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.
PDP Protest Attempt To Overthrow Buhari — Uzodinma
Imo Governor Hope Uzodinma has accused sponsors of the nationwide protest on Sunday and Monday of attempting to bring down the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Uzodinma also urged the federal government and security agencies to investigate the real intention of the sponsors of such protest across the nation
The governor spoke on Monday when scores of the supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State staged a solidarity rally for him over his victory at the Supreme Court.
According to him, the nationwide protest by the PDP members was an attempt to overthrow the federal government.
“Why are they organising a nationwide protest on an event that happened in Imo? If they didn’t have ulterior motive to bring down the government, you they could have held the rally in Imo State, where the supreme Court passed a judgement?”
He insisted: “We are one united and indivisible country. We did not challenge the election on the grounds of violence or over voting, but we asked the court to add our votes which INEC did not include”
The governor urged the people of the state to go about their normal businesses because “I’m in charge and it is by the grace of God that I’m your governor”.
State Deputy chairman, Ugochukwu Nzekwe, while addressing the mammoth crowd, stated that the party members were on a solidarity rally to show that the people of the state were happy with Senator Hope Uzodinma as their new governor.
PDP Plotting To Impeach Me — Uzodinma Cries Out
The newly installed governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma has raised alarm that there is an alleged plan for him to be impeached.
Uzodinma said the plan is the handiwork of The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State.
Oguike Nwanchukwu, the Chief Secretary and Media Adviser to the governor said that the plan has already been exposed.
“We know the game plan of the PDP because we are aware that they have been secretly inciting Imo State House of Assembly members to think of how to impeach the governor. So they are trying to rake up anything they can, even falsehood, to incite the public.”
Recall that the former governor of the State, Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic party was sacked by the court on Tuesday, January 14th and Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was declared the winner of the just concluded governorship election.
Supreme Court Upholds Elections Of Plateau, Bauchi Govs
The supreme court has upheld the elections of Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau state, and Bala Mohammed, his Bauchi counterpart.
In Plateau, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Lalong, who contested the March election under the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner, but Jeremiah Useni, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, had challenged his victory.
Useni had earlier lost at the tribunal and court of appeal.
Mohammaed Abubakar of the APC had also challenged the victory of Mohammed who contested under the platform of the PDP.
Like Useni, Abubakar lost at the tribunal and appeal court but headed to the supreme court.
At the apex court on Monday, Sylvester Ngwuta, the judge who headed the seven-man panel, dismissed the appeal filed by Useni and Abubakar.