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Ramadam: What Aisha Buhari told Muslims

The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, on Saturday urged Muslim faithful to use the period of Ramadan to intensify prayers and supplications to ensure the end of security and socio-economic challenges facing the country.

Buhari, represented by the Wife of Nasarawa State Governor, Dr Mairo Al-Makura, gave the advice at the 25th Annual Ramadan Lecture and Special Prayer for the Nation, organised by Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria, Abuja Branch.

The theme of the annual lecture is, ”Leadership and Follower-ship: Islamic Perspective.”

She said that prayer is a solution to all societal malady, especially during Ramadan period in which God answers the prayers of believers every second.

Buhari also enjoined parents to instill good virtues in their children at the early stage of their lives, adding that good parental upbringing is panacea for curtailing incidence of social vices in the society.

She also stressed the need for parents to inculcate the spirit of love, patience, understanding and tolerance in their children to ensure peace and tranquility in the country.

Buhari commended the leadership and members of Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria for championing the course of peace and its sustenance through programmes such as the annual Ramadan lecture.

Sheikh Muhydeen Bello, Guest Lecturer and Chairman, Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria, Northern States Council of Missioners, urged leaders to imbibe the culture of honesty and truth and accept to be told the truth at all times.

Bello also enjoined followers to be law abiding by respecting the constituted authority and live in peace and harmony with their neighbours irrespective of their cultural, religious and political difference.

Alhaji AbdulRasheed Oyetunji, Chairman, Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria, Abuja Branch, said there is consensus among most Nigerians that leadership is the major challenge confronting the country.

Oyetunji, who said that no leadership can be successful without efficient and effective fellowership, urged Muslims to support the current administration without being sycophantic to enable it succeed.

“Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria as a religion body will continue to pray for a better country and a better tomorrow.

“We believe in the efficacy of prayer, no doubt but even Islam preaches about work and prayer.

“This is why we believe that we need to go beyond prayers to confront the challenges holding back Nigeria as a country,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at the end of the lecture a special prayer was offered for sustained peace and end of all challenges confronting the country.

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EPL: Lampard to replace Sarri as Chelsea manager after Europa League final

Chelsea are preparing to fire Maurizio Sarri, regardless of whether he wins the Europa League and want to bring in Frank Lampard as his replacement, Sky Sport Italia reports.

Sarri has struggled to win over fans despite a solid first season in charge at Stamford Bridge, in which he reached the final of two Cups and finished third in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, the Blues are looking to change their manager after the Europa League final and want Lampard to usher in a new era.

The former Chelsea midfielder is currently preparing to face Aston Villa in Derby County’s promotion play-off decider at Wembley next week.

Stamford Bridge bosses have been impressed with the way Lampard has carried himself and are believed to be keen to bring him back along with Petr Cech.

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‘Yahoo Yahoo’: Zlatan Ibile chides fans in new single titled 4nights in Ekohtiebo

Nigerian artist, Omoniyi Temidayo, popularly known as Zlatan Ibile, has dropped new single few days after he was released by the EFCC.

Recall that Zlatan and Naira Marley were arrested by the EFCC over their alleged support of internet fraud also known as ‘yahoo yahoo’.

While Zlatan was released, Afeez Fashola aka Naira Marley has remained in custody of the graft agency.

But Zlatan has now taken to the studio to release a single entitled ”4nights in Ekohtiebo”

In the single, Zlatan chided those he tagged ‘fake friends’ who turned their back on him while he was in detention.

The song composed in Yoruba is translated thus: “Pretend you were dead, see who will shed tears over your death. Pretend to be broke and see who’ll ignore you.

“We eat and drink together. Just four days and you can’t hide your hatred for me. You guys didn’t expect me to return. Nobody is holy and don’t be quick to judge”.

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‘Yahoo Yahoo’ – Naira Marley remanded in prison pending ruling on bail application

Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley was, on Monday, arraigned at the Federal High Court in Lagos over an alleged credit card fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged him with 11-counts of the offence before Justice Nicolas Oweibo.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges when read to him.

The judge then adjourned the case until May 30 for the hearing of his bail application.

Justice Oweibo ordered that the musician be remanded in prison until his bail application is determined.

Marley risks seven years in jail if found guilty in accordance with Section 33 (2) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.

EFCC had arrested Naira Marley in connection with an alleged advance fee fraud known as ‘yahoo yahoo’ in the Nigerian parlance.

Following his arrest, the anti-graft agency filed an 11-count charge against him.

The charges with suit number FHC/L/178C/19 were filed before a Lagos High Court.

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