nigerians on the occasion of the 2018 Democracy Day.
CAN in a statement by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant (Media and Communications) to the CAN President, Dr. Olasupo Ayokunle lamented that government had failed on many fronts.
The statement reads: “CAN commends the military for its submission to the civil authority as clearly stated in the Constitution.
“CAN rejoices with Nigeria that since May 29, 1999, Nigerians have been enjoying an uninterrupted democratic system which is the longest period since when the country attained independence.
“We congratulate the Federal Government, the 36 state governments and the Federal Capital Territory and all the local government councils on this auspicious occasion and pray that God will give our leaders the needed wisdom to live up to the people’s expectations.
“The Association regrets that the three tiers of government have failed on all fronts — social, economic and political — and the unprecedented killings in the land, hardship, poor state of infrastructures and reports of suicide in the country are too obvious to be ignored.”
CAN also prayed that “leaders and all the security agencies would wake up to their responsibilities before the situation gets worse.
On the 2019 elections, the association urged “politicians to avoid hate and inciting speeches,” and encouraged all eligible voters to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and endeavour to exercise their rights to vote.
“The three tiers of government should strive hard to make the much-awaited dividends of democracy available to the people. Let there be room for gainful employment for our youths who are roaming the streets.
“Nigeria will be a better country if justice and the fear of God are upheld by both the government and the governed.”
“We reiterate our call to all Christians to continue praying for peace and unity for our fatherland and the grace to do the right things for our leaders,” the statement added.
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Illegal Abortions Responsible For Mysterious Deaths In Bauchi: State Govt
Bauchi State Government has revealed that the mysterious deaths recorded in the State has been as a result of illegal abortions.
An investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners is the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas in the northern part of the state.
According to reports, no fewer than 200 women have died in Bauchi as a result of this and there are projections that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this Friday, May 29, at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network.
Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who, after becoming pregnant, visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.
He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancies had become a major problem to family health in the state.
He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from complications.
Ondo Govt Arraigns Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin
The Ondo State Government has arraigned four men suspected to have killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the National Leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Recall that it was earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force handed over the suspects to the State Government.
They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.
The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.
Lagos Govt To Shutdown Markets Violating Social Distancing Order
The Lagos State Government has threatened to shut down markets in the State violating the social distancing order.
The Corps Marshal, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), Gbemisola Akinpelu, gave the warning on Monday at the Command Headquarters in the Oshodi area of the state.
In a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs Unit of LAGESC, Adebayo Kehinde noted that the order is coming from the State Ministry of Environment.
He reiterated the commitment of the agency to monitor markets across the state to ensure that the directive of the government is being adhered to strictly.
He urged the traders to maintain environmental cleanliness around the markets and stop trading on road setbacks and drainage.
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