By Ustaz Abubakr Siddeeq Muhammad This will likely run into a series, I should warn from the outset. It will also contain some bitter truths. The objective is not to let you taste the bitterness but to take the truth, regardless of its taste. I will also start by making full disclosure: some of the people I will mention here are well known to me; friends, even. The Executive Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Mohammed was my school mate; we both studied Law. At one point, as juveniles are wont to do, we were ‘enemies’. That was many years ago. In Abuja, after we met again, in his capacity as the Commissioner, Operations of the Hajj Commission, maturity overruled all that and we became friends again. Not close friends, but friends enough to visit each other once in a while in private capacities. Another disclosure...
This will likely run into a series, I should warn from the outset. It will also contain some bitter truths. The objective is not to let you taste the bitterness but to take the truth, regardless of its taste. I will also start by making full disclosure: some of the people I will mention here are well known to me; friends, even. The Executive Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Mohammed was my school mate; we both studied Law. At one point, as juveniles are wont to do, we were ‘enemies’. That was many years ago. In Abuja, after we met again, in his capacity as the Commissioner, Operations of the Hajj Commission, maturity overruled all that and we became friends again. Not close friends, but friends enough to visit each other once in a while in private capacities. Another disclosure I want to dispense...
BY MALAM YUSUF ABDULLAH. In the name of Allah who states “we relate to you their story In truth; they were youths Who believed in their Lord, and We increased them In guidance; We gave strength to their hearts; Behold, they stood up And said; our Lord is The Lord of the heavens And of the earth; never Shall we call upon any god Other than Him: if we Did, we should indeed Have uttered an enormity!” Q18:13-14 May His everlasting peace and blessings be upon His noble servant, our master Muhammad and his purified progeny. Shaaban is the eighth month of Islamic calendar. It is very important not for its notable historic events but as it precedes the Ramadan kareem, the month of fasting, a spiritual school with multiplier effects meant to draw closer to Allah the most High! The month is related to the noble messenger just as Rajab is...
BY ANKELI EMMANUEL, Sokoto The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah over the weekend ordained three deacons who are expected to propagate the works of the Lord. Bishop Kukah while enjoining them to strive towards having heavenly reward for their labour in the Lords vineyard said they are to consecrated for service to God and humanity. Those ordained as presented by the Dean of Katsina Deanery, Rev Fr. Joseph Dube are Rev. Christopher Omotosho, Ajibo Festus and Joseph Mokwe. Also, in accordance with Catholic Bishop Conference declaration, Bishop Kukah also inaugurated the 2017 Marian Year Celebration which marks the centenary of Mary’s apparition to the Three Shepherd children of Fatima in Portugal 1917. Earlier, in a homily by Rev Fr. Sixtus Onuh, he urged the newly ordained deacons to see working in the vineyard as a service to God with obedience. “The Apostles had to appoint men filled with the spirit of...
BY ABDULGAFAR OLADIMEJI, Kano Christian faith adherents  under the aegis of Catholic Media Practitioners Association has condemned the incessant cases of suicide bombings, fulani versus farmers clashes, abuse of dangerous drug by the youths, urging  relevant authorities to hurriedly tackle these  menace. The national coordinator of the group, overseeing North, Mr Patrick Osu, while addressing the 7 Regional Conference of the association in Kano, yesterday describe killings in various forms in diverse parts of the country as alarming and worrisome. According to him, the level of criminality and moral laxity in the country calls for urgent attention from religious bodies andB stakeholders involved in nation building, urging relevant authorities to form synergy with community leaders in designing a template that will appropriately address the problem associated  with security challenges  in the country and pursue the restoration of moral sanity.
The vested interests you will find trying to influence the choice of Imams at the National Mosque are mainly people who have ulterior interests in a particular Imam. His Eminence, the Sultan, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar has resisted all overtures by these conflicting interest groups and persons, hours after the internment of the late Chief Imam, Sheikh Musa Muhammad, to unduly influence the selection process. One of such vested interests is Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi. He has consistently attacked the leadership of the Sultan and his forebears. He did not spare any effort to denigrate the personality of Sheikh Usman Bn Fodiyo and all his efforts. He has also been calling for the appointment of Sheikh Ibrahim Makari as the Chief Imam. That part looks harmless until you realise that unknown to many, the former is not exactly in good terms with the latter. If you read Robert Green’s The...