Some well-meaning residents of the Federal Capital Territory has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari and the nation’s security chiefs for a Christmas celebration free from bombings.
The group, under the auspices of Concerned Abuja Residents Association (CARA) made this known in a press conference to mark the new year on Friday.
In a statement co-signed by Innocent Onuchukwu and Abayomi Johnson, its President and Secretary-General respectively, the FCT residents said President Buhari has provided the political will to win the war against terrorism and other acts of criminalities in the country.
The group noted that the service chiefs, on their part, have displayed incredible commitment towards addressing the security challenges in the FCT and across the country.
According to the Abuja residents, the last celebration was one of the most peaceful since the annals of our democratic experience in 1999.
The group, however, expressed confidence that the peace experienced during the Christmas celebrations in the Federal Capital Territory and environs shall be replicated across the country in no distant time.
They also warned those sponsoring acts of violence in the country to desist from their evil ways and give peace a chance in the country’s overall interest and progress.
Read the full statement below:
The Concerned Abuja Residents Association’s leadership welcomes you all to this important press conference convoked to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies for giving Nigerians a peace Christmas Celebrations in the Federal Capital Territory and its environs.
We wish to state that the Federal Capital Territory and environs witnessed a peaceful Christmas Celebrations is a testament to the country’s security agencies’ unalloyed commitment to ensure that Nigerians are not subjected to acts of violence that would hinder the Christmas celebrations.
The Concerned Abuja Residents Association uses this medium to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the political will needed to win the war against terrorism and other acts of criminalities in the country.
We are also glad that this effort paid off as evident in how Nigerians in the Federal Capital Territory observed a peaceful Christmas celebration without bombs detonating in religious places of worships and public places.
It is indeed a Christmas without bombs in the Federal Capital Territory and environs. For this, we commend the Service Chiefs for the incredible display of commitment towards addressing the security challenges in the country.
It must also be noted that with the right attitude and collective actions from all stakeholders in the country, the issue of insecurity in the country would indeed be a thing of the past. Nigerians must see the peaceful Christmas Celebrations as a step in the right direction. It behoves on all well-meaning Nigerians to continue to extend their support to the efforts of the security agencies in the country.
The Concerned Abuja Residents Association classifies the 2020 Christmas celebrations in the Federal Capital Territory as one of the most peaceful since the annals of our democratic experience in 1999.
To this end, President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts, the Service Chiefs and other security agencies deserve all commendation for a job well-done, as well as words of encouragements in a bid to charge the security agencies not to rest on their oars.
The Concerned Abuja Residents Association is confident that the peace experienced during the Christmas celebrations in the Federal Capital Territory and environs shall be replicated across the country in no distant time.
We call on all those that have been sponsoring acts of violence in the country to desist from their evil ways and give peace a chance in the country’s overall interest and progress.
We are also calling on the Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory to ensure that it extends cooperation to the country’s security agencies towards making the FCT a model in peace and security in the country.
It is also instructive to add that the religious bodies have a valuable role in sensitizing their members to shun acts that are inimical to the country’s peace and stability. This is as crucial as the efforts of the security agencies in the country.
The various traditional institutions also have a role to play in our quest to have the Nigeria of our dreams where peace and progress shall reign supreme. This much has been witnessed in other climes, and as such, there should be no excuse from our traditional rulers in this regard.
The Concerned Abuja Residents Association is cognizant that there was a time in the annals of the country where residents in the Federal Capital Territory could not go to bed with their eyes closed.
It is also a statement of the fact that in times past, the Federal Capital Territory witnessed a mass exodus of people due to the level of insecurity. But all of these are things of the past since the coming on board of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The Concerned Abuja Residents Association acknowledges the efforts so far and believes that if this momentum is sustained, Nigeria shall defeat terrorism in the fullness of time.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are full of praises for our security agencies that have toiled day and night. We as a result of this pledge to render our assistance in ways possible towards ensuring the success of their operations in the Federal Capital Territory, its environs, and other parts of the country.
We consequently encourage other well-meaning Nigerians across the country to assist the country’s security agencies by providing relevant and credible information that would contribute to the success of their operations in the quest to make Nigeria free from the clutches of terrorist and militant organizations.
Once again, our appreciation for President Muhammadu Buhari knows no bounds and the country’s Service Chiefs. They have been tireless in ensuring that the country is rid of criminal elements that have constituted themselves as clogs in the country’s wheels of progress.
The Concerned Abuja Residents Association’s leadership appreciates all that took time out time from their busy schedules to attend this press conference. We desire that Nigeria shall be great again.
We use this medium wish all residents in the Federal Capital Territory and all Nigerians a Happy New Year filled with peace and sustainable development.
Thanks and God bless Nigeria.
BREAKING: Fire Breaks Out In Aso Rock
A fire outbreak has been reported at the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, Abuja, causing confusion among workers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s abode, SaharaReporters reports.
It was learnt that the fire started at 4 pm as the fire service officials tried desperately to put it out.
“The security men were chasing people not to capture the incident, but I tried my best to capture it. The fire is still on,” a source disclosed around 9 pm.
Although the cause of the fire is not yet known, fire service trucks have moved in and were seen in the villa.
More details soon….
We Won’t Allow Hijab In Kwara Mission Schools, CAN Insists
The Christian Association of Nigeria in Kwara State has insisted that it will not allow its pupils to wear hijab, despite the Kwara State Government’s directive that Muslim female pupils in Christian mission schools should wear hijab.
The state government, last week, said it had approved wearing of hijab by Muslim female pupils in Christian mission grant-aided schools in the state.
It also said the 10 Christian mission schools closed down in the wake of the hijab crisis would be reopened on Monday, March 8.
However, the state branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria said it would not agree to the use of hijab in schools established by Christian missions, alleging that they were surprised that the government was trying to make a decision on a matter that was still before the Supreme Court.
CAN said, “The body condemns the use of hijab in Christian missions grant-aided schools as this will cause discrimination in schools and allow terrorists to easily identify our children and wards.”
Two missions, Evangelical Church Winning All and the Kwara Baptist Conference, said they would not allow the wearing of hijab in their respective schools when the schools reopen on Monday.
The leadership of ECWA said it would not welcome the directive in all its schools in the state.
The Chairman, ECWA Ilorin District Church Council, Rev John Owoeye, who spoke at a press conference in Ilorin on Friday, said ECWA schools were established by Christian missionaries for purposes of reaching communities with the love of Christ and to meet educational needs of the indigenes irrespective of religious affiliations, among other reasons.
The ECWA church leaders, who demanded return of ECWA schools to them, said since 1974 when there was agreement on collaboration between the state government and the proprietor for the school to be grant-aided schools, “the policy has never been total takeover of our schools by the government.”
Owoeye, who said Christians are bona fide citizens of the state, added, “We have equal rights under the provisional constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
He argued that the government was aware that Christian Religious Knowledge teachers were not posted to Muslim grant-aided schools and that the gathering of Fellowship of Christian Students was not allowed in Muslim grant-aided schools.
“Similarly, we want the government to be informed that her decision and plan to provide hijab and enforce its use in our Christian mission grant-aided schools will not be tolerated as it is an infringement on our freedom of religion as enshrined in the constitution of Nigeria,” he said.
Also, the President of Kwara Baptist Conference, Rev Victor Dada, in a separate press conference, said the mission would not allow the use of hijab in its 38 schools across the state, adding that the government was wrongly advised in taking the decision.
Dada argued that the state government took a wrong decision by its blanket approval of wearing of hijab for female pupils in mission schools.
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“The state government was wrongly advised to take that decision. The state even acted in contempt of court as the case is still pending before the Supreme Court.
“We want to warn the government that the step it wants to take by approving the use of hijab for all public schools and grant-aided schools in the state will lead to an avalanche of reactions, the end of which no one can predict.
“With this move, the state government is saying the Muslims’ purported rights are superior to those of the Christians.
“What we are saying is that no one, whether the Kwara State Government or even the Federal Government, can force hijab on our children or in our schools. We shall not hesitate to use all legitimate means to protect our heritage. We will defend our faith and protect our property.”
Meanwhile, Muslim stakeholders in the state have urged the state government to stand by the rule of law in taking a final decision on the hijab issue.
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Alhaji Is-haq AbdulKarim; and Secretary, Professor Ibrahim Abikan, the Muslim Stakeholders said the state branch of CAN, which engaged the state government in a legal battle over the issue of ownership of the grant-aided schools since 2013 lost its two cases in Ilorin High Court in 2016 and the Court of Appeal in 2019.
In a related development, Chairman, Kwara State branch of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Olu Adewara, said the union was not part of the hijab crisis currently going on in the state.
The NUT Chairman, Adewara, told reporters, “The hijab matter is basically an issue between the government, the Muslim parents and the owners of these schools, regardless that such schools are grant-aided by the government. The NUT is not involved because this is not a matter bordering on teachers’ rights.”
My Ex-Wife Lied Against Me, She Is An Adulterer —Fani-Kayode
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has said his ex-wife, Precious Chikwendu, lied against him, adding that he didn’t beat her at any point in time during their relationship.
Fani-Kayode also alleged that Chikwendu was an adulterer who tried to seduce his friends while he was in detention.
The former beauty pageant had accused her ex-husband of beating her up at several times including when she was pregnant.
The ex-wife further accused Fani-Kayode of confining her to a hospital when she attempted to escape.
Chikwendu subsequently demanded for full custody of their four sons.
The former beauty queen made the allegations in an affidavit she deposed to in support of an originating motion brought pursuant to Section 69 of the Child’s Rights Act, 2003.
But in a statement by his Media Consultant, Oladimeji Olaiya, the ex-minister described all the allegations as “lies and falsehood”.
The statement was titled, ‘Press statement on the vile and baseless allegations of Precious Chikwendu against Chief Femi Fani-Kayode’.
It partly read, “The statement of claim and affidavit that was filed in court by one Precious Chikwendu against Chief Femi Fani-Kayode is filled with lies and falsehood.
“Not one thing that she has alleged there is true. She is a pathological liar and a slanderer and we intend to prove this in court.
“We believe that the children’s lives would be in danger if they are with her and we shall prove this in court.
“Neither is it true that she was ever beaten by Chief Fani-Kayode or anyone else in his staff and security team, either when she was pregnant or not pregnant and it is not true that she was subjected to any form of physical or mental abuse from them.”
The statement also noted that Chikwendu walked out of the marriage despite pleas and entreaties.
“She walked out on her own saying she was hearing voices even when the entire household was begging her to stay and she abandoned her husband and four young children to meet other men outside.
“After she finished having her fun Chief Fani-Kayode refused to let her back into his and resolved to keep her out of his life. This is the best decision he has made in the last 7 years.”
Fani-Kayode also accused his ex-wife of adultery, saying, “Chikwendu’s only pastime was to post pictures and words on Instagram and sleep with men outside.
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“She also tried to seduce a number of Chief Fani-Kayode’s friends when he was in detention and extort money from them.”
Though Chikwendu demanded the full custody of her four sons, Fani-Kayode said the children’s lives would be endangered if left in her care.
“On one occasion she beat her first son so badly that his face swelled up like a football and he had to be rushed to the hospital where she admitted to her offence to the doctor. We have pictures of his damaged and badly swollen face.
“His crime was that he had called one of his 3 nannies “mummy” and this angered Chikwendu who then flew into an uncontrollable rage and punched him in the face in front of 7 nannies.
“On a separate occassion in front of three Pastors she also beat one of the triplets mercilessly simply because he had dared to cry during prayers. Again we have evidence of this and the Pastors and nannies will testify,” the statement added.
“We urge members of the public to wait until the truth is revealed about Chikwendu, her mental and physical abuse of her own children, her mental illness, her numerous attempts to murder Chief Fani-Kayode and his four children, her adulterous ways, her unfathomable cruelty, her gold-digging ways, her violence and so much more before they make up their minds,” it concluded.
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