Confidant and friend to late Chief MKO Abiola, Alhaji Sufianu Kazeem has described the recent utterances and condemnation of President Muhammadu Buhari by the General Overseer, Living Faith Church also known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo as unnecessary.
Alhaji Kazeem while reacting to the comments by Bishop Oyedepo, said as a church leader, the clergy man made a serious mistake by criticising the nation’s leader publicly.
The Ibadan based business magnate further explained that some of the difficulties confronting the nation were caused by religious leaders like Oyedepo as well as other religious leaders which also include some Islamic leaders who instead of preaching the truth, they were busy deceiving their followers and accruing wealth to themselves.
“Pastors like Oyedepo and some Islamic leaders have no moral authority to castigate President Buhari who since 2011 has been trying his best to reposition Nigeria with many lofty initiatives while Bishop Oyedepo and his cohorts have been busy building universities, mansions, camp ground and buying of planes all to the detriment of their followers whether Muslims or christians.
“How many of his church members can pay for Covenant University tuition fees or the Islamic organisations that had also built universities even though it was built by their tithes and offerings as well as Sakat in our mosques. How many of the church members or those in the mosques have access to fleet of cars and private jets bought with the church money or proceeds from their mosques?”, he questioned.
Kazeem observed that it is important for clergy men and Islamic leaders to know that all they are doing is being monitored by God Almighty, adding that with the utterances of the Bishop, it is clear that he supported a presidential candidate in the last presidential election and that he is still being pained by the great loss.
” Whatever a man do, God sees all and that the two holy scriptures said it is through their deeds, that they will be known”, he concluded.
Covid-19: Save UCH now, Oyo NUJ appeals to Buhari
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State council on Sunday appealed to the Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government to save the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan and provide it with enough funding to cater for the ravaging Coronavirus otherwise known as Covid-19.
The Union also frowned at recent development at the foremost teaching hospital in Nigeria, with confirmed four cases from its board and management.
In a release/tweet released by the CMD of the Hospital, Prof. Abiodun Otegbayo, he explained how he contracted the virus and tested positive for Covid-19.
The hospital management also confirmed that the Provost college of Medicine and his deputy also tested positive.
The fourth is the chairman of the board who had allegedly tested positive for the virus.
The NUJ in a press statement by its Chairman, Comrade Ademola Babalola and Secretary, Sola Oladapo wondered why due diligence was not done to ascertain the condition of all attendees at the meeting?
The Union also expressed concern on why the meeting had to hold despite the ongoing efforts to control Covid-19 spread in the state?
According to the NUJ, the CMD despite his knowledge of his exposure to a suspected case still went ahead granting interviews to journalists without warning them of his vulnerability.
The union viewed this act “as irresponsible and avoidable.”
The NUJ has therefore called on the Federal Government to stop paying lip service to the hospital.
It tasked the government to devise means of specially funding the UCH to prepare adequately for this pandemic.
“The reason to call for better funding of the UCH stemmed from the recent statement of the CMD, soliciting for funds from well meaning Nigerians to help the hospital with consumables and other medical necessities to fight the virus.
“The Federal Government must act very fast before things snowball out of control,” NUJ warned.
COVID-19: ‘Stop all physical interviews’, Oyo NUJ warns members
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo state council on Sunday warned members to stop all physical interviews to prevent being infected by corona virus (COVID-19).
This is contained in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Mr Ademola Babalola and Secretary, Mr Sola Oladapo, and made available to newsmen in Ibadan.
The union also warned members to be cautious in performing their roles as essential service providers, saying the extent at which the virus was spreading is very alarming.
“Truly, our services are very essential at this period when the world is ravaged by Corona Virus (COVID-19). The public look on to us for information on this global pandemics.
“Our job leaves us more exposed to the ravaging virus. The rate at which this virus is spreading has become very alarming and it is no respecta of anyone.
“As journalists, we must be very careful of how we carry out our duties without being infected,” it said.
The Union, however lauded members for their services at this trying period, praying that God would continue to protect them from all forms of infections.
Photos: Oyo COVID-19 squad impounds 22 vehicles at club houses
Oyo State COVID-19 Security and Enforcement sub-committee has impounded a total of Twenty-Two (22) illegally parked vehicles during its special night operations, to enforce compliance at club houses and public places in Ibadan.
Addressing the team of officers before the operation, the Chairman, OYRTMA, Mogaji Akin Fagbemi, who distributed protective tools to the officers such as hand gloves, portable sanitizers, nose masks and thermometers charged them to be professional in the exercise and respect fundamental human rights in the course of the operation.
He said, “The Oyo State COVID-19 Security and Enforcement subcommittee is made up of Oyo State Road Transport Management Agency and other security agencies and we have begun a special night monitoring and enforcement of Oyo State Government’s directive aimed at curbing the spread of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) among residents of the State, particularly through transport operators, night clubs and other public places”.
It would be recalled that Oyo State has recorded more confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 which led to a directive of a dusk to dawn curfew (7pm to 6am) and suspension of interstate transportation into and out of the State with effect from Sunday night ,March 29th, 2020 by Governor Seyi Makinde.
Governor Seyi Makinde also gave a directive that no public place or gathering should harbour above 10 persons at a time.
Dispersing cluster of persons that formed crowd of more than 10 at club houses, the Special anti-COVID-19 squad gave sufficient information on the need for residents to comply with the State Government’s directives on social distancing, regular washing of hands and other guidelines.
Club houses the enforcement team visited included Platinum, Awolowo Road; Hexagon, Samonda; Pleasure Summit, GRA; Cimola Hotel, Mokola; Latitude, Samonda; Mauve 21, Ring Road; Ventura, Sango and Shanty’s club among others across the State.
Likewise, the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) has deployed over 200 men and officers to join the COVID-19 Taskforce Health Advisory Sub-committee to embark on public enlightenment at markets and public places within Ibadan for a campaign tagged: ‘break in the chain of transmission campaign on COVID-19’.
Residents who claimed ignorance of the anti-coronavirus guidelines issued by the State Government, however pledged to become vanguards and ambassadors against the spread of the deadly virus.
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