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Archbishop implores Nigerians to promote peaceful coexistence



The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius Kaigama

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius Kaigama has implored Nigerians, irrespective of religious, ethnic or political affiliation to promote peaceful coexistence of all and sundry in the country.

Kaigama made the call on Friday in Abuja shortly after a Special Mass celebration at the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro Cathedral held as part of activities to mark the 2021 General Assembly of the Archbishops of Abuja dioceses.

The archbishop stressed that peace and security were paramount to sustain the unity of the country.

He said that Nigerians should maintain living in peace and should continue to be their brother’s keeper as security of the country was in the hands of everyone.

Kaigama charged Christians to continue playing their respective roles for the growth of the country.

He appealed to Nigerians not to promote crises through religion.

“Nigerians are being killed not Christians; it is not about a particular religion,” he said.

In his sermon, the Archbishop took the gospel reading from John 20:2, “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me”.

He explained that God had given Christians  authority over everything and the church was the light for the society to look up to.

“The church has the responsibilities to teach the society to move from conflict to communion.

“I urged Nigerians to always give thanks to God, who has continued to preserve the nation.

He urged Nigerians not to relent in praying for unity in the country.

The senator representing Plateau South Senatorial District, Nora Daduut in an interview with NAN assured Nigerians that women and the youths in the church were involved in preaching peace.

Daduut said it was the duties of mothers to heal the ills of the society, adding“ let us speak the language  of love peace and oneness.’’

The event was attended by priests, religious organisations and societies as well as representatives of government.

Present at the event was the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Sen. George Akume.

The theme of this year’s General Assembly is “Ministerial and Pastoral Collaboration” and it will feature deliberations on New Evangelism, Ecumenism, Inter-religious Dialogue, Justice and Peace, Communications, Liturgy, Health, Family and Youth Development.

The General Assembly ends on the Sept. 25, with closing Mass and issuance of communiqué. (NAN)

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Uba Sani To PDP’s Ashiru: Join Hands With My Govt For Kaduna’s Development 



Kaduna State Governor Uba Sani


Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani, has hailed the judgement of the Kaduna State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which upheld his victory in the March 18 gubernatorial election in the state.

Sani, in a statement on Thursday, September 28, 2023, urged his challenger in the election, Isah Mohammed Ashiru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join hands with his government to develop Kaduna State.

Sani contested the gubernatorial election on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The governor, who commended Ashiru for challenging his victory in the court, stated: “I am extremely delighted and humbled by the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal affirming my victory in the 2023 Kaduna State Governorship Elections.

“The judgement is an unequivocal affirmation of the popular mandate graciously given to me by the good people of Kaduna State. I commend the Tribunal for their thoroughness and lucidity. They have enriched our jurisprudence and practice of electoral democracy.

“I also commend my dear brother, Hon. Isah Ashiru Kudan for approaching the Tribunal to ventilate his grievances. This is a clear demonstration of his belief in the principles of democracy and the imperative of civility in the conduct of political actors.

“I call on Hon. Isah Ashiru and members of the opposition parties in Kaduna State to join hands with us as we strive to move our dear state to a higher level. We are all stakeholders in Project Kaduna.

“It is not about personal glory. Our people want all hands to be on deck to address the myriad challenges confronting the state. If political actors are united, a clear signal will be sent to our people that the quest for peace, security, progress, and development of our state are the driving forces of our participation in politics.”

He, therefore, enjoined the APC members in Kaduna State to moderate their celebration of his election victory, saying they should extend an olive branch to other members of political parties in the state.

“Instead of celebrating, we should bow down in prayers to the Almighty God for His continued guidance and protection. Let us focus on the tasks ahead,” Governor Sani added.

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Subsidy: NLC, TUC Declare Indefinite Strike From October 3



TUC and NLC symbols


The leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) will commence an indefinite strike on Tuesday, October 3.

This followed a joint press briefing held by both leadership of the union in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Tuesday (today).

The unions also asked their state chapters to mobilize for protests across the country.

It was gathered that the leaders of the two labour centres have resolved their differences that made only NLC embark on a two-day warning strike without the participation of TUC.

According to the notice of meeting signed by the NLC Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, the meeting is holding virtually.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong has appealed to the NLC leadership to shelve the planned strike, assuring them that the Federal Government is determined to address the concerns raised.

The minister also noted that one of the major demands of the NLC in their last meeting has been met, which has to do with the release of the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Road Transport workers.

A statement signed by the spokesman of the spokesman of the ministry’s Olajide Oshundu, urged the workers’ unions to give the government a little more time to address other issues.

On Tuesday, September 5 and Wednesday 6, 2023, NLC embarked on a two-day warning strike to force the government to address the mass suffering of Nigerians, especially workers.

Sources privy to the matter said the two sides after their separate organs’ meetings, commenced a joint press briefing at 3 p.m. on Tuesday to announce an indefinite nationwide strike following the Federal Government’s failure to address the suffering and other socioeconomic hardships occasioned by the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as petrol.

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Three Injured As Gunmen Kidnap Nasarawa Poly Student





Three students have been injured following an attack by gunmen in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

A student of the Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic in Lafia was abducted by gunmen who struck on Monday night.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ramhan Nansel, confirmed this to Channels Television in a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

He said the abduction was during a robbery raid at Ombi 1 in Lafia, a student village where most of the enrollees of the polytechnic reside.

According to the police spokesman, a distress call was received by 10 p.m. on Monday over an armed robbery taking place at a house at Ombi 1, Lafia.

“Upon receipt of the report, policemen were immediately drafted to the scene; on arrival, it was discovered that three people were injured,” the police spokesman said.

“The victims were rushed by the police to Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital for treatment. Upon their return to the scene of the incident, it was later discovered that one person named Jumoke (surname withheld) was missing.”

The police spokesman assured the public that the command had launched an investigation as the Commissioner of Police had deployed all tactical teams of the command to the area.

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