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Osun, Kano declare Thursday, Friday public holidays to mark Islamic New Year

Osun, Kano declare Thursday, Friday public holidays to mark Islamic New Year Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has declared Thursday, September 21, 2017, public holiday to commemorate the Islamic New Year. Thursday, September 21, 2017 is the New Islamic Year 1439 AH. The Islamic year started counting in 622 AD after the emigration of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to...... more

FG desperate to Islamise Nigeria — CAN •Says Sukkuk issuance unconstitutional

FG desperate to Islamise Nigeria — CAN •Says Sukkuk issuance unconstitutional The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has raised a petition and protest against what it views as the unrelenting plan of the Federal Government of Nigeria to introduce Islamic financing into a secular state in violation of Section 10 of the Constitution. CAN, in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja signed...... more

Catholic bishops blame government for tension in Nigeria

Catholic bishops blame government for tension in Nigeria Catholic Bishops have blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the tension in the country, saying realities on ground negated the promises he made in 2015 to ensure national integration and cohesion in his inauguration speech. The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), in a communique at the end of their second plenary...... more

Ebube Muonso opens up on alleged war with Father Mbaka

Ebube Muonso opens up on alleged war with Father Mbaka The Founder of Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry Uke, Anambra State, Reverend Father Emmanuel Obimma has opened up on the alleged war of words between him and Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, which has been trending on social media. Obimma, who is also known as Ebube Muonso, said he...... more

Nigerian pilgrim jailed in Saudi Arabia

Nigerian pilgrim jailed in Saudi Arabia A Sharia Court in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, has sentenced Mamman Lugga Kwakwazo, a pilgrim from Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State, to three months in prison. He was jailed for claiming a purse he found at the Holy Mosque in Makkah on Friday. Confirming the incident on Tuesday in Makkah,...... more

Pope injures head in auto accident

Pope injures head in auto accident Pope Francis got a cut on his brow and blood on his white cape Sunday when he bumped into the window of his Popemobile while waving to admirers in Colombia. Francis, 80, was standing up in the specially designed vehicle during a procession through the Caribbean city of Cartagena when the...... more

2 Nigerian pilgrims die same day in Makkah

2 Nigerian pilgrims die same day in Makkah Two pilgrims from Sokoto State, Luba Usman and Musa Haruna, have died in Makkah on Saturday. Luba was said to have died at about 7am while having breakfast while Haruna died while boarding a bus to Jeddah on their way back to Nigeria. Haruna who was from Gada local government area...... more

Catholic priest shot during service in Lagos

Catholic priest shot during service in Lagos Some gunmen opened fire on Daniel Nwankwo, parish priest of St Thomas Catholic Church, Onilekere, adjacent Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, Lagos, on Friday. A parishioner, who simply identified himself as Valentine, said the assailant struck around 9am. He explained that the victim had just finished attending to a church member when he was...... more

2 Kano Hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

2 Kano Hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia  Two pilgrims from Kano State have died during the 2017 Hajj in Saudi Arabia, the State Pilgrims Welfare Board said on Thursday. The Board’s Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Nuhu Badamasi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Makkah that the deceased who were males, died in Makkah after...... more

I can kill for my wife — Pastor Adeboye

I can kill for my wife — Pastor Adeboye Septuagenarian General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, has declared with his beloved wife, Pastor (Mrs) Foluke Adeboye, for love. Delivering his message on ‘Activating Your Destiny’ at the Throne of Grace parish and National Headquarters of RCCG, Ebutte Meta, Lagos on Sunday, monitored...... more

Catholic Priest kidnapped in Imo, murdered

Catholic Priest kidnapped in Imo, murdered The Police in Imo State have confirmed the kidnap and subsequent murder of a Catholic priest. Reverend Father Cyriacus Onunkwo was allegedly snatched from his vehicle in Orlu town in Orlu Local Government Area on Friday morning by gunmen. The Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Chris Ezike, told Channels TV...... more

Muslims angry, worried about Donald Trump’s policies targeting Muslims

Muslims angry, worried about Donald Trump’s policies targeting Muslims  American, Canadian and British pilgrims in Mecca this week for the annual Hajj say they are worried about the policies of US President Donald Trump targeting Muslims. “People are irritated, angry, sombre, a little bit worried,” said Yasir Qadhi, an Islamic scholar who travelled from Tennessee for his fourteenth pilgrimage. “No...... more

Group condemns tour operators over poor services to Hajj pilgrims, seeks sanctions

Group condemns tour operators over poor services to Hajj pilgrims, seeks sanctions Independent Hajj Reporters, a civil society organisation, on Saturday urged the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to sanction service providers and tour operators who deliver poor services to Nigerian pilgrims in Muna and Arafat. A statement by the group’s national coordinator, Ibrahim Muhammed, in Muna, Saudi Arabia, advised that a committee...... more

NAHCON announces new emergency line for pilgrims in distress

NAHCON announces new emergency line for pilgrims in distress The National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) has announced new emergency call lines for Pilgrims in the holy land. The Chairman of the commission, Barrister Bello Mukhtar, who made the announcement during a press briefing at the Arafat Hajj Rites, said that the emergency lines was to help pilgrims anytime they are in...... more

Eid-el-Kabir: Senator Obadara calls for prayers

Eid-el-Kabir: Senator Obadara calls for prayers A former Representative of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Olugbenga Obadara, has called on Nigerians to pray for the nation during the Sallah period. Obadara made the call in a statement made available to Journalists on Thursday, insisting that the nation needs prayers during this trying time. The Senator further called...... more

Eid-el-Kabir: Buhari joins other Muslims to offer prayers in Daura

Eid-el-Kabir: Buhari joins other Muslims to offer prayers in Daura President Muhammadu Buhari has joined thousands of Nigerians in marking the Eid-El-Kabir. The President on Friday attended the Raka’at Eid-el-Kabir prayer with Muslims Faithful at the Kofar Arewa Eid prayer ground in Daura, his home town. In his Sallah message, the President felicitated with Nigerians particularly the Muslim faithful, on the...... more

Dickson, Okowa, Amosun, Obaseki, Akpabio, Peterside, Obuah felicitate with Muslims, urge prayers at Eid-el-Kabir

Dickson, Okowa, Amosun, Obaseki, Akpabio, Peterside, Obuah felicitate with Muslims, urge prayers at Eid-el-Kabir A number of state governors and other prominent Nigerians on Thursday sent out goodwill messages to the country’s Muslims who today join their counterparts around the world to celebrate the 2017 Eid-el-Kabir‎. ‎Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, ‎congratulated...... more

More Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

More Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia The death toll among Nigerian pilgrims currently performing the 2017 Hajj rites in Saudi Arabia has risen from five to seven. Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abdullahi Mohammed, disclosed on Thursday in an interview with journalists at the plains of Arafat, Saudi Arabia. Mr. Mohammed had, at...... more

Arafat: Saraki urges 91,000 pilgrims to pray for Buhari, Nigeria

Arafat: Saraki urges 91,000 pilgrims to pray for Buhari, Nigeria Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has charged the 91,000 Nigerian pilgrims currently performing this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia to use the occasion of significance of the Arafat Day tomorrow (Thursday) to pray for the quick recovery of good health for President Muhammdau Buhari and the nation’s economy. Saraki further called on...... more

5 Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

5 Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia Five Nigerian pilgrims have so far died in Saudi Arabia, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) said yesterday. NAHCON’s head of the medical team, Dr Ibrahim Kana, who disclosed this at a pre-Arafat meeting with stakeholders, also said that a female pilgrim gave birth, while another had a miscarriage. “I...... more

Jehovah’s Witnesses attacked with poisonous gas during Convention; 400 delegates faint

Jehovah’s Witnesses attacked with poisonous gas during Convention; 400 delegates faint More than 400 Jehovah’s Witnesses passed out when assailants attacked the “Don’t Give Up!” 2017 Regional Convention of the Witnesses in Luanda, Angola, toxic gas, according to the Angolan media. About 7,000 delegates were in attendance at the convention when the attack took place last week Friday, August 25, 2017, the...... more

Friday, Monday declared Eid-el-Kabir holidays

Friday, Monday declared Eid-el-Kabir holidays The Federal Government has declared Friday,  1 September  and Monday 4 September  as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebration. ‎The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau‎, made the statement on behalf of the Federal Government on Monday in Abuja. Dr Rufai Attahiru, overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary...... more

NAHCON commends Saudi Govt. over handling of Nigerian pilgrims’ maltreatment

NAHCON commends Saudi Govt. over handling of Nigerian pilgrims’ maltreatment The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Saturday, expressed appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its prompt response to the maltreatment of two Nigerian pilgrims by some of its officers at the Prince Muhammad Bn Abdulaziz International Airport, Madinah. The Chairman/CEO, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, praised the action of...... more

Mob sets church ablaze over pastor’s alleged killing 11-year-old for ritual

Mob sets church ablaze over pastor’s alleged killing 11-year-old for ritual A church belonging to a pastor, named as Anthony Obo, has been set ablaze by mob for allegedly killing of an 11-year-old girl in Calabar. The pastor, whose church, was located at 6, Abua Street, off Edgerly road in Calabar South Council of Cross River State, at mid-morning yesterday escaped being...... more

2,332 Nigerian Hajj pilgrims moved from Madina to Makkah after performing rites

2,332 Nigerian Hajj pilgrims moved from Madina to Makkah after performing rites A total of 2,332 Nigerian pilgrims from Lagos who are in Saudi Arabia for the 2017 Hajj have been moved from Medina to Makkah, after performing the necessary rites. This was disclosed by the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr. Muftau Okoya, during a meeting with...... more

Shiites write Buhari, fault Presidential Investigation Panel

Shiites write Buhari, fault Presidential Investigation Panel The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites has sent a letter to the President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces stating their observations and concerns over the recently inaugurated Presidential Investigation Panel to probe human rights abuses by the military in the country. The letter dated 17th August,...... more

Hajj Reporters hails Nigeria’s quick response to maltreatment of pilgrims

Hajj Reporters hails Nigeria’s quick response to maltreatment of pilgrims An NGO, Independent Hajj Reporters, has commended the federal government for taking immediate and proactive steps in seeking redress for the two Nigerian pilgrims reportedly manhandled by the Saudi Arabian security agents in Madina airport. A statement on Wednesday, by the civil society’s national coordinator, Ibrahim Muhammed and Publicity Secretary, Abubakar...... more

Sultan declares Sept. 1, as Sallah day

Sultan declares Sept. 1, as Sallah day The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared Sept. 1, 2017 as Eid-el-Kabir  day. This is contained in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sokoto Sultanate Council. The statement, made available to...... more

Saudi Govt. apologises for maltreating Nigerian pilgrims

Saudi Govt. apologises for maltreating Nigerian pilgrims The Saudi Arabian government on Monday, expressed its displeasure over the over-zealous behaviour of some of its security operatives at the Madina International Airport. Investigations showed that two Nasarawa State pilgrims were roughly handled by the security agents on arrival at the Airport. To this end, the Secretary, National Hajj Commission...... more

Cleric charges youth on savings culture

Cleric charges youth on savings culture A Youth Pastor in Living Faith Church, Gwarinpa, Abuja, Pastor Ademola Adekambi, has appealed to a section of the teeming youths of the church to imbibe the culture of saving to invest, pointing out that it is scriptural and godly. During another series of talk session tagged ‘Mentoring Class’ on Sunday, the...... more

 

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