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Ramadan: Society Urges Muslims to Reflect on Islamic Lesson




By Salihu Ali, Abuja

Muslims have been reminded to reflect on the teachings of the Ramadan fast in their daily dealings.

Director of the International Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance, Bayero University Kano, Professor Muhammed Shaibu, gave the reminder in an annual Ramadan Lecture titled ‘RAMADAN LESSONS: INSPIRATION FOR REFORM.

The annual Ramadan lecture is the 20th in the series organized by Al-habibiyyah Islamic Society held in Abuja, Nigeria.

Professor Shuaibu said Fasting prepares believers for hardships and sacrifice adding that Muslims learn in Ramadan how to struggle against the forces of evil in their own selves, in the society around them, and in the world at large.

He explained that fasting in the month of Ramadan helps Muslims to understand the suffering and pains of the poor and needy.

“By our fasting, there will be hunger and thirst, and we realize what it means to be deprived of basic necessities of life. Ramadan is called the month of charity and sympathy.

“We learn how to be more kind and generous this month.” He added.

Professor Shaibu further said, Muslims should have ‘Taqwa’ that is, Allah’s consciousness, piety, which signifies submission to Allah and total commitment to all that is good, and rejection of all that is evil and bad.

Another lesson of Ramadan, according to Professor Shuaibu, is the valuable practice of self-discipline, love for one another, and sustaining solidarity among people.

The Chief Imam Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society Imam Fuad Adeyemi said the annual Ramadan lecture is significant in promoting Ramadan teachings, values, and practice.

Imam Fuad noted that “the lessons of Ramadan will give us a guide on how we should reform our lives.”

He explained that Al-habibiyyah is embarking on many life-changing programmes for the good of humanity and these include the food bank and zakkat programmes.

Also speaking, Alhaji Lawal Garba, who chaired the event, urged Muslims to imbibe the practice of fasting even after the month of Ramadan for spiritual rebirth.

The Islamic group, Al-habibiyyah is an Islamic think-tank whose activities cut across education, propagation of Islam through Da’awa, and promotion of religious harmony through interreligious dialogue as well as counseling and welfare assistance.

Many dignitaries attended the annual Ramadan lecture.


Sallah: Nigerians Decry High cost of foodstuff




Some Nigerians living in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have expressed worry over continuous increase in prices of foodstuffs and other commodities this Eid-el Kabir festive season.

A visit to some markets in the Abuja and its environs showed that the prices of good have continued to rise.

Some respondent told newsmen at Dutse Market, in Bwari Area Council that meeting their family needs was becoming increasingly difficult amidst lean resources.

Mallam Yahaya, a vegetable seller told newsmen: “I am just trying to find happiness in my business since I don’t want to be idle. Making gain in this business is now a herculean task.

“I am selling perishable goods and I cannot keep them for too long because I want to make a lot of gains.

If I don’t sell them I lose everything. They are not like other goods in the market’’, he said.

Mrs Hajiya Hassana, another petty trader said that the prices of foodstuffs were now determined by what wholesalers sell to retailers.

“I know that some buyers may blame because they don’t know how we get these goods from the wholesalers; the challenge of transporting the goods to the market.

“It has not been like this before, things just changed automatically since the removal of fuel subsidy.

“For instance, how will I buy a mudu of beans at N3, 000 and sell it at a lesser price, it is not impossible. I would rather stay at home than to come to the market and sell with no profit.

“It’s so unfortunate that it’s the final consumers who are affected most because it is not easy for some Nigerians household now in the country,” she told NAN.

Hassana, nevertheless, said she was trying her best to satisfy her customers as well as ensuring that she makes some gains.

Similarly, Mr Mohammed Rabiu, a buyer said it was unfortunate that he could not afford what the feeding needs of his family due to high price of food items.

Rabiu, therefore, pleaded to government intervention in the situation by using relevant instruments and institutions to bring down the cost goods.

“A lot of people are ceasing the economic situation to dupe others and blame it on fuel subsidy removal.

“I witnessed how somebody will keep what she bought previously at certain amount but refused to sell those items.

“She kept them to watch when the prices will go higher so at to double the price and make make higher gain.

“Let government monitor the market with a view to controlling the prices of goods. This will help a lot in curtailing the rising cost of things’’ he said.

Similarly, Mrs Amina Bawa, another buyer, when asked how she was coping with the economy, she said: “When I hear prices of foodstuffs, I feel like committing suicide. But I can’t because it is not a good thing to do.

“I can’t remember the last time I ate to my satisfaction, I only eat to survive, ” she said.

Another respondent, Mr Idris Bello, urged government agencies to see the need for regulatory system in the country to avoid the unnecessary hike in, not only food items but all goods and services. (NAN)

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Over 3,500 Persons to Benefit from NDDC Health Intervention in C’River




No fewer than 3,500 persons have been slated to benefit from a free five-day medical mission in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River.

The medical mission is being sponsored by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) with aim of providing healthcare services to medically underserved rural communities in the region.

The Commission’s Managing Director, Dr Samuel Ogbudu, said that the medical mission, which had already taken place in eight states of the region, had seen to the treatment of over two million people in Niger Delta.

Represented by Dr Eme Inyangabia, Assistant Director, Education, Health and Social Services (EHSS), he said the mission was the flagship of the Commission, serving to endear NDDC to the medically needy communities.

“The medical mission is one of several health programmes of the Commission, targeted at changing the health situation and narrative of our people in the region.

“It is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) No. 3 which aspires to achieve Universal Health Coverage and ensure health and well-being for all,” he stated.

Similarly, the Executive Director, EHSS of the Commission, Dr George Uzonwanne, said they were looking at 12,000 to 15,000 data points as a particular patient may be treated on more than one ailment.

‘‘We are carrying out a one-week short term intervention free of charge to the people of Cross River State.

‘‘We are looking at treating 3,000 to 3,500 patients but not really the number of patients but the number of data points because one patient may have more than three interventions.

‘‘So, we are looking at between 12,000 to 15,000 data points.

‘‘Treatments will range from things like malaria to things as complex as having fibroid surgery or general surgery,’’ he said.

Uzonwanne added that a team would be on standby to look after patients before they were discharged and others with more severe ailments would be treated by the commission in a referral hospital. (NAN)

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OPHS Arrests 6 Bandits, Recovers Rustled Cows, Weapons in Plateau




A special task force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), has arrested six suspected bandits and recovered weapons and 47 rustled cows in Manguna, Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau.
Commander of OPSH, Maj.-Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar, disclosed this at the Eid-el-Kabir luncheon, organised for troops of the operation on Monday in Jos.

Abubakar, who doubles as the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, Rukuba, near Jos, said that the feat followed intensified operations by personnel of the operation.

”As part of our resolve to completely eradicate banditry and criminal elements and ensure a successful farming season and security of lives and property, our intensified operations continue to yield results.

“This has led to recovery of different calibers of arms and ammunition in different parts of Plateau.
”Specifically on June 10, OPSH Tactical Team raided a suspected criminal hideout at Manguna village in Bokkos local government area and during the operation, troops recovered one G3 rifle, two revolver rifles and one magazine with rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition.
”We also recovered a quiver with 20 arrows and 47 herds of cattle, while a total of six bandits and cattle rustlers were captured with the rifles and ammunition,” he said.
The commander further stated that his troops also raided the Pandam forest in Qua’an Pan Local Government Area of the state and recovered various weapons and ammunition.
”Similarly on June 12, troops, acting on credible intelligence, conducted clearance operations at suspected bandits’ hideouts at Pandam forest in Qua’an.
”During the operation, troops recovered two AK-47 rifles, two AK-47 magazines and 13 rounds of 7.62mm special.
”Troops are currently sustaining operations in the area to intercept and neutralise the fleeing terrorists,” he added.
Abubakar said that the troops also arrested 29 suspected members of a cult group known as Sara-suka, with fabricated rifles, pistols and other assorted dangerous weapons recovered in Jos.
The commander, who thanked the personnel for their efforts, assured residents of the state of the operation’s readiness to secure their lives and property. (NAN) (

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