zonal vice
chairman of PENGASSAN,
Comrade Abubakar Yusuf
Mustapha, disclosed
the award during the
presentation of relieve
materials to the governor
by the association at
Government house
Maiduguri for onward
distribution to various lDP
camps in the state.
Comrade Abubakar
Yusuf Mustapha said, they
were in Borno to identify
with victims of insurgency
and to commiserate with
the people and government
over the colossal loss of
lives and injuries done
to innocent civilians as a
result of the Boko Haram
Comrade Mustapha
said, the gesture was to
complement the effort
of the government and
other humanitarian
organisations who have
continued to offer support
to victims of insurgency,
and prayed God to grant
eternal rest to the souls of
those who were
murdered, and quick
recovery to the injured
ones during the crisis.
also prayed for quick
restoration of peace not
only to Borno which is the
enclave of theinsurgents,
but other places affected by
terrorism and communal
clashes in the country.
Governor Shettima for
his bold step in managing
the lingering crisis of
insurgents and therefore
presented an ‘Ambassador
of Peace Award’ to the
particularly in his
determined effort in
assisting over a million
victims of insurgency in
the state.
Responding, Governor
support and cooperation to
the people and government
of Borno State.
Shettima said, the items
donated which comprised
assorted bags of rice,
detergents, indomie, and
other condiments will go a
long way in alleviating the
suffering of the IDPS in the
Shettima assured
PENGASSAN that the
items donated will go
directly to the
beneficiaries so as to
cushion their immediate
hardships, even as he like
Oliver twist, called on
other organisations and
associations to emulate the
foot steps of PENGASSAN.
of the Maiduguri Diocese,
Oliver Dashe has warned
that the war against Boko
Haram has a demonic
connotation, and can only
be won with spiritual back
up from prayers.
He warned Nigerians
that the war must be fought
both ways or else we may
have a prolonged torment
ahead within the local and
foreign theatre.
His words: “the President
Muhammad Buhari has
given a physical approach
which we all appreciate but
I tell you this is a war that
must be won on our knees
for us to appreciate the
gains further.
“We are all aware that the
devil is trying to reverse
the gains so far made
by soldiers with a lot of
complications but we are
certain the Lord will not
allow that only if we call
upon his name as a group
loyal to Him and allow him
to overthrow the powers of
darkness battling against
us as a country.”
According to the man
of God, an end to the
rumblings in the Sambisa
is near but it can only
be made a reality if the
political leaders join the
rest of Nigerians in praying
every hour of each day
that the Lord will shorten
the “boastful rants” of the
insurgents whether they
are backed by ISIL or not.
Dashe, who was in the
Christian Association
of Nigeria, CAN, centre
recently to felicitate with
the Internally Displaced
Persons, IDP’s, called on
them to spend each day
asking heaven to stop the
insurgency war going on in
the north east theatre.
He said that about 30,000
Catholic insurgents are
supported by the Catholic
Church in Zameh in
Cameroon while lots of
others are scattered around
the diocese which stretches
across into a major chunk of
Adamawa State.
Meanwhile, State
Pentacostal Forum of
Nigeria, PFN, Chair,
Bishop William Naga has
been sworn-in as the new
chair of CAN Borno State
Addressing newsmen
after taking over the
mantle of leadership from
Rev. Titus Pona recently,
the new chair called for
more prayers to avert the
sufferings Christians are
going through.
He regretted that
Christians are traumatised
and dejected in and out of
the camps having suffered
so much human and
material losses within the
war theatre, adding that the
Borno State government
should however, be
commended for supporting
the body of Christ, at this
trying period.
Bishop Naga however,
called on the entire
Christendom in Nigeria to
see what is happening here
in the north east as their
war too, instead of keeping
quiet and watching like the
Egyptians admiring the
sufferings of the Isrealites
whom they share a common
humanity with in the bible.
Those sworn in also
with him were Rev.
Father John Bakeni as his
vice, secretary, Yohana
Buduwaza, Assistant
secretary Rev Achi Balat
and Isaac Madugba as the
country,” Saraki said.
He said he was
equally pleased to join
the government and
people of Oyo State in
celebrating the ascension
of Oba Adetunji to the
throne of the Olubadan.
“No doubt, Oba
Adetunji has all it takes
to build on the solid
foundation laid by his
forebears and to advance
the culture, tradition and
development of Ibadan,”
Saraki said, even as he
wished the new monarch
long reign on the throne
characterized by peace,
unity and prosperity for
his immediate domain
in particular, Yorubaland
and the country in
He added: “Oba
Adetunji is not only
versed in the culture
and traditions of Ibadan
land, he is also a man
with full grasp of current
developments around
the world. His ascension
to the throne will not only
enrich the culture and
tradition of Ibadan land
but will also contribute
to the unity of the Yoruba
nation,” he said.
He equally condoled
with the people and
government of Kano
State over the death of
the Governor’s mother
and prayed Allah to grant
the deceased Aljanah