Jonathan, who stated this via his twitter handle on Monday, said that without self-sacrifice “we will never see Nigeria of our dreams.”
In his Eid-el-Kabir message, Jonathan cited Ibrahim, who was ready to sacrifice his son.
He stated, “Let us imbibe Ibrahim’s ideals and put Nigeria first in all we do. I salute the Muslim Ummah this Sallah. Happy Eid-El-Kabir,” he tweeted.
“Without self-sacrifice, we will never see the Nigeria of our dreams and will always think ‘what about me’ instead of ‘what about Nigeria’.
“On Eid-El-Kabir, we honour Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son. This must teach us that we must all sacrifice for Nigeria’s greatness.”
Former British PM, Cameron resigns from Parliament
Former British Prime Minister, David Cameron has resigned from the UK parliament.
His resignation is coming barely two months after he resigned as the country’s Prime Minister as a result of the vote for Britain to exit Europe (Brexit) in July.
Cameron announced that he will back down as a member of parliament for his constituency of Witney immediately.
“In my view, with modern politics, with the circumstances of my resignation, it isn’t really possible to be a proper backbench MP as a former prime minister,” Cameron told newsmen on Monday.
“I think everything you do will become a big distraction and a big diversion from what the government needs to do for our country,” he added.
Herdsmen who go about armed with guns and cause violence should be treated as terrorists- Sultan of Sokoto says
Following the various attacks by suspected herdsmen in some parts of the country, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, today said suspected Fulani herdsmen who go about armed with guns and causing violence in some parts of the country are not Nigerians and should be treated as terrorists. The monarch said this in his Eid el-Kabir message to the Muslim.
“They are therefore terrorists and should be treated as such by the Nigerian security agencies. The Nigerian herdsmen are very peace-loving and law abiding” he said.
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Ogun declares state free of Lassa fever
The Commissioner for Health in Ogun, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, has declared the state free of Lassa fever following a recent expression of fear at a patient showing signs of the fever.
The commissioner made this known in a statement he issued in Abeokuta on Sunday.
He said that the government immediately swung into action to make sure that the patient, who complained of symptoms related to the fever was treated accordingly.
“Being a proactive government, we don’t want to take chances, so we monitored with series of test carried out on the victim.
“We have activated our disease surveillance and notification structures with a view to detecting any case on time as well as deploying appropriate measures to prevent and control the spread of the disease,” he said.
He, however, assured that the patient had been certified free according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, hence the state was declared free of lassa fever.
Ipaye said that all the state’s 20 Local Government Areas and the 37 Local Government Development Council Areas (LCDAs) had been put on red alert.
“All borders entering the state are well covered by surveillance officers of the ministry to monitor movement in and around the state,” he said.
The commissioner called on citizens of the state not to panic, just as he advised them to maintain high profile hygiene by keeping rodents out of the house and to keep all food items well covered.
He urged the public to watch out for symptoms of malaria fever that had resisted normal malaria drugs treatment, “particularly during this festive period, when movement is high.”
Such cases that had resisted malaria treatment for at least three days, he said, should be reported at the nearest General Hospital.
Residents were also advised to call the “Lassa Fever Hot Lines” on 09099140121 and 09099140122. (NAN)
Cultural festival turns bloody in Imo
Pandemonium broke out at the annual Ibo Uzo cultural festival of Umuezeala, Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, this year, following the alleged murder of a native of Umuihim-Oki in Umualumaku/Umuihim autonomous community.
According to Vanguard, trouble started when a section of Ezeala-Ezike autonomous community opted to observe the festival outside the date chosen by the duly recognized traditional ruler.
It was also gathered that this section of the community is opposed to the appointment and recognition of a royal father outside their choice.
Nigeria will have no peace until Biafra is granted independence – MASSOB
The Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has warned that the current challenges facing Nigeria will persist until Biafra is declared an independent state.
The Owerri Zonal Leader of the movement, Chief Canice Anujuru, issued the warning in Imo State, during a press conference to mark the 17th annivasary of MASSOB.
According to Anujuru, “The current suffering faced by Nigerians is because the Nigerian government has refused to support the freedom of Biafran people. The current economic recession has divine connotation.
“Until Biafran people are granted freedom, things will continue to go wrong in Nigeria.”
Panic as earth tremor rocks Kaduna village
There was confusion in Koi town in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State as the earth vibrated twice on Sunday afternoon in the ancient city, forcing residents to panic.
This is the second time the town will experience this in 2016.
It was gathered that on July 30, 2016, Haying Magani in Ikara Local Government Area of the state was rattled by earth tremor which destroyed some homes and injured some people.
The Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the LGA, Mr. Ben Kure, confirmed the development, saying that the first one happened around 10.30am on Sunday.
Kure said he was in the Church when it started.
He said, “I was in church around 10.30am when the whole town shook. It lasted for about three to five seconds. I came out of the church and we inspected the town and there was no damage to any building and no one was injured.
“Two hours later, while I was driving to Kaduna, a palace official called to inform me that there was another one that took place. When I inquired, he said that there was no damage.
“I have already informed all relevant agencies of government and officials. We are putting in place all necessary cautions and preparing for any eventuality.”