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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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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.

COVID-19 warnings

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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Checkout Moh’d Buhari’s New Year Letter To Nigerians.


President Buhari has written a New Year letter to Nigerians as the world ushers in a new decade.

In the letter, the Nigerian leader wrote, ‘this is a new year and the beginning of a new decade the Nigerian Decade of prosperity and promise for Nigeria and for Africa’.

See the full letter below…

My Dear Compatriots,

NIGERIA’S DECADE: Today marks a new decade. It is a time of hope, optimism and fresh possibilities. We look forward as a nation to the 2020s as the opportunity to build on the foundations we have laid together on security, diversification of our economy and taking on the curse of corruption.

These are the pledges on which I have been twice elected President and remain the framework for a stable, sustainable and more prosperous future.

Elections are the cornerstone of our democracy. I salute the commitment of the millions who voted in peace last February and of those leaders who contested for office vigorously but fairly, submitting to the authority of the electorate, the Independent National Electoral Commission and judicial process.

I understand very well the frustrations our system has in the past triggered. I will be standing down in 2023 and will not be available in any future elections. But I am determined to help strengthen the electoral process both in Nigeria and across the region, where several ECOWAS members go to the polls this year.

As Commander-in-Chief, my primary concern is the security of the nation and the safety of our citizens. When I assumed office in May 2015 my first task was to rally our neighbours so that we could confront Boko Haram on a coordinated regional basis. Chaos is not a neighbour any of us hope for.

We have been fighting on several fronts: violent extremists, cultists and organised criminal networks. It has not been easy. But as we are winning the war, we also look to the challenge of winning the peace, the reconstruction of lives, communities and markets. The North East Development Commission will work with local and international stakeholders to help create a new beginning for the North East.

The Federal Government will continue to work with State Governors, neighbouring states and our international partners to tackle the root causes of violent extremism and the networks that help finance and organise terror.

Our security forces will receive the best training and modern weaponry, and in turn will be held to the highest standards of professionalism, and respect for human rights. We will use all the human and emerging technological resources available to tackle kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery.

The new Ministry of Police Affairs increased recruitment of officers and the security reforms being introduced will build on what we are already delivering. We will work tirelessly at home and with our allies in support of our policies to protect the security of life and property. Our actions at all times will be governed by the rule of law.

At the same time, we shall look always to engage with all well-meaning leaders and citizens of goodwill to promote dialogue, partnership and understanding. We need a democratic government that can guarantee peace and security to realise the full potential of our ingenious, entrepreneurial and hard-working people. Our policies are designed to promote genuine, balanced growth that delivers jobs and rewards industry.

Our new Economic Advisory Council brings together respected and independent thinkers to advise me on a strategy that champions inclusive and balanced growth, and above all fight poverty and safeguard national economic interests.

As we have sat down to celebrate with friends and family over this holiday season, for the first time in a generation our food plates have not all been filled with imports of products we know can easily be produced here at home. The revolution in agriculture is already a reality in all corners of the country.

New agreements with Morocco, Russia and others will help us access on attractive terms the inputs we need to accelerate the transformation in farming that is taking place. A good example of commitment to this inclusive growth is the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area and the creation of the National Action Committee to oversee its implementation and ensure the necessary safeguards are in place to allow us to fully capitalise on regional and continental markets.

The joint land border security exercise currently taking place is meant to safeguard Nigeria’s economy and security. No one can doubt that we have been good neighbours and good citizens. We have been the helpers and shock-absorbers of the sub-region but we cannot allow our well-planned economic regeneration plans to be sabotaged.

As soon as we are satisfied that the safeguards are adequate, normal cross-border movements will be resumed. Already, we are making key infrastructure investments to enhance our ease of doing business. On transportation, we are making significant progress on key roads such as the Second Niger Bridge, Lagos – Ibadan Expressway and the Abuja – Kano highway. 2020 will also see tangible progress on the Lagos to Kano Rail line.

Through Executive Order 007, we are also using alternative funding programmes in collaboration with private sector partners to fix strategic roads such as the Apapa-Oworonshoki Express way. Abuja and Port Harcourt have new international airport terminals, as will Kano and Lagos in 2020. When completed, all these projects will positively impact business operations in the country.

These projects are not small and do not come without some temporary disruption; we are doing now what should have been done a long time ago. I thank you for your patience and look forward to the dividends that we and future generations will long enjoy. Power has been a problem for a generation.

We know we need to pick up the pace of progress. We have solutions to help separate parts of the value chain to work better together. In the past few months, we have engaged extensively with stakeholders to develop a series of comprehensive solutions to improve the reliability and availability of electricity across the country.

These solutions include ensuring fiscal sustainability for the sector, increasing both government and private sector investments in the power transmission and distribution segments, improving payment transparency through the deployment of smart meters and ensuring regulatory actions maximise service delivery.

We have in place a new deal with Siemens, supported by the German government after German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited us in Abuja, to invest in new capacity for generation, transmission and distribution. These projects will be under close scrutiny and transparency – there will be no more extravagant claims that end only in waste, theft and mismanagement.

The next 12 months will witness the gradual implementation of these actions, after which Nigerians can expect to see significant improvement in electricity service supply reliability and delivery. Separately, we have plans to increase domestic gas consumption. In the first quarter of 2020, we will commence work on the AKK gas pipeline, OB3 Gas pipeline and the expansion of the Escravos – Lagos Pipeline.

While we look to create new opportunities in agriculture, manufacturing and other long neglected sectors, in 2020 we will also realise increased value from oil and gas, delivering a more competitive, attractive and profitable industry, operating on commercial principles and free from political interference.

Just last week, we were able to approve a fair framework for the USD10 billion expansion of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, which will increase exports by 35 percent, restore our position as a world leader in the sector and create thousands of jobs. The Amendment of the Deep Offshore Act in October signalled our intention to create a modern, forward-looking industry in Nigeria.

I am confident that in 2020 we will be able to present a radical programme of reform for oil and gas that will excite investors, improve governance and strengthen protections for host communities and the environment.

We can expect the pace of change in technology only to accelerate in the decade ahead. Coupled with our young and vibrant population, this offers huge opportunities if we are able to harness the most productive trends and tame some of the wilder elements. This is a delicate balance with which many countries are struggling.

We are seeking an informed and mature debate that reflects our rights and responsibilities as citizens in shaping the boundaries of how best to allow technology to benefit Nigeria. During my Democracy Day speech on June 12, 2019, I promised to lay the enduring foundations for taking a hundred million Nigerians out of mass poverty over the next 10 years. Today I restate that commitment.

We shall continue reforms in education, health care and water sanitation. I have met international partners such as GAVI, the vaccine alliance, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation who support our social welfare programmes. I will continue to work with State and Local Governments to make sure that these partnerships deliver as they should. Workers will have a living wage and pensioners will be looked after.

We are steadily clearing pensions and benefits arrears neglected for so long. The new Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development will consolidate and build on the social intervention schemes and will enhance the checks and balances necessary for this set of programmes to succeed for the long term.

I am able to report that the journey has already begun with the passage and signing into law of the 2020 Appropriation Act. As the new decade dawns, we are ready to hit the ground running. Let me pay tribute to the Ninth National Assembly who worked uncommonly long hours to make sure that the 2020 budget scrutiny is both thorough and timely.

The close harmony between the Executive and Legislature is a sharp contrast to what we have experienced in the recent past, when the Senate kept the previous budget for 7 months without good reason just to score cheap political points thereby disrupting the budgetary processes and overall economic development plans.

Our policies are working and the results will continue to show themselves more clearly by the day. Nigeria is the most tremendous, can-do market, offering extraordinary opportunities and returns. Investors can look forward with confidence not only to an increasing momentum of change but also to specific incentives, including our new visa-on-arrival policy.

They can also be certain of our unshakeable commitment to tackle corruption. As we create an environment that allows initiative, enterprise and hard work to thrive, it is more important than ever to call out those who find the rule of law an inconvenience, or independent regulation an irritation.

We are doing our part here in Nigeria. We will continue to press our partners abroad to help with the supply side of corruption and have received some encouragement. We expect more funds stolen in the past to be returned to us and they will be ploughed back into development with all due transparency.

This is a joint initiative. Where our policies have worked best, it has been because of the support of ordinary Nigerians in their millions, numbers that even the most powerful of special interests cannot defy. I thank you for your support. Transition by its very nature carries with it change and some uncertainty along the way. I encourage you to be tolerant, law abiding and peace loving.

This is a new year and the beginning of a new decade – the Nigerian Decade of prosperity and promise for Nigeria and for Africa. To recapitulate, some of the projects Nigerians should expect to come upstream from 2020 include:

47 road projects scheduled for completion in 2020/21, including roads leading to ports; Major bridges including substantial work on the Second Niger Bridge; Completion of 13 housing estates under the National Housing Project Plan; Lagos, Kano, Maiduguri and Enugu international airports to be commissioned in 2020; Launching of an agricultural rural mechanisation scheme that will cover 700 local governments over a period of three years; Launching of the Livestock Development Project Grazing Model in Gombe State where 200,000 hectares of land has been identified; Training of 50,000 workers to complement the country’s 7,000 extension workers; Commissioning of the Lagos – Ibadan and Itakpe – Warri rail lines in the first quarter; Commencement of the Ibadan – Abuja and Kano – Kaduna rail lines also in the first quarter; Further liberalisation of the power sector to allow businesses to generate and sell power; Commencement of the construction of the Mambilla Power project by the first half of 2020; and Commencement of the construction of the AKK gas pipeline, OB3 gas pipeline and the expansion of the Escravos – Lagos pipeline in the first quarter of 2020.

Thank you very much!

-President Muhammadu Buhari, State House, Abuja.


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Box’19: Lady, friend killed 5 days to her Wedding.


A lady whose wedding was scheduled to hold in Yola on December 31, was allegedly killed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists alongside her friends on Boxing Day.

Lady allegedly killed 5 days to her wedding by suspected Boko Haram terrorists

Martha Bulus was reportedly travelling with her sister, Zainab and her friends said to be members of her bridal train when they were attacked by the insurgents at a village near Gwoza in Adamawa State. It was learnt that all passengers of the ambushed vehicle were killed in the attack.

Lady allegedly killed 5 days to her wedding by suspected Boko Haram terrorists

Facebook user, Amos Adziba who shared the story wrote;

WHAT A TRAGEDY

This young lady by name Martha Bulus was killed along side with her friends by Boko Haram yesterday, along Maiduguri- Gwoza road.She was traveling for her wedding which is scheduled to take place on 31-12-2019. May their souls rest in peace.

May God almighty bring an end to our Predicaments and calamities

Lady allegedly killed 5 days to her wedding by suspected Boko Haram terrorists

The claims was corroborated by another Facebook user, Jack Vince who wrote;

MARTHA BULUS. Killed yesterday by gunmen believed to be Boko Haram terrorists along Gwoza road as she traveled to Yola to get married. The wedding was scheduled for the 31st of December, 2019.

This is one of several incidences in the embattled northeast of Nigeria that may never make it to the tabloids.

Rest In Peace, sweet sister.

Lady allegedly killed 5 days to her wedding by suspected Boko Haram terrorists


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Xmas’19: Late George Michael’s sister found dead 3 years after his death.


George Michael’s sister Melanie Panayiotou was found dead on Christmas Day, exactly three years after the British pop star died.

“We can confirm that very tragically Melanie has passed away suddenly. We would simply ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this very sad time” the family’s lawyer, John Reid, said in a statement on Friday, December 27th.


London’s Metropolitan Police said emergency services were called to a home in north London on Wednesday evening due to “reports of the sudden death of a woman, aged in her 50s. The death is not being treated as suspicious by police” the statement said, adding that the coroner will compile a report into the circumstances surrounding her death.

Panayiotou’s death came three years after Michael, 53, died suddenly in 2016 on Christmas Day. He left behind a catalogue of hits, including “Careless Whisper” and “Faith,” and the Wham! tracks”Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Last Christmas.”


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Christmas is not Biblical: Catholic priest replies MFM founder, Olukoya after his claims. (A must read)

…there are many practices in Christianity


A Catholic priest has responded to the MFM general overseer, Daniel Olukoya, after the latter said Christmas is “unbiblical”.

Olukoya said the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) does not participate in the celebration of Christmas because no book in the bible recorded the word “Christmas” or that Jesus was born on December 25.

(Read (Daniel Olukoya) MFM founder claims here)


He added that December 25 is a date originally set aside by the ancient Romans for the Mars festival by the worshippers of the sun. Olukoya said the birth of Christ was subsequently co-opted into the same date to give the Mars festival more popularity and then renamed “Christmas”.

He warned modern Christians to stop promoting such an “unbiblical” celebration.


Responding to Olukoya, Catholic priest, Reverend Father Chinenye Oluoma, explained why Christians all over the world celebrate Jesus on the 25th of December.

In a Facebook post titled Where Is It In The Bible?, the priest explained that there are many practices in Christianity which were not recorded in the Bible.


Oluoma stated that there are many other festivities such as Mother’s Day, cross over vigils, etc. that Christians engage in but are not in the Bible. He added that the scripture is not against their celebration.

Oluoma said: “Easter as a term is not in the Bible but we celebrate easter because it’s an event and a mystery recorded in scripture. Same with Christmas, it’s not the term or calendar date we celebrate but the event and mystery,


Oluoma also mentioned that there are many things Christians do that are not in the Bible and “God isn’t angry at all”. He added that such practices as December 31st cross over vigil, birthday parties, wedding anniversaries are also not in the Bible.

Catholic priest replies MFM general overseer after he said Christmas is ?unbiblical?

Catholic priest replies MFM general overseer after he said Christmas is ?unbiblical?


#Newsworthy…

Xmas’19: Gombe Governor lauds Emir for initiating cultural carnival.

…Calls on other royal fathers to emulate gesture to ensure unity


It was a moment of unity and cultural renaissance as Kaltungo Chiefdom of Gombe State rolled out the festive drum to celebrate the 2019 edition of its cultural day. It was a festival organized to showcase their cultural heritage and to identify with Christians on Christmas day.

Satisfied by the performance of pockets of traditional dances groups from clans within the chiefdom the state governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, disclosed that the annual event usually organized by the chiefdom is more than just an occasion to displays culture, ranging from music, dressing and dances. According to him, this is because the carnival proves the unity, love and togetherness between the people of the chiefdom.

Governor Yahaya, who spoke in Hausa at the event, disclosed that the festival is of great meaning to him because it demonstrates the unity not just among the people in Kaltungo alone but Gombe state in general. Hence he urged the spectators including royal fathers who came from across the country to extend the gesture to the whole of northeastern and Nigeria.


“Am impressed with the way guests from within and outside Gombe State trooped to the event in spite of their schedules and financial conditions,” the governor said, adding that, “if such could be sustained and extended to other parts of the state and the country, Nigeria would witness a turnaround and the government would easily succeed in its peace, unity and developmental strides.”

Speaking earlier the state’s Commissioner for Information and Culture, Ibrahim Alhassan Kwami, assured that the ministry would work with the help of the state government to support and ensure the sustenance of the carnival and other cultural heritages in the state.

While appreciating guests for attending and supporting the 2019 edition of the carnival, the Mai of Kaltungo, Alhaji Sale Muhammed, lauded the state government for the continued support of the annual event, including the last-minute renovation of the Olusegun Obasanjo Stadium the venue of the event in Kaltungo,” he said.

The Mai also disclosed that apart from ensuring unity, the young ones in chiefdom also learn from the annual cultural festival as it helps preserve the cultural heritage of the people for the upcoming generation to see and study.


#Newsworthy…

Christians, not only persecuted but slaughtered as well – FFK tells sokoto sultan.


The Sultan of Sokoto while speaking at the closing ceremony of 77th annual Islamic vacation course (IVC) organised by the Muslim Society of Nigeria (MSSN) at Bayero University Kano, said a recent claim by CAN on Christians being prosecuted is “false and partial”.

(Read first story from CAN to Sultan)

The Sultan said, “If such persecution really exists, such is supposed to be tabled at the Interfaith Forum where Muslims and Christians leaders meet periodically to discuss issues that would promote harmonious coexistence between the two religions. Many Fulanis are atheists whose main interest is to protect their cattle.”


Reacting to the statement of the Sultan on Thursday, Fani-Kayode wrote: “It is a lie to say Christians are being persecuted in Nigeria”-Sultan of Sokoto.

“With respect to your Majesty, you are wrong. To say that Christians are being persecuted in Nigeria is actually an understatement. They are not just being persecuted, they are being slaughtered.


#Newsworthy…

Xmas’19: Family of 5 died in ghastly car fire accident.

…what a pity


A ghastly motor accident which reportedly occurred on Wednesday December 25, claimed the lives of a Nigerian man, his wife and three kids.

Samson Adetunji was travelling for the Christmas holiday with his wife, Opeyemi, their two sons and daughter when the tragic incident occurred. Eyewitnesses alleged that the family of five were burnt beyond recognition after their vehicle caught fire after crashing into an overhead bridge along Kubway way in Abuja.


Facebook user, Prince Adesina who penned down a tribute to the late victims of the accident wrote;

IS A DARK BLACK CHRISTMAS FOR ME, LOSING A BROTHER, A FRIEND N A LEADER.
AREE SAMSON ADEGBENRO ADETUNJI ALOWE, HIS WIFE AND THREE KIDS AT ONCE IN ONE DAY, HAAAAABA THIS IS TOO MUCH TO BEAR GOD.

Nigerian man, wife and 3 kids allegedly burnt beyond recognition in Christmas day accident

Another Facebook user, Jimoh Irugbinolorun who corroborated the claim wrote;

It is very sad and sorrowful. God know the best and He is the only one that can console the relatives and friends of this family. May God gives the entire Alowe’s Family, the strong fortitude to bear the great lost in Jesus Mighty Name.

Accept my condolence the relatives of Mr. & Mrs. Samson Adetunji. May God comfort you all.

Nigerian man, wife and 3 kids allegedly burnt beyond recognition in Christmas day accident


#Newsworthy…

Lady who saved for 2 years to buy her boyfriend Toyota Camry on boxing day trends.

… says she didn’t buy anyone a car.


A story of a lady who “saved up to buy her boyfriend a car” made the rounds on social media on Boxing Day. But the lady has now responded.

Photos were shared of a woman and her boyfriend. A photo of a Toyota Camry was also shared and the caption accompanying the photo claimed the woman, from Port Harcourt, saved 20k every week for 2 years to buy her boyfriend a car after people mocked him for not having a car and mocked her for dating a broke guy.

Woman whose picture circulated on social media with claims that she saved for 2 years and bought her boyfriend a car, speaks up

The story went viral on Twitter and generated a conversation as people debated the pros and cons of buying a car for a man who isn’t married to you.

The woman whose photo is being circulated has now reacted.


She revealed she’s neither Nigerian nor a makeup artist. She added that she didn’t buy anyone a car.

Replying to one of the tweets about her buying a car for her boyfriend, she wrote: “I never knew I was Nigerian or a makeup artist or even rich enough to save. And I bought a CAR !!!!! This is news to me.”

Woman whose picture circulated on social media with claims that she saved for 2 years and bought her boyfriend a car, speaks up

Woman whose picture circulated on social media with claims that she saved for 2 years and bought her boyfriend a car, speaks up

Woman whose picture circulated on social media with claims that she saved for 2 years and bought her boyfriend a car, speaks up


#Newsworthy…

Xmas’19: Soldiers In The North East Cheer The Communes.


Nigerians soldiers serving in the North East on Christmas day went the extra mile to put smiles on the faces of members of different communities tormented by Boko Haram terrorists in the region

The soldiers shared food items and drinks to the children in the communities. One of the soldiers, Cpt. Duniya, spiced up the ceremony by adorning the Santa Claus attire to the admiration of the children.


See more heartwarming photos below.

Nigerian soldiers fete members of communities tormented by Boko Haram in the North East (photos)

Nigerian soldiers fete members of communities tormented by Boko Haram in the North East (photos)

Nigerian soldiers fete members of communities tormented by Boko Haram in the North East (photos)

Nigerian soldiers fete members of communities tormented by Boko Haram in the North East (photos)

Nigerian soldiers fete members of communities tormented by Boko Haram in the North East (photos)

Nigerian soldiers fete members of communities tormented by Boko Haram in the North East (photos)

Nigerian soldiers fete members of communities tormented by Boko Haram in the North East (photos)

Nigerian soldiers fete members of communities tormented by Boko Haram in the North East (photos)

Nigerian soldiers fete members of communities tormented by Boko Haram in the North East (photos)

Nigerian soldiers fete members of communities tormented by Boko Haram in the North East (photos)

Nigerian soldiers fete members of communities tormented by Boko Haram in the North East (photos)

Nigerian soldiers fete members of communities tormented by Boko Haram in the North East (photos)

Nigerian soldiers fete members of communities tormented by Boko Haram in the North East (photos)

Photo of the soldier behind the Santa Claus attire

Nigerian soldiers fete members of communities tormented by Boko Haram in the North East (photos)

Nigerian soldiers fete members of communities tormented by Boko Haram in the North East (photos)


#Newsworthy…

Xmas’19: Burna boy guessed he is on the nice list as he acquires new Rolls Royce. (Video)


Singer, Burnaboy, has acquired a Rolls Royce.

The Grammy award nominee took to Instagram hours ago, to share a video of himself in his new wonder wheel. His latest ride comes weeks after he acquired a Ferrari.


Video

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https://www.instagram.com/p/B6jeYdQloP5/?igshid=1eadqk40p1zzl

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#Newsworthy…

Xmas’19: Fans Shade Funke Akindele (Jenifa) And JJC for hiding their twin’s face.

…says how can we comment on babies we don’t see

For the Christmas celebrations on Wednesday, actress Funke Akindele like her fellow celebrities released beautiful Christmas themed photos of her twin boys and husband, JJC Skillz.

Well many of her fans bombarded her Instagram page with positive remarks while others via various social media platforms mocked her for always hiding the faces of the twins.



Read some of the comments below;

“Why show the kids when you won’t show their face? Just keep the pics to yourself. Abi they are faceless? No turn these children to Egun/Masquerade all in the name of pics. Or do they want endorsement? ” , a Nairaland user, Hakeem wrote.

“Are you sure the kids are not adopted. Y are they always hiding the faces of the children…This is like the 3rd picture of them she is releasing hiding their face…” another user, James Taiwo wrote.


“Cute, but why are they always hiding the faces of the twins? I pray the kids’ faces are okay. This one she is not showing their faces. Maybe she is keeping them from village people sha ” a user, Adebanjo wondered.

“Keep your babies to yourselves, nobody is asking you for their pictures. Stupidity on its highest frequency, na face witch need to haunt. ” an angry fan wrote


“That’s what happens when a child’s birth is controversial. Have you ever seen a ‘notice me’ like funke, who couldn’t have hesitated to show the world anything including, pictures of the delivery session and delivery room on the social media, to display her baby bump even long after she claimed she gave birth to the twins? Think about it. ” one Torera wrote.

edithjodith: “Seriously, how can we comment on babies we don’t see their faces, you do know, you can’t hide their faces forever, I don’t get the big deal of hiding their faces, now if you don’t want the public seeing their faces why post the pic. Prince Williams showed the new baby face when he was giving birth to. So what is the deal.”

beckymaquire: Why u hiding dere face


#Newsworthy…

Xmas’19: Sagamu Interchange Bridge Closed Down As Tanker Exploded.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday announced the closure of the Sagamu Interchange Bridge in the south-western part of the country.

A statement signed by the Public Education Officer of the (FRSC) Ogun State Sector Command, Florence Okpe, explained that the decision was a result of the twin tanker explosion that occurred under the bridge on Christmas Day.

Florence, a Route Commander, disclosed that experts from the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing were invited to examine the bridge after the incident.

She noted that it was advised that the bridge be closed temporarily to avoid any preventable tragedy, as it was declared unfit without repair.

“Due to the damages done by the two petroleum tankers that crashed underneath the Sagamu Interchange Bridge in Sagamu, Ogun State, on Wednesday 25 December 2019, the FRSC invited Engineers of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to assess the continuous usage of the Bridge due to the intensity of the fire outbreak that damaged sections of the Bridge

“Based on their professional advice that the fire has destroyed the integrity of the bridge and may not be safe for motorisation till reinforced, the FRSC Ogun State Command is notifying members of the public to avoid the use of the bridge till it is reinforced,” the statement said.

Two tankers conveying petroleum products were said to have crashed into each other on the outward section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Both vehicles, thereafter, went up in flames due to the impact of the crash but no casualty was recorded.

In his reaction, the Sector Commander in Ogun, Clement Oladele, urged motorists to cooperate with the FRSC and the security agencies that would enforce the temporary closure of the bridge.

He, however, stressed that the enforcement exercise would only last until the bridge was repaired and reopened to motorists for use.

Oladele advised travellers approaching the Sagamu Interchange Bridge from the East via Ijebu-Ode to detour right at the back of the FRSC Emergency Roadside Clinic at Sagamu to connect the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway leading to Ogere.

“They can then make a U-turn before Ogere town and continue their journey to Lagos

“Vehicles coming from Abeokuta leading to the Eastern part of Nigeria via Ijebu Ode should avoid the Sagamu Interchange Bridge and turn right immediately after Nestle Company PLC to proceed to the Expressway leading to Lagos and they can then make a U-turn after Kara-Sagamu after the Julius Berger Yard, Sagamu to reconnect the Sagamu-Ijebu-Ode-Ore-Benin Expressway,” the statement added.

#Newsworthy…

Shi’ites, IMN attends church service on Xmas, present gifts.

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly called Shi’ites, yesterday, attended a Christmas service at the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Diocese of Zaria

Leader of the team, Prof. Isa Hassan-Mshelgaru said the essence was to promote love, tolerance and understanding among Nigerians.

“We came to celebrate the Christmas with fellow Christians here because we consider them as our brothers and we don’t have anything to give them than to come and celebrate this day with them.

“As they consider this day very important, we also consider it very important, we feel that we should come and visit them so that to clear some of the unnecessary imaginary boundaries that have been created.

“There are some imaginary boundaries that could not be seen that kept us far away from each other, so, we want to bridge this gap so that we come together as brothers and sisters living in the same country and same locality,” he said.

Hassan-Mshelgaru appealed to other Nigerians, whether Muslims, Christians or traditionalists to shun all forms of hatred.

“You can be a Muslim, a Christian or a Traditionalist, always bear in mind that religion should be a platform for bringing people together not separating them.

“So, my appeal is that Nigerians should come together under the same umbrella as we live in the same country to ensure a united and formidable country envy of other nations,” he said.

Vicar of the Church, Rev. Isuwa Sa’idu, urged the group to sustain the tempo for the good of the nation.

“In fact, I am so excited that they can think of a thing like this to come and visit us on Christmas Day celebration like this.”

According to him, the visit showed that Nigerians are looking for peace and they are actually pursuing it and not just pursuing it with words but with action.

“So, their action of rising to come to visit us has shown that truly we have found that peace.

“Because Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace and if everybody will behave like our friends and brothers, the Muslim Brothers, I don’t think we will have problems in this country.

“Is just share of misunderstanding of what we are and who we are and where we represent that we lack peace today, we can never stay part from each other, we must and under must live together.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have said workers and pensioners deserve the best of care and welfare as they were the ones that turn the wheel that creates wealth.

In a Christmas message to workers, Ayuba Wabba, said the leadership of NLC will continue to work hard to ensure workers and pensioners recoup a measure of the joy that they invest in others.

“Workers and pensioners deserve the very best of care and welfare because we are the ones that turn the wheel that creates the wealth.

“We will not rest on our oars in the pursuit and struggle for an expeditious implementation of the new national minimum wage in all the states of Nigeria.

“We have already demanded that states which are still negotiating with the labour and those yet to set up their negotiating councils must conclude negotiations before the end of Dec. 2019 or we will send them a not too friendly New Year Gift,” he said.

Wabba commended the Federal Government and the governments of Kaduna, Kebbi, Lagos, Adamawa and Jigawa for concluding negotiations with workers and for implementing the new national minimum wage and consequential salary adjustment for workers.

“In the spirit of Christmas, we urge our political leaders and elites at every tier and arm of government to rededicate themselves to the ideals espoused by Christmas.

“We hope that in the coming year, Nigerians would reap tonnes of positive turnaround in their existential realities as a consequence of recommitment of our leaders to the common good.”

•Pope defends migrants, calls for peace in Christmas message

Pope Francis has urged the world to let the light of Christmas pierce the “darkness in human hearts” that leads to religious persecution, social injustice, armed conflicts and fear of migrants.

In his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) Christmas Day message, the 83-year-old pope called for peace in the Holy Land, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, Venezuela, Ukraine and several African countries caught up in conflicts.

The common thread of his address to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square and millions watching or listening around the world was that change starts in the hearts of individuals.

“There is darkness in human hearts, yet the light of Christ is greater still,” Francis said, as he marked the seventh Christmas of his pontificate.

“There is darkness in personal, family and social relationships, but the light of Christ is greater. There is darkness in economic, geopolitical and ecological conflicts, yet greater still is the light of Christ,” he said.

Francis singled out the persecution of Christians by militant groups in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria, asking God to console those who suffer for their faith.

On December 1, at least 14 people were shot dead in an attack on a church in eastern Burkina Faso, where an Islamist insurgency has ignited ethnic and religious tensions.

Francis, who has been scorned by populist politicians because of his defence of refugees and migrants, dedicated a section of his address to their plight.

“It is injustice that makes them cross deserts and seas that become cemeteries. It is injustice that forces them to endure unspeakable forms of abuse, enslavement of every kind and torture in inhumane detention camps,” Francis said.

This month, Francis called for the closing of migrant detention camps in Libya.

“It is injustice that turns them away from places where they might have hope for a dignified life, but instead find themselves before walls of indifference,” he said.

Francis said that while there were many huge problems in the world, people did not have to look far to correct injustices. They could make a difference in their own communities as a start to healing all the “suffering members of our human family”.

“May (God) soften our often stony and self-centred hearts, and make them channels of his love. May he bring his smile, through our poor faces, to all the children of the world: to those who are abandoned and those who suffer violence,” Francis said.

To underscore his message, the two cardinals Francis chose to join him on the basilica’s central balcony were Renato Martino, president emeritus of the Vatican’s immigration office, and Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner who distributes aid to Rome’s poor and homeless.

“Through our frail hands, may he clothe those who have nothing to wear, give bread to the hungry and heal the sick,” he said, adding that through friendship, everyone could be close to the elderly, the lonely, migrants and marginalised people.

“On this joyful Christmas Day, may he bring his tenderness to all and brighten the darkness of this world,” he said.

•Tambuwal, Ugwuanyi, Ihedioha, Saraki: Pray for peace, unity, progress

Sokoto Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, in a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Governor, Muhammad Bello, Governor Tambuwal said Christmas brings to the fore the urgent need for the unity of Nigeria, which he described as “sacrosanct, inviolable and paramount.”

According to him, the Yuletide season is also a period of reflection on Nigeria’s diversity so that they may understand and appreciate one another.

“Allah says in the Holy Quran that he created mankind as races and tribes so that they may understand each other. Therefore, our being together as one is a divine design that should be made to continue to exist”, he said.

Former Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki called on Christians to pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki noted that the period of Christmas is for celebrating a man whose life symbolise peace across the world.

“Jesus Christ who we all know to be the reason for this season preached peace and therefore it is the responsibility of all Nigerians to use this period to rededicate ourselves to working to restore peace in our country by being kind to each other and being our brother’s keeper.

“We should use this period to pray to God to restore peace in the troubled areas of our country and our personal lives. We should pray to God to stop all acts that lead to blood shed. We should avoid actions and statements which set one part of the country against the other and one person against his neighbour or brother.

“Every Nigerian should get set to emulate the good deeds, character and aspiration of Jesus Christ because that is what can help our country to develop and ensure that we all enjoy as citizens. We should be moderate in our celebrations at this period and avoid actions that violate the law of the land or further create crisis.

“I wish all Nigerians a Merry Christmas, a pleasurable Boxing Day and I pray to God to protect all of us as we get ready to end 2019 peacefully and begin a new year with so much hope and God’s blessing,” Saraki stated.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State noted that the season offers yet another opportunity for the people to promote peace, good virtues, love and unity as well as dedicate their lives to the service of God.

He, therefore, thanked Ndi Enugu for their love, unceasing prayers, goodwill, solidarity and support, reassuring them of his firm resolve to sustain the tempo of peace and good governance in the state as well as continue to serve them with the fear of God.

Ihedioha: Reflect on the life of Jesus Christ

Governor Emeka Ihedioha called on people of Imo to take advantage of the season of Christmas to exchange goodwill and reflect on the virtues of our Lord Jesus Christ, in charity, forgiveness and sacrifice.

“The joy of Christmas must go round. At end of the festivities, we should find satisfaction in how much we gave and not how much we spent on ourselves.”

Governor Ihedioha assured of security of lives and property in the State both now and after the festivities.

He maintained that the ban on the use of all of forms of guns and explosives is still in force.

“Remember that the ban on the use of all forms of guns and explosives is still in force. You should also be alert to your neighborhoods and to report all suspicious movements to the nearest law enforcement agency.

While welcoming home, Imolites who have travelled long distances from both within and outside Nigeria in order to celebrate with relatives and loved ones, the governor appealed to all motorists to drive carefully and urged citizens to avoid all acts that are likely to cause a breach of peace.

Sen Uba urges wealthy Nigerians to reach out to the needy

In his message, Senator representing Kaduna Central, Uba Sani called on the rich to emulate Jesus Christ by remembering the poor, the weak and the sick.

“We must endeavour to give the poor, weak and the sick a helping hand and put smiles on their faces in keeping with the virtues and values which Jesus Christ espoused and pursued with vigour throughout his selfless earthly mission.

“Christ gave succour to the poor, healed the sick and strengthened the weak. We must therefore be Christ – like in our dealings with our distressed fellow countrymen and women.

“Love has departed from many Nigerian communities. Conflicts have replaced peaceful coexistence, tolerance and being our brothers and sisters keepers. May this Christmas set the stage for building of lasting peace in our communities,” he prayed.

Uba Sani in a statement he personally signed used the occasion to urge Nigerians to continue to support their leaders at all levels.

PDP BoT Chair, ACF greet Christians at Xmas

Second Republic Senator and Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jibrin Walid has extended Christmas greetings to Christians across the country as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ today.

While addressing Journalists on Christmas message, Senator Walid, enjoined Muslims to visit their Christians counterpart, saying that Muslims too believe in the birth of Jesus.

This was even as Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) extended its felicitations of Christmas to all Nigerians,especially Christian brothers and sisters.

According to PDP BoT Chairman, “If Muslims believe how Jesus was born, then there should be peaceful coexistence by Christians and Muslims.

“Christians and Muslims must unite because what unite us is more than that which divide us. We must continue to live in peace”

ACF in a statement by its national Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim said, “The 25th December of every year commemorates the birthday of Jesus Christ, the messiah. Christians world wide celebrate this day with joy, good neighborliness and love that the saviour is born for the common good of the society. Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) therefore extends its felicitations of Christmas to all Nigerians especially our Christian brothers and sisters.

“In the spirit of the seasons, ACF hereby appeals to all Nigerians to embrace the teachings of Jesus Christ namely, tolerance, love, good neighbourliness and peaceful coexistence that comes with core value of humanity.

“ACF is however disturbed with the recent reports of attacks by the Boko Haram terrorists on the Yobe State capital Damaturu and other parts of Borno State in this Yuletide period, however, the prompt action of our gallant soldiers in repelling the attacks is most commendable. ACF however urges the military to not only repel attacks, but deploy modern technology in smoking out the terrorists from their hideouts and put an end to this menace. ACF also appeal to the community to share intelligence with the security agencies, as the task of securing the nation cannot be left to the governments alone.

“ACF equally calls upon Nigerians to continue to pray for peace, harmony and understanding for the unity, progress and prosperity of our country as socioeconomic and political development can only take place in a secured environment. ACF wishes Nigerians Merry Christmas and New Year in peace and prosperity”.

Embrace values of Christmas, El-Rufai tells Christians

Kaduna Governor, Nasir El Rufai, has asked Christians to embrace values of Christmas, and appealed to all residents to pray for the state and the entire country, for peace and harmony in their communities.

In a statement by his media aide, Muyiwa Adekeye, El-Rufai stressed that the people should uphold each other and embrace the lofty values that Christmas signifies.

“This joyful festival marks the birth of Jesus Christ, famously described as the Prince of Peace. Christmas is a profound moment of hope and goodwill, and I congratulate the Christian community on this special occasion. Jesus Christ and His message are the core of the Christian faith. From the humble moment of His birth in Bethlehem, His example, teachings and sacrifice have moved men and women across the world to aspire to be better persons and to accomplish great deeds of faith and service.’’

Yahaya preaches good neighbourliness

While felicitating with Christians, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya urged the people to pray for peace, progress and prosperity of the state and the country as well as rededicate themselves and remain steadfast in prayers, which he said have immense impact on the peace, unity and stability of the society.

While assuring of his administration’s commitment to continue to initiate and execute policies and programmes aimed at promoting unity and peaceful coexistence in the state, Governor Yahaya said: “On this significant occasion of Christmas, I extend my best wishes to the Christian community and all citizens of the country.

“This period reminds us of the need to imbibe and uphold Jesus Christ’s virtues of love, selflessness and tolerance. I call on all of us, to reflect on the lessons of the season, which presents an opportunity to love and share.”

Reps PDP caucus salutes Christians

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has felicitated with Christians in the country on the occasion of this year’s Christmas celebration.

The PDP caucus in a statement by its leader, Kingsley Chinda, on Wednesday, urged Christians to continue to exhibit the qualities of Christ in their dealings with other Nigerians.

Besides, the caucus also admonished Christians in the country to continue to pray for the peace, unity and progress of the country, especially against the backdrop of the challenges confronting the country at the moment.

“While we rejoice and celebrate with Christians on this event which marks the birth of Jesus Christ; we urge Christians to pray for the peace, unity and progress of our dear country, Nigeria, particularly against the backdrop of the numerous of challenges facing us as a Nation, especially in the area of poor management of the country’s economy and resources by an inept government, flagrant abuse of human rights; continuing rape of democracy and the destruction of the time-worn principles of sepration of powers, as well as the several avoidable killings of Nigerians and general state of insecurity in the country.

“We also urge Christians to continue to exhibit the qualities of Christ, for which the spirit of tolerance, sacrifice, mutual love and peaceful co-existence with other Nigerians are the hallmarks,” it stated.

Archbishop Okeke charges Nigerians to spread joy, peace at all times

Fetes Onitsha Correctional inmates

From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha

Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha Most Rev. Valerian Maduka Okeke has charged Nigerians to be joy to the world by promoting peace and avoiding all actions that elicits anger, sadness and heartbreaks in the society.

Archbishop Okeke who marked the Christmas celebration yesterday with the inmates of Onitsha Correctional Services said the greatest way to be happy on earth is to seek for the happiness of others.

Dwelling on his Christmas Message titled: “Be Joy to the World”, the Archbishop said all are called to be part of the peace which people are yearning for but unwilling to give. He said Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ who is the Prince of Peace while all are invited to be followers of Christ.

“You don’t have to be a Christian, but be a follower of Christ by your behavior, by being a source of joy, source of peace , a true agent of reconciliation , a true angel of peace , a true builder of peace and giver of joy” he said.

He enumerated steps one can take to be truly joy to the world which includes –be great, not by being served but by serving others. Be rich not by receiving, not by grabbing, not by destabilizing others but by enriching others. Be happy not by doing what is popular and profitable to oneself but by doing what is right .

He admonished the inmates of Onitsha Correctional Services to be joy to the world also even in the cell noting that their momentary periods of confinement can be a stepping stone to future greatness.

The archbishop also presented various gift items to the inmates and also inspected the progress report on the skill acquisition centre he had earlier built and donated for the usage of the inmates.

Former Governor Peter Obi who accompanied the Archbishop to the Correctional Centre emphasized need to remain thankful to God at all times no matter the situation. He made a monetary donation to complement the Archbishop’s equipping of the skill acquisition centre .

Leah Shuaibu remains a grave concern for the nation, says Bishop Olumakaiye

The Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Lagos, Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye, has reflected on the plight of Leah Sharibu in Boko Haram captivity, saying she remains a grave concern for the nation.

“This is not only because of the nature of her abduction or the lengthy period since she was last seen, but for the seeming lack of sustained pressure toward her release.

“It is my view that if the entirety of the Christian community comes together, we can jointly compel Leah’s and others speed release.

“As we approach the new Year 2020, I envision an encouraging future replete with not just hope but also fulfillment and prosperity.

“Let us go into the new year with strong core values and convictions that are based upon the standards of God’s word,” he said.

Prelate Uche Chukwuemeka Kanu has showed his heart felt joy over the release of former security adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki and Sahara Reporter Omoyele Sowore describing this step as the best Christmas we have ever had in Nigeria. The release brought joy and changed the whether for the nation and brought peace as never experienced before.

While appealing to the Buhari administration to also release Leah Sharibu who has been in Boko Haram insurgence captive for long. Sharibu sin was her refusal to deny her faith to becoming a muslim and as a result releasing her as become an impossible, despite international appeal.

He made this during the Christmas Message to the nation at the Methodist Church, Trinity Tinubu, Lagos.

He also commended President Mohammdu Buhuri for making sure there was no Scarcity of fuel during this Yuletide.

While in his message, he called on Nigerians to live in Peace with one another, forbearing with one another and have the spirit of forgiveness, religious tolerance among ourselves.

for this is the only way we move forward as a nation and have a better development.

He also called on the working Senators to cut their jumbo salary, lamenting that half of their salary can pay ten persons this in a way is resource control.

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