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Akume Asks Onaiyekan To Accept Tinubu Govt, Donates N7m To KSM Nigeria 

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By Tony Obiechina, Abuja 

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Senator(Dr) George Akume has appealed to Archbishop Emeritus John Cardinal Onaiyekan to accept President Tinubu-led government as legitimate having been sworn in according to law.

The SGF made the appeal weekend at the thanksgiving Mass to mark the Platinum(70) anniversary celebration of the Order of the Knight of St.

Mulumba, Nigeria at St Gabriel’s Chaplaincy, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Durumi, Abuja.

The appeal is coming on the heels of recent position of Cardinal Onaiyekan during a television interview to the effect that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu should not be sworn in before the outcome of the Presidential election Petitions pending at the tribunal.

Cardinal Onaiyekan had a recent television interview described the outcome of the election which produced President Tinubu as “tragically questionable results”. INEC had declared Tinubu the winner of the February, 2023 Presidential election.

“I love peace, but will never endorse Tinubu’s discredited victory to pacify Nigerians” Onaiyekan had said.

But Akume while speaking at the thanksgiving Mass of the KSM, used the occasion to appeal to the Archbishop Emeritus to accept Tinubu’s government as legitimate and give the administration a chance to deliver on its campaign promises.

The SGF thereafter announced a donation of N7 million in support of the KSM Nigeria towards its charity work and evangelism. 

In his keynote address at a reception after the Mass, the Supreme Knight, Sir Dr. Charles Mbelede said in 70 years, KSM has become a household name.

He stated that the Order through its consistent trajectory of success,  innovation,  evangelism, investments and other benchmarks and capacity building, has etched itself as a global brand.

According to him, the Order which was founded on 14th June, 1953, “was exactly 70 years three days ago on June 14, 2023, adding that “KSM the little mustard seed has become an Iroko”.

Mbelede further stated that the KSM has grown from a Subordinate Council of 23 founding members, two of whom later became Bishops with Founder Abbot Abraham Ojefua as the Pioneer Grand Knight to the present strength of 285 Sub Councils across nine Metropolitan Councils.

“With a current numerical strength of over 23,000 membership cuts across all the professions and host of other skills across every sector of the economy. It has an emphatic presence in Cameroon and Uganda. The decision to adopt an African saint a a Role model,  underscores Ojefua’s world view and commitment to his African roots”, he added.

Cardinal Onaiyekan with Senator George Akume at the Altar during the Mass

Akume Asks Onaiyekan To Accept Tinubu Govt, Donates N7m To KSM Nigeria 

By Tony Obiechina, Abuja 

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Senator(Dr) George Akume has appealed to Archbishop Emeritus John Cardinal Onaiyekan to accept President Tinubu-led government as legitimate having been sworn in according to law.

The SGF made the appeal weekend at the thanksgiving Mass to mark the Platinum(70) anniversary celebration of the Order of the Knight of St. Mulumba, Nigeria at St Gabriel’s Chaplaincy, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Durumi, Abuja.

The appeal is coming on the heels of recent position of Cardinal Onaiyekan during a television interview to the effect that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu should not be sworn in before the outcome of the Presidential election Petitions pending at the tribunal.

Cardinal Onaiyekan had a recent television interview described the outcome of the election which produced President Tinubu as “tragically questionable results”. INEC had declared Tinubu the winner of the February, 2023 Presidential election.

“I love peace, but will never endorse Tinubu’s discredited victory to pacify Nigerians” Onaiyekan had said.

But Akume while speaking at the thanksgiving Mass of the KSM, used the occasion to appeal to the Archbishop Emeritus to accept Tinubu’s government as legitimate and give the administration a chance to deliver on its campaign promises.

The SGF thereafter announced a donation of N7 million in support of the KSM Nigeria towards its charity work and evangelism. 

In his keynote address at a reception after the Mass, the Supreme Knight, Sir Dr. Charles Mbelede said in 70 years, KSM has become a household name.

He stated that the Order through its consistent trajectory of success,  innovation,  evangelism, investments and other benchmarks and capacity building, has etched itself as a global brand.

According to him, the Order which was founded on 14th June, 1953, “was exactly 70 years three days ago on June 14, 2023, adding that “KSM the little mustard seed has become an Iroko”.

Mbelede further stated that the KSM has grown from a Subordinate Council of 23 founding members, two of whom later became Bishops with Founder Abbot Abraham Ojefua as the Pioneer Grand Knight to the present strength of 285 Sub Councils across nine Metropolitan Councils.

“With a current numerical strength of over 23,000 membership cuts across all the professions and host of other skills across every sector of the economy. It has an emphatic presence in Cameroon and Uganda. The decision to adopt an African saint a a Role model,  underscores Ojefua’s world view and commitment to his African roots”, he added.

Cardinal Onaiyekan with Senator George Akume at the Altar during the Mass

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Niger Coup: CAN States Position on Military Intervention

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Laide Akinboade, Abuja

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged the Economic Community Of West Africa States (ECOWAS) not to use military intervention to resolve the current crisis in Niger.

In a recent statement signed by the CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, the apex Christian association commended President Ahmed Tinubu, and other heads of ECOWAS for their unwavering commitment to discouraging coups d’état and the forceful takeover of power.

“We also applaud their commendable efforts in resolving the crisis currently faced by our neighbours in the Republic of Niger.

“CAN fully recognizes the gravity of the situation in Niger and the importance of upholding democratic principles, peace, and stability within the West African region. We believe that the peaceful resolution of conflicts is vital for the progress and well-being of our nations and our people.

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“We applaud President Ahmed Tinubu for adopting a diplomatic approach in addressing the crisis by sending a high-level delegation, led by the eminent statesman General Abdulsalam Abubakar, to engage with the Nigerien authorities. This diplomatic overture demonstrates President Tinubu’s commitment to peaceful dialogue and his belief in the power of constructive engagement to foster understanding and resolve conflicts.

“Furthermore, we commend the inclusion of the esteemed Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, in the delegation. This representation showcases the unity of purpose and the collaborative spirit of Nigerian leaders, transcending religious and ethnic boundaries to jointly pursue peace in our region.

“CAN also commends the notable efforts of other prominent leaders, who have engaged with the Nigerien authorities in their personal capacities, leveraging private contacts. Their wisdom, experience, and counsel will undoubtedly contribute to the resolution of the crisis in Niger and the restoration of peace and stability in the region

“As an organization deeply committed to promoting justice, peace, and harmony, CAN urges Tinubu, to remain on the path of dialogue and avoid any form of military intervention or measures that would create enmity between the good people of Nigeria and Niger. We firmly believe that the path to lasting peace lies in upholding democratic processes, respecting the sovereignty of nations, and engaging in peaceful dialogue to address grievances and resolve conflicts.

“We implore all stakeholders involved in this matter to embrace peaceful negotiations, exercise restraint, and tirelessly work towards a sustainable resolution of the crisis in Niger. It is crucial to remember that peace is a collective responsibility, and only through joint efforts and unwavering commitment can we build a future of progress, stability, and prosperity for our nations, the statement read.

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Cleric Urges Tinubu to Ensure Even Resource Distribution

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Tony Obiechina, Abuja

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been urged to inclusively involve all segments of the country in his administration and ensure the equitable distribution of resources to address the citizens’ plight.

Reverend Babatunde Idowu, the District Overseer of Foursquare Gospel Church in Wuse, Abuja, gave this advice during the Church’s 10th District Anniversary.

He emphasized that directing resources appropriately would also help alleviate economic challenges and address the country’s infrastructural decay.

Reverend Idowu acknowledged that the current administration’s economic policy is commendable, but stressed the importance of appointing the right individuals to manage the proceeds from fuel subsidy removal.

He stated that only Nigerians who fear God and are committed to serving the nation should be engaged for such responsibilities.

The Cleric believes that when both leaders and the public act responsibly, divine intervention will lead to the country’s transformation.

Assistant Pastor of Foursquare Utako, Abuja, Mrs. Stella Eniola Huthman, appealed to women to fulfill their responsibilities, set examples, and foster peaceful households.

Pastor Stella Eniola attributed the current moral decline in society to the failure of some women in fulfilling their roles, urging them to contribute positively to building a better nation.

Deacon Samson Olorunda, Chairman of the anniversary committee, stated that the church would persistently pray for divine intervention to address the country’s challenges.

He assured that the church would remain dedicated to promoting peace and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The theme for the week-long program was “Much More Than This,” derived from the book of 2 Chronicles 25:9-10.

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CAN Raises the Alarm Over Extreme Hardship Faced by Nigerians

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By Laide Akinboade, Abuja

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said that the increasing hardship faced by the majority of Nigerians due to recent hikes in fuel prices, school fees, and other essential expenses ignites worries.

In a statement issued by CAN President, Daniel Okoh, over the weekend, he urged the Federal Government to take immediate measures to alleviate the suffering in the country.

“While we acknowledge the complexities and difficult decisions taken by the government to manage the nation’s economy, there is an urgent need to prioritize measures that will alleviate, rather than exacerbate, the existing poverty level and hardships of Nigerians.

“The recent price hikes have placed an enormous burden on the already struggling masses, making it extremely difficult for them to afford the basic necessities of life,” the CAN President remarked.

He further advised the Federal Government to engage with critical stakeholders in meaningful dialogue to explore sustainable solutions to the current situation.

As part of the recommendations, Okoh stressed the importance of developing comprehensive economic policies that promote inclusive growth, job creation, and social well-being. He urged the government to focus on diversifying the economy, reducing dependency on volatile commodities, and promoting investments in sectors with the potential to create sustainable employment opportunities. These measures, according to him, would not only bolster economic resilience but also enhance the overall well-being of citizens.

“The fuel subsidy palliatives being considered by the government should go beyond cash transfers and should include the introduction of mass transport across states to reduce the cost of transportation. The multiplier effect of this will be profound,” Okoh emphasized.

Additionally, the CAN President called for measures to reduce the price of fuel, including the removal of unnecessary levies and taxes on imported petroleum products, stabilization of the foreign exchange market, and the restoration of local refineries to functional and effective use.

“While we understand that there is no gain without pain, the pain must not be unbearable,” he added.

Appealing to Nigerians to exercise patience with the government, Okoh urged everyone to work together to build an inclusive and resilient economy that offers opportunities for every Nigerian to thrive.

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