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Muslim group in Oyo accuses TESCOM of forcing Muslim students to attend Christian crusade

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Muslims in Oyo State have accused Oyo State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), of forcing Muslim students to attend Christian crusade.

The Muslims under the auspices of Muslim Community of Oyo State (MUCOYOS), noted that Muslim students were being forced by TESCOM to attend Christian crusade in preparation for a program aimed at receiving a German Christian crusader, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda.

MUCOYOS specifically pointed out that it was disheartening that on Friday 29th October, a crusade team was at Sasa Community High School, where Muslim students were deliberately disallowed from observing Jum’at service.

The group in a statement signed by the duo of Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sanni (Chairman) and Alhaji Murisiku Abidemi Siyanbade (Secretary-General) alleged that the Muslim students in other schools in Ibadan were kept on a special christian evangelization assembly against their faith.

The duo alleged that the crusade team were sent to the schools with the approval of the TESCOM Chairman, Mr. Akin Alamu.

They then advised that the TESCOM Chairman should stop forcing Muslim Students into Christianity.

The duo while speaking further, advised Governor Seyi Makinde, to call the TESCOM Chairman to order.

They said that, “For some time now, preparations have been in top gear to receive Evangelist Daniel Kolenda, coming to Ibadan for a big crusade, tagged ‘Great Gospel Crusade.’

“But it is gross abuse of office for Chairman and Permanent Secretary of Oyo State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), to watch, while for over two weeks now, the crusade teams have been going round schools in Ibadan to forcefully bring out students, coercing them to listen to christian preaching.

“On Friday, 29th October, a crusade team was at Sasa Community High School, where Muslim students were deliberately disallowed from observing Jum’at by keeping them on a special christian evangelization assembly, specifically organised to mobilise them for the Kolenda crusade. Same has been replicated in many schools in Ibadan.

“H.E. Governor Seyi Makinde, please call TESCOM Chairman to order”.

But, Alamu while reacting, described the allegations as malicious.

Alamu, who spoke during a telephone conversation with DAILY POST Tuesday night said that he does not have time to respond to such allegations.

He said, “That is malicious. That is malicious and I do not have time to react to such.

“I am not ready to respond to such allegations.”

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After bandits, designate Miyetti Allah, MACBAN, FUNAM as terrorist organizations, Ortom tells Nigerian govt

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has called on the Federal government to also designate groups like the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and the Fulani Nationality Movement (FUNAM) as terrorist organisations.

Ortom made the call following the recent declaration of bandit groups as terrorists by an Abuja High Court.

Ortom, while speaking at a town hall event in Makurdi on Friday, said the bandits perpetrating attacks in the state and other parts of the country were mostly members of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, MACBAN and FUNAM, and as such, the groups should also be designated as terrorist organizations.

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“I want to commend the Federal Government for being bold to designate bandits as terrorists which is long overdue.

“But I want to also call on the Federal Government to include Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN and Fulani Nationality Movement, FUNAM in the category of terrorists because those bandits are their members.

“If you remember, when I was attacked in my farm, FUNAM came out to claim they were the ones who attacked me. So they are also terrorists in their own way,” the governor said.

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National Pivot: Breaking: Powerful explosion rocked Maiduguri

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Rocket also hit a community close to the airport.

An explosion reportedly rocked a 1000 Housing Estate in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, on Saturday morning, according to a report by Daily Trust.

The explosion believed to have been triggered by Boko Haram fighters sparked tension in the area.

A rocket launcher also landed at Gomari Airport, a community about four kilometres from the airport located in the state capital.

A military source said troops of 33 artillery, Njimtelo, opened fire when they sighted insurgents on the outskirts of Maiduguri.

The insurgents were said to have also engaged troops in a gun battle.

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Nkoyo Toyo addresses Youths on categories of human security ahead of 2023

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Nkoyo Toyo addresses Youths on categories of human security ahead of 2023

With the imminence of the 2023 general elections in Nigeria and Cross River State, issue-based political campaigns seem to have started taking the front burner. A female aspirant for the high Office of the Governor of Cross River, Her Excellency Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo, has kick-started the campaigns with a fond of issues worth talking about.

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, while addressing Nigerian Youths from the Southern Senatorial District of the State, under the aegis of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) in Calabar, the state capital, Toyo who is a legal practitioner said that she is keen about what she referred to as “human security” and she did well to highlight over five of such “securities” in health, food, economics, environment, personal and communal.

Her words: “This is what is worrying us as a country – insecurity. What’s happening to our country. You may come up with ideas… what you think you want us to do.

“But, what are the things I think about? The things I think about is what I call human security, those are the things I think about, and what is human security?

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“Human security is economics – do we have the money we need for our livelihood? The things we want to do with money. There are many things we want to do with money. Do we have it? Some people don’t even have food security. We laugh when they say ‘food on the table’.

“Some people don’t have food on the table. Some people can’t afford to eat well. We can’t afford to even eat. We worry about where would we find food to feed our people. We worry about health security. That’s the most worrisome one. If you are sick today many of us cannot even find the money to go to the hospital. We worry about environmental security. Some people said look, ‘our forest is being chopped. Our wood, timber is gone. Nobody is taking interest in those things’. Some people worry about our personal security. Me as a person, I am not secure. I don’t know whether if I go back on the road they will kidnap me. And what will happen? Some people worry that their community is not secured, we have had to move out… displacement. I know that in Akpabuyo, Bakassi and Odukpani for example, areas like Okoyong and Ikoneto, have had quite a lot of problems. Ikot Offiong is an old story. Mbiabo, Ukwa are old stories. So many communities are not secured.

“And of course, there is political security, we don’t even know what kind of politics is it going to be. We want a kind of politics that you know with certainty that when I promise you something or when we promise ourselves something we will stay by our promise. So these are some of the worries I am walking around with. How do I create a new government that provides all the securities that we are talking about? They all come in form of one security or the other” she said.

The former Federal House of Representatives further noted that she will plan a governance solution around these issues. Adding, “That is my plan and my design. So, that is where my thoughts are.

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“That I will think about how I provide economic security for the state, how I deal with the food needs of the state, how I deal with the health needs of the state, educational, environmental, community and personal. Personal involves your education, job needs, and even the political – how do we make the government work for the people and the people work too for the government. Let me stop here and listen to you. I think I have made a few comments and I hope that guides us in terms of how we go from here”.

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