Eid El-Kabir: IGP Idris orders massive deployment of personnel

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Ibrahim Idris, has ordered massive deployment of policemen for a hitch-free Eid-El-Kabir celebration across the country.


The order is contained in statement issued by the Force spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Don Awunah, in Abuja on Friday.


He said that the I-G also directed all Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of zonal commands, to deploy adequate personnel to praying grounds, recreation centres, among others.


Awunah said the police commanders are also directed to collaborate with sister agencies and community leaders to monitor activities of undesirable elements in the society.


He said that the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Units, Explosive Ordinance Department, criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department would also be deployed.

The spokesman said sustained surveillance and special attention would be paid to flash and vulnerable points among others during the sallah celebration and beyond.


The Nigeria Police Force is confident that with the operational strategies being executed for the Sallah festivities will guarantee a peaceful and hitch free Eid-El-Kabir celebration.


The IGP, therefore, wishes the Muslim faithful and all Nigerians a happy celebration, he said


He, however, implores them to be vigilant and continue to support the Police to prevent crimes in their localities.


Awunah said Idris commended the commitment of officers in ensuring that security and peace prevail throughout the country in spite of the enormous challenges.

Sallah: Osun Govt Announces Free Train Ride

As Sallah holiday makers get ready for the 2016 Eid-el-Kabir festival, the government of Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has announced free train ride for those wishing to travel home.

A statement by the Ministry of Industries, Commerce, Cooperatives and Empowerment, said the free train will convey people coming for the festival from Lagos to Osogbo on Saturday and Sunday September by 10 am each day.

The train will return to Lagos on Saturday, September 17. The takeoff time is 11 am.

A statement from the government said Aregbesola’s administration had been doing this in the last six years to facilitate easy movement during festivities.

The ministry admonished the people to make the best use of the opportunities the free train offers them because government wants them to come home and enjoy the celebration with relations.

The statement said, “This tradition of free train ride introduced by Aregbesola’s government is aimed at facilitating very convenient movement of people and goods.

“This welfare package from Governor Aregbesola has taken care of both Islamic and Christian festivities in the last six years and this is with a view to boosting the economy of the state.

“It is this ease of movement during festival periods that informed the introduction of the scheme by the people-centred administration of Aregbesola.

“Therefore, it is the wish of government that our people from Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States trail corridors would seize this opportunity to visit home and celebrate with their relatives.”

Buhari donates N250k, 10 rams to corps members in Daura for Sallah

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday addressed some NYSC Corps members serving in Daura Local Government Area who were at the President’s residence to pay a Sallah homage to him.

NAN reports that Buhari donated N250,000 and 10 rams to the corps members to celebrate the Eid el-Kabir.

Addressing the corps members, the President said the National Youths Service Corps(NYSC) is still a veritable tool of enhancing unity and peace among Nigerians.

He said that the scheme was an opportunity for them to understand the culture of their host communities by interacting with them.

The President urged the corps members to put more efforts toward discharging their primary responsibilities.

He assured them that the Federal Government would do everything possible to enhance the scheme and boost the corps members’ morale to ensure effective service delivery.

The President commended the corps members for contributing their quota to the nation building.

Osun govt. provides free train service for Sallah

The Osun Government on Sunday said it would provide free train service for its citizens who would be travelling to Osogbo from Lagos for the Eid-el-Kabir festival.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Semiu Okanlawon, the media aide to Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, and made available to newsmen in Osogbo.


According to the statement, the free train service would convey people from Lagos to Osogbo on Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:00 am.

It stated that the return journey to Lagos from Osogbo would hold on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 11: a.m.

The statement said the gesture by the state government was aimed at facilitating a stress-free homecoming for the people during the festival.


It noted that the state government had, since 2011, been making such similar arrangements for the people of the state to travel home during festive seasons.

The statement urged the travellers to take advantage of their homecoming to assess the ongoing developments in the state.


“We encourage holiday makers to use this opportunity to update themselves about the developments that are taking place in the state as against the persistent negative media campaigns by our traducers.

“This is one of those opportunities they have to see things directly in order to be guided by future campaigns of calumny which our political opponents are committed to,” it said.



Id-El-Fitr Message To The Nation From President Buhari

Sallah message from our president below..

Fellow Compatriots, I greet and felicitate with you all, especially our citizens of the Islamic faith on this auspicious occasion of the 2015 Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.

I congratulate all those who have successfully completed the Ramadan fast in keeping with the injunction of our Creator.

Although we have come to the end of this year’s month of Ramadan, I believe that a greater acceptance by Nigerians of its key lessons of self-denial and sacrifice will serve our dear country well as we strive to overcome our present challenges, undo the damage done by years of bad governance and accelerate the pace of national development.

Reviewing our dire circumstances and the many missed opportunities of the past, some commentators and observers have said that this is Nigeria’s last chance to get its act together and finally begin to fulfill its God-given potential for greatness.

While not going that far, I certainly believe that now, more than ever before, our country needs greater self-denial, sacrifice and patriotism from all of its citizens, if we are to quickly recover from our numerous problems and start moving in a positive direction.

This current period of our life as a nation offers us a great opportunity to break from the vicious triangle of insecurity, corruption and under-developme

nt. We must collectively resolve to seize this opportunity and unite to confront our problems.

I remain wholly committed to giving the required leadership towards undoing the wrongs of the past, ensuring that Nigeria truly begins to unlock its great potential and that the benefits of our immense national resources are shared and enjoyed by all, not just by successive cabals of corrupt leaders and their cronies.

I was very aware of your high expectations when I assumed office and I reassure you, my fellow citizens, that since my inauguration on the 29th of May this year, I have been working with utmost dedication to meticulously plan and tackle the many national challenges which we identified and promised to resolve.

To succeed however, I need your continued support, understanding and patience.

I fully understand and share the thirst of my long-suffering compatriots for corruption-free government institutions that work efficiently to deliver visible development for the benefit of all citizens.

I also share the feelings of those who think that we should be moving faster. But I urge them and all Nigerians to trust that my commitment to real and positive change in our nation is as firm as ever.

There is indeed much work to be done, but we must do it well and carefully to ensure that the great opportunity which we now have is not lost to the “business as usual” group who selfishly or shortsightedly prefer a status quo that panders to their personal or group interests.

The adverse effects of years of rot, corruption, inept and bad governance on our nation are immense, but certainly not insurmountable if we all resolve now to place the well-being of our nation above all other considerations and work whole-heartedly with the present administration to achieve greater peace and security across the nation, and reposition our country for faster economic development and progress.

May Almighty Allah continue to guide us and bless our dear nation.

I wish you all happy Eid-el- Fitr celebrations.

Muhammadu Buhari
Federal Republic of Nigeria