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Buhari to Nigerians: Don’t politicise religion
Sat, 01 Dec 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned against politicising religion in Nigeria, saying Muslims and Christians can flourish together.This is contained in an opinion piece written by the President on religion published in the Church Times, UK’s largest Anglican newspaper and made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday.

President Buhari, who described himself as a descendant of Abraham, said in 1844, the Rev Samuel Ajayi Crowther returned home to Yorubaland (now part of modern-day Nigeria). Twenty years earlier, he said Crowther had been kidnapped and sold to European slave traders who were bound for the Americas. He was freed by an abolitionist naval patrol and received by the Church Missionary Society where he found his calling.

According to him, Crowther made his voyage home to establish the first Anglican mission in Yoruba land adding that he came with the first Bibles translated into Yoruba and Hausa languages. Buhari recalled that he opened dialogue and discussion with those of other faiths and his mission was a success. Crowther later became the first African Anglican Bishop in Africa.

Today, the president noted that Nigeria has the largest Christian population on the continent pointing out that the messages and teachings of Christianity are part of the fabric of each person’s life.He said: “Along with the millions of Christians in Nigeria today, I believe in peace, tolerance and reconciliation; in the institution of the family, the sanctity of marriage, and the honour of fidelity; in hope, compassion, and Divine revelation.

“Like Bishop Crowther, I am a descendant of Abraham; unlike him, I am a Muslim. I believe our two great religions can, not only peacefully coexist, but also flourish together. But Muslims and Christians must first turn to one another in compassion. For, as it says in Amos 3.3: “Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?”

“As they are People of the Book, I believe that there is far more that unites Muslims and Christians than divides them. In fact, I believe that the messages of the Bible are universal, available for anyone to exercise, and instructive to all.“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities, because, if we do, we can only look inwards. It is only when we mix that we can reach new and greater possibilities.

“Whichever religion or religious denomination they choose to follow, Nigerians are devout. Anything that Nigerians believe will place impositions on their practice and belief is, therefore, sure to cause widespread alarm.

The president lamented that there are those who seek to divide Nigerians and two great religions, and to do so for their own advantage.“I stand accused-paradoxically- of trying to Islamise Nigeria while also being accused by Boko Haram terrorists of being against Islam. My Vice President is a devout man, a Christian pastor. He, too, is accused of selling out his religion, because of his support for me.

“This is not the first time that I nor, indeed, my Christian-Muslim evenly split cabinet have been the subject of such nonsense. Fortunately, the facts speak differently from the words of those who seek to divide us from one another.“Since my administration has been in power, Boko Haram has been significantly and fatally degraded; I have befriended church leaders and church groups both within and outside our country; my Vice-President has addressed and opened dialogue with Muslims up and down our land.

He further explained that “In all things, we seek that which all well-meaning Christians and well-meaning Muslims must seek: to unite, respect, and never to divide. Does it not say, “There is no compulsion in religion” (Qur’an 2.256)? Does it not say, “Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us” (Luke 9.50)? This, surely, is the path that followers of both our two great religions must walk.

“Unfortunately, those who wish us all to walk apart have recently found another focus for their efforts: the tragic clashes between nomadic herdsmen and settled farmers in the central regions of Nigeria.”For generations, Buhari said herders have driven their cattle from the north to the centre of our country; they tend to be predominantly Muslim, although not exclusively. The farmers, in certain areas of central Nigeria, are predominantly Christian.

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Aregbesola, Ooni Of Ife, Lanre Da Silva, Tobi Bakre others light up Lagos with Ijinle fashion showcase
Sat, 01 Dec 2018

Former governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola; Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Chairman, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Wale Adeeyo; Adebola Williams and Founder, LDA Couture, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, were among the personalities who witnessed the graduation of the first stream of trainees to power a new fashion social enterprise focused on preserving vintage Yoruba tailoring tagged the Ijinle Project at Terra Kulture, Lagos this week.

Ijinle is focused on entrepreneurship development and heritage preservation and was built around veteran tailor, Kabiru Durojaiye, a custodian of the age-old and fast-dying master craftsmanship in vintage Yoruba tailoring, the traditional way of making Yoruba wears. To preserve Kabiru’s skills, Osun set up an entrepreneurship project, competitively selecting 15 promising young tailors to intern with Kabiru over 18 weeks, learning intricate details of producing vintage traditional pieces and new products.

The event was hosted by musician, Sound Sultan and Segun ‘Laff Up’ Ogundipe, as the initiative also launched its maiden product line, Ijinle Vintage, Ijinle Millennial and Ijinle Smart, with Big Brother Nigeria 2018 contestant, Tobi Bakre joining the runway models to showcase the innovative Ijinle vintage and smart pieces.

In keeping with the project’s goal of advocating for further adoption of indigenous fashion in public and private sector for the purpose of boosting the local economy and a Nigerian identity, the event featured Ojoma Ochai, Director of Arts West Africa, British Council who made the case for government to evolve practical policies to expand the demand side to boost the Nigerian garment value chain given that the country currently wastes $4 billion yearly on imported clothes.

Speaking at the event, Aregbesola commended the trainees, stating that the project is the fruition of the inspiration and efforts of many individuals, working to improve the state’s economy and the country through creativity and entrepreneurship.

Trainees were placed under an 18-week internship program with Durojaye, based in Mushin, where they honed their skills in producing vintage pieces like the traditional Agbada, Dasiki, Buba, Kembe, Agadasi, To’Bo and Kamu.

Upon graduation, the project and its participants will transition into a vintage garment production company based out of Osun with a business development center in Lagos and will be producing premium vintage and smart traditionals for both corporate and public sector says project coordinator, Muinat Atunnise.

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AMC reinstates commitment to telling true African stories, grooming young talents
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
African Movie Channel Original Productions (AMCOP), a production arm of the leading African entertainment and movie channel, African Movie Channel (AMC), has restated its aim of promoting and telling true African stories that connect to the audience globally through grooming young outstanding talents. The post AMC reinstates commitment to telling true African stories, grooming young talents appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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Music meets fashion at backyard show
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Lagos is set to experience the best of Fashion and Music as the world’s most international premium beer Heineken prepares to sponsor the maiden edition of the Backyard Fashion Show.The post Music meets fashion at backyard show appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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Traumatising narratives of living with HIV/AIDS
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Many wonder about the continuous suicidal attempts in the country especially at Lagos lagoons. Little will people know that these are people who have sentenced themselves to death after hearing the life changing news about their health.The post Traumatising narratives of living with HIV/AIDS appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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Helen couture launches luxury flagship store with state-of-the-art party
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Luxury brand, Helen Couture recently threw its doors open to celebrate the launch of its new flagship store in Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos. The fashion brand debuted its exclusive collection of luxury bridal, bespoke and ready-to-wear pieces.The post Helen couture launches luxury flagship store with state-of-the-art party appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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ELOY medals for Mercy Johnson, Sandrah Tubo
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
The Exquisite Women of the Year (ELOY) Awards might have come and gone, its memory remains refreshing. Held last Sunday, November 25, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, the yearly reward scheme is designed to celebrate women who have been exceptional in their endeavours during the year. The post ELOY medals for Mercy Johnson, Sandrah Tubo appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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Corona pushes for real learning outside classrooms
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Students and teaching staff of Corona Schools, Lagos, have implored stakeholders in the academia to expose students to opportunities outside their classrooms.In an inter school quiz held recently in Corona, where students showcased different talents in music…The post Corona pushes for real learning outside classrooms appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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Hero Lager lights up Onitsha, parades music stars
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
The Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium, Onitsha came alive on Friday, November 23, as popular Nigerian music artistes headlined the fourth edition of the Hero Lager Fiesta. Frontline artistes such as Duncan Mighty, Timaya, Harrysong, Omawunmi, Reekado Banks and Rudeboy, one half of PSquare…The post Hero Lager lights up Onitsha, parades music stars appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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Goge Africa rebrands, as 20th anniversary celebration beckons
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Ahead of its 20th anniversary celebration holding later in 2019, Goge Africa, Nigeria’s foremost culture and tourism TV programme has rebranded with the unveiling of a new logo and brand identity.The post Goge Africa rebrands, as 20th anniversary celebration beckons appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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When it comes to maintenance, our scorecard is 100 per cent
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
Le Paris Continental Hotel is a boutique cum business hotel, purposely located in the residential heart of Lekki Phase 1. Styled and fashioned with the Parisian antiques, coloured themes and tastes, the 40-room hotel is lavishly designed and with mouth watering dishes…The post ‘When it comes to maintenance, our scorecard is 100 per cent’ appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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