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Abia Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu: Why I Got Frustrated And Wanted To Continue As A Teacher

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Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia State governor, on Wednesday expressed thanks to God for giving him the opportunity to serve the state.

Ikpeazu, who spoke during the second edition of his townhall meeting with the Abiriba community in Aba, said his background as “a son of a poor teacher”, made many to doubt if he can be a governor.

Ikpeazu thanked pastors, priests and all those whom he said God has used through prayers to sustain him.

“Some people saw the hands of God earlier on me, prayed for me to remain steadfast. At a point, I got tired and wanted to return to classroom as a teacher, but men of God kept praying for me.

“Whatever good thing you see in Abia today, is by the grace and mercy of God. I’m just an instrument. So, I thank all the men God used in keeping Abia safe as God’s own state in reality,” he said.

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He thanked the Abiriba community for their peaceful conduct and love shown to one another.

Ikpeazu urged the Abiriba community to remain peaceful and hardworking as ever, stressing that their business prowess and tenacity, are true reflection of what make a society safe and progressive.

He commiserated with the Abiriba community for the demise of their son and former member representing Aba North/Aba South Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon. Prestige Ossy.

Ikpeazu went on to offer what he described as a token of N10 million for the continuation of his children’s education.

He urged the Abiriba community to help him maintain the good relationship he had with the late Ossy by voting for the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Chimaobi Ebisike, in the March 27th, 2021, bye-election for Aba Federal Constituency.

Chief Nduka Onuoha, President, Abiriba Communal Improvement Union, Aba Branch, on behalf of the people, thanked the governor for appointing many of their sons to positions of authority in Abia.

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[BREAKING] Arms fund probe: Finally, Army chief appears before Reps

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, is currently appearing before the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Need to Review the Purchase, Use and Control of Arms, Ammunition and Related Hardware by Military, Paramilitary and Other Law Enforcement Agencies.

The committee had no less than two times invited Attahiru and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to answer questions on the procurement of arms and ammunition.
On Friday, the committee, after a long wait, postponed the investigative hearing till Monday.

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Earlier on March 22, 2021, the committee had, after the failure by the CBN governor and the COAS to appear before it, summoned them to appear before on April 7, 2021.

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Ramadan: Look out for moon Monday, Sultan tells Muslims

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has directed the Muslim Ummah to look out for the crescent (moon) of Ramadan 1442AH from Monday.

Abubakar gave the directive on Sunday in a statement issued by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto.

“This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Monday, April 12, which is equivalent to the 29th day of Sha’aban 1442AH shall be the day to look for the new moon of Ramadan 1442AH.

“Muslim are, therefore, requested to start looking for the crescent moon on Monday and report its sighting to the nearest District or Village Head for onward communication to the Sultan,’’ the statement read.

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The Sultan prayed Allah to assist Muslims in the discharge of their religious duty.

Junaidu gave telephone numbers that could be used directly to report the sighting of the new moon to the committee.

The numbers are 08037157100, 07067416900, 08066303077, 08036149757, 08035965322 and 08035945903.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month for fasting, prayer, reflection and assisting the needy.

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Prince Philip’s funeral to take place April 17, says Buckingham Palace

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The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on April 17, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday.

The ceremony at Windsor, west of London, which will be televised but have no public element because of coronavirus restrictions, will be preceded by a national minute’s silence.

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Royal officials said the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh’s grandson, Prince Harry, would attend, but his heavily pregnant wife, Meghan, had been advised against travelling from the United States on medical grounds.

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