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Yuletide: Aminu Gwadabe Greet ABCON Members, Nigerians

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“allow ourselves to be infected by the spirit of joy this beautiful season.” – ABCON President

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The National President of the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, has urged members to use the yuletide season to extend kindness to members of the society, to reflect on and embrace tolerance, which is one of the attributes of Jesus Christ.

He said yuletide season is a reminder that we are our brother’s keepers, urging Christians and Muslims to “allow ourselves to be infected by the spirit of joy this beautiful season.”

Gwadabe, in a goodwill message sent to BUSINESS ECHO MAGAZINE, identified the love of God towards mankind as care, selflessness, and compassion for people, especially the weak, the vulnerable, and the underprivileged despite we have experienced most tough year.

He said, “This is a season that explains the depth of God’s love for mankind and exemplary sacrifice that we should emulate in our relationship with our neighbors, irrespective of status and creed.

Yuletide: Aminu Gwadabe Greet ABCON Members, Nigerians
ALHAJI AMINU GWADABE, ABCON PRESIDENT.

“This season is another opportunity to increase our acts of kindness and touch the less privileged in our society.

“Therefore, this yuletide means so much more than just mere merriment. It is a veritable avenue to extend love to the underprivileged who are disadvantaged in several ways.

“In this special season, therefore, I urge ABCON Members to spread love and be our brother’s keeper. Let us reach out to those who struggle to provide for their families. Let us put smiles on the faces of the weak and the vulnerable. This is the real essence of Yuletide season.”

He said his leadership is committed to religious tolerance, just as he urged all members to continue to pray for peace of the country.

Gwadabe, in a goodwill message on Saturday, noted that “Jesus Christ was an embodiment of peace, love, tolerance and sacrfice in his entire lifetime.” He said all ABCON Members, Nigerians needed to emulate these qualities in the quest to build a great nation.

“As we move towards the year 2022, we must remain united and refrain from actions and utterances that can lead to violence and chaos,” he said.

“The Yuletide season commemorates every good, precious, and pure ideal that we share. I encourage each and every one of us to allow ourselves to be infected by the spirit of joy this beautiful season as you mark the birth of Christ.

“It is important that we all remember that behind yuletide is the idea that we are to be our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper; that we should treat others as we would want to be treated and to share the love with all and sundry.”

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U.S. Secretary Of State Blinken Condemns Putin’s Attacks On Civilians As “Barbaric,” Pledges Ongoing Support

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken strongly condemned the targeting of Ukrainian civilians by Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling it “barbaric,” and pledged that the United States and NATO allies would continue to support Kyiv in the face of a continuing Russian onslaught.

“What we’ve been working to do is to make sure that at any given time, [the Ukrainians] have the most effective systems possible to deal with the threat that they’re facing,” he told CNN Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour.

Blinken was speaking from Bucharest, Romania, where he is attending a meeting of NATO foreign ministers.

“We met here not just with NATO allies, but with the G7 countries and some other countries, to put in place a very coordinated process to make sure that we’re getting Ukraine what it needs to get through the winter – to make sure that men, women, children are not literally freezing to death,” he explained.

“This is the brutalization of a country,” he added.

In the wide-ranging interview, Blinken also discussed U.S. relations with China, reaffirmed support for those protesting in Iran, and commented on the significance of French President Macron’s state visit to the U.S. this week.

Key quotes from Sec. Blinken:


On the U.S. providing air defense systems to Ukraine:

“We’re now very focused on air defense systems – and not just us, many other countries – and we’re working to make sure that the Ukrainians get those systems as quickly as possible, but also as effective as possible, making sure that they’re trained on them, making sure that they have the ability to maintain them.”

On whether the U.S. will supply Ukraine with ‘Patriot’ systems:

“I’m not going to speak to specific systems, the Pentagon is focused on that. What we’ve been working to do is to make sure that at any given time, they have the most effective systems possible to deal with the threat that they’re facing.”

On the Russian military’s tactic of targeting civilians:

“Christiane, what we’re seeing, to put it in one word, is barbaric. And precisely because Putin is not able to succeed on the battlefield, he’s taking the war to Ukraine’s civilians, and he’s doing it in a very deliberate way: going after the entire energy and electric infrastructure, to turn off the lights, to turn off the water, to turn off the heat. And that is at a time when of course Ukraine is heading into winter.

The head of NATO Jens Stoltenberg talked about weaponizing winter, and that’s exactly what Putin is doing. It’s also why not only are we seized with making sure that Ukraine has the systems it needs to defend itself, but we’re also seized with making sure that we’re doing everything possible – again, as quickly as possible – to help them repair and replace everything that’s being destroyed by the Russian onslaught.”

On supporting the Ukrainians through the winter:

“We met here in Bucharest not just with NATO allies, but with the G7 countries and some other countries, to put in place a very coordinated process to make sure that, as fast as we can, we’re getting Ukraine what it needs to get through the winter – to make sure that men, women, children are not literally freezing to death…This is the brutalization of a country and directly attacking everything its civilians, its citizens need to survive simply. And I hope that the world understands it and sees it that way. We’re seized with this and we’re acting on it to get Ukraine everything we possibly can to get through the winter.”

On whether NATO will invest in Soviet-era weapon systems in Ukraine: 

“We’re looking at every option to make sure that, again, they get what they need and what can be most effective for them. Some of that does go to Soviet era systems that they’ve had in their inventory for decades and, for example, making sure that the ammunition is there for those systems. And in some cases, that may require producing things that haven’t been produced for some time.”

On the U.S. response to the Iranian regime’s crackdown on protesters:

“We’ve taken steps, as you know, to sanction those who’ve been responsible for trying to repress people peacefully protesting. We have worked as well to make sure that Iranians have, to the best of our ability, the communications technology that they need to continue to communicate with one another and to stay connected to the outside world.”

“The main focus has to remain on the Iranian people. This is about what they want, what they need, what they expect.”

On the causes of the protests in Iran:

“One of the profound mistakes that the regime makes is to try to point the finger at others, at the United States, Europeans, claiming that we’re somehow responsible for instigating or otherwise fanning the flames of the protests. That is to profoundly, fundamentally misunderstand their own people.”

On the U.S.-Iran World Cup match:

“I watched the game last night, I think team USA performed remarkably. I also have to salute the performance of the Iranian players, throughout the tournament as well as in the game yesterday. And yes, it was a highly charged atmosphere, but I’m glad that the players actually had a chance to play the game and that we got the result that we got.”

On managing the U.S.’ relationship with China:

“Precisely because we’re in a competition with China, the potential for miscommunication, for not at least understanding what each other is trying to do, that’s something we have to guard against. And that’s necessary, particularly if, as President Biden has said, we want to ensure that the competition we’re engaged in does not veer into conflict. No one has an interest in that.”

“It’s going to be up to China to decide whether it wants to participate in that kind of cooperation on things like climate, on global health, on the macroeconomic environment that we’re all living in as we try to get beyond Covid and pursue an economic recovery. We can’t decide that for China.”

On the significance of French President Macron’s state visit to the U.S. this week:

“I think the fact that President Macron is the first person the President is welcoming on a state visit speaks volumes about the importance that we attach to the relationship. Not only that, what I’ve seen over the past few years with France specifically, Europe more generally, including the European Union, is greater and greater convergence on the issues that matter most – whether it’s Ukraine, whether it’s the approach to China, whether it’s dealing with everything from climate to food insecurity to energy. And do we have differences on certain things? Of course. We always do but we always work through them.”

Full transcript available here shortly after broadcast.

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Agidanyin Festival 2022: Erinmo Founder’s Day Celebration Holds December 10

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Agidanyin Festival 2022; Celebration Of Founders' Day, Culture, And Tradition In Erinmo Town

…as Owa Oye of Imesi Ile announced as Father of the day

…Hon. Oluwole Oke, Chairman of the occasion

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The ancient kingdom of Erinmo is set to hold Agidanyin Founder’s Day Festival 2022 on Saturday, December 10, 2022.

Agidanyin festival is celebrated annually to remember the great progenitor of Erinmo who was Agidanyin the son of Obalufon Alayemore.

Agidanyin Founder’s Day Festival is one of the most revered cultural festivals marked in Erinmo Ijesaland in Osun State. The festival comes with a celebration of cultural norms, and traditions with empowerment activities.

The Royal Father of the day is Oba Enoch Ademila Akinyemi Oyoyo II, Owa Oye of Imesi Ile, Special Guest of Honour for the day is Oba Ashiru Olatoye, Olaniyan II Olobu of Ilobu in Irepodun Local Government Area of Osun State while Hon. Oluwole Oke, the House of Representatives member representing Oriade/Obokun Federal Constituency is the Chairman of the occasion.

There are several traditional festivals celebrated in the town annually apart from Agidanyin Festival, Osunita Festival, Ogun Festival, Sango Festival, Elebiripo Festival, Obalufon Festival, Olookun Festival, and Ijesu (New Yam Festival).

The great progenitor Agidanyin Festival is remembered from time to time to offer prayers for peace and progress of Erinmo town.

Among the monarchs who have joined the Elerinmo and the residents to celebrate Agidanyin festival in the past include, Arole Oodua Ooni Adeyeye Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi Ooni of Ife, Alaaye of Efon Alaaye in Ekiti State, Elegboro of Ijebu-Jesa and Ajalaiye of Ipetu-Ijesa”.

Erinmo is a town blessed and surrounded by several rivers that all possess healing powers and provide refreshing succor for household and personal purposes. Erinmo is administered under the Elerinmo who heads a council with over 52 chiefs some of whom are high chiefs also known as Iwarafa Mefa. Erinmo is a peaceful and religiously inclined town with the enormous advantage to be the food basket of the state as well as the spiritual Jerusalem of Nigeria considering the huge attractions to the spiritually sacred holy mountains of Erinmo which have attracted visitors from all over the world seeking and finding solutions to various problems.

His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr) Michael Odunayo Ajayi, Arowotawaya II, Elerinmo of Erinmo Kingdom.

Oba (Dr) Michael Odunayo Ajayi, Arowotawaya II, Elerinmo of Erinmo, direct descendant of the 3rd and 5th Ooni of Ile Ife Obalufon Alayemore who is known home and abroad with sterling working career said: “Erinmo as history has it was created by Obalufon Alayemore who left Ile-Ife with so many of his children, relatives, and descendants. One of his favourite children known as AGIDANYIN, a renowned hunter and warrior who was always beside his father and running errands for him left Ile-Ife with his father, Alayemore when they got to a place which they named ILOBI, with the permission of his father, AGIDANYIN and some people settled down, while Obalufon Alayemore proceeded to a virgin land where he established a town, (just beside present-day Erinmo) and named it after himself OBALUFON ALAYEMORE which was letter shortened to EFON- ALAAYE, EFON was coined from Obalufon while Alaaye was cut from Alayemore.

Oba Arowotawaya further said: “the name Erinmo according to history came while Obalufon Alayemore and his descendants were running when it seemed that his family and warriors were getting tired he will encourage them with the words “Erin” “Erin” “Erin” meaning “Walk” “Walk” and “Walk”. They decided to stop and relax after some time. Here they used palm fronds called “Imo” in Yoruba to make houses hence the name Erin- Imo which is now known as the present-day Erinmo. The great progenitor of Erinmo was AGIDANYIN son of Obalufon Alayemore. Agidanyin was a great fearless warrior who participated actively in several wars especially the numerous inter-tribal wars at that time. After Obalufon Alayemore installed his son Agidanyinmosa as the ruler of Erinmo – Ijesa, known today as the ELERINMO.”

Erinmo is a prominent ancient town in Oriade Local Government Area of Osun State founded on or about 1100 AD (as gazetted in Osogbo District, Ibadan Division file 1253 dated 20th August 1934) by the third and fifth Ooni of Ife, Obalufon Alayemore, located about 2km from Ilesa within the rain belt region of South West, Nigeria which enjoys her heaviest rainfall between July and September. The mean annual temperature is about 70 F (40 c) with the highest temperature during the dry season which is between December and March.

Erinmo is bounded in the East by Efon Alaaye, in the West by Iwaraja, in the North by Ijeda, and in the South by Erin Ijesa. The town which covers an area of over 11,000 square kilometres is sited on fairly elevated plain area and is almost surrounded by mountains.
Authentic history has it that the people in the present-day Erinmo originated directly from the cradle of Yoruba people, Ile Ife, and are direct descendants of Oduduwa the great ancestral father of the Yoruba race through the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Ooni’s of Ife viz OBALUFON OGBOGBODIRIN and his brave son OBALUFON ALAYEMORE who left Ile Ife with his loyalists due to a misunderstanding with his uncle ORANMIYAN regarding his ascendancy to the throne of Oodua.

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    RCCG Area 24 Empowers People Of Ikorodu Community

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    By Moninuola Sulaiman

    The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Truth and Life Area of Lagos Province 98 have helped over 60 worshipers and community members in Ikorodu to achieve self-reliance.

    The training was for people intending to pivot into a career in the production of body and hair creams and others or those willing to upgrade their skills.

    According to Pastor Nelson Olagundoye, the empowerment scheme is part of the program organized by the Area in Lagos Province 98 to commemorate with Area 24 Women conference for spreading the love of Christ and adding value to the quality of living of Nigerians (Christians or non-Christians).

    He also added that the efforts are geared towards ensuring that members are empowered for multiple streams of income for different categories of members to ensure that nobody is left behind. We are laying a strong foundation for tomorrow; we want every member especially women under Area 24 Zone 3 Lagos Province 98 to have a solid foundation in Christ Jesus,” he said.

    RCCG Area 24 Empowers People Of Ikorodu Community
    Right-Left: Pastor (Mrs) Helen Adeniyi, Wife of the Pastor in charge of Lagos Province 98; Pastor Nelson Olagundoye, Pastor in Charge of Area 24 and his wife, Pastor (Mrs) Busayo Olagundoye during the maiden edition of Area 24 LP98 women conference and skill acquisition program held recently.

    Speaking at the grand finale of the conference held on Sunday, November 27, 2022, the Wife of the Pastor in Charge of Lagos Province 98, Pastor (Mrs) Helen Adeniyi commended the effort and impact made so far by Pastor Olagundoye and his wife during their short period as pastor-in-charge of the Area. He prayed for enlargement and financial breakthroughs of members of the area as well as Zone and Lagos Province 98.

    Pastor (Mrs) Adeniyi in her sermon titled ‘The ever-increasing Christian Woman’ reading from the book of Luke 2:52 and Psalm 115: 14-15, told over 260 congregations in attendance the full meaning of the theme, which is in a combination of ever, increasing, and Christian. She stated that ‘ever’ simply means always, frequently, and forever while ‘increasing’ is greater and Christian is living in life according to the word of God. She continued by encouraging members to imbibe the word of God and seek the face of God in wisdom which is the principal thing. She further encouraged women to be always submissive to their husbands. She also said that in other to receive favour from everyone, we need to know how to relate with people because it is the people, God will use to favour us. She also referred the congregation to the book of Amos 3:3 which stated that ‘can two work together except they are agreed, therefore, we need the help of Almighty God before we can get into the next level of glory, she said.

    RCCG Area 24 Empowers People Of Ikorodu Community
    RCCG Area 24 Empowers People Of Ikorodu Community

    At the event, the church also celebrated and presented a befitting gift to the pioneer Pastor-in-charge of Truth and Life Parish, Pastor and Pastor (Mrs) Adedayo Adewole for their giant stride in the parish in the last six years. Deacon Adebukola Oshiga after his brief remarks on the history of the parish to the congregation then presented the gift to them on behalf of the church.

    The wife of the Pastor-in-charge of the Area and the Convener of the event, Pastor (Mrs) Busayo Olagundoye in her opening remarks, gave glory to Almighty God and everyone who had played one role or the other in making the event a reality. She thanked the wife of the Pastor in charge of Lagos Province 98, Pastor (Mrs) Helen Adeniyi for accepting our invitation as a Special Guest Speaker at the maiden edition of the women’s conference of Area 24.

    She also specially appreciated Pastor (Mrs) Toyin Afe, Wife of the Pastor-in-charge of Zone 3, and other Pastors’ wives for creating time to grace the occasion. The program ended with high praise and thanksgiving.

    The event had in attendance various dignitaries from the Provinces, Zones, Areas, Parishes, Communities, and other well-wishers. The church of Jesus Christ is marching on. All glory to God.

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