Category Archives: Celebrating Xmas’20

Xmas’20: Lagos Gov’t takes new decision on Cross over night

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This was confirmed yesterday, in a statement released by Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Lagos state chairman, Bishop Stephen Adegbite.

The Lagos State government which is head by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has taken a new decision on December 31, 2020 cross service.

The Lagos state government has sanctioned that the service can go on but insisting that the worship must end by 12.15 a.m and all necessary measures must be put in place.

He said the timing was in deference to Federal Government’s existing curfew to check the COVID-19 pandemic.

He advised members who could return home to remain within the premises till 4:00a.m. when the restriction elapses.

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Adegbite pleaded with worship centres to observe extant safety measures, pleading that infections should be promptly reported to relevant authorities.

This will come as good news for most Christians in the state as they will have the opportunity to give thanks to their maker alongside their fellow brethren after going through a tough year.

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Yule 2020: Pretty Actress, Iyabo Ojo and Children in rock Xmas. [Video]

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According to the mother of two, number 21 is her lucky number but its so sad her mum left on the same date.

Popular Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo has shared very cute Christmas themed photos of herself and her children on her Instagram page.

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Captioning the photos, the 43 year old wrote;

“In the spirit of Christmas …Love you all my beautiful people”

In the funny video she shared, the actress and her daughter were dressed up as Santa’s assistants and her son, Festus, dressed up as the real ‘Father Christmas’, complete with the protruding belly.

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They then went on to dance to a Christmas song.

Recall with NoRM that few days ago, Iyabo clocked 43 years old today and coincidentally, it happens to be exactly a month she lost her mum to the cold hands of death.

Actress Iyabo Ojo

Sharing a stunning photo of herself, Iyabo Ojo wrote;

”Mama is exactly 1 month you left me, why did you have to go on the 21st of Nov I still needed you, my luck number, hmmmmmmm II Love you mama Iyabo & will forever miss you, happy new chapter 43 to me

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She has also shared a video of how her loved ones celebrated her. In the video, the likes of Toyin Abraham, Femi Adebayo, Muka ray, Priscilla, Festus and others were seen showering encomium on the actress.

The elated celebrant who obviously could not hide her joy captioned the video with words of appreciation.

Iyabo Ojo and Children, Festus and Priscilla

Watch Video HERE

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Yule 2020: Mayhem as Boko Haram attack Church on Xmas

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More than 40,000 people have been killed and nearly 3 million displaced in a decade of Boko Haram terror activities in the country.

Over five persons have been confirmed dead after some Boko Haram terrorists attacked the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria Church (Church of the Brethren) at Pemi village in the Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State.

NoRM gathered that gunmen invaded Debro community, shooting sporadically. The ugly incident had happened on Friday when the attackers were said to have burnt down many houses, cars, and motorcycles in the community.

A source said, the terrorists struck around 6 pm, though information about the incident did not reach the military until 9 pm. They set the church on fire and waited until it burnt down before they left.

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The source added that fleeing villagers spent the night out in the cold till this morning.

The attack comes exactly a year after six people were killed and three wounded by Boko Haram insurgents in Kwaaagilim village, also in Chibok Local Government Area.

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Yule 2020: Actress Sola Sobowale stuns in lovely photos for Xmas. [Photos]

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The actress who wore a very huge smile in the photos also took to her caption to say a word of prayer for her fans to mark the special occasion.

Veteran Nollywood actress, Sola Sobowale took Instagram to share adorable photos from her Christmas photoshoot.

In the photos, the 56 year old was seen wearing a red and white Santa Clause costume, complete with a hat and black belt.

In her words;

“Merry Christmas everyone. As we celebrate today, may we be filled with the spirit of joy, love and peace.”

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See the photos below;

Recall with NoRM that few months ago, the mother of three released some new photos of her beautiful self on her Instagram page. According to Sola, she shared the photos because her daughter’s found them so pretty.

“I usually send pictures/videos to my girls seeing as we are not in the same vicinity to ensure we do not miss anything about each others lives. Yesterday’s reaction to this set pictures was priceless, one said ‘flawless victory, another said ‘see as you fine’. Ejoooo, ori mi ti wu o” she captioned the photos.

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Yule 2020: Unusual Xmas as Nigeria reports 1,041 new COVID-19 cases

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On Christmas eve, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 insisted that the 12am-4am curfew remained in force.

It is Christmas again and Christians in Nigeria have joined their fellow believers in various parts of the world to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Christmas Day, which is commemorated on December 25 annually, is declared as a public holiday not just in Nigeria but also in many other nations.

It is accompanied by the teachings of Christ which include showing love to one another and tolerance among other Christian virtues.

Unlike the usual practice where Christians celebrate freely by going to churches for service and visiting relaxation centres, this year’s Christmas is being marked with restrictions.

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This is as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that put a pause to life, forcing the people to get used to a new way of life.

Since the virus first broke out in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province in China, it has spread to many countries, infecting almost 80 million people across the world.

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Of the cases recorded, almost 45 million people have recovered from the disease but no fewer than 1.7 million lost the battle to the virus.

Nigeria is not left out as the country has reported a total of 81,963 cases, out of which 11,070 are active, 69,651 people have been discharged, with 1,242 deaths recorded.

These figures were released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday night.

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As the country sees an alarming increase in the number of new cases after an initial relaxation of restrictions, authorities in various states have begun to re-enforce them.

The PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, also announced new protocols as part of measures to curb the spread of the disease, including the closure of bars and clubs in various parts of the country.

He asked the security agencies to enforce the protocols on the use of face masks and physical distancing, as well as called for a delay in the resumption of schools until at least January 18, 2021.

Dr Aliyu directed civil servants on Grade Level 12 and below to work from home and asked the permanent secretaries in the respective ministries to enforce the order.

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As authorities enforce these directives, Christians trooped out on Friday morning to attend the Christmas service.

However, the occasion is being celebrated in an unusual way as worshippers wear facemasks and observe social distancing in churches opened for service.

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Yule 2020: Nigeria needs Xmas treasure to fight criminalism

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On the celebration, he called on citizens to use the season of goodwill and joy to renew their faith in the ability of his administration to make a lasting difference in the lives of hard-working people.

President Muhammadu Buhari, says the nation requires the Christmas values of joy, peace, hope, love, goodwill and imminent salvation to stem the rising insecurity in the country, economic recession and the Covid-19 pandemic.

The president stated this in his 2020 Christmas message to Nigerians which was issued by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Thursday.

He felicitated with Christians in particular and Nigerians in general on the joyous occasion of Christmas 2020, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.

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He said: “In Christendom, Christmas season represents joy, peace, hope, love, goodwill and imminent salvation.

“These worthy values which Jesus’ Advent symbolise, are very much needed in our country at this time when we are confronted with diverse challenges like the rising spate of armed banditry, kidnappings, insurgency, economic recession and upsurge of COVID-19 infections.

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“I wish to, therefore, enjoin fellow compatriots to appropriate the hope that comes with Christmas and reinvest trust in this Administration’s determination and unwavering commitment to restore peace, security and prosperity to our dear country.

“Under my watch, the Federal Government will continue to provide the needed support within available resources to the gallant members of our armed forces and security agencies as they confront threats to our citizens.

“While I commend them for their efforts so far, I urge them to do more to checkmate increasing incidents of security threats especially in the northern parts of the country as well as the entire nation in varying degrees.

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“Their display of tact, camaraderie, and expertise that led to the recent return of abducted schoolboys of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, will remain a milestone in the annals of the country.

“For me, providing security for all residents in the country remains an article of faith. It formed a vital segment of this Administration’s three-point agenda right from inception, and we must follow through with it.

“I cannot in good conscience shirk this cardinal responsibility to secure lives and property. I feel pained each time a breach of peace and security occurs in any part of the nation.

“I am even more distressed when our youths, especially school children, are the targets and victims of mindless and malevolent elements in the society.

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“As a parent, I share the emotional torture and agony parents and guardians go through whenever their children and wards fall into the cruel hands of these enemies of decency and good society.’’

He assured that in line with his campaign promise, he would continue to do his best to ensure the safety of Nigerians where ever they live in the country.

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According to him, he feels pained any time there is a security breach in the country especially when young Nigerians are the victims.

The president, however, affirmed that the solution to the problem is more than the simplistic suggestion being advocated, saying that his administration would remain focused on its multidimensional approach to the incidents.

“Our Social Intervention measures and other economic policies are already yielding positive results even at modest rates.

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“We shall deliberately target our youths so that they will not fall into the trap of unpatriotic elements to foment social disobedience leading to avoidable loss of lives and property.

“Let me reiterate that while the right to peaceful association and protest is guaranteed under our laws, this Administration will not fold its arms and watch protests, however, well-intended, degenerate into wanton killings of law enforcement and other security personnel as well as the destruction of private and national assets.

“It is gladdening to note that the various schemes and components of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) are being implemented faithfully to support micro-small businesses.

“I am particularly delighted that artisans, small-time transporters, traders and farmers are the main beneficiaries as we continue to provide safety nets to the most vulnerable members of our society as well as business owners to mitigate the harsh economic environment occasioned by COVID-19.

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“In spite of dwindling national revenue worsened by the pandemic, we will do all that is required to fully implement the 2021 Budget of Economic Recovery and Resilience.

“We are optimistic that all things being equal, we should be able to exit recession at the shortest possible time.’’

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Yule 2020: FRSC promises ‘traffic free’ Xmas along Lagos-Ibadan expy

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Olayinka also attributed the heavy traffic to the ongoing renovation on the highway, adding that the construction workers had reduced to single lane some sections of the road.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday assured commuters and transporters that it would sustain the current free flow of traffic along the Ogun axis of the Lagos/Ibadan expressway.

The Ogun Sector Commander of the corps, Mr Ahmed Umar, gave the assurance in Abeokuta in an interview with NoRM‘s known Media

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Umar, who said there had been substantial and noticeable improvement in the traffic situation along the Ogun corridor of the expressway, pledged that the FRSC would sustain this.
He attributed the development to the recently inaugurated “Operation Zero Road Crashes” across the country by the corps.

“We have really planned ahead to check the usual traffic jam on the major highways including the Lagos/Ibadan expressway.

“The Ogun command of the FRSC has deployed 2,452 personnel across the state to monitor and control gridlocks during the Yuletide with a larger percentage on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and Sagamu – Benin expressway.

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“The personnel, made up of Regular and Special Marshals, have been deployed to traffic-prone areas and construction zones including Ogere, Mowe, Ibafo, Magboro and Kara to ensure accident and hitch-free Yuletide, especially on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

” Thirty three vehicles, 10 motor bikes, seven ambulances and two towing trucks have also been deployed in the state for the exercise
“The heavy presence of our officials and equipment would be felt on the Ogun axis of the expressway to monitor and control traffic jams so as to ensure sanity of motorists during the festive season,” he said.

He also attributed the development to the renewed collaboration between the agency and the transporters as well as other stakeholders in the state.

“We have met and advised drivers against excessive speeding and to refrain from driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and property.

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“We have also advised them and organised various seminars on how to keep their vehicles road worthy and obey all traffic rules and regulations to stay alive during and after the season,” Umar said.

The Spokesperson of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE) in Ogun, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, also corroborated that the free flow of traffic on the state’s axis of the expressways in an interview with NoRM‘s known Media in Abeokuta.

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He added that over 100 officials of the agency had been deployed in the Ogun axis of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway for the yuletide and New Year period.

“We have four Divisional commands along that stretch, namely: Akute/Ojodu-Abiodun which covers the Berger/Longbridge/Mountain Top University axis; Mowe/Ibafo Divisional Command, which covers the Mountain Top axis- interchange; Sagamu Divisional Command and Ogere Division Command.

“The stretch leads to Ibadan and our operatives are always on ground,” he said.

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Mr Dotun Oluyinka , an official of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Kuto park Abeokuta, said that there had been an increase in vehicular movement on the Lagos/Ibadan expressway because of Christmas.

He said that the traffic was usually heavy around Ibafo area because “the designated bus-stop is so small and so transporters stop along the road to drop and pick passengers.’’

” The frequent breakdown of trailers along the road, particularly, Ibafo and Kara areas coupled with narrow road often result in heavy traffic,” he said.

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Olayinka said that the rehabilitation work on the highway had also led to expansion of some portions of the road thus easing traffic in such areas.

He, therefore, called on the government to ensure speedy completion of the project for easy flow of traffic on the Lagos/Ibadan expressway.

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Yule 2020: Buhari cancels Xmas visitation to Aso Rock over COVID-19

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President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled the annual Christmas homage to the State House by religious and community leaders of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The President’s decision, according to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu, was taken in compliance with the instructions by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, especially the restriction on large gatherings.

“In line with the prevailing protocol put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, restricting large gatherings, President Muhammadu Buhari will not be hosting the usual Christmas homage by religious and community leaders in the Federal Capital Territory.

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“The President urges all citizens to, in line with the prescribed protocol, observe social distancing, use face masks, wash hands frequently and avoid overcrowding of public spaces, markets, shopping centres, offices and places of worship.

“President Buhari equally appeals to citizens to discourage all non-essential travels during the holiday season. He wishes everyone a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year ahead,” the statement said.

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Yule 2020: CBN to investigate Money dearth in ATMs

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Also at Firstbank ATM in Egbe, Isolo road, the four machines, all in good working conditions, had no cash to dispense.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it will investigate the scarcity of funds witnessed by customers in most Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in Lagos State.

The CBN‘s Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Mr Osita Nwanisobi told Noble Reporters Media (NoRM), on Wednesday, that ATMs were introduced so as to ease the sufferings of the people.

Nwanisobi spoke on the heels of customers complaining that the proliferation of Agent Banking is responsible for ATMs not having money to dispense any more.

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NoRM reports that people have alleged this was due to banks conspiracy with CBN.

The director also described as “preposterous” insinuations that the apex bank conspired with commercial banks to ensure there was no money in the machines.

“It is highly preposterous for anyone to say that CBN connived with banks to deprive people of their money this season.

“The primary purpose, for which ATMs were introduced, is to ease the sufferings of Nigerians and to make banking easier and convenient.

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“I assure the public that CBN will investigate the matter,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, a check by NoRM reveals that some ATMs that are not dispensing cash are those that are either faulty or looted and vandalised during the #ENDSARS protests.

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Those ATMs that are not faulty, but due to network issues are also not dispensing cash thus causing scarcity of funds, thereby, leaving customers to patronise Agent Banking.

According to CBN, agent banking is “the provision of financial services to customers by a third party (agent) on behalf of a licensed deposit-taking financial institution and/or mobile money operator.

A visit to the Firstbank ATMs at Iganmu, showed the machines in the bank premises were not dispensing, but the ones in the banking hall are working well.

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Customers, who came into the premises, complained that scarcity of funds had always been the order of the day at that particular Firstbank quick service point.

Mrs Kudirat Abiodun, a trader, said “Madam, if you want to withdraw, just board a bike to Ikotun branch.

“I have never seen a branch that is unserious as this one.

“In a week, their machines can only dispense money twice.

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“They never have money in their ATMs.

“I think that there is a conspiracy here so that all these POS operators around can make their money,’’ Abiodun told some people who wanted to make cash withdrawals.

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Xmas’20: Gov’t declares public holidays

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While felicitating with Christians and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on this year’s Christmas and New Year Celebrations, Aregbesola urged Christians to adopt the creed of Christ on faith, hope and love.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday 25, Monday 28 December 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021 as public holidays to mark the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year celebrations respectively.

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The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government in a statement signed on Wednesday by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore.

“We must emulate the life of humility, service, compassion, patience, peace and righteousness that the birth and ministry of Jesus Christ signified, that will be the best way to know Christ and celebrate his birth,” he said.

He noted that peace and security are critical factors needed to enable government accomplish its mission of revitalizing the economy, improving Foreign Direct Investment as well as generating employment opportunities for over 100 million Nigerian youths in the next 10 years.

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Aregbesola advised Nigerians, and Christians in particular, to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, as stipulated by relevant authorities, during and after the yuletide, especially with the second wave of the outbreak of the disease.

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The Minister, who reiterated federal government’s avowed commitment to the fight against armed banditry, kidnappings and other crimes and criminalities in the country, called on Nigerians to support the efforts of the security agencies by providing them with information that will enhance intelligence gathering.

While admonishing all Nigerians to remain focused, determined, patient and patriotic, Aregbesola expressed confidence that the year 2021 would be a better year for all Nigerians and therefore urged Christians to use the period to pray for Nigeria.

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