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Jide Ojo

Phenomenon of spiritual corruption in Nigeria

Nigeria is a very religious society no doubt. Churches, mosques and shrines dot the country’s landscape. The atheist population in Nigeria is very insignificant as many of the citizens are adherents of Christianity, Islam or African Indigenous Religions. Our religiosity reflects not only in our modes of worship but also in our names and ways of dressing. Religious festivals are commonplace here. The Osun Osogbo Festival holds every August in Osogbo. There is the Olojo Festival in Ile-Ife. The Ojude Oba Festival is celebrated in Ijebu-Ode on the second day of the Eid el Kabir festival. Easter and Christmas celebrations are observed annually by Christians. These are apart from the annual church congresses and conventions.
Kola Ologbondiyan

PDP: Invasion of court by DSS confirms Nigeria sliding into dictatorship

The Peoples Democratic Party has said the furious invasion of the sanctity of the Federal High Court by the Department of State Services further confirms that Nigeria, under the Buhari Presidency, is finally sliding into a frightening dictatorship.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Niger has commended the efforts of Mr Hamzat Adekunle with state code number NG-19C-1696, for conducting free diabetes tests for 65 persons in the camp.

NYSC deploys 879 corps members to Borno

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Senator Abdullahi: Those misinforming Nigerians are ignorant of dangers of not passing hate speech...

Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, has said that opponents of the Hate Speech Bill are ignorant of the dangers that loom if the bill is not passed into law.
Olufolake Abdulrazaq, the wife of Kwara’s Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, on Saturday led some residents of the state on a walk to raise awareness against gender-based violence.

Kwara governor’s wife leads walk against gender-based violence

Olufolake Abdulrazaq, the wife of Kwara’s Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, on Saturday led some residents of the state on a walk to raise awareness against gender-based violence.
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NACA: Over 60 per cent adolescent ignorant about HIV

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Wednesday revealed that over 60 per cent of adolescents and young people across the country do not have significant knowledge about HIV and adequate sexual education about the disease.
An NGO, Marie Stopes International Organisation Nigeria (MSION), has urged media practitioners to advocate for the adoption of family planning methods for healthier and productive families.

Marie Stopes charges media practitioners on on family planning

An NGO, Marie Stopes International Organisation Nigeria (MSION), has urged media practitioners to advocate for the adoption of family planning methods for healthier and productive families.
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has again accused President Muhammadu Buhari of clamping down on the judiciary.

Eid el-Maulud: Use religion to promote love, unity, understanding – Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday urged Muslims to use religion as a vehicle for the promotion of love, unity and understanding in the country.

Jos community gathers stakeholders over insecurity, degradation

The Tudun Wada Community Development Association in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State has organised a one-day retreat for key stakeholders to fashion out ways of addressing challenges bedeviling the community.
A fire erupted in a train carriage after a gas canister passengers were using to cook breakfast exploded, near the town of Rahim Yar Khan.

At least 65 killed in Pakistan train fire

At least 65 people were killed and dozens injured after cooking gas cylinders exploded on a train packed with religious pilgrims in Pakistan on Thursday, authorities said.
Kayode Fayemi

No place for religious intolerance in Ekiti – governor

Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, performed the ground breaking of the multi-million naira Ekiti Secretariat Mosque, with a promised to allow religion freedom in the state.
Christian Orthodox faithful pray at the Holy Trinity Church in Addis Ababa, on October 27, 2019, during the memorial service for the victims of the violence which is erupted earlier in the month in the Oromia region and at the outskirts of the capital. – Ethiopia’s influential Orthodox church criticised Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s response to ethnic and religious clashes that left nearly 70 dead, saying he was failing to protect its members. Violence erupted in the capital Addis Ababa and the outlying Oromia region on October 23, 2019, after a prominent activist accused security forces of trying to orchestrate an attack against him — a claim police officials denied. (Photo by MICHAEL TEWELDE / AFP)

Orthodox Ethiopians criticise prime minister over deadly clashes

Ethiopia’s influential Orthodox church on Sunday criticised Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s response to ethnic and religious clashes that left nearly 70 dead, saying he was failing to protect its members.

Onitsha, Kano monarchs condemn ‘child abduction, trafficking’

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A former General Officer Commanding Training and Doctrine Command, Minna, Maj-Gen Ishola Williams, (retd.), and a Professor of Criminology and Sociology of Law, Prof. Etanibi Alemika, on Thursday called for a radical overhaul of Nigeria’s security system in order to match the growing dimensions of criminality in the country.

Stakeholders urge federal government to overhaul Nigeria’s security system

A former General Officer Commanding Training and Doctrine Command, Minna, Maj-Gen Ishola Williams, (retd.), and a Professor of Criminology and Sociology of Law, Prof. Etanibi Alemika, on Thursday called for a radical overhaul of Nigeria’s security system in order to match the growing dimensions of criminality in the country.

Kogi guber: CAN, JNI warn INEC, security agencies not to compromise

Religious leaders in Kogi have warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies not to compromise the Nov.16 governorship election in the state.
Aminu Masari

Katsina governor urges leaders to guide their utterances

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has emphasised the need for religious and traditional leaders to guard against utterances that could create divisions within the Muslim ummah.
Oromo youth chant slogans during a protest in-front of Jawar MohammedÕs house, an Oromo activist and leader of the Oromo protest in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 24, 2019. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

At least 16 dead in violent protests in Ethiopia

At least 16 people have been killed in violence in Ethiopia this week that began with protests against Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Abiy Ahmed, an Amnesty International researcher said Friday.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said on Thursday that seven federal teaching hospitals across the country would be upgraded and fully equipped with an oncology centre to manage all types of cancer.

Federal government to upgrade, equip 7 teaching hospitals for cancer management

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said on Thursday that seven federal teaching hospitals across the country would be upgraded and fully equipped with an oncology centre to manage all types of cancer.

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Minister harvests sugarcane at N64 billion Sunti sugar estates

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FILE - Protesters attend a Human Rights Day march, organized by the Civil Human Rights Front, in Hong Kong, Dec. 8, 2019.

Reuters’ distributor blocked company’s Hong Kong protest news

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