BUHARI STEPS DOWN AS ECOWAS CHAIRMAN

ECOWAS heads of states and governments have elected President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger as the chair of ECOWAS for a one-year term.

Mr Mahamadou was elected at the 55th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS leaders on Saturday in Abuja, taking over from the outgone President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.
A communiqué read by Mustapha Suleiman, permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the leaders lauded Mr Buhari for his commitment to regional integration.
ECOWAS also agreed to hold its next ordinary session on Dec. 21 in Abuja.
The presidents of 13 of the 15 heads of state were in attendance for the session.
They are the presidents of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
Cabo Verde was represented by Julio Cesar Lopes, Minister of Regional Integration and Senegal was represented by Amadou Ba, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad.
The session was also attended by the president of ECOWAS Commission Jean-Claude Brou and Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel.
Others in attendance were president of the International Criminal Court, Justice Chile Eboe-Osuji and Mr Abdallah, president of the Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union.
(NAN)

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BUHARI STEPS DOWN AS ECOWAS CHAIRMAN

ECOWAS heads of states and governments have elected President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger as the chair of ECOWAS for a one-year term.

Mr Mahamadou was elected at the 55th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS leaders on Saturday in Abuja, taking over from the outgone President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.
A communiqué read by Mustapha Suleiman, permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the leaders lauded Mr Buhari for his commitment to regional integration.
ECOWAS also agreed to hold its next ordinary session on Dec. 21 in Abuja.
The presidents of 13 of the 15 heads of state were in attendance for the session.
They are the presidents of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
Cabo Verde was represented by Julio Cesar Lopes, Minister of Regional Integration and Senegal was represented by Amadou Ba, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad.
The session was also attended by the president of ECOWAS Commission Jean-Claude Brou and Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel.
Others in attendance were president of the International Criminal Court, Justice Chile Eboe-Osuji and Mr Abdallah, president of the Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union.
(NAN)

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Fortunate slave: story of Diallo Ayub sulaiman

tragedy. Enjoy and
TaqabbalalLahu minna wa minkum! Till next year, in sha Allah.

Ayuba Suleiman Diallo was born in 1701, in Eastern Senegal. He was raised in a religious household which led him to memorise the entire Quran at a young age and familiarize himself with the Maliki Madhab (school of thought). Even from a young age, he was revered for his amazing intelligence and incredible memory.


He and his father were slave traders, however, he himself was captured and fell victim to the Atlantic slave trade. When the slaver traders successfully captured him, they shaved his beard and shipped him off to Annapolis, Maryland in 1731. He was then sold to a family-owned tobacco plantation. Although Diallo experienced tremendous difficulties, he still maintained his daily prayers and Islamic rituals. The family which owned him would humiliate him by mocking him and throwing dirt on him when he prayed. This led him to run away, however, he was soon captured and taken to prison.

While he was in prison he met an English lawyer named Thomas Bluett. Bluett was impressed by Diallo’s piety, literacy, intelligence and adherence to faith. Bluett wrote about Diallo in his book ‘Some memoirs of the Life of Job’

“His memory was extraordinary; for when he was fifteen years old he could say the whole Alcoran [Quran] by heart…”

Diallo wrote a letter to his father who had traveled from Annapolis to England. This letter eventually landed in the hands of James Edward Oglethorpe. James, who just so happened to be the founder of the Georgia colony. Because the letter was written in Arabic, James had the letter translated at Oxford.

James was touched by the struggles presented in this letter. In fact, he felt so touched that he paid money to purchase Diallo’s freedom and bring him to England. Additionally James arranged to have slavery banned in Georgia, however, due to economic pressures in Georgia, the ban was lifted.

When Diallo arrived in England in 1733, he was treated as equal to white English people. He would talk to them casually (which was uncommon for black people to do at the time). Black people were held in low regards in terms of their intelligence, being seen as inferiors to the whites, so when Diallo would engage in theological debates with Christian priests and Bishops, people were impressed with his intelligence, monotheistic beliefs, and piety.

Before he returned to his home in Africa in 1734, a portrait was made of Diallo.

This portrait by William Hoare is no doubt beautiful. It’s a realistic depiction of light and shadows reflecting off his face to make it look very realistic. However, that isn’t the reason why this portrait is so special. If you have a look at portraits or depictions of people from African descent during the 18th century you’ll find some things that may disturb you. They are often depicted in ways that exaggerate their facial features in unnatural ways and are often never the subject of any painting, reduced to the background leaving the white man or woman the center of attention.

If you look closely at this portrait and compare it to William’s other portraits you’ll find that Diallo is illustrated as an equal to white people. This portrait is the first to depict an African Muslim ex-slave that uses the conventions of British portraiture that were common around this time. This is represented in his posture and frontal direction in his position.

Also, another thing to note is that when Diallo agreed to the portrait, he said he’ll do it as long as he is depicted in his traditional garb. But Diallo did not have access to the garb at the time he simply described what the garb looked like, and so what you see is the artist’s interpretation of Diallo’s description. To complete his look, finally, Diallo had hung this red book around his neck for William to illustrate. This book is one of three Quran’s Diallo had written purely from memory.

What is so amazing about this story is that Diallo wasn’t concerned with beautifying himself for the portrait like any of us today would do when taking a picture, but rather he wanted to represent his culture, religion and himself through this image. He didn’t lose his true identity as an African Muslim over two hard years of slavery.

Reference: Dailytrust.com.ng

Reference: Dailytrust.com.ng
Reference: Dailytrust.com.ng

Effect of high expectations!

Expectations! Expectations !! Expectations!!!

Too much expectations in life reduce part of happiness in life which sometimes leads to being frustrate and may lead to taken of one life..

When you expect too much in your life..you will automatically bring sadness to your life…you compare yourself to people who has been struggling for decades other than those who are below your standards ..thereby drafting out what cannot be aquire within 10years and you trying toachieve it just between a month..

If you desire to live a peace ful life of minimize your expectations.

JAMIUBLOG.

Wife of Dr Muhammed morsi wrote:

The wife of Dr muhammed Morsi wrote we have washed his honourable bodey in the prison’s hospital and we have offered his family members (2 Son and a lawyer) we’re allowed to pray on him and he has been buried in the graveyard of the leaders of Muslims brotherhood for the security agency (govt) rejected being buried in his family graveyard ..innali Allah wainnah ilahi rajiun..😢

So no royal buried for a whole president of a Nation? Million of people were prevented from praying on him to maximize the reward of the janazah the same way imam Hasan Al-banaa was treated unjustly.

Who did this to Africa? The ummah is sick.

Pls all masjid should observe a congregational salaatul Ghaaib (funeral prayer in absentia for the martyr may Allah continue to shower his blessings upon him and preserve all callers of truth on goodness , heal this ummah Ya Allah🤲🤲Amin.

Philosophy of too much

*PHILOSOPHY ABOUT TOO MUCH*
1. If you speak too much, you will lie
2. If you think too much,you will be depressed
3. If you cry too much, you will lose your sight
4. If you care too much,you will be taken for granted
5. If you play too much, You will not be taken serious often
7. If you work too much, You will die of stress
8. If you eat too much, You will be obsessed
9.If you sleep too much, You will be idle
10. If you spend too much, You will have no future
11.If you wear make up too much, You will lose your beauty
12.If you look too much, You will lose your focus
13.If you pursue life too much, you will lose everything.
BUT……….
* When you pray too much, You will have everything
*When you are patients too much, you will have the whole world
*When you invest too much, You will have your future guaranteed
*When you let go too much, you will have peace of mind
*When you are careful too much, you will be saved of many evils.

MANDATE RESTORED (313)

MANDATE RESTORED

Today, the Supreme Court Abuja, restored the mandate of the people of Niger East Senatorial District, by Ruling in favour of Senator-Elect Muhammad Sani Musa (313) as the winner of the Primary Election conducted by the National working committee of APC and is the Legitimate, Valid and Authentic Candidate who won the Niger East Senatorial District Elections in the 2019 General Election.

I congratulate every member of the Sani Musa 313 Campaign Organization and.

Stop waging war on your -Ex

*AN EX IS NOT AN ENEMY*

You *don’t* need to become an enemy to your ex.

Break up of a relationship only means you’re *not compatible for marriage*, you could be compatible for *other things*: studies, business, career, counsels and any good thing in life.

An ex-lover is not an enemy but a friend. That’s why it is good to _*end relationships in good and friendly way*_ if you’re not meant for each other.

*Stop hating* someone you’ve once dated. And stop trying to make your guy or girl to start hating or to disassociate from their former lovers. *It is nonsense*.

However, _*if sex had been involved*_ in those former relationships, _*cautions and great cautions must be applied*_ by ensuring you two don’t stay together alone at any time no matter the situation.

But talking and interacting is not a sin, just that there must be *boundaries*.

There should also not be *too much* prolonged talks, or visits that make you two to be alone. It should never happen.

That’s why we keep telling you all, *don’t have sex in a relationship*,until you’re married. Relationship isn’t for sex, it is for _*learning, checking, growing and planning*_.

The one you think is meant to be your lover might have been brought into your life as a helper. So, _*girls, stop falling in love with people you love*_.

I mean stop developing romantic love for people you like or people that help you. It is stupid.

That’s how many people have turned away their helpers in life and are now suffering today.

An ex in not an enemy. But if sex had been involved, apply great cautions and _*hide nothing*_ from your current guy or girl about your activity with the ex if there are important things that connect you two.

Stop being *unnecessarily* jealous over your guy’s or girl’s relationship with someone else. It doesn’t worth it. It is stupidity, immaturity and insecurity.

But if you see and truly see red lights, *talk it out*.

If there’s no desired change and you know there are dangers ahead, _*seek counsels*_ or _*walk away*_.

But make sure it is not your unnecessary jealousy that’s causing the problem. _*Be secured*_ in your mind and in your life.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba opens up on converting to IslaM

Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed why he became a Muslim in his twenties.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba opens up on converting to Islam

Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed why he became a Muslim in his twenties.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has opened up on his decision to convert to Islam.

The France international says he was ‘questioning himself over a lot of things’ before turning to Islam and becoming ‘more peaceful inside’.

Pogba, who recently made a pilgrimage to Mecca during the holy month of Ramadan, says that doing so has helped to make him become a better person.

Asked what being a Muslim meant to him in The Times’ new Life Times podcast , Pogba said: “It’s everything. That’s what makes me thankful for everything.

“It made me change, realise things in life. I guess, maybe, it makes me more peaceful inside.

“It was a good change in my life because I wasn’t born a Muslim, even if my mum was. I just grew up like that, respect for everyone.

“Islam is not the image that everyone sees – terrorism… What we hear in the media is really something else, it’s something beautiful.

“You get to know it. Anybody can find that he feels connected with Islam.”

When asked what brought about his change in religion the World Cup winner admitted he did so in order to help him focus.

Pogba continued: “It came because I have a lot of friends who are Muslim. We always talk.

“I was questioning myself in a lot of things, then I started doing my own research. I prayed once with my friends and I felt something different. I felt really good.

“You get to know it. Anybody can find that he feels connected with Islam.”

When asked what brought about his change in religion the World Cup winner admitted he did so in order to help him focus.

Pogba continued: “It came because I have a lot of friends who are Muslim. We always talk.

Source.

Manchester United evening news.

NBC shut down AIT television.

The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has suspended the licence of Daar Communications Plc., owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power until further notice.
Director-General of NBC, Modibbo Kawu, announced the shutdown on Thursday evening.
He said the action was taken for failure of the TV and radio stations to abide by the broadcasting code.
Daar Communications Founder, Raymond Dokpesi, had earlier accused the Presidency of intimidating his media group.
He made the allegation while speaking at a press conference in the company’s corporate headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.
“I have it on strict authority and very assured information that the highest echelon of the government, the Presidency, queried and challenged the NBC that they were not doing their jobs: ‘How on earth could they be hearing and seeing on AIT what they termed hate speech?
“Any criticism of this government is hate speech. The NBC is acting under the authority of the President and Commander-in-Chief. The licensing fees in Nigeria is one of the highest in the world. There is no country in the world where you have this type of exploitative fees. I have appealed for a reduction because the payments cannot be sustained by private broadcasters in Nigeria.

Source: Sahara reporter UK

Leopard kill two years old boy

A leopard killed a two-year-old boy inside a fenced-off staff compound at South Africa’s Kruger national park, officials said on Thursday.

“The toddler was only 30-months-old,” the park said in a statement. “The boy was certified dead by doctors at the Shongwe hospital after being rushed there by family members.”

The leopard attacked the boy on Wednesday evening after getting into the staff living quarters, which are separated from the rest of the park by an electrified fence.

A team of rangers hunted down the leopard and shot it dead to avoid the risk of a repeat, said the park, adding the big cat may have attacked as it was too accustomed to contact with humans.

Kruger covers nearly two million hectares (4.9 million acres) and is home to over 500 bird species and 147 mammal species.

The attack occurred near Crocodile Bridge, a tourist rest camp near the park’s southern boundary.

(AFP)

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