Council of Bishops honours 6 with peace ambassadors
By Gistflash News
June 27, 2021
The Pan-Africa Episcopal (PAE) University and Council of Bishops/Apostles have honoured six persons with the Ambassador of Peace and Conflict Relations awards for the promotion of peace in the world.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the awards were given at an event organised by PAE university to present ambassadorial and academic certificates to the institute’s alumna on Sunday in Lagos.
The recipients were Bishop Rey Baker, Dr Amos Obasi, Mr Emeka Mozoba, Mrs Edith Daniel, Bishop Tammy Willie and Rev. Rose Tammy-Willie.
According to Prof. Fire Agada, Chancellor and International Prelate of the Institute, the awards were predicated on the recipients outstanding track records in the area of diplomatic peace spreading.
He charged the awardees not to see it as just another feather on their caps but as a call to work harder for the good of the world.
“There is war and crisis everywhere in the world. It is your obligation to go and find ways to create peace.
“Know that to create peace, the first thing to do is to take away hunger then deal with lack of transparency, lack of obedience to the rule of law, gender inequality and the justice system,” he said.
The chancellor, who is also a Commandant Chaplain of the Peace Corps, led the participants in prayers for peace for the nation and wisdom for her leaders.
He urged Nigerians, particularly leaders of institutions, to take advantage of the degree and professional courses offered at the university.
Agada disclosed that the university’s Lagos campus would soon be operational.
NAN also reports that three Doctorate certificates and a professorship were conferred at the event.
Bishop Rey Baker, Overseer of Liberation Hope Restoration Ministries in Lagos was conferred as a professor, while Bishop Tammy Willie, The Humility Glory Mission bagged a Ph.D. in Religious Science and Educational Management.
Also, Rev. Rose Tammy-Willie was awarded a Ph.D. in Religious Conflict and Peace Resolution.
Earlier, Bishop Rey Baker, called on Nigerians to acquire more knowledge to live better and help the nation develop.
“No society can develop without education. It is the basis of development.
“Education can make a person healthier because with information received, he knows what to eat and what to avoid and the benefits of exercising,” Baker said.
He further called for the collaboration of parents in ensuring that their children receive the needed attention in their studies.
Forum distributes N9m Zakat to 135 indigent Muslims in Oyo
By Gistflash News
Sept 19, 2021
The EIders Consultative Forum of Supreme Council of Shariah, Oyo State, on Sunday distributed Zakat worth N9 million in cash and other valuable items to 135 indigent Muslims in Oyo State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the beneficiaries selected from across the 33 local government areas of the state include: 21 students, 21 artisans and 93 indigent Muslims .
The items distributed include: domestic and industrial sewing machines, generators, grinding machines, deep freezers, 50 kg gas cylinders, vulcanizing machines and cash.
Speaking during the 9th Zakat distribution of the forum in Ibadan, the Chairman, Alhaji Lasun Sanusi, SAN, said that the initiative was due to the level of poverty in the society, especially among the Muslims.
Sanusi, represented by the forum’s Secretary, Malam Ismail Saka, said that Zakat being one of the five pillars of Islam would help to alleviate the financial difficulties being experienced by indigent Muslims.
The chairman called on wealthy Muslims to comply with Allah’s injunctions by paying Zakat to the needy.
This, he said, was in order to provide lasting solution to restiveness, banditry kidnapping and other crimes in the society.
“It is our belief that if the institution of Zakat is properly harnessed and utilised in accordance with the teachings of Islam, the country will be more comfortable for living for all and sundry,” the chairman said.
Sanusi appreciated those that had contributed to the success of the programme and prayed for Allah’s continued support and blessings upon them.
In his lecture, Dr Ibrahim Uthman, a lecturer in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan, emphasised on the need for wealthy individuals among the Muslims to pay Zakat.
Uthman said that it was obligatory on wealthy Muslims to pay Zakat which would be distributed to indigent Muslims in society in order to achieve its purpose of eradicating poverty among them.
The chairman of the occasion, Asiwaju Adini of Oyo State, Alhaji Mutiu Oladejo, called on the beneficiaries to judiciously utilise the cash and items given to them.
Oladejo said that the proper utilisation of the Zakat by the beneficiaries would make them give back to the society and also become Zakat givers in the future.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Hassan Abdulkareem, commended the organisers for the invaluable gesture and prayed Allah to abundantly replenish the contributors of the Zakat.
Kaduna board refunds Hajj fare to 620 intending pilgrims
By Gistflash News
Sept 16, 2021
The Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, says it has initiated refund of the 2021 Hajj fare to 620 intending pilgrims who indicated interest to collect their deposits.
The Acting Overseer of the board, Hajiya Hannatu Zailani, made the disclosure at the presentation of cheques to the intending pilgrims, on Thursday in Kaduna.
Zailani said that 620 of the 3,938 intending pilgrims applied for the refund of their deposits.
According to her, the refund is sequel to the cancellation of the 2021 Hajj exercise for foreign nationals by the Saudi Arabian authorities occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.
She said that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), had directed ingending pilgrims willing to collect their deposits to do so throught their respective state pilgrims boards.
“Some 620 intending pilgrims applied for the refund. We eqully wrote to the Kaduna State Government for approval to start payment of those who want the refund.
“Those seeking for the refund should handle their cheques with care, be law abiding and observe COVID-19 protocols during the exercise,” she said.
Zailani said that the exercise would be conducted in batches to facilitate its smooth conduct, adding that, “We have three zones, A, B and C. Today we are starting with zone C- Southern Kaduna.”
She advised the remaining intending pilgrims that they could deposit with the board for the 2022 Hajj exercise.
This, she said, would give them advantage over those who registered fresh.
She further advised intending pilgrims to ensure safe keeping of their COVID-19 vaccination cards for future use.
Yobe Hajj Commission refunds N700m to 557 intending pilgrims
By Gistflash News
Aug 13, 2021
Yobe Hajj Commission says it has refunded over N700 million deposits to 557 intending pilgrims for the 2021 Hajj exercise.
Alhaji Bukar Kime, Executive Chairman of the Commission, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday in Damaturu.
Kime, who is also the Aji-Sudan of the Damaturu Emirate Council, said the figure represented the total refund made as at Aug. 11.
NAN reports that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had earlier cancelled 2021 Hajj exercise for International Pilgrims including Nigeria, to stem spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kime urged intending pilgrims wishing to make deposits for the 2022 Hajj exercise, to be patience as the Commission was awaiting further instructions and guidelines from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
He also advised intending pilgrims, especially low income earners, to open saving account with the newly established Jaiz Bank, Damaturu.
“Jaiz Bank is a non-interest bank which partners with NAHCON because it operates under Islamic banking principles.
“Civil servants, small scale traders, artisans and other low income earners can leverage on the opportunity to open an account with the bank and save their Hajj fares in instalment,” Kime said.
The Chairman thanked Gov. Mai Mala-Buni for his overwhelming moral and financial support to the Commission which facilitated effective discharge of its duties.
He further called on the general public to pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic to fast track resumption of the normal Hajj activities.
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