2023 : AMUWO ODOFIN MUSLIM COMMUNITY PAYS SOLIDARITY VISIT TO PLS
As the 2023 general elections draw near various stakeholders have continued to play key roles in shaping the direction in which the outcomes of the elections will go.
Latest amongst key stakeholders who made a significant moves recently is the Muslim Community of Amuwo Odofin LGA, who made a solidarity visit to the All Progressives Congress (APC), House of Representatives Candidate, Prince Lanre A. Sanusi (PLS).
The Islamic Sect who were led by their leaders commended APC for presenting PLS as the preferred House of Representative candidate for Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency for the 2023 general election.
The group speaking through its leader openly declared support for Sanusi stressing that “his choice was timely and Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency can’t wait to experience the needed legislative responsiveness and infrastructural development in the FESTIVAL town”.
The Islamic Faith Based Group commended PLS for his “broadmindedness”, and inclusiveness as he consults with all stakeholders, saying PLS name will be engraved in letters of gold for not ignoring the “logical, rational and explicable strategy of reaching out to all stakeholders in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency”.
According to the Group “A major significance of PLS endorsement by the Muslim Community is that he is capable of uniting both Muslims and Christians because he is not a religious bigot”
While the Sect owes the views that religious bodies should not interfere directly in the murky waters of politics they equally believes religious institutions have a major role to play in the socio-political orientation and education of their members.
Appreciating the visit of the Muslim Community, PLS said “Politics should be guided by the ethics and values of our religion without any form of discrimination. As stakeholders you have a role to play in the socio-political orientation of the voters so as to avoid apathy”.
Sanusi thanked the Sect for the endorsement of his candidature and promised to live by the good tenets of morality and empathy in leadership as provided in the Holy books, he further advise them to go pick up their PVC and vote for all APC Candidates.
Bizarre footage has emerged of a vicar marrying Mayor of San Pedro Huamelula, Victor Aguilar, and a crocodile bride, as part of an indigenous tradition intended to bring good fortune to local
A small town Mexican mayor married his alligator bride in a colourful ceremony as traditional music rang out and revelers danced while imploring the indigenous leader to seal the nuptials with a kiss.
San Pedro Huamelula Mayor Victor Hugo Sosa obliged more than once during Thursday’s wedding, bending down to plant his lips on the small alligator’s snout, which had been tied shut presumably to avoid unwanted biting.
The ritual marriage likely dates back centuries to pre-Hispanic times among Oaxaca state’s Chontal and Huave indigenous communities, like a prayer pleading for nature’s bounty.
“We ask nature for enough rain, for enough food, that we have fish in the river,” said Sosa, mayor of the small fishing village on Oaxaca’s steamy Pacific coast.
Oaxaca, located in Mexico’s poor south, is arguably the country’s richest in indigenous culture and home to many groups that have stubbornly maintained their languages and traditions.
The age-old ritual in San Pedro Huamelula, now mixed with Catholic spirituality, involves dressing the alligator or caiman in a white wedding dress plus other colorful garments.
The seven-year-old reptile, referred to as a little princess, is believed to be a deity representing mother earth, and her marriage to the local leader symbolizes the joining of humans with the divine.
As trumpets blared and drums provided a festive beat, locals carried the alligator bride in their arms through village streets as men fanned it with their hats.
“It gives me so much happiness and makes me proud of my roots,” said Elia Edith Aguilar, known as the godmother who organized the wedding.
She said that she feels privileged to be entrusted with carrying out the ceremony, and noted she spent a lot of time fretting over what the bride would wear.
“It’s a very beautiful tradition,” she added with a smile.
Mayor of San Pedro Huamelula said: ‘With this ritual we ask for a good harvest, for the sea and the lagoons to give us all the food we need and we ask that everything goes well with everyone here.’
The croc bride – known as ‘The Princess’ – wore a custom-made wedding dress and veil as she was paraded through streets to band music before the wedding ceremony
▪︎WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. ▪︎Her last words were: “What do you hope to achieve with this?” Rukia, late Deborah’s coursemate of the college, who witnessed how Deborah was flogged, killed, and burnt described the scene as the most horrible she has ever witnessed. The student who identified herself simply as Rakia, gave an account of how the voice note of the 25-year-old student degenerated into an uncontrollable situation. Speaking from her parents’ home in Gidan Kaya area of Sokoto State, the visibly shaken student said,
“Deborah was my course mate. I just stepped into the class when the uproar on her voice note started. It was her own course mates that started it. One of them said Deborah dared them by refusing to apologise when she was asked to. It all started with a debate on the upcoming examination on a general WhatsApp platform created for our course mates.
One of the students asked her how she passed the last semester’s examination and in response, she said it was ‘Jesus o.’
“Immediately, about three other chats came in from two Muslims and one Christian, telling her to retract the statement. Two students from other departments who overheard some Muslim boys discussing the matter told Deborah’s close friends to prevail on her to retract the statement. But she replied via a voice note on the platform
“Holy Ghost fire. Nothing will happen to me. Is it by force that you guys will always be sending this religious stuff in this group? The group wasn’t created for that but rather as a notice on test, assignment, exam, etc, not this nonsense religious posts”
“We were made to understand that some young men were brought from outside before the outrage. I was in class when some of our course mates rushed in, saying ‘there is fire on the mountain o’.” “The Muslim students led the strangers to the class to look for her. In fear, those in the class tried to help her escape and took her to the security post from where they hoped to create a way for her to run outside. Already, a cab was waiting outside to drive her straight to the Police station. Unfortunately, the mob overpowered everyone who tried to save her. They even threatened to kill anyone who attempted to stand in their way.
Her last word as she pleaded for mercy.
She was dragged out, flogged and stoned. The last word in her mouth was: “what do you hope to achieve with this?’ By then some of our coursemates were making calls to some of our lecturers to save the situation. At a point, all the Christian students fled the school premises. It was when I got home that I heard she was set ablaze. Since the incident, I have been having a flash of her pleading expression. She pleaded for mercy and called out for help but it was far from her. What a cruel way to die.”
Another Muslim student who did not want her name in print kicked against the mob action on the late Deborah. She said, “what happened did not warrant her death. We are calling on the government to make a policy that kicks against attack on anyone accused of blasphemy”. @ Vanguard News
▪︎Late Deborah Samuel was a 200-level Home Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto. On Thursday she made a comment in her school’s WhatsApp platform which her Muslim colleagues considered blasphemous of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) and killed her before setting her corpse ablaze.
PUSH NEWS NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL – January 2nd, 2022
The Oba of Lagos born in 1943, he is an alumnus of Ansar-Ud-Deen College and a graduate of Law from the University of Lagos. He was an officer of the Nigeria Police Force for 32 years, becoming an Assistant Inspector-General of Police in 1999.He has remained committed to clarifying issues concerning the original occupants of Lagos, the place of Isale Eko and the monarchy in the history of Lagos, and answering questions about the language and customs of its people
Sequel to an initial post on the original owners of Lagos and some questions about other Chieftaincy Families in Lagos, this post becomes necessary.
There are FOUR Class of Chiefs in Lagos and they are;
THE IDẸJỌ – Land Owners. They have all been gazetted as First Class Obas, while some had been crowned as Obas on their own ancestral lands.
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI’S STATEMENT TO THE NATION ON JANUARY 1, 2022
We remain grateful to the Almighty God for yet another Year attained as a country, united by a common destiny and resolute in our determination to overcome the several challenges along the path to build the great and prosperous Nation of our dream.
I salute the courage and resilience of all Nigerians, which was evident in 2021 as this nation, like other countries of the world, faced significant challenges that occurred as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts to restore the global economy and social order.
The persistent insecurity in certain parts of the country may have threatened to unravel the incremental gains achieved in the real sectors of the economy and in the administration’s overall objective to position the nation on the irreversible trajectory of sustainable growth and progress, but I assure you that we will remain resolute in our commitments and shall continue to press ahead with our programmes and plans.
The path to nationhood is often fraught with unpredictable difficulties and challenges, and most tried and tested nations have often prevailed through dogged determination, resilience, concerted commitment to unity, and the conviction that the whole of the nation, standing together against all odds, is by far greater and would ultimately be more prosperous and viable than the sum of its distinguishable parts.
There is no doubt that the issue of Security remains at the front burner of priority areas that this Administration has given utmost attention to. As a follow up to our promise to re-energize and reorganize the security apparatus and personnel of the armed forces and the police, it is on record that this Administration has invested heavily in re-equipping our military in line with upgrading the platforms and firepower required to tackle the current challenges being faced in the country.
The net results of these efforts have been the number of insurgents and bandits who have willingly surrendered to our Security Forces and continue to do so through various channels and the Safe Corridor created for that purpose.
Government, however, realizes that victory on the battlefield is just one aspect of sustainable victory. We know that to fully win this war, we must also win the peace and real security lies in winning the hearts and minds of the affected citizens. To this end, working with our international partners and neighbouring countries, we would be deploying multi-faceted solutions that will be targeted at addressing human security at the grassroots, before it leads to insecurity.
Once again I would like to take a moment to remember and honour the gallant Military, Police Officers, and other security agents who have lost their lives in the cause of protecting the territorial integrity of this Nation against both internal and external aggressors, assuring their families that their sacrifices would not be in vain.
We equally remember and commiserate with Nigerians who have lost loved ones as a result of insecurity in different parts of the country. Every life matters and every single death caused by any form of insecurity is a matter of personal concern to me both as a citizen and as the President of this great country.
We remain fully committed to upholding the constitutional provisions that protect all Nigerians from any form of internal and external aggression.
On the economy, we have shown a high level of resilience to record some significant achievements despite the turbulence that has characterized our economy and indeed the global economy. The lessons we have learned and keep learning from COVID-19 have encouraged us to intensify efforts to mitigate its socio-economic effects on our Nation.
The major wins we have recorded can be clearly seen in Nigeria’s most recent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The 4.03% growth recorded in the third quarter of 2021 is indicative of the recovery being recorded in our economy and the confidence that is being shown through the policies that our Administration has put in place after the outbreak of the pandemic.
We may also recall that this recent growth is closely followed by the 5.1% (year on year) growth in real terms recorded by Nigeria in Quarter 2 of 2021. This growth was one of the best recorded by any nation across Sub-Saharan Africa. The 5.1% growth at that time was and remains the highest growth recorded by the Nigerian economy since 2014.
Despite the challenges we have faced as a Nation, the good news is that we have so far recorded four consecutive quarters of growth after the negative growth rates recorded in Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 of 2020 due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On August 16, 2021 I signed the landmark Petroleum Industry Act into law. The signing of this legacy legislation is a watershed moment in the history of our Nation, considering the massive positive impact the new Act would have on the economy. I would like to sincerely commend the 9th Assembly for the grit they demonstrated, succeeding where others have failed, and the cooperation that led to the completion of this process after almost two decades.
Just like I stated during the investment trips and fora that I have attended recently, the legislation is expected to serve as a liberalizing force in the energy industry, and we are optimistic that this law will provide the much-needed legal, governance, regulatory and fiscal framework for the development of the energy sector, the host communities, and Nigeria as a Nation. Our objective to increase Liquefied Natural Gas exports and expand our domestic market is still very much at the forefront of some of the policies we would be pushing in the new year.
In year 2022 and going forward, our Administration would intentionally leverage ICT platforms to create jobs, while ensuring that the diversification of our economy creates more support to other emerging sectors. I am proud to announce that several foreign investors are taking advantage of our ranking as one of the leading start-up ecosystems in Africa to invest in our digital economy.
We have given the utmost priority to fighting corruption and other related offenses which have been a bane to the growth and prosperity of our dear Nation. We have made major strides and breakthroughs through the innovative use of technology and forensics in the investigative and prosecutorial procedures with commendable results to show that the anti-corruption drive of our Administration is succeeding.
In the meantime, the accomplishments that have been recorded so far can be traced to the dedication of the Nation’s anti-corruption Agencies who have received the necessary support needed to effectively prosecute their duties.
Despite our challenges in 2021, it was also a year in which the Administration executed successfully, key projects, programmes, and initiatives to fulfil the promises made under the Security, Economy Anti-corruption (SEA) agenda.
As we welcome 2022, let us, with hope, envision a year of continued progress against our combined challenges arising from security and socio-economic issues.
As it is said, the past is but a story told, the future will still be written in gold. Let us be united in our fight to keep our Nation united against all odds and with gratitude, celebrate life in this new epoch.
CHRISTMAS : AMUWO ODOFIN APC STAKEHOLDERS, OLORUNRINU, PLS, OLAWESTERN, AYO ADEWALE, V.O.B, HON RAUF PREACH PEACE AND TOLERANCE
Immediately past Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin LGA, Comrade Ayodele Adewale has admonished Nigerians and Amuwo Odofin residents to respect constituted authorities and be their brothers’ keepers in words and deeds.
In a Christmas message made available to the media on Saturday, Com Ayodele rejoiced with Nigerians, particularly Christians, on this year’s celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
He noted that it was very appropriate for citizens to reflect on the love of God aptly espoused in the teachings and lifestyle of Jesus Christ.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) Lagos State Organizing Secretary recalled that during His earthly sojourn, Jesus Christ repeatedly reminded his disciples and followers of the peace that comes in the midst of trials and tribulations on earth. “There is no better time than now in our nation’s history and indeed Lagos State to pray for divine guidance to get over our current challenges at the local and federal levels.
“We can have peace in Nigeria if we all learn to tolerate and appreciate one another, respect constituted authorities; and be our brothers’ keepers in word and deeds,” he stated.
Adewale further called for special prayers for all the nation’s heroic citizens who paid the supreme price to restore peace and security in the North-East and other flashpoints in the country. He assured that his immediate priority as a State Exco is to galvanize all party programs towards stimulating it’s implementation at all levels in Lagos State.
Prince Lanre Sanusi popularly called PLS, in a recent viral video, also felicitated with the Christian faithfuls in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency.
Sanusi in a statement urged Nigerians to use the Yuletide to rededicate themselves to the service of humanity in line with the true teachings of Jesus Christ which emphasises selflessness, piety, brotherly kindness and love towards one another.
PLS an House of Representatives hopeful reiterated his commitment at ensuring that Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency regains its pride among the comity of Federal Constituencies through relevant and timely legislations come 2023. The Awori-born of Lagos State said the nation could only be out of the woods when the citizenry resonate the teachings of Christ.
“This is the season of love and forgiveness. It should not be seen only as just a merrymaking period but as a time to pray fervently for a peaceful and prosperous nation. As a nation, we have passed through series of challenges but the fact remains that we can only surmount our economic crisis if we stay united, extend hands of fellowship to one another and be law-abiding. “We must also rededicate ourselves to the ennobling virtues of faith in God, love for one another, honesty and peaceful coexistence. It is time to make these virtues more evident and practical in our daily lives,” PLS stated.
The Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin LGA, Hon. Valentine Buraimoh (V.O.B), in his message sighted by Push News 24 International, urged Christians to walk in Christ’s footsteps of love and peace towards one another, their neighbours and to humanity as a whole.
The number one citizen of Amuwo Odofin noted that faithful adherence to the virtues of Jesus Christ, including love, unity, sacrifice and peaceful coexistence, which constitute the fundamental ingredients for development of any nation, will lead to the growth and stability of Nigeria. While wishing Amuwo Odofin residents a happy celebration, VOB assured them that the elected Government under his leadership is working tirelessly to ensure that the promises in the Change Agenda are delivered for the benefit of all Nigerians in the shortest possible time.
In the same vein, Honourable Ola Folorunsho popularly called (OlaWestern), urged Amuwo Odofin residents to remain united in the spirit of the Yuletide. He equally urged them to emulate the life of Christ and eschew violence and corruption that is capable of bringing the country down.
In the goodwill message personally signed by the 2023 Lagos State Amuwo Odofin Constituency 1 Aspirant, OlaWestern, also asked Lagosians to always strive towards doing things that would further strengthen the unity of the State.
The philanthropist turned politician said the character of Jesus Christ, who is the main reason for the celebrations, should reflect in the life of every Christian.
“this period also calls for unity of purpose among Nigerians, citizens should be their brother’s keeper at all times.”
OlaWestern noted that Nigeria is passing through a lot at the moment but that with the prayers of the citizens and their support, the leaders would be able to provide good direction.
Similarly, former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Constituency 1, Amuwo Odofin, Hon Dipo OLORUNRINU aka Talk-and-Do, has congratulated all Nigerian Christians as they celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.
In a message sighted online by Push News 24 International, the former Amuwo Odofin Chairmanship aspirant urged Christians to reflect on the teachings of Jesus Christ, which entails love for neighbour, peaceful coexistence, and loyalty to constituted authority.
“On behalf of my family, supporters and constituents, I wish to sincerely congratulate all our Christian brothers and sisters in Amuwo Odofin on the celebration of the feast of Christmas, which marks the birth of Jesus Christ.
“As you celebrate, continue to pray for Amuwo Odofin LGA and reflect on the life of Jesus Christ, his humility, sacrifice, love for neighbour and loyalty to God and constituted authority,” he said.
Talk-and-Do further assured his teaming supporters to remain in solidarity as the mandate of the people will be restored in due time regardless of any delays or denial.
Lagos State House of Assembly member representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency 2 (Oriade LCDA), Hon Wale Rauf, had called on Nigerians to use the celebration of the Christmas to be Peace Ambassadors, as the country is in serious need of continuous peace advocacy.
Rauf made this call in his Christmas Message to his constituents in Oriade LCDA, Constituency 2. In a statement he pointed out that though the country maybe facing serious challenges, especially on issues of security, and rising cost of living standard, there is still the need for all to pursue peace in their activities, knowing that the birth of Jesus Christ was to ensure humanity is saved and live in peace.
According to him, “We can overcome most of our challenges if we all fight the cause of a peaceful living, and association, as we are of God.”
We know that Christ came to bring salvation to the world. He came to redeem us. And in redeeming us, we must also show to our neighbours, that same love God showed to us, when he sent his only son for our sake to the world.”
“I know we are facing challenges from different fronts. Challenges of insecurity, COVID-19 pandemic with the continuous mutation of the virus to different strains, high rise in living standard, I however urge you not to loose hope, but trust that God who sent his only son for our sake, will not abandon us.”
The Lagos State government is doing everything possible to ensure a better Lagos, hence, we all need to support the State in this effort”
“We must therefore continue to preach peace where ever we find ourselves. We must be peace ambassadors through our works and deeds, knowing that Christmas is a period of Love, and Peace Building.’ Rauf said.