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Today's News: Bishop Kukah Reveals Why He Prays For Mislims, Dangote React To Cement Price In Zambia

Boko Haram: Shehu Sani passes verdict on Buhari's Minister, Pantami

Shehu Sani, a former national lawmaker, has reacted to the news of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Ibrahim Isa Pantami appearing on US watchlist.

Reports emerged at the weekend that Pantami had been placed on watchlist over alleged ties with the leadership of terrorist group operating in the North East, Boko Haram.

The Minister had since dismissed the report, describing it as fake, adding that he has been involved in various debates that preached against insurgency which had, in turn, endangered his life.

And adding his voice, Sani, who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial district at the 8th Assembly, backed the Minister, saying that “Pantami is not publicly known to be a Cleric who preaches violence or advocates for it in his Islamic activities.”

According to the former lawmaker, “Actually, extremists and terrorists disdainfully view him as a moderate establishment Mullah. Those who tagged him otherwise need to objectively review and reconsider.”


Why Our Cement Sells For N1, 800 In Zambia But N3, 500 In Nigeria—Dangote Cement Plc

The management of Dangote Cement Plc has clarified that the price of a bag of cement from its factories and plants across Nigeria (as of 12th April 2021) is N2,450 in Obajana and Gboko and N2,510 in Ibese, inclusive of VAT.

The clarification was made because of recent reports that the company sells cement in Nigeria at significantly higher prices relative to other countries, particularly Ghana and Zambia.

Dangote’s Group Executive Director, Strategy, Portfolio Development & Capital Projects, Devakumar Edwin, revealed that, while a bag of Cement sells for an equivalent of $5.1, including VAT in Nigeria, it sells for $7.2 in Ghana and $5.95 in Zambia ex-factory, inclusive of all taxes.

He said though the company has direct control over its ex-factory prices, it cannot control cement’s ultimate price when it gets to the market. He advised that it is essential to distinguish Dangote’s ex-factory prices from prices at which retailers sell cement in the market, DailyNigerian reports.


I’ll Keep Praying For Muslims To Build Churches For Christians — Bishop Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Matthew Kukah, has said that he will continue to pray that Muslims would build a church for Christians one day.

Kukah stated this on Monday during the commissioning of 86 housing units with a church and mosque for Internally Displaced Persons in Sangere-Marghi village of Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that both Muslims and Christians benefited from the houses built by Most Rev. Stephen Dami Mamza, Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese.

Kukah said the significance of building the housing estate and the mosque should not be lost.

“Nigerians should learn to practice the religion of tolerance and love for their neighbours.

“It is important that Christians and Muslims appreciate what the Diocese of Yola has done today,” Kukah said.


Buhari, Tinubu, Atiku, Other Politicians Terrible Mistake - Utomi

Former presidential aspirant Patrick Utomi has described President Muhammadu Buhari, Bola Tinubu, and other politicians across various party lines as a terrible mistake to Nigeria.

Speaking at the 26th Annual Pre-Ramadan Lecture held in Lagos, Utomi stated that Nigeria’s politics is annoying.

“The calibre of people who became politicians in Nigeria is a terrible mistake for our country. People have travelled from citizenship to idiocy,” the economics professor said.

“Nigeria is travelling in the wrong direction. This is really the problem. The gap between us and them is pushed in this emotional pulse,” Utomi was quoted to have said by Punch.

“We seem to stumble from crisis to crisis. In Nigeria, everything you say that seems to be structured, people dismiss it. They say, ‘Na grammar we go chop?’


Boko Haram: Why Nigerian Air Force Is 'Hiding Location' Of Crashed Fighter Jet

Sources have claimed that the Nigerian Air Force has refused to disclose the location of the missing Alpha Jet NAF 475 which crashed on March 30 in Borno State in order to make Nigerians lose interest in the incident.

Recall that the Alpha-Jet had lost contact with radar on Wednesday, March 30, around 5pm, while on an interdiction mission in support of ground troops.

An intelligence source, who is privy to the ongoing investigation on the incident, had stated that bad weather could be blamed for the missing jet.

In a statement, NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said the plane was “on routine mission in support of own troops at one of the Theatres of Operation in the Northern part of Nigeria”.

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