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Today's Headlines: I’m Pleased Many Nigerians Have Gone Back To Farm-Buhari, Eid-el-Kabir: Tinubu prays in Lagos, stresses importance of sacrifice

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I’m Pleased Many Nigerians Have Gone Back To Farm - Buhari

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Former President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented about the uncontrolled population growth in the country, saying the situation has become a matter for concern.

The immediate past President however said in spite of the situation in the country, he is pleased that more Nigerians have taken to the farm to grow more food so as to bring down the prices of food in the country.

Speaking to journalists shortly after joining the Emir of Daura, Dr Faruk Umar Faruk, to observe the Eid prayer at the township Eid ground on Sunday, the former president said there was “need for greater discussion and awareness about this problem, (uncontrolled population growth) as well as a need to invest more in education and health.”

The President who wished all Nigerians a Happy Sallah, also prayed that this special festival of Eid-el-Kabir will bring joy, prosperity and wonderful health to everyone.

Buhari also used the occasion to make an appeal to all citizens to make Nigeria Self-reliant. “Let us grow our own food. We have shown that we can do it. This is not the time to relent when we see prices going up. Let us buy what is produced in the country.

“The foundation of a prosperous and stable country has been laid by successive governments, and I encourage our youth, in particular, to continue to play an active role in various nation-building efforts.”

The former President also charged the youth of the country to seek the knowledge about “the founding fathers of the nation, the important personalities of their regions, and derive inspiration from them.”

Reflecting on the crowds at the Eid in Daura, the former President further expressed concern at unchecked population expansion, saying that “it will bring a lot of problems to future generations.

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Tinubu prays in Lagos, stresses importance of sacrifice

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President Bola Tinubu has called on Nigerians to show more care for their neighbours and extend charity to all in the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir.

Speaking with journalists after Eid-el-Kabir prayers in Lagos on Sunday, the President said some level of sacrifice will be required to move the nation forward.

According to a statement signed by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, after Eid prayers, Tinubu urged Nigerians to sacrifice their time for the growth and well-being of the country.

“We have been told by the Chief Imam how we can follow the path of sacrifice. The sacrifice required of a good citizen. Citizenship comes with responsibilities. As citizens, what do we need to do to be committed members of our society? Yes, that is sacrifice; loving your country. Loving your neighbours. Sharing what you have with each other. And to always be thankful to Almighty God,” the President said.

Eid-el-Kabir: Ex-Rep, Shina Peller urges Muslims to embrace kindness, peace

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A former member of the House of Representatives, Shina Peller, has called on Nigerian Muslims to embrace kindness and peaceful coexistence with individuals of other faiths.

In his goodwill message commemorating the Eid-ul-Adha, on Sunday, Peller emphasised the significance of embracing goodwill, compassion, and reflection embodied by the sacred celebration.

He stated, “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all members of the Muslim Community, as well as Christians and all believers on this occasion of the Eid-ul-Adha.

“In this auspicious moment of spiritual significance and communal unity, I urge everyone to embrace the essence of goodwill, compassion, and reflection that Eid-ul-Adha embodies.”

He also reminded all of the teachings of sacrifice, empathy, and charity illustrated through Prophet Ibrahim’s unwavering devotion to fulfilling Allah’s command.

He charged individuals from all faiths to internalise these virtues, incorporating them into their daily lives and interactions with others.

Cholera outbreak: Under-five children at risk, says UNICEF

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The United Nations Children’s Fund has stated that children under the age of five are particularly vulnerable to severe dehydration and higher mortality rates during cholera outbreaks.

A statement by the Chief of UNICEF Lagos Field Office, Celine Lafoucrier, on Saturday, said addressing the challenges of cholera outbreaks requires a deliberate focus of state policies to provide high-standard water and sanitation facilities, as well as strengthened healthcare systems capable of responding to the demand in times of outbreaks.

She added that the state should lead educational campaigns on cholera prevention to protect children and the population at large.

“Recurrent Cholera outbreaks critically affect children and populations at large. These vulnerable groups face substantial health risks, particularly those under five who are prone to severe dehydration and higher mortality rates.

“Educational disruption is yet another critical consequence of cholera outbreaks, as illness and the need to care for sick family members lead to school closures and reduced attendance, hindering children’s learning and development.

Similarly, post-recovery issues in children can include malnutrition, stunted growth, and weakened immune systems, increasing susceptibility to other diseases,” she said.

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