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‘Nigerian leaders should be committed to eradicating poverty’

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‘Nigerian leaders should be committed to eradicating poverty’

The parish priest of the church of the Archangels Gadumo, Lokoja Catholic Diocese Reverend Father Cyril Obanure has challenged Nigerian leaders to live up to their call to service making the welfare of the less privileged a priority.

Obanure who spoke after the solemnity of the feast of Christ the King in Lokoja against the current wave of poverty said it should not become a source of drawback for Christians as it is not caused by God.

He said the Bible also acknowledged that the poor would always be there even when it acknowledged that the same God provided the means through which the poor could be helped.

He said the feast which was ester listed 90 years ago is a reminder to Christians that Jesus should be their focus no matter the situation as he would always care for them.

“Today the world over the Catholic church celebrates the solemnity of Christ the King. It is a celebration and the highest feast in which we recognize Jesus Christ as our saviour and King. “The feast was instituted in the year 1926 by Pope Pius 11 after the first world war in which Christians and catholics particularly are urged to let christ be at the and ruler of their lives irrespective of nation, tongue and sociopolitical background”

He explained further that Jesus Christ is the author of life because through him all things were made according to the faith of the church.

‘So he is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Essentially it reminds us in this feast that all those who have been appointed as rulers, spiritual or temporal wherever they find themselves they should remember that power comes from God and the position they are holding is meant to be of service.

“So if anything outside of this contradicts what they do then probably those in charge are not doing the will of God because Jesus christ whose kingship we celebrates today said he had come not to be serve but to give his life as Ransome for many and we have seen how he gave his life for his people he has redeem.”

According to him, Jesus died on the cross so that the world might be saved.

He said the Kingship of Jesus is not that with a palace, as he was not collecting taxes, or going around looking for power and people to do him honour rather he came to serve as a means of kingship. He challenged Nigerian leaders to learn from the humility of Jesus adding that they should realise that power is meant for service.

There high point of the celebration was the procession of the faithful who danced and sang praises to God.

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Lekki massacre: Senator Ubah asks Buhari to prosecute erring soldiers

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Lekki massacre: Senator Ubah asks Buhari to prosecute erring soldiers

Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has urged
President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately commence prosecution of all soldiers found culpable in the deadly Lekki Toll Gate shooting.

In a statement, he issued in Abuja on Monday, he described the shooting as a gross violation of the fundamental right of the #EndSARS protesters.

Describing the shooting as barbaric, Ubah said, “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.”
According to him, “these unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”
He said the prosecution would go a long way in serving justice to the deceased and their loved ones.
According to him “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.

“These unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

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#ENDSARS protests: Senators become soft targets for hoodlums

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#ENDSARS protests: Senators become soft targets for hoodlums

Senators Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central), Senator Gershom Bassey, representing Cross Rivers South Senatorial District and Former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, got their dose of the #ENDSARS protests that has been taken over by hoodlums on Saturday.

The hoodlums in Ibadan invaded Sen. Folarin’s residence, where they carted away items worth N200million
The rampaging youths made away with empowerment materials worth N200 million.
The ugly incident was confirmed by Folarin during a radio programme, monitored on Saturday in Ibadan.
The stolen items were meant for constituency empowerment programme of the lawmaker, scheduled to take place in December.

Among the items carted away are about 300 motorcycles, deep freezers and food items.
Folarin, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content and former Senate Leader, said he was relieved that no life was lost.

In Calabar the hoodlums also invaded the mansion of Senator Ndoma-Egba, where they broke into his premises and that of senator Bassey and carted away properties that include set of chairs, Television sets, matrasses, toilet seats and car batteries before setting the country home of Ndoma-Egba ablaze.

It was gathered that the hoodlums easily overpowered the security personnel protecting the houses and even wanted to collect their guns before the security personnel took to their heels after which the hoodlums carted away valuables.
It was also gathered that a lounge (Bulavard) allegedly belonging to an APC stalwarts Hillard Etta were also vandalised just as a petrol filling allegedly belonging to Governor Ben Ayade was destroyed.

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‘Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding’

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‘Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding’

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerian youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage the government in finding solutions.
The president in a recorded national broadcast told the youths that their voice has been heard loud and clear and his administration is responding.
He therefore called for calm amidst the arsons and clashes that have ended the peaceful street protests of young Nigerians protesting against police brutality.
“I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy,”
The President however, downplayed the attack on protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos as he failed to mention the episode in his speech.
The government security forces, including the army, alledgelly fired live ammunition on protesters in Lekki toll-gate on Tuesday with fatalities.

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