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Adhere to Islamic injunctions in conducting funeral, Lai Mohammed urges Muslims



Adhere to Islamic injunctions in conducting funeral, Lai Mohammed urges Muslims

A former Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, has urged Muslim leaders and communities across the country to ensure adherence to Islamic injunctions in conducting funeral rites.


Mohammed gave the advice on Sunday in Abeokuta at the Ogun Mass Asalatu Prayers and Launching of N500 million CASOB Muslim Cemetery, National Secretariat and Halal Event Centre.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the programme, organised by Sa’adatul Abadiyya Organisation of Nigeria (SAON), was: “Islamic Perspective to Nation Building.”


Muhammed, who is the Grand Patron of SAON, stressed the need to educate Muslims on the implications of deliberate violation of Allah’s injunctions, adding that cultures and traditions should never be placed above the dictates of religious guides.


“Shari’ah (Islamic religious law) calls for burial of the deceased’s body, which should be preceded by a simple ritual of bathing and shrouding the body, followed by Salatul Janazah (funeral prayer),” he said.


The former minister described the Muslim funeral exercises as a means of seeking Allah’s forgiveness for the deceased.


He, therefore, advised that such funeral services should be modest and not turned into a jamboree in order to avoid the wrath of the Creator.


“It is the way, not only for the successful attainment of our community objectives of having the forgiveness of God on our deceased persons but also to save them from the agony of unnecessary or destructive practices.


“There is, therefore, the need to educate Muslims in the country, particularly those in the southwest, on the Islamic injunction that encourages them to invest in their hereafter and the imperative of building burial grounds for their communities.


“One cannot think of any enterprise worthy of investing in our lives than getting our final abode ready and comfortable.


“This is done only by ensuring that we have our own separate Muslim burial grounds during our own lifetimes on earth.


“Thus all Muslims must come back to the guidance of Islam, especially funeral/burial exercise,” he said.


Muhammed urged Islamic communities and organisations across the nation to build permanent Muslim burial grounds for their members.


He pledged to stand by SAON in ensuring the successful completion of the projects.


Speaking on the theme of the programme, the Guest Lecturer, Alhaji Ismail Abdul-Lateef, advised the Federal Government to step up measures to ensure nation-building.


According to Abdul-Lateef, if Nigeria must fast-track the process of nation-building, leaders must build patriotic citizens and ensure justice and equitable distribution of the commonwealth.


Speaking at the symbolic foundation-laying ceremony after the launch, National President of SAON, Alhaji Abdul-Ghaneey Omotosho, noted that the Halal event centre, to be situated behind the mosque, would accommodate 1,800 people at a go.


He said that the practices, which were not permitted by Islam, such as smoking and drinking alcohol, would not be allowed in the hall.


The president added that the hall would also offer accommodation to Muslims who might be stranded at any point in time.


According to him, the cemetery will be situated in the Idi-Ori area of Abeokuta in Abeokuta North Local Government Area.

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Father’s unyielding pursuit: 2 years on, justice still eludes late Dowen College student



Father's unyielding pursuit: 2 years on, justice still eludes late Dowen College student

In a poignant continuation of an unresolved tragedy, Sylvester Oromoni Snr, the father of the late Dowen College student who tragically passed away on November 30, 2021, remains resolute in his quest for justice. Two years after the 12-year-old’s demise, allegedly a result of severe health complications exacerbated by traumatic incidents at the Lagos-based school, the grieving father addressed reporters in Warri on Wednesday, November 29, 2023.


The ongoing legal battle surrounding the circumstances of Sylvester Oromoni Jr.’s death has left his body lingering in the morgue, awaiting justice’s delayed arrival. The father, undeterred by the passage of time, expressed his unwavering determination to see the pursuit of justice through to its logical conclusion.


Speaking from the heart, Sylvester Oromoni Snr conveyed the somber news of his son’s extended stay in the morgue during a press briefing in Warri. The 12-year-old’s untimely demise has been shrouded in allegations of physical abuse, including claims that he was forcibly given a concussion to drink by five senior students at Dowen College.


“As the father of the deceased, I cannot be tired or discouraged from pursuing justice. I have promised my son to get him justice even if it will take thirty years to achieve it,” Oromoni asserted, highlighting the enduring commitment to ensuring accountability for his son’s tragic fate.


November 30, 2023, marks the second anniversary of Sylvester Oromoni Jr.’s passing, yet the legal proceedings continue to unfold, leaving the grieving father in a prolonged state of uncertainty and sorrow.


Concluding his address with a heartfelt prayer, Oromoni extended his wishes for peace to all departed souls, including his late son. “May the soul of Sylvester Oromoni Jr. and all departed souls rest in perfect peace. Amen.”


The unresolved tragedy surrounding Dowen College underscores the pressing need for justice in cases of alleged abuse within educational institutions, sparking broader conversations about the safety and well-being of students in schools. As Sylvester Oromoni Snr persists in his pursuit, his resilience stands as a testament to the enduring fight for justice and accountability in the face of heartbreaking loss.

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Tinubu and King Charles III forge alliance against climate change at COP28



Tinubu and King Charles III forge alliance against climate change at COP28

In a landmark encounter on the sidelines of the COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai, President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria engaged in a high-level meeting with His Majesty, King Charles III of England. The rendezvous, marked by shared commitment to environmental advocacy, signifies a significant stride in global collaboration to combat climate change.


His Majesty, known for his fervent advocacy on environmental issues, has consistently championed the cause, making this meeting a pivotal moment in fostering united efforts against the climate crisis.


President Tinubu took to Twitter to share his satisfaction with the outcomes of the meeting, characterizing it as a productive engagement with the 75-year-old monarch. In his tweet, he stated, “I had a productive meeting with His Majesty, King Charles III of England, who is also the Head of the Commonwealth and a passionate climate advocate.”


The discussions, held against the backdrop of the COP28 Climate Summit, centered on fortifying the partnership between Nigeria and the United Kingdom in addressing the pressing challenges posed by climate change. President Tinubu expressed optimism regarding the potential positive impact that collaborative efforts between the two nations could have on the future of the planet.


Acknowledging the need for a global standard in environmental stewardship, President Tinubu highlighted the significance of COP28 as a platform for nations to actively contribute to the ongoing global discourse on climate action. He emphasized the importance of setting an equitable standard for environmental responsibility.


“The meeting was a significant step in strengthening the partnership between Nigeria and the United Kingdom, and I am optimistic about the positive impact our joint efforts will have on our planet’s future as we look forward to setting an equitable global standard for environmental stewardship at COP28,” President Tinubu affirmed.


As the COP28 Summit progresses, the collaborative spirit exhibited by President Tinubu and King Charles III serves as a beacon of hope in the collective fight against climate change. Their joint commitment underscores the importance of global partnerships in addressing the urgent environmental challenges that impact nations worldwide.

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Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, Chioma Chukwuka headline inkblot’s crime thriller “No Way Through” premiering on Amazon Prime Video



Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, Chioma Chukwuka headline inkblot's crime thriller "No Way Through" premiering on Amazon Prime Video

Inkblot Productions, a trailblazer in the Nigerian film industry, has unveiled the much-anticipated crime thriller, “No Way Through,” set to exclusively premiere globally on Amazon Prime Video this December. The star-studded cast includes Nollywood luminaries Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, Chioma Chukwuka, Ikechukwu, Nengi Adoki, Seun Ajayi, Jnr Pope, Eso Dike, Roberta Oroma, and Sheggz Olusemo.


Directed by Inkblot CEO Chinaza Onuzo, the film explores the intricate balance between family, survival, and the risks taken in the pursuit of freedom. The storyline revolves around Jolade Okeniyi, a single mother employed as a driver for a local drug cartel. When confronted by the authorities, she faces a dilemma—become an informant against the cartel to secure her freedom and protect her daughter, risking deadly consequences.


Onuzo, who also penned the screenplay, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “I loved making No Way Through because it was an opportunity to explore the lengths people will go to for the people they love. In the film, we see this through the lens of a mother’s love for her daughter.”


The director commended the cast for delivering exceptional performances, especially highlighting the trio of Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, and Chioma Chukwuka. Onuzo extended appreciation to collaborative partner Film One Studios and acknowledged Amazon Prime Video for providing a global platform for the film’s premiere.


Inkblot Productions, known for its commitment to storytelling excellence, has enjoyed recent success with critically acclaimed titles like the romantic comedy “Big Love” and the gripping thriller “A Weekend to Forget,” which recently concluded its successful cinematic run.


As “No Way Through” gears up for its Amazon Prime Video debut, audiences can anticipate a compelling narrative that delves into the complexities of love, sacrifice, and the unyielding spirit of those facing the challenges of life in the bustling cityscape of Lagos. Inkblot’s legacy of producing captivating stories continues to captivate audiences globally, cementing their reputation as a cinematic powerhouse in Nigerian cinema.

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