Muslims Worship, Pray With Catholics Over Priest’s Murder

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Muslims attended Catholic mass in churches around France on Sunday in solidarity following the brutal murder of an 85-year-old priest, Father Jacques Hamel by 2 ISIS jihadists. More than 100 Muslims were among the 2,000 people who packed the 11th-century Gothic cathedral of Rouen, near the Normandy town where the priest’s throat was slit.

“I thank you in the name of all Christians,” Rouen Archbishop Dominique Lebrun told them. “In this way you are affirming that you reject death and violence in the name of God.”

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A few policemen and soldiers stood guard outside but did not conduct searches on the attendees. The local imam Otaman Aissaoui led a delegation of Muslims to a Catholic mass and said:

“Being united is a response to the act of horror and barbarism.”

Notre Dame church in southwestern Bordeaux also welcomed a Muslim delegation, led by the city’s top imam, Tareq Oubrou.

“It’s an occasion to show (Muslims) that we do not confuse Islam with Islamism, Muslim with jihadist,” said Reverend Jean Rouet.

Muslims were responding to a call by the French Muslim council CFCM to show “solidarity and compassion” over the priest’s murder on Tuesday.

A woman wearing a beige headscarf who sat in a back pew at a church in central Paris said:

“I’m a practising Muslim and I came to share my sorrow and tell you that we are brothers and sisters.” Giving her name only as Sadia, she added softly: “What happened is beyond comprehension.”
At the Saint Leger church in the northern city of Lens, around 30 Muslims attended mass wearing T-shirts emblazoned with messages such as, “Terrorism has no religion or identity”.

Father Hubert Renard told the congregation: “We are not alone; our Muslim brothers are here too.”

Many were moved to tears during the sign of peace, a regular part of the liturgy when the faithful turn to greet each other in the pews, either shaking hands or kissing.

Muslims also attended Catholic masses in Italy, notably at Rome’s Santa Maria di Trastevere church, in response to a call by the Sant’Egidio community known for its international mediation efforts.

Also on Sunday, dozens of prominent Muslims published a joint letter pledging: “We, French and Muslim, are ready to assume our responsibilities.”
Source: AFP

Ijaw Indigenes Flee Lagos And Ogun States After The Alleged Ultimatum Given By OPC To Vacate The States

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Due to the alleged ultimatum given by the Reformed Odua Peoples Congress, ROPC to Ijaw indigenes who live in Lagos and Ogun states to leave these states, a lot of Ijaws have started relocating to the South South for fear of being attacked. The ultimatum was allegedly given to the Ijaws due to attacks by unknown gunmen in parts of Lagos and Ogun states
Spokesperson of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Eric Omare, who confirmed the developments to Vanguard said:

“At as Sunday morning (yesterday), information at our disposal indicates that some Ijaw people resident in Lagos and Ogun states, for fear of attack, are already relocating from their places of residence to the South-South.”

However, the IYC, however, said that the ROPC members and the leaders of the Yoruba nation should allow the police do their jobs by apprehending criminals responsible for the Ogun and Lagos attacks.

In regrds to the situation at Kaiama and the fact that people are relocating due to the fear of the Adaka Boro Avengers, Omare said:

“We call on residents of Kaiama town to be calm and go about their normal activities. There is no plan by the Ijaw people to declare a republic and the threat by Adaka Boro Avengers should be disregarded.

“We wish to warn groups and individuals not to further expose Ijaw and Niger Delta communities to unnecessary tension and danger. They should not abuse modern means of information technology to the detriment of our communities by issuing unnecessary threats and ultimatums.

“We call on security agencies to stop forthwith the unnecessary threats and attacks on Ijaw and other Niger Delta communities because of threats by faceless groups. They should check issues of security with the leadership of Ijaw nation instead of threatening or attacking innocent communities and people,” he added.

NASS Been Padding Budget Since 1999; Dogara Sacked Me For Trying To Stop Him – Jibrin

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Former House of Representatives Appropriations Committee chairman, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has declared that “institutional corruption” exists at the National Assembly.

He accused Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuff Lasun, Chief Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor of being behind the padding of the 2016 budget.

According to him, the quartet helped 10 commitee chairmen to insert 2,000 fictitious projects worth N248 billion into the budget.

Jubrin who is also alleged to have allocated 20 projects worth N4.3billion to his constituency, said the allegations were “mere afterthoughts manufactured simply because the House relieved him of his position”.

“There is institutional corruption at the National Assembly, which we have to address,” Jibrin told Channels Television Sunday night.

“The case of the National Assembly today is that there is a trigger and we want to take advantage of the trigger to be able to force reform in the National Assembly.

“Not only reform in the budget of the National Assembly because people are looking at it from a narrow perspective. This issue is going to lead to a revolution in the National Assembly; a lot of corruption is at National Assembly. I want to use the word trigger.

“I have been part of the institution for five years, I have not been part of any corruption, I have never shared money with members of the National Assembly; we have come to a point that we state our position. The money they alleged that I benefitted from is mere blackmail.

“Of course, I am the chairman of Appropriation, what I did is not only to promote my constituency but Nigeria as a whole.

”As I explained in the last few days, there were lots of insertions in the 2016 budget from the angle of the National Assembly.

“I discussed with the Speaker that the insertions were too many. Though we (the legislature) have the power to insert but it was senseless in view of the enormity of the insertions. I fought internally to ensure that the situation was checked. The insertions were passed.

“We did a statistics after collecting reports from the various committees. I discovered that in between the committees in the House, about 2000 projects were posted by the committees totaling about N224 billion and I was a bit worried about it.

“For five years, I have been working on budgets and of course I have been part of the budgeting process. Since 1999 to date it has been outrageous.

“A lot of people have been asking me why haven’t I opened up? It is a difficult system and much more complex than what people think. But, I raised the issue internally of insertions and I fought the battle of my life.”

“What I think is wrong is when the insertion goes out of proportion.

“Every year, there have always been insertions, which is made up constituency projects. They do often cause friction and tension between both arms of government.

“The only difference is that in 2016, it went completely off the board. I stand by my word that there were lots of insertions”, he added.

Buhari Has No Interest In Making Money For Himself – El-rufai

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Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Sunday said he was sad that Nigerians were experiencing worst economic recession ever witnessed in the history of the nation.

El-Rufai, who spoke in Lagos during the Sunday service of The Latter Rain Assembly, noted that it was crystal clear that Nigerians were battling with multi-facetted challenges, which were the outcome of the looting of the nation’s resources in the past years.

He, however, called on Nigerians to cooperate with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to see the nation through its trying times, adding that the president did not intend to enrich himself with the nation’s treasury.

The governor said, “We have always known that there is massive corruption in Nigeria but the revelations of the past one year have shocked even the most pessimistic of critics. Nearly 70 per cent of Nigeria’s oil revenues disappeared without a trace.

“Of course, there must be consequences for that. When we sit down with President Buhari these days, I pity him. I pity him because he has always become President anytime Nigeria is in trouble.

“First, it was after the NPN (National Party of Nigeria) government had almost grounded the economy (in 1984) and now, after a massive looting of the nation’s treasury; and he has to lead the team to fix it.

“But we are working round the clock to fix these problems. With your prayers and the cooperation of Nigerians, we shall surmount these problems.”

“President Buhari loves humanity passionately; his strength is that he believes everyone could be trusted, which is also a weakness. When he gives people any assignment, he expects people to carry out the assignment with all honesty. Unfortunately, this is not so all the time as we have seen over time and that’s why I said it is a weakness.

“The President is not a man who has interest in making money for himself or for his friends. Mistakes could be made; only God is perfect,” he added.

El-Rufai attributed his status today as a governor to the advice of the Serving Overseer of The Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, who, he said, invited him to “Buhari’s party,” the CPC (Congress for Progressives Change) in 2011.

He stated, “I already made up my mind never to go into public office after I left office the last time. Pastor Bakare told me that I should not be bitter; that I should forgive anyone who might have offended me and should move on with my life.

“He then invited me to the join Buhari’s party, the CPC, in 2011 and we have continued since then. Today, I’m close to President Buhari because of what Pastor Bakare has done. Today, I’m a governor because of what Pastor Bakare has done. I’m no longer sad; I’ve forgiven everyone; and I’m no longer bitter.

“More importantly, we need the prayers of Nigerians to succeed.”

50 Year Old Chinese National Commits Suicide In Lagos

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A 50-year-old Chinese national identified as Si Guicai, committed suicide at his home in Itohan Avenue, Ikeja area of Lagos on Friday July 29th.

Guicai allegedly hanged himself to the iron window of his apartment at 9:00 p.m. The reason behind his action is not yet known.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the Lagos state police command, Dolapo Badmos said “One Si Guicai, a Chinese, allegedly hanged himself to the iron window in his room.

A team of policemen attached to Man-centre division visited, examined and photographed the scene, while corpse was removed and deposited at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja morgue for autopsy while investigation is ongoing.”‎