Category Archives: Holidays

Eidul-Fitr: FG declares Wednesday, Thursday public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th May, 2021 as Public Holidays to mark this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja on Monday.

He congratulated the Muslim faithful on this occasion and called on all Nigerians, at home and abroad to use the period of this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration to pray for peace, stability and economic transformation in the land.

Aregbesola in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore urged all Nigerians to be law-abiding and embrace the spirit of love, self-discipline, kindness and tolerance, as taught by the Holy Prophet Mohammed.

He also called on all security agencies in the country to be more courageous and patriotic to surmount the ongoing battle against resurging insecurity and activities of criminal elements in Nigeria.

He assured that the resolve of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to end the scourge of crime and criminality in the country and restore peace to every nook and cranny of Nigeria was sacrosanct.

“This administration will not be deterred in its efforts, until every Nigerian and resident of the country, is free to move around without fear of any threat to his/her life and property. We are therefore putting necessary measures and strategies in place to strengthen the stability of the country as well as ensuring economic prosperity of our dear nation,” he emphasised.

May 30: MASSOB to celebrate 2021 Biafra Day, directs all markets, schools, banks, public offices to shut down

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has announced that they will observe the 2021 Biafra Day celebrations with a Sit-at-Home, on the 30th of May, 2021.

According to a Press Release signed by the National Director of Information of MASSOB, Comrade Samuel Edeson, the decision was taken at a National meeting of the organisation in Enugu earlier today.

The pro-Biafra group in its declaration, argued that they will never change the ordinances of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, leader of the Biafra nation.

According to the release, “Ojukwu declared the Republic of Biafra with the total consent and full support of the elders and the people of Biafra on May 30th, 1967.

“MASSOB have no intention or plan to observe our fatherland anniversary celebration on any other date except on May 30th because May 30th is sacrosanct and sacred to the history and lives of Biafra Republic.

“The ordinances of our great leader, General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu must be jealousy and eloquently adhered to, any attempt to change it by disgruntled persons will be strictly resisted.
“MASSOB directs the people of Biafra to observe a special prayers and supplication for the fallen Biafra heroes during the Nigeria -Biafra war and our comrades that were killed by Nigeria security agents including the people of Biafra that died in the hands of Islamic Boko Haram and Fulani terrorist herdsmen.

“MASSOB directs all markets, schools, banks and all other public offices in Biafra land to observe the sit at home exercise as a mark of respect for our fatherland

“In spirit of brotherhood and Biafranism, MASSOB will collaborate with other Pro Biafran groups that have unanimously agreed and resolved to jointly observe, commemorate and celebrate the 54 years anniversary of Biafra declaration by our foremost leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu on 30th May, 2021.

“This year’s anniversary will be celebrated by the people of Biafra not as a pro Biafra group, it is a mark of respect and honour to our father land, it is also a reminder to the visions and commandments of our great ancestors that we are not Nigerians but Biafrans.

“We enjoin our people to get ready for the celebration of this great anniversary which will hold to remind ourselves to continue the self determination movement for Biafra actualization and restoration”, it declared.

Sultan Announces Sighting Of Moon, Says Ramadan Begins Tuesday(Today)

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) on Monday night announced the sighting of the moon and noted that the 2021 Ramadan will begin on Tuesday, April 13th(today).

This is according to a broadcast by the President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

The Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has called on Muslim Ummah in Nigeria to use the period of this year’s Ramadan to pray for the peace of Nigeria, he also asked the Ummah to pray for leaders in the country for wisdom to handle all the challenges facing the nation.

He called on Muslims to adhere to the teachings and practice of Islam during the month, urging them to live in peace and harmony with their neighbours.

Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest shrines, had earlier announced that the holy fasting month of Ramadan will start on Tuesday, as Muslims worldwide face coronavirus curbs.

“Tomorrow, Tuesday… is the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan this year,” the kingdom’s supreme court said in a royal court statement.

Other Muslim countries, including Sunni-majority Egypt and Lebanon, have also announced that Tuesday marks the start of Ramadan, while Shiite-majority countries like Iran are expected to start a day later.

The daytime fasting month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.

Observant Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk, and traditionally gather with family and friends to break their fast in the evening.

It is also a time of prayers, during which Muslims typically converge in large numbers at mosques, especially at night.

But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many Muslim-majority countries have imposed restrictions on worshippers, including night-time curfews, and called for prayers to be performed at home.

EASTER: Eholor Tasks Christians On Love, Tolerance and Sacrifice

The Global President of One Love Foundation and frontline activist, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor has called on Christians to imbibe the virtues of sacrifice, tolerance and love as they celebrate this year’s Easter.

Chief Eholor, popularly known as Ultimate Equal, in an Easter message personally signed by him, rejoiced with Christians all over the world on the special occasion commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“As we mark Easter, it is pertinent to reflect deeply on the lessons of uncommon sacrifice, selflessness and inestimable love as displayed by Jesus Christ for the redemption of mankind.

“The spirit of sacrifice as displayed by Jesus Christ who willingly offered himself on the cross for mankind should be a lesson for all Christians. Genuine love for humanity can only be expressed when we take the teachings and sacrifice of Christ to heart.

“As a people, we must be willing to make sacrifices for the overall development of Nigeria.” Eholor said.

Easter: Show love to one Akachukwu Nwankpo charges Ndi Anambra

Nwankpo

The APGA leading governorship aspirant in the forthcoming Anambra state gubernatorial election Nze Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo on Saturday called on ndi Anambra to use the opportunity that Easter provided to show love to one another and make sacrifices for the overall good of the society.

In his Easter message, signed by his Director on Media, Dr. Harris Chuma Odili, the governorship hopeful said it was through love and sacrifice that they could uphold Christ’s legacy of service to humanity.
He said the season should compel them to review and reflect on their roles in promoting and sustaining that foundation of love and peace that Christ laid; and added that it was also a time to show more commitment to the development of the society.

“Therefore, as we celebrate the Easter in sober recollection of Christ’s crucifixion, let us think about how we can each help to steer our state back on the road to peace, by working in the spirit of oneness,” he said.

Nze Nwankpo thanked ndi Anambra for the understanding they had demonstrated to one another over the years irrespective of their religious, political and other differences, and pointed out that this had ensured mutual love, peace and care for one another.
He nonetheless ,implored them to shun acts that could undermine the peace and development of the state, charging them to be vigilant, security conscious, abide by laws and demonstrate acts that pointed to moral rectitude.

He concluded “This Easter, whatever our faith, let us come together as a people confident in our values, and united in our commitment to fulfil the obligations that we have to one another.

“Let us work together to build that brighter future we want for our dear state. And let us together build a stronger family, fairer Anambra that truly does work for everyone. And let me wish you all a very happy Easter.”

Nigeria battles resurgence of yellow fever in Delta, Enugu communities

As Nigeria records sudden surge of Yellow Fever, YF, in some communities in two Southern States, Delta and Enugu the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control , NCDC, has said that it is currently supporting the affected.

According to the NCDC it’s support follows the spike in cases and deaths recorded so far in those communities in the two states.

NCDC had on 2nd and 3rd of November 2020, notified by the State Ministries of Health of Delta and Enugu States respectively, of cases presenting with symptoms indicative of a viral hemorrhagic fever.

Most cases presented with fever, headache, fatigue, jaundice vomiting (with or without blood) among others.

As at the 6th of November 2020, three samples from Delta and one sample from Enugu tested positive for yellow fever at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital Laboratory and NCDC’s National Reference Laboratory, Gaduwa.

The diseases agency noted that more samples are being tested from both states to confirm the causative organism of this outbreak.

The State Epidemiology Teams are leading the response with support from NCDC, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

An incident management system has been activated by NCDC to coordinate response activities and Rapid Response Teams (RRT) have been deployed to both states. The NCDC and State RRTs are carrying out active case search, risk communications and community engagement as well as ensuring prompt management of cases. Our sister agency, NPHCDA is working with the affected states to plan for a vaccination campaign.

Yellow fever is a vaccine-preventable disease, and a single shot provides immunity for a lifetime. Symptoms of the disease include yellowness of the eyes, sudden fever, headache and body pain. The yellow fever vaccine is available for free in primary health care centres in Nigeria as part of the national childhood routine immunisation schedule. The yellow fever virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has advised the public to take the precautionary measures to reduce the risk of yellow fever infection which includes keeeping clean environment clean and free of stagnant water to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.

People should use of mosquito treated nets and install screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquito bites.

Avoid self-medication; visit a health facility immediately if you feel ill and have symptoms such as fever while Healthcare workers are reminded to maintain a high index of suspicion for yellow fever amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency further enjoined parents to ensure their children are vaccinated against yellow fever as part of the national childhood routine immunisation schedule.

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, said it has being engaged in continuous proactive and reactivate vaccination campaigned one of such is the WHO’s EYE- Strategy to eliminate YF epidemics from the country.

After 21 years after the last case of YF in Nigeria on the 12th September 2017 a new case was reported, since then there has being pockets of cases in the country.

EID-EL KABIR: Chief Kalu Congratulates Muslim Community, Sues For Peace

The National Coordinator of People’s Democratic Party Coalition, a PDP Youth and Stakeholders mobilization and advocacy group, Chief Dr Emeka Kalu, has felicitated with Muslims in Nigeria and around the world as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-kabir.

In a press statement signed by Comr Amos Kalu, his media and publicity aide, and made available to newsmen, Chief Kalu urged the Muslim faithful to see the festival as a moment for sober reflection and prayers for peace, unity, progress and stability of the country, reiterating that peace is the only key to a better and prosperous Nigeria.

“First of all, we sincerely thank Allah for life and his watch over our nation, nothwithanding our challenges and setback of COVID-19, he has continued to watch over the nation. As you celebrate this year’s Eid-el-kabir, it is important that you remember to pray for God’s intervention, especially for restoration of peace and end to coronavirus pandemic.

“I urge every Muslim to continue to pray for peace, love, unity and greater understanding for our leaders and the betterment of the masses” he encouraged.

He also reminded the Muslim faithful and Nigeria as a whole of the place of prayers even as we celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.

“I believe the prayers of the faithful can attract the peace and healing our country needs”, the statement concluded.

Eid-el-Kabir: FG declares Thursday, Friday public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Thursday, July 30, and Friday, July 31, 2020, as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday, in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mrs Georgina Ehuriah.

The minister congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on the occasion.

He called on the Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, “as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him)” and to also use the period to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country, especially as the world continues to witness global health challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aregbesola promised that the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was fully committed to battling the scourge with the cooperation of all Nigerians.