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INTER-RELIGIOUS HARMONY! El-Zazzaky’s group attends New Year church service

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Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria on Tuesday attended the 2019 New Year Church Service in Zaria, Kaduna State, to strengthen inter-religious harmony and enhance national cohesion.

The group attended the service at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State.

Commenting on behalf of the group, the leader of the delegation, Prof. Isa Mshelgaru of Building Department, Faculty of Environmental Design, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, said the visit was to strengthen relationship between the two faiths.

Mshelgaru said the visit was meant to further boost the bond of relationship between the followers of two faith toward fostering national unity.

He observed that going by the tenets of the two major religions in Nigeria, none of them preached violence, adding that they both preached peace, love, unity and joy.

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The don described Christians as the closest people to Islam but lamented that Nigerians were divided by selfish politicians who hide under religion to achieve personal desires.

“Killing one another is an imaginary life; in the actual sense it doe not exis; we are all created by one God, we must therefore, endeavour to live together in peace with one another.

“We should share joy, happiness and sorrow together. Our leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zazzaky said we should learn to live together in peace.

“When we are united as Nigerians, nothing will break us apart and nothing will go against the peace of the nation, not even Boko Haram nor militants or any other thing else.”

Responding, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Michael Ibrahim-Bazai, expressed appreciation for the visit, describing it as the first of its kind.

He said: “We are happy to receive our brothers and sisters from the Islamic faith here in our Church to celebrate with us today on 1st January 2019.

“It is true that sometimes we are scared of each other, this is because some of us are ignorant of the religion but we are all one.”

Ibrahim-Bazai stressed the need for followers of the two religions to always practise their religion according to its tenets to pave way for a peaceful and harmonious relationship.

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He encouraged the two faith to respect, accommodate, embrace and tolerate one another towards building a stronger society and by extension, a stronger nation.

The priest lauded the frantic efforts of the movement for rescuing and providing medical treatment to some Christians during religious crises in Zaria and urged them to sustain the tempo.

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He sought for consideration of Christians in areas of admission quota, especially in some professional courses in ABU as well as consideration for job vacancies.

The visitors were hosted to lunch and refreshment at the Church premises.

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Covid-19: Libya reports 12 new cases, toll now 168

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Covid-19: Libya reports 12 new cases, toll now 168

The National Centre for Disease Control of Libya has reported 12 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the caseload in the country to 168, with 52 recoveries and five deaths.

In a statement late Monday, the centre said it received a total of 658 suspected cases, 646 of whom tested negative and 12 positives.

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All the new infections are in southern Libya, the centre said.

The southern city of Sabha recorded nearly half of the total number of COVID-19 cases in the North African country in less than a week after the announcement of the first case in the city.

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The UN-backed government in the capital Tripoli recently decided to ban the entry into and exit from Sabha and imposed a 24-hour curfew for seven days starting from May 28, in order to fight the pandemic.

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The Libyan authorities have taken a series of protective measures against the virus, including closing the country’s borders, mosques and schools, banning public gatherings and imposing curfews.

 

 

 

 

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Medical doctor jokes about rape, says women should ‘wear agbada or caftan’ [See WhatsApp Chat]

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A Twitter user has shared screenshots of her chat with a medical doctor. The screenshots show him joking about rape and blaming it on the way women dress.

In the chat, the doctor suggested that women should “wear agbada or caftan” to prevent rape.

He added that “many times they attract it to themselves.”

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When asked if he understands what rape means he joked that it’s “the act when a female seduces a male to have an erection, then she runs away.”

A number of shocking posts have been shared defending rapists since the rape and murder of Uwa Omozuwa in a church.

However, having a doctor join in defending rape has shocked Twitter users and they wondered how safe his patients are around him.

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Congo declares new Ebola epidemic

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The Democratic Republic of Congo declared a new Ebola epidemic on Monday in the western city of Mbandaka, more than 1,000 km (620 miles) away from an ongoing outbreak of the same deadly virus in the east.

Health Minister Eteni Longondo said four people who died in Mbandaka were confirmed as positive cases following testing at the national biomedical laboratory in the capital Kinshasa.

“We have a new Ebola epidemic in Mbandaka,” Longondo told reporters. “We are going to very quickly send them the vaccine and medicine.”

The outbreak was confirmed by World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who tweeted: “This outbreak is a reminder that #COVID19 is not the only health threat people face.”

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Congo has been struggling to put an end to a nearly two-year-old Ebola outbreak near its eastern borders with Rwanda and Uganda, which has killed more than 2,200 people, the world’s second-deadliest outbreak of the disease on record.

It was days away in April from declaring the end of that outbreak, its tenth since the virus was discovered in 1976, when a new chain of infection was confirmed in the east. However, no new cases have been detected there in over 30 days.

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