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To foster religious tolerance, UAE builds church, mosque and synagogue in one location

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The United Arab Emirates [UAE] is building a church, mosque and synagogue in one location in Abu Dhabi, to underscore the need for all religions to live in harmony.

The unique and historic project dubbed the “Abrahamic Family House”, which is currently in the first steps of implementation, will take three years to be completed and opened in 2022.

Gulf News said the Abrahamic Family House is among the first projects of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, which was reviewed at its second meeting held at the New York Public Library in which the Committee shared with stakeholders their mission to progress a culture of mutual respect and dialogue across all backgrounds, beliefs and nationalities.

Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and several top Emirati officials, and representatives of several institutions and partners were present.

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The design of the Abrahamic Family House, by the award-winning and globally-renowned architect, Sir David Frank Adjaye a British-Ghanaian, was unveiled at the New York event.

The meeting coincides with the beginning of the 74th United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

Reflecting on this historic initiative, His Eminence Elect Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Higher Committee member, said:

“This endeavour is a profoundly moving moment for humanity. Although sadly evil, hatred, and division often make news, there is a hidden sea of goodness that is growing and leads us to hope in dialogue, reciprocal knowledge and the possibility of building – together with the followers of other religions and all men and women of good will – a world of fraternity and peace. I would like to thank the UAE for the concrete commitment shown on behalf of human fraternity.”

Commenting on the occasion, Judge Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salam, Higher Committee member and Former Advisor to the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, His Eminence Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, remarked:

“The formation of the Committee has come at an important time and has required all peace lovers to unite and join the efforts to spread coexistence, brotherhood, and tolerance throughout the world.

Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig, Senior Rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation and a Higher Committee member said: “This is an important opportunity for all who believe in the power of faith and humanity. It will help build bridges between religious leaders and communities as well as foster peace and harmony in an era that is too often defined by difference.”

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Sir David Adjaye, Founder and Principal of Adjaye Associates, commented: “I believe architecture should work to enshrine the kind of world we want to live in, a world of tolerance, openness, and constant advancement. Architecture and landscape design can interpret the fabric and principles of a place, to advance the conversation, reassess current assumptions about the world, and discover more meaningfully what a place can give back.

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The contemporary design was chosen after a rigorous process that included architects of diverse backgrounds and faiths from around the globe.

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Eid-el-Fitri Palm Mall turn back fun seekers for disregarding social distancing order

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Fun seekers who throng to the Palm Mall, Ilorin, on Monday to shop at ShopRite were turned back for disregarding the social distancing order of government to curb Coronavirus pandemic.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who visited the Mall reports that the management and security operatives bared many of the fun seekers, mostly children from entering the hall.

The Palm Mall is an edifice that houses Shoprite and other shops that deal in clothing, household items, telecoms, banks, and eatery, among others.

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The report says that fun-seekers always patronize the Mall during festive periods.

As a result of a government directive to curb further spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state, the management of the edifice is forced to either shut down or close early due to the surging crowd.

NAN gathered that many of the children who had gained access to the vicinity of the mall were denied access into the shop while others were stopped at the gate from gaining entrance.

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However, those who gained entrance queued with the hope that if they were orderly, the management may admit them into the shop.

A security operative at the mall, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the children would not be allowed to shop because many of them were not wearing masks.

The security also said that the children disregarded the social/physical distancing order of the government and experts’ advice.

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NAN, however, observed that some children in the company of their parents were allowed into the Mall, but not many of them could go in at the same time.

The fun seekers besieged the mall as Muslims across the globe are celebrating Eid-el-Fitr to mark the end of 30-day fasting from dawn to dusk.

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Eid-El-Fitr: CAS charges troops on combat readiness

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The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has charged the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole to be vigilant and combat-ready to guarantee security throughout the Eid-El-Fitr period and beyond in the country.

Abubakar made the call on Monday at the Maiduguri Air Force Base during the Eid el-Fitr lunch with troops of the Air Component.

Abubakar commended the troops for their commitment to carrying out the fight and urged them to sustain the tempo.
He said that the luncheon was in keeping with the tradition of celebrating the festive period with frontline troops to boost their morale and foster comradeship in their duty of securing the nation against criminal elements.

Abubakar said that in spite of the challenges of competing resources occasioned by the COVID-19 induced lockdown, the NAF through pragmatic planning and foresight, maintained the tempo of its operations, not only in the North East, but other parts of the country.

“I want to reiterate that not only are we going to sustain operations, but we will also continue to leap forward based on my key drivers.

“We have kept the pace in training of both air and ground crews, developed the Regiment specialty to defend our Bases and increased the force structure of the Service, whilst building more accommodation and office infrastructure to cope with the growth,” Abubakar said.

He said that NAF had also recruited about 11,000 personnel to increase its manpower disposition for services to the country within the last five years.

“I’m delighted to also observe that very soon we are going to get the Airforce flank flying in Damaturu as well to ensure that our aircraft do not have to come back to Maiduguri to refuel while fighting these bandits.

“Need I remind you all that our exploits would not have been possible without the support of the President and Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, who has provided us with the resources required to perform our assigned duties.

“We can only show our appreciation for the President’s support to the Nigerian Air Force by remaining a disciplined force and exhibiting the highest level of professionalism in all our actions,” said Abubakar.

In his remarks, Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno, lauded the Chief of Air Staff, the Air Components Commander of the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole and other personnel for their support in combating insurgency in Borno and Northeast in general.

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Zulum said that the epic efforts of the NAF was recognized and has been commended by the people of Borno.

“In addition to providing enabling environment to people of Borno state to do their normal activities, we also acknowledged the support of the NAF especially in capital projects to support displaced persons in the state.”

Zulum reiterated the commitment of his administration to continue to support NAF in achieving its desired objective in the fight against terrorism.

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Africa Day 2020: Buhari advocates for peace, security to achieve sustainable development

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President Muhammadu Buhari says Peace, security, unity, and harmony are prerequisites for development in Africa

Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said President Buhari stated this in a message to African leaders to mark the ”Africa Day 2020”.

The event was commemorated by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).

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The Nigerian leader, therefore, called for peace on the continent as a prerequisite for sustainable development.

According to him, Africa has given the world a new hope by choosing the theme ”Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID-19” for this year’s Africa Day.

He stressed the need for African leaders to ensure that every effort is made to ensure the success of silencing the guns on the continent.

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He also emphasized the need to sensitize Africans about the inseparable connection between peace and development.

President Buhari urged citizens all over the continent to innovate on how ”Silencing the Guns” could be used to achieve peace and grow African economies.

He also urged regional economic groups, civil society organizations and the private sector in Africa to take full ownership of the theme of this year’s celebration to strengthen collaborative efforts among member-countries of the African Union.

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Africa Day is observed annually on May 25, to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the precursor of the African Union, which was created on May 25, 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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