Niger State Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago has joined President Bola Tinubu,Governor Dikko Rada of Katsina State as well as Bauchi State Governor Bala Muhammad to perform lesser Hajj (UMRAH) in Saudi Arabia.

This follows the successful conclusion of the three day Saudi-Africa Summit held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

They will use the opportunity to pray fervently for the peace and development of Nigeria as well as seek Allah’s guidance and wisdom as they continue in governance

Aisha Gambo Danazumi
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A Catholic Priest, in charge of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church Jootar in Ukum local government area of Benue State, Rev. Father Faustinus Ukenongo Gundu was on Thursday struck to death by thunder.

Confirming the death on Friday, the Catholic Diocese of Katsina-Ala, expressed shock over the tragic demise of the priest whom many called albino.

Lina TV gathered that as the rain continued, the late priest reportedly rushed outside to pick a towel he spread outside in his residence when he was caught up by the lightning and became speechless in the rain when he fell down until he was discovered by his servants who rushed him to a nearby hospital where doctors confirmed him dead.

Chancellor of the Diocese, Rev. Father Akumbul, Phelle Fidelis, in a statement, said the death occurred around 3:25pm at St. Anthony’s Hospital.

Worshippers at the church and residents are still astonished over the incident.


Nigeria @ 63: Niger Gov, CAN Urge Nigerians to Focus on Unity

Nigeria @ 63: Niger Gov, CAN urge Nigerians to focus on unity
… As Christians Converge, Pray for Nigeria, Niger

Niger state Governor, Hon. Umar Bago has called on Nigerlites to focus more on what unite us as a nation than what may divide us.

Governor Bago who was represented by the Commissioner for Micro, Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Elizabeth Shaba at the 63rd Independence Day prayer session organized by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Niger state Chapter at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Minna said his administration will do everything to ensure rapid development.

According to him “as a state, we will do all we can to ensure we achieve our set goals. But we must focus on our unity as a people. “

Earlier in his welcome address, State Chairman of CAN, Most Rev. Dr. Bulus Dauwa Yohanna pray God to continue to “keep us as one indivisible entity where peace, justice, equity and fairness will take the center stage”.

Speaking on what he tagged “let us focus on what unites us more as a people”, Most Rev. Yohanna who is also the Catholic Bishop of Kontagora Diocese tasked Christians irrespective of their denomination to embrace unity.

According to him “let us remain supportive in our individual and collective efforts towards nation-building to move our country forward, to propagate unity irrespective of our political, religious and ethnic divides, and to rally round our Governor, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago who has so far shown commitment and resilience to revamp our beloved State.

“Despite all the challenges, we have all reasons to thank God for His mercy and kindness to us a people.

“As Christians we must pray for our nation and for those in authority (our leaders).

“And as we pray and intercede for our nation, I advocate the need for us to reflect more on what unites us as a people rather than what divides us. The oneness of Nigeria remains more advantageous despite the challenges we are facing as a nation”.

He further charged Nigerians to use the Independence Day celebration to have a deeper and sober reflection on what the Nation has gone through in the past decades, saying “I am sure we will have more reasons to thank God”.

Furthermore, he urged on Governor Bago to remain resolute in ensuring that the State experiences the unprecedented transformation especially in the area of security of lives and property.

“Focus on your plan to expand the state’s economy through strategic partnership in order to curb the activities of criminals in the State”, Bishop Yohanna added.

Highlights of the celebration was the prayer session for Nigeria and Niger state in particular.


Niger State Governor advised founder and President Al-Anser Foundation to Make the School Open to all Nigerians

Niger State Governor advised founder and President Al-Anser Foundation to Make the School Open to all Nigerians

Niger State Governor, Mohammed Umaru Bago has advised founder and President Al-Anser Foundation to make the school open to all Nigerians irrespective of religious differences so that the right knowledge would be impacted to the younger generations.

The governor gave the advised at the 2nd Public Lecture of the Al-Anser Centre for Comprehensive Education (ACCE),Abuja,where is was guest speaker.

Governor Umaru Bago who expressed concern over the way and manner people treat others,noted that religion should not be forced on anyone while recounting how he schooled in a Missionary school and yet did not change his faith.

He urged Nigerians to be religious tolerance and have respect for humanity and devoid of religious sentiment.

The Governor applauded the founder for establishing the school and named it Al-Ansar in Arabic which means ‘helper”, pointing out that through the school, the founder was providing great help to humanity.

Chairman of the occasion and former Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isah Ali Pantami represented by the Director General of Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT), Engr. Tukur Lawal Funtua commended the school management for providing Islamic and Western education to the students to better the society.

Also speaking, the Special Guest of honour, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State, represented by his Deputy, Umar Kadafur appreciated the complementary role the Al-Ansar Foundation has been providing not just in Borno State but in Nigeria as a whole, especially in the area of education among others.

The Guest Lecturer, Ustaz Nurudeen Lemu considered the theme “Time/Space Factor and the Dynamics of Change: The Imperatives of Re-examining the Mission of Islamic/ Muslim Schools in a World of Disruptive Technology”.

He emphasised the need to provide the right knowledge and strong foundation for Children to be immune to the negative impact of disruptive technology, adding that disruptive technology is a new normal that might not be eliminated but will continue to evolve.

Ustaz Nurudeen Lemu suggested for internships for children, and capacity building for the teachers, while the leadership of the school should learn to hire fast, quickly groom and not relent to fire when necessary.

Earlier the Founder and President of Al-Ansar Foundation, Dr. Mohammed Kyari Dikwa explained that the theme of the lecture was carefully chosen to ensure the children excel and remain disciplined in a disruptive technological society.

Chairman of the ACCE Governing Board, Prof. Salisu Shehu said the centre is a school where integrated teaching and learning for both Islamic and conventional education has been impacted to the children.

He pledged the centre’s commitment to in-house capacity building and training for the teachers in the school and those in schools with similar vision, adding that the school intends to be an education resource centre beneficial to all in the society.

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Niger State Governor, Mohammed Umaru Bago, has called on Muslim Ummah to emulate the exemplary lifestyle of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

Governor Umaru Bago in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Bologi Ibrahim, on the occasion of commemorating the birth of the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) said Muslims should reflect deeply on the essential lessons of the life and times of the prophet (SAW)

He said humility, love, tolerance, gratitude, and caring among others were the virtues that characterised his life hence the Holy Qur’an was revealed through him.

The Governor stressed that working in the footsteps of the Holy Prophet would guarantee peaceful co-existence, growth and development of any society.

He said No doubt his lifestyle has remained an inspiration to all adherents of Islam.
“I urge us all to stick to the teachings of the Holy Quran and Hadith for our society to be a better place for all”, he said.

The Governor reiterated his administration’s determination to build a “New Niger” by executing people-oriented projects in the state to better the lots of the citizenry.

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WHO, UNICEF, others Partner CAN to End Polio Variant in Niger state

WHO, UNICEF, others Partner CAN to End Polio Variant in Niger state

As part of efforts to battle the circulating variant polio virus type 2 (cVPV2) among children in Niger state by the end of December 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and other organizations have entered into partnership with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Niger state chapter to carry out vaccinations in various churches across the state.

Statement signed and issued to journalists in Minna by the CAN media officer, Daniel Atori explained that WHO team made their plans known when the team paid courtesy visit to the State CAN Secretariat on Thursday in Minna.

In his remarks,the Assistant Public Health Officer, WHO, in Niger, Elizabeth Ishaku said the World Health Organization is committed and ready to partner with the CAN to eradicate all forms of polio viruses.

According to her “the partnership is driven by a collective responsibility to protect children in the state from preventable suffering

“We plea for your invaluable support in a matter of utmost importance – the eradication of circulating variant polio virus (cVPV2) from our communities”.

“We remain steadfast to halt the transmission of circulating variant Polio virus type 2 (cVPV2) by December 2023.”

Also, the State Lead UNICEF, Grace Odeyemi,while calling for sustained collaboration, solicited for the leadership of CAN’s guidance and influence, adding that “you have the power to shape the destiny of the followers.

“We ask for your partnership in securing a healthier and brighter future for our children.

“Polio is a relentless foe, it has tested our resilience for decades. But we have not faltered; we have not surrendered. Together, we fought several battles until we won the war against wild polio virus.

“The battle against cVPV2 requires a united front – a bond between traditional, religious and local leaders, health workers, parents, and every citizen who dreams of a polio-free future.”

The State Community Engagement Focal Person, Ministry of Primary Health Care, Comfort Danladi has appealed to religious bodies to aid the End Polio campaign said “the Ministry of Primary Health Care remains resolute to end polio as soon as possible.”

The Chairman Niger State CAN, Most Rev. Dr. Bulus Dauwa Yohanna lauded the team,adding that,CAN will continue to support all campaigns that will save lives.

The Chairman who was represented by the Secretary, Pastor Raphael Opawoye added that “health is wealth. A healthy nation is a progressive nation.

“It is our duty as Church leaders to ensure our children get immunized against diseases like polio and others, and we will reach out to our members”.



The Holy Father Pope Francis Appointed Rev. Fr. Dr. Habila Tyiakwonaboi Daboh


The Holy Father Pope Francis has been appointed Rev. Fr. Dr. Habila Tyiakwonaboi Daboh, of the clergy of the Archdiocese of Kaduna, currently Rector of the Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Kaduna, as Bishop of the Diocese of Zaria (Nigeria).

Msgr. Daboh was born on 10 June 1970 in the Zangon Kataf area, in the Archdiocese of Kaduna. After attending Saint Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary in Makurdi and Saint Augustine’s Major Seminary in Jos, he was ordained a priest on 10 July 1999 for the Archdiocese of Kaduna.

He has held the following positions and carried out further studies: Parish Vicar at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Kaduna (1999-2003); Chaplain of the Federal Kaduna Polytechnic (2001-2003); Licentiate in Church History at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome (2003-2006); parish priest of the Queen of Apostles in Kakuri, Kaduna (2006-2008); Diploma in Educational Sciences at Ahmadu Bello University of Zaria (2009); Teacher at the Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Kaduna (2006-2008); Rector of St. Peter’s Minor Seminary of Katari, Kaduna (2008-2016); Dean of the Deanery of Dogon Kurmi (2010-2016); Doctorate in Church History from the University of Jos (2019).

From 2016 until now he has been the Rector of the Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Kaduna.

We wish Bishop-Elect Daboh God’s guidance in this new office.


CAN Congratulates Commissioners, Special Advisers

CAN Congratulates Commissioners, Special Advisers

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Niger State Chapter on Tuesday congratulated all political appointees who have been sworn into various offices in the state.

In a statement issued by the Chairman, CAN, Niger State, Most Reverend Dr. Bulus Dauwa Yohanna, the Body charged the Commissioners and Special Advisers to see their appointments as a call to service.

The CAN Chairman also called on the new political appointees to be dedicated and contribute your quota to the success of Governor, Mohammed Umar Bago’s administration policy thrusts.

The Chairman who is also the Catholic of Bishop of Kontagora Diocese however commended the governor for appointing his aides based on their track records.

Bishop Yohanna further charged the Appointees to give their best and bring to bear their wealth of experiences for the growth and development of Niger State.

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