KHUTBAH FOR NIGERIA AT 60

Al-Kahf 18:1 ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ ٱلَّذِىٓ أَنزَلَ عَلَىٰ عَبْدِهِ ٱلْكِتَٰبَ وَلَمْ يَجْعَل لَّهُۥ عِوَجَاۜ [All] praise is [due] to Allaah, who has sent down upon His Servant the Book and has not made therein any deviance. Al-Kahf 18:2 قَيِّمًا لِّيُنذِرَ بَأْسًا شَدِيدًا مِّن لَّدُنْهُ وَيُبَشِّرَ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ ٱلَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ أَجْرًا حَسَنًا [He has made it] straight, to warn of severe punishment from Him and to give good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a good reward Al-Kahf 18:3 مَّٰكِثِينَ فِيهِ أَبَدًا In which…

A Governor and his love for probity By Rafiu Ajakaye

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is an emerging phenomenon in the Nigerian political space, thanks to his style, his drive to make things easy for the poor within resources available to him, and the pace at which he is demystifying governance. He lives in his own house. He drives his own car. He carries his own files. He goes about town on official duties without the air that comes with governance in the country. And he recently made himself a subject of school quiz when he officially wrote to the…

Hajj Savings Scheme, The Game Changer By Fatima Sanda Usara

Launching of the Hajj Savings Scheme (HSS) is a historic milestone in the masterplan of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). It is a scheme that has taken years to build. Although the Commission has not reached the desired destination yet, the launching and signing of agreement were important steps towards a long and hopefully, successful endeavour. The HSS is Nigeria’s version of Malaysian Tabung Haji. Malaysia began its programme in September 1963. It grew from three bank branches to over a hundred branches; from 1, 281 initial depositors in…

NIDCOM AT ONE: SO FAR, SO GOOD    By Abdur-Rahman Balogun

It was a dream come true when on May 19, 2019, the hitherto office of Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs and the occupier, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa transmuted to Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) following the Senate approval and confirmation of Hon. Dabiri-Erewa as the Chairman/CEO of the new Commission. It was indeed a dream nurtured since 2007 when Hon. Abike Dabiri became the first chairperson of the newly created Committee on Diaspora Affairs by the then leadership of the House of Representatives. It was meant for…

Boss Mustapha : A Pragmatic  Technocrat @64 By Abdullahi Mahmud

 There is no doubt that many aspects of development by individuals have been fired and propelled by vision which is regarded as an indispensable ingredient and catalyst in the dynamics of human existence. This is why Woodrow Wilson once emphasized that “no one that does not see vision will ever realize any high hope or undertake any high enterprises”, a pragmatic statement reinforced by that of Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “Where there is no vision, a people perish. In this piece to marks my friend and brother’s  birthday was…

Why I will not Dump PDP – Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi

Senator Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi was a governorship aspirant in the 2019 poll in Kaduna State. He was also a representative of Kaduna North Senatorial District in the National Assembly (2015 – 2019) where he served as a Chairman Senate Committee on National Population and Identity as well as Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs. He spoke to Obute James on different issues including the reasons he dumped the ruling party, All Progressive Congress, APC and why he will remain in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP despite…

Alhamdulillah, A Peace Loving Leader, Sultan Of Sokoto Clocks 64 By Imam Murtadha Gusau

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all creation. May Allah extol the mention of the Prophet Muhammad in the highest company of Angels and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, his Companions and all those who follow him exactly till the Day of Judgement. Dear brothers and sisters! Know that everything, when lost, can be regained, except time. If it is lost, there is no hope to regain it. That is…

SELECTIVE JUSTICE IS AN INJUSTICE, HUMAN RIGHTS AND RULE OF LAW ARE COLOUR BLIND: AWAKENING CALL TO THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION

INTRODUCTION The  Muslim  Lawyers’ Association  of  Nigeria  (MULAN)  received  with  rude  shock  the  news  of  the dis-invitation  of  His  Excellency,  Mallam  Nasir  El-Rufai  as  a  Speaker  in  a  Panel  Session  at  the forthcoming  2020  Nigerian  Bar  Association  (NBA)  Annual  General  Conference  (AGC).The decision  was  said  to  be  that  of  NBA  National  Executive  Committee  (NEC)  meeting  held  on  20th August,  2020  based  on  a  petition  dated  18th  August  2020  written  against  Mallam  El-Rufai  by  two lawyers  without  recourse  to  the  former.  As  a  responsible  apex  association  of  all  Muslim  Lawyers throughout …

MY COVID-19 STORY. – Segun Awolowo

It all started on a ‪Saturday morning‬ when I woke up to go for my usual walk, I got dressed and went downstairs and was consumed by extreme fatigue. I sat down, drank some water and watched TV wondering what was wrong with me. Then I ate a banana and drank more water trying to muster enough energy to go for my walk. I suddenly became a bit feverish so I was compelled to turn off the air conditioner. At this point I knew I had to call the doctor,…

Adejare Bello: Emerging Emancipator of Ede Land By Ismail Omipidan

As a young man, who grew up in the North, I had thought that only notable northern politicians identify with the masses and the downtrodden by attending their functions and ceremonies, especially naming, house warming, marriages and the likes. But the stories I am hearing about Rt. Hon. Adejare Bello, former Osun Speaker and Ambassador-designate and the functions I have seen him attend so far, appear to have reshaped my thinking and perception about some of these things. As a political office holder, my wife, a bonafide Ede daughter, told…