In Zamfara State, North West Nigeria, Bandits attack governor’s convoy 


Suspected bandits on Sunday opened fire on the motorcade of the Zamfara governor, Bello Matawalle, who was on his way to condole with victims of a previous attack on a community in Gusau Local Government, witnesses have told PREMIUM TIMES.

Source: Bandits attack governor’s convoy – Premium Times Nigeria

Moon of Shawwal seen; Nigerians celebrate Sallah Tuesday


The new moon marking the end of Ramadan has been seen.

The new moon marks the end of the 29 days of Ramadan fast for Muslims. Tuesday will, thus, be the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal and the celebration of Eid-el-fitr.

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar III [Photo Credit: Daily Trust]
Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III
Sultan of Sokoto

The head of the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has formally declared the end of the Ramadan fast in Nigeria.

He made the declaration in a televised message Monday night.

He said the new moon marking the end of Ramadan was seen in Borno, Yobe and Katsina States.

The new moon marks the end of the 29 days of Ramadan fast for Nigerian Muslims. Tuesday will, thus, be the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal and the celebration of Eid-el-fitr.

Nigerian Muslims will join their counterparts in other countries like Saudi Arabia and the UAE to celebrate the Islamic festival on Tuesday.

Donald Trump at the state banquet in London ahead of day of protests


Ross McGuinnessYahoo News UK3 June 2019 0:13 3:06   Trump attends state banquet hosted by Queen

Donald Trump appeared to be on his best behaviour on the first day of his state visit, during which he was treated to full royal pageantry at Buckingham Palace.

The President enjoyed a formal ceremonial welcome, followed by lunch at Buckingham Palace with senior royals and then a state banquet hosted by the Queen.

It came at the end of a controversial first day during which:

  • Mr Trump launched a twitter tirade at London mayor Sadiq Khan, calling him a ‘dumb loser’
  • Protesters began to amass outside Buckingham Palace ahead of expected large protests on Tuesday
  • Jeremy Corbyn confirmed he would address anti-Trump demonstrators
  • Mr Trump went to Westminster to lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Warrior

During a speech before the lavish dinner Mr Trump said he was ‘profoundly honoured’ by the visit and called the Queen a ‘great, great woman’.

The Queen said she was ‘delighted’ to welcome the Trumps to Buckingham Palace.

She also highlighted the importance of international institutions created after the Second World War to ensure peace – a comment that might be interpreted by some as a rebuke of Mr Trump who has repeatedly criticised the cost to the US of helping to fund Nato.

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‘Tonight we celebrate an alliance that has helped to ensure the safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades, and which I believe will endure for many years to come.’

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RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING BYLINE (left to right) US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, Melania Trump, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, during a group photo ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of US President Donald Trump's three day state visit to the UK.
President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, Melania Trump, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, during a group photo ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of US President Donald Trump’s three day state visit to the UK. (PA Images)

Mr Trump and his wife Melania, who wore a white Dior gowndined on food from the Queen’s estate including Welsh saddle of lamb and strawberry sable, and were served English sparkling wine during the lavish event – though the President is teetotal.

Four of Mr Trump’s five children – Ivanka Trump, with her husband Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump and his wife Lara, and Tiffany Trump, attended the event where they mingled with members of the royal family.

Harry, who was at the private lunch earlier, was noticeably absent, as was Meghan who is on maternity leave looking after their four-week-old son Archie.

Melania Trump and the Prince of Wales arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President's three day state visit to the UK.
Melania Trump and the Prince of Wales arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President’s three day state visit to the UK.

Tomorrow the focus of the state visit will move from Buckingham Palace to Downing Street.

While the President meets politicians and senior business figures, Jeremy Corbyn will address the protests against Mr Trump in London tomorrow.

Thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets on Tuesday to voice their opposition to the President’s state visit.

Mr Corbyn called the protests “an opportunity to stand in solidarity with those he’s attacked in America, around the world and in our own country”.

It follows the leader of the opposition’s decision to boycott the state banquet.

The Trumps spent much of the first day their state visit in the company of the royal family, with the President describing the royals as ‘fantastic’ in a gushing Tweet on Monday afternoon.

Beware of Muslims Bearing Pamphlets – Crisis Magazine


“True Islam is a religion that wholly rejects all forms of terrorism.” So says an online pamphlet put out by the True Islam Campaign. The pamphlet lists ten other truths about “true Islam,” including “True Islam believes in the equality, education, and empowerment of women,” “True Islam encompasses the universal declaration of human rights,” and …

Source: Beware of Muslims Bearing Pamphlets – Crisis Magazine