President Muhammadu Buhari in his Eid-el-Kabir message to Muslims, stated that Islam is a religion of peace but its greatest challenge is violent extremism.
Admonishing Muslims to keep off from teachings that promote violence against innocent people, President Buhari maintained that Islam is a religion of peace that has been given a bad name through extremist ideas.
The President in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu, said “the greatest commitment to Islam is for Muslims to put its good virtues into practice, and by making justice and righteousness the guiding principle of their everyday life.
President Buhari explained that “we should be the mirror through which others see the good virtues of our faith.’’ According to him, “Islam is a religion of peace and we should avoid violent extremist ideas that give Islam a wrong name because our conduct leave more lasting positive impressions than what we say by word of mouth.’’
The President regretted that “violent extremism is the greatest challenge facing Islam today and the only way we can neutralise its evil influence is to distance ourselves from the activities and teachings of those who preach indiscriminate violence against innocent people. And this flies in the face of the teachings of Islam.’’
He advised parents to “protect their children from the deadly exposure to violent extremists who manipulate and exploit those children for their own evil agenda.’’ President Buhari noted that “Boko Haram became a deadly force and a major security scourge because Muslim societies were indifferent from the beginning to the activities of extremist preachers who manipulate innocent and gullible followers.’’
He said that “extremism is like a cancer, which must be detected and destroyed from its early stages of growth.’’ The President, however, assured Nigerians that the Boko Haram terrorism, kidnappings and other forms of banditry “would be dealt with uncompromisingly until we see the back of these evils plaguing our country.’’
“Despite occasional setbacks’’, the President explained that “the Boko Haram militants have been so militarily weakened and scattered by our Armed Forces that they are no longer in a position to occupy any part of Nigeria, let alone hoist their flag and impose their reign of terror longer than 24 hours.’’
“As our armed forces get more equipped and trained, in addition to being more motivated and reinvigorated, this administration is relentlessly committed to protecting Nigerians no matter what it takes to bring a permanent end to this evil,’’ the President further assured Nigerians. He advised Muslims to be tolerant and continue to work for peace, unity, national integration, and peaceful coexistence.
Edo Assembly Swears In 12 APC Members In An Undisclosed Location
Twelve members of the Edo state house of Assembly loyal to the All Progressives Congress, APC have been sworn-in on Wednesday at an undisclosed location in Edo state.
It will be recalled that the Governor of the State, Godwin Obaseki ordered a ‘renovation’ of the Edo state house of assembly on Wednesday afternoon in order to quell an alleged plot to impeach him.
For several months now, Obaseki has actively worked to prevent the inauguration of the lawmakers in order to maintain ‘control’ over the assembly.
Following a fallout with his predecessor, Adams Oshiomole, Obaseki ensured that the lawmakers were not inaugurated in order to prevent Oshiomhole’s loyalists from taking control of the state legislature.
Below are photographs from the swearing-in ceremony.
Edo Assembly Shut Down, Roofs Removed As Obaseki Fingers Oshiomhole, Uzodinma In Police Invasion
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has accused his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, of being responsible for the police invasion of the state’s House of Assembly on Thursday.
Obaseki accused Oshiomhole and Uzodinma of trying to cause tension in Edo ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.
The governor spoke to BBC Pidgin through his media aide, Crusoe Osagie, on Thursday.
Obaseki and the Edo Assembly Speaker were said to have stormed the complex and ordered the police out of the premises to prevent “forceful takeover” of the assembly.
According to reports, the speaker subsequently gave an order of no entry into the assembly complex.
It was learnt that shortly after Obaseki and the speaker left the complex, some trucks started to deliver stones and sands at the premises.
Some youths were also seen pulling down the roofs of the assembly complex to indicate commencement of renovation work at the premises.
Edo Deputy Speaker Impeached
The deputy speaker of the Edo House of Assembly Yekini Idiaye has been impeached on Wednesday.
Idiaye is the lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo Constituency I in the assembly.
His impeachment by lawmakers in the assembly comes days after he declared support for Osagie Ize-Iyamu, an opponent to the current governor Godwin Obaseki in the Edo State governorship election.
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