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President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to Nigerians to continue to show understanding over the measures put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19, especially the regulations on places of worship, saying that they should not be viewed as punishment.

In his message to Muslims to mark the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir, he affirmed that no government will deliberately impose hardship on its people, noting that what is being done is necessary to protect the people.

According to a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) in Abuja on Thursday, the president reiterated his call on Nigerians to continue to exercise patience and understanding over the inconveniences created by the precautionary measures.

President Buhari said the outbreak of COVID-19 has made it difficult for people to gather in places of worship as they are used to, urging worshipers to follow the guidelines for the safety of their lives and loved ones.

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The statement quoted him as saying; “The COVID-19 has had devastating adverse impacts on our social, economic and spiritual lives.

“The preventive guidelines we have introduced to contain the spread of this deadly disease have unfortunately limited people’s freedom to gather and worship in large numbers in  Mosques and Churches.

“Every measure that has been introduced to contain this disease may have its unintended consequences on the daily lives of our people, and I, therefore, call on Muslims and other faiths to continue to show more understanding with the government as we take correct steps to protect our people through the social distancing.

“No elected government would intentionally take away its people’s religious freedom by limiting the number of people that will gather in worship centres at the same time.

“These guidelines are dictated by necessity in order to safeguard public health and should therefore not be perceived as an infringement on people’s right to worship.’’

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President Buhari commended sacrifices of Muslims and Christians in abiding by the COVID-19 guidelines for the good of society, assuring that: “On our own part, we shall continue to provide economic reliefs to the people to minimise the unintended hardships these guidelines have inflicted.’’

The President reminded worshippers that COVID-19 is a worldwide affliction with Churches and Mosques closed around the world and social distancing imposed to safeguard public health.

While wishing Muslims a happy celebration, the President called on worshipers not to forget the symbolic significance of the sacrifices of the Eidel Kabir.

“Muslims should imbibe the noble virtues of our great prophets in order to establish closer connectivity between religious teachings and practice.

“We can create the greatest impact by putting into practice the noble teachings of our religion. In whatever we do in life, we must put the fear of God in our daily activities in order to make our society better.’’

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President Buhari reminded the people of his efforts to root out corruption in the country, stating that the efforts had so far brought a lot of changes in country’s polity and appealed for support and understanding as investigations are carried out into both legacy cases and fresh cases.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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South should produce next President – El-Rufa’i

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Barely a week after President Muhammadu Buhari’s closest ally and nephew, Malam Mamman Daura spoke against zoning of presidency ahead of the 2023 election, Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i has said the next President should come from the South.

He also denied nursing any presidential ambition, saying he does not want to be President.

El-Rufa’i stated these in an interview with the Hausa service of the BBC monitored by our correspondent in Kaduna on Saturday.

The Governor noted though the arrangement to zone or rotate presidency among the various regions of Nigeria is unconstitutional, it is a gentleman political accord that must be respected by the two regions.

According to him: “The southern part of the country is supposed to produce the president come 2023.

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“I don’t support a northerner to vie for the seat after President Muhammadu Buhari, based on Nigeria’s political arrangement.

“After President Muhammadu Buhari would have spent eight years by 2023, the right is that, no northerner should contest, the south two should have its shot for eight years.

“I am taking this position not because I agree that that is how leadership should be selected, but because that is how Nigeria politics is for now.

“I believe there is no developed country across the world that considers leadership based on where someone comes from.

“However, in Nigerian politics, there is an arrangement that we all believe on rotational leadership. We are aware of that, anyone who denies that is wrong,” he said.

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Speaking on Kaduna, El-Rufa’i said while he is in support of zoning and rotational presidency, he is not in support of such arrangement in Kaduna.

According to him: “In Kaduna, I don’t work with people because they came from a particular zone. I instead work with you based on your capacity to deliver on the assigned task and your ability to keep public trust.”

On his rumoured presidential aspiration for the presidency, he said it has been there since the time he was the FCT Minister.

“It is a baseless speculation. I don’t want to be president; only God decides someone’s future whether you like it or not, I have never shown interest for the presidency,” El-Rufa’i said.

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Senator Buruji Kashamu dies of COVID-19

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The former lawmaker representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator Buruji Kashamu is dead.

His former colleague, Senator Ben Bruce, confirmed this on Saturday.

In a tweet, Bruce revealed Kashamu died of COVID-19 at First Cardiology Consultants in Lagos.

Bruce wrote: “I have just lost my good friend of forever to #COVID19. Until his death, Sen. Buruji Kashamu and I were inseparable. He died today at First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos.”

Buruji becomes yet another high-profile casualty of the pandemic.

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Earlier this year, President Muhammadu Buhari lost two of his trusted aides, Abba Kyari and Isa Funtua to Coronavirus.

The immediate former Ogun state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, also died of complications arising from the virus.

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