Issuu on Google+ Vol. 9 No. 5 Friday, August 17, 2012 . . . putting the people first Ramadan 29, 1433 AH N150 STF bans Eid-el-Fitr prayer in Plateau We must pray, Muslims vow From Nurudeen Hussain, in Jos M uslims in Barkin Ladi and some other parts of troubled Plateau state have been banned from conducting the Eid-el-Fitr prayers at their normal prayer grounds and Mosques tomorrow. The Military Special Task Force (STF) yesterday issued a directive ordering Muslims in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state not to hold the public prayers at the traditional Jama,atu Nasril Islam prayer ground situated at Sabon Layi Kwok. This is coming on the heels of an earlier directive by the Police barring Muslims from performing Eid-el-Fitr prayers in Mosques situated in Christian dominated areas for what was described as security reasons. The STF also announced that it has recovered weapons and ammunition in the villages of Riyom and Barkin Ladi, where villagers were recently asked to vacate for military operations following series of attacks and reprisals which led to the death of hundreds recently. However, in a swift reaction to the ban in Barkin Ladi, the Muslim community in the area has insisted that it will pray at the ground, alleging an orchestrated ploy by Contd on Page 2 Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Lagos state chapter, embarked on a peaceful protest to Governor Babatunde Fashola’s office, yesterday over the harassment of some of its members in the state. Photo: NAN The way forward for Nigeria, by IBB From Iliya Garba, in Minna F ormer military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has debunked insinuations that he is not in support of President Goodluck Jonathan's administration saying: "We don't have any other country so we must support any effort towards the unity of the country". Babangida, who made the clarification during an interactive session with journalists at his residence in Minna, the Niger State capital, in commemoration of his 71st birthday yesterday said: “I have done what I ought to do by giving the president my support”. He said: “We should all try to live in peace with one another that is the best way we can move forward. The country has a lot of potentials so we must live in peace to transfer these virtues of ours to our future generation”. The Former military president expressed dismay over Fuel crisis: FG Panic in Mpape as FCDA demolishes accuses marketers of blackmail market, shanties >> PAGE 2 >> PAGE 3 negative media report against his person and his past administration, stressing that: “In the last 22 years since I left office, it is the same song either by the media or columnists such as he institutionalized corruption and so many other things”. Babangida recalled that during his administration, he fought corruption saying that he removed a governor over N300,000 but now we have governors being accused of swindling over N3 billion but they cannot be removed from office. The former president pointed out that: “the survival of Nigeria lies on ordinary Nigerian’s view Contd on Page 2 Pay workers for Sallah, FG tells MDAs Ramadan Timing for Abuja >> PAGE 4 See other towns on Page 3 Magrib 6.47 Alfijr 5.11

Peoples Daily Newspaper, Friday, August 17, 2012

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