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Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III, the Sultan of Sokoto

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Moon not sighted, Ramadan continues today – NSCIA

The President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs who is also the Sultan of Sokoto? Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared Thursday as Eid-il-fitr.

He said since there was no proven report of the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal on Tuesday, Ramadan fast would continue on Wednesday. Abubakar disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday by the Deputy Secretary-General, NSCIA, Prof Salisu Shehu, titled ‘Shawwal 1442 AH Press release.”

“The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs – under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni – wishes to inform the Nigerian Muslim Ummah that there was no proven report of the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal, 1442 AH on the 29th of Ramadan, 1442 AH. Ramadan fast will therefore continue tomorrow, Wednesday, May 12, 2021 as the 30th day of Ramadan. Consequently, Thursday, May 13, 2021 is hereby declared as 1st of Shawwal, 1442 AH and the day of Eid-il-fitr.

Convoke national dialogue, South tells Buhari, Ohanaeze, Afenifere back govs

Governors in the 17 states of southern Nigeria on Tuesday demanded that the President, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (retd), should address the country on mounting security challenges and restore the confidence of the people.

The governors, who held a four-hour meeting in Asaba, Delta State, chaired by the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, resolved to ban open grazing in their domains.

The group, in a 12-point resolution, urged Buhari to convoke a national dialogue as a matter of urgency. They also demanded that bold steps be taken towards the restructuring of the country, saying state police had become a necessity.

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, said the demands by the governors were long overdue. On its part, the Pan Niger Delta Forum declared its support for the decisions reached by the governors especially on the issue of restructuring and banning of open grazing of cattle. Also, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, applauded the southern governors for coming together.

Bala-Usman suspended till panel concludes investigations – FG

The Federal Government on Tuesday said Hadiza Bala-Usman would remain suspended from office as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority until the outcome of the investigation being done by the panel that was established to probe her activities.

On Monday the Federal Government inaugurated the panel of enquiry on the management of the NPA and ordered the panel to investigate policies of Bala-Usman, who was suspended last week for allegedly failing to make required remittances to the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

This came as the Federal Ministry of Transportation faulted a media report that linked the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to two Chinese firms that submitted bids to manage some port channels which was allegedly against due process.

Okorocha knocks Buhari regime, says govt must change style

The Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, has said injustice and pervasive poverty were responsible for the anger and frustration with the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

Okorocha, who is also a member of the governing All Progressives Congress, stated this while hosting less privileged Nigerian Muslims at his private office in Abuja, on Tuesday.

The former Imo State governor, said the APC-led Federal Government, must begin to take steps to address injustice and tackle poverty in order to restore calm. Okorocha said, “I will comfortably say 75 per cent are not happy at this moment. There is nothing productive that can come from this nation for as long as this alarming number remains unhappy. Whatever we can use to guarantee their happiness as a nation, we should do that. “You can’t solve a problem unless you know the causative. The cause of our Nigerian problem lies in injustice and poverty and the quicker government moves to address the issue of injustice, the better it is for our nation to reduce the level of anger on the nation.”

Senate to hold zonal hearings on constitution review May 26

The Senate has said its planned zonal public hearing on the review of the 1999 Constitution, would hold from May 26 to 27.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, is the Chairman of the committee which has 59 other Senators drawn from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory as members. All female Senators and principal officers except the Senate President, are equally members of the panel.

A statement by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Deputy President of the Senate, Yomi Odunuga, on Tuesday, said Omo-Agege, disclosed the details in Abuja. The statement explained that the public hearing would be held simultaneously in 12 state capitals in Nigeria, meaning that two public hearings would be held per geo-political zone. He said a national public hearing was expected to be held in Abuja.

We know where kidnappers are, only being careful – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has assured Nigerians that the Federal Government is handling the problem of insecurity in the country.

He said the insinuation in some quarters that the government was clueless was unfounded, adding that the result of government’s efforts would soon be evident. “One of the most difficult things to do, for a democratically-elected government, is to use the instruments of coercion against its own people. For example, while the nation’s military have superior firepower over the rag tag band of Boko Haram and ISWA, the terrorists most often than not operate among the populace, either in our villages or towns, hence the military, in tackling them, is usually careful to avoid collateral damage.

“The same applies to the kidnappers who abduct our school children. Usually, the location of the kidnappers is not unknown to security forces, but they still have to exercise caution in order not to hurt the same children they are trying to rescue. Despite these inhibitions, the security forces have the wherewithal to decisively tackle the challenges,” he added.

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