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Kano Ulamas: Shun inflammatory comments, sermons ,capable of causing tension,disharmony – Gov Yusuf

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By Kolawole Emmanuel, Kano

The Kano state governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has charged Ulamas and religious leaders in the state, to shun inflammatory comments and sermons to avert heat up the polity and not causing disharmony and tension .

Gov.Yusuf made the assertion on Thursday during a stakeholders meeting with the religious community at the popular African House, Kano State Government House.

According to him, “religious leaders wield strong control over their followers and must not use such powers for selfish interests or cause disunity in the land.”

“Your followers listen to you, it is important for you to bridge the gap between the politicians and the masses and avoid any comments capable of bringing unrest”.

“It is disturbing how some clerics have turn their pulpits to attacking grounds where they utter disturbing comments against people in Government.”

“Back in the days, you hardly hear a Malam insulting or attacking any politician. It is expected of you to remind those in power of their responsibilities, but you mustn’t do such in a way that can cause trouble.”

“I want to assure you that my government remains committed to your well fare and we would ensure your allowances are paid promptly and henceforth through your personal accounts to avoid irregularities.” He explained.

He then solicited the help of the Ulamas in the fight against moral decadence in the society.

Yusuf also declared the commitment of administration to fighting criminality noting that it has reduced it by almost 95 percent since the inception of his government.

The Governor also advised the religious leaders to devise means of preaching to the youths to shun crime and return to good ways for their personal progress and that of the state and nation at large.

Yusuf then disclosed that very soon he will personally lead the destruction of confiscated hard drugs in the state to serve as deterrent to others who have hitherto supplied contraband drugs to Kano.

He noted that the state has partnered with relevant agencies in the fight against drug abuse and will do anything possible to rid the state markets of dangerous drugs.

Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh, Muhammad Nasir Adam, leader of the Ulamas’ forum said, Government and other authorities have relegated them to the background.

According to him, “religious leaders must be carried along for a balanced relationship and not only call on them when prayers are needed.”

“I want to use this medium to call on my colleagues to stop sending messages to government and those in position of power and learn to do so through the proper channels.”

He noted that, “It is disrespectful to call out someone in public and claim you are advising him, we must use proper channels to communicate to them and not in public spaces. The Prophet never did that and we must learn to do things the right way.”

While assuring the Government of their support and cooperation with the view to move the state forward, he however called on clerics to desist from using their sermons in sending messages to the people in power but rather, send them advices in written forms, officially and respectfully.

” We are worried that despite our influence the Government and other relevant authorities only call us for prayers. This must change for our collective progress”. He concluded

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Rivers: Court outlaws LGA chairmen tenure extension

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By Barth Ndubuwah, Port Harcourt

A High Court sitting in Rivers State has ruled against the recent extension of Local Government Chairmen’s tenures, declaring exercise by the ousted 27 lawmakers of the State House of Assembly as invalid.

 The case, Hon. Enyiada Cookey-Gam & 6 Others vs The Governor of Rivers State & Others (Suit No. PHC/1320/CS/2024), was presided over by Hon. Justice D.G. Kio  in Port Harcourt.

Justice Kio declared that Local Government Law No. 2 of 2024, which sought to extend the Chairmen’s terms by six months, conflicts with the 1999 Constitution and Section 9(1) of Rivers State Local Government Law No. 5 of 2018.

The court affirmed that the lawful tenure for Local Government Chairmen and Councillors remains three years, as stipulated by the 2018 law.

The judge emphasised that the attempt to extend the tenure was not only unlawful but also violated the officials’ oath of office.

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Emir of Kano to visit Awujale of Ijebuland today

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The Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, and President, Ijebu Traditional Council, Oba Dr. Sikiru Kayode Adetona CFR, GCON, JP, Ogbagba II, will today play host to the revered traditional ruler, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, on a royal visit along with eight officials of the Kano Emirate.

In a letter titled Notification of Our Visit to Ijebu Ode Kingdom, dated 19th May 2024, with reference number KEC/HH/CORR/OOW/VOL.I/768 and personally signed by the Emir of Kano, the purpose of the visit is to pay “respect to His Majesty with intention to strengthen the cordial relationship that has been in existence for several years between Awujale of ljebu-land and our father, the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, of blessed memory.

The letter read, “I humbly write to notify His Royal Majesty the Awujale of ljebu-land of our resolve to pay a Royal Visit to ljebu Ode Kingdom, Ogun State, on Wednesday, 22nd May, 2024 with an entourage of 8 officials of Kano Emirate.

“The purpose of our visit is to pay our respect to His Majesty with intention to strengthen the cordial relationship that has been in existence for several years between Awujale of ljebu-land and our father, the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero of blessed memory.

“At the same time, we will seize the opportunity to felicitate with His Majesty for attaining the age of 90 years, as well as been on the throne for 64 years.

“While we pray and hope the trip will be successful, and we meet Your Majesty in good health, please accept the assurance of our esteem regards.

 ”Allah Ya kare mutuncin mu da addinin mu. Allah Ya bamu lafiya da zaman lafiya (May God protect our honour and our religion. May God grant us health and peace).”

The visit will hold at the GRA Ijebu Ode residence of Kabiyesi Awujale between 12.00 noon and 2.00pm

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Domestic violence: Speak out, don’t suffer in silence — Lagos Commissioner tells women

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By Sodiq Adelakun

The Lagos State Government has urged women experiencing violation of rights to speak out as they can only receive help when they do so.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), Mrs. Cecilia Dada, at a ministerial news conference in Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday.

“Speak up, speak out on domestic violence, there’s help! Come to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation. If you cannot come, call 767. 767 is a number to call if you need help,” Dada said.

Also, she revealed that a total of 662 domestic violence cases were reported in the last one year, with 592 women and 70 men affected.

According to the commissioner, 592 women reported battering and violence against them by their husbands, while 70 men reported being beaten or battered by their wives within the same period.

She said the cases were reported directly to the WAPA ministry or through its toll-free line 767/112.

Further breakdown showed that 27 men and 247 women reported domestic violence directly to the ministry, while 43 men and 345 women reported spousal violence through the toll-free line.

In response to the growing concern, she revealed that Lagos State Government is constructing a Domestic Violence Survivors Shelter at Agidingbi, Ikeja, which will provide a safe and secure refuge for survivors of domestic violence.

Meanwhile, Dada added that the domestic violence unit created in 2015 in order to handle gender based violence cases that occur among intimate partners, relations, neighbors, among others had done a lot.

She said the domestic violence unit is saddled with the responsibilities of ensuring zero tolerance to gender based violence in the state.

The commissioner stated that the unit had been able to offer social intervention which involved advocacy (sensitisation and awareness creation programs on GBV), counseling, mediation, rescue, social investigation, empowerment, referral, medical assistance, collaboration, psychosocial services and follow up.

“The Ministry also partners with MDAs, International organisations and other relevant stakeholders to curb cases Of gender based violence in the State,” she said.

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