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Al-Habibiyah society sensitises 118 teenagers on effects of corruption



Al-Habibiyah society sensitises 118 teenagers on effects of corruption

Al-Habibiyah Islamic Society has engaged 118 teenagers on basic principles that would guide them against indulgence in corrupt practices.

The National Chief Imam of the society, Sheikh Fuad Adeyemi, stated this while addressing newsmen at the closing of the 11th Annual Teenagers Workshop, held on Sunday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop lasted for over a 10-day period, where the 118 children were engaged in several activities at the camp, which had as its theme, “Moulding minds for a corrupt free Society”.

He said the society was determined to improve the moral tone of the country by producing children who are God conscious.

Adeyemi said the main problem confronting the country was corruption, adding, ” that is why we expose the children to everything that will take their lives out of corruption.


” Our aims and objectives are to produce children who are God conscious, who are economically empowered, socially conscious and politically active with the fear of God.”

Adeyemi disclosed that Al-Habibiyah, with the support of the MacArthur Foundation and Human Rights Radio spent over N11 million to organise the programme.

” Our strength for this year is just to engage 70 children but we ended up having 118 children.

“So, it means people overrated us, I said we don’t have money they said we know you can do it.

” But to the glory of God, MacArthur Foundation Human Rights Radio supported us to this level and that was why we did the programme almost effortlessly.


“For the 2023 programme, we spent about N11 million because we do not manage anything.

“During selection of participants, we announced in the mosque and on the Social Media and we even have children from the United Kingdom (UK), Sudan,” he said

On the impact of the programme, the cleric said some of the beneficiaries were studying abroad, adding that they were doing excellently well.

Adeyemi added: ” For example, one of our products is the current Chief Imam of Nigerian students in Cyprus. Almost everybody that goes to Cyprus use to meet him.

” His room become the Mosque of the Nigerian Muslim students and he graduated with a First Class.This is to let you know that we combine everything.


” Also, somebody because of the work we have been doing got a scholarship to the United States of America and she was offered a job because those who do volunteerism work with us get a certificate.

” So, she was offered a job because of her experience in volunteerism here with us.”

He called on the participants to be good ambassadors of not just Islam but “everything good wherever they find themselves.”

The cleric appealed to wealthy Muslims to support Al-Habibiyah with cash or in kind to ensure the sustainability of the programme.

Adeyemi said: ” I beg that those that Allah has blessed should come and support us. You don’t need to give us money, we will tell you what we want you to use the money for.


” Just do it and we will be glad if we see it and if we don’t have enough funding we might begin to charge for the programme.

” We spent an average of N125,000 on each child that participated in the programme. Our intention is to at least have a minimum of 250 participants per annum.”

Speaking on her experience, Farhanaah Adeyemi-Fuad, the Amirah of Al habibiyyah’s 11th teenagers workshop, described the programme as very educating.

She said: ” We had different sessions, we were lectured by several Professors, we had speakers from the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and NAPTIP.

” They gave us lectures and awareness on several topics and other professionals talked to us about carreer prospects and what you can be.


“Internet doesn’t give you everything, it’s better to have discussions with professionals.”


Diphtheria: Children at risk as 7,202 cases are confirmed in Nigeria



A staggering 7,202 cases of diphtheria, a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be fatal without treatment, were confirmed in Nigeria last week.

The outbreak has been particularly severe among children under 14, with three-quarters of cases (73.6%) in this age group.

Most cases have been recorded in Kano state, Nigeria’s second most populous state. In the past three months, there have been 453 deaths from diphtheria in Nigeria.

Diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease, but low vaccination rates in Nigeria have made the outbreak possible. Only 42% of children under 15 in Nigeria are fully protected from diphtheria.

Diphtheria symptoms begin with a sore throat and fever. In severe cases, the bacteria produce a toxin that can block the airway, causing difficulty breathing and swallowing. The toxin can also spread to other body parts, causing heart kidney problems and nerve damage.


Save the Children is launching a wide-scale health response in the three most impacted states of Kano, Yobe, and Katsina. The organization is deploying expert health and supply chain staff to help overstretched clinics detect and treat diphtheria cases and to support mass vaccination campaigns.

However, Save the Children warns that a mass vaccination campaign will only be successful if the vaccine shortage is urgently addressed.

Severe shortages in Nigeria of the required vaccine and the antitoxin needed to treat the disease mean that the situation could continue to escalate, placing many children at risk of severe illness and death.

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WHO releases $16m to tackle cholera, says Director-General



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies to tackle cholera.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said this during an online news conference.

Ghebreyesus said that the organisation was providing essential supplies, coordinating the on the ground response with partners, supporting countries to detect, prevent and treat cholera, and informing people how to protect themselves.

“To support this work, we have appealed for 160 million dollars, and we have released more than 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

“But the real solution to cholera lies in ensuring everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, which is an internationally recognized human right,” he said.


According to him, in the previous week, WHO published new data showing that cases reported in 2022 were more than double those in 2021.

He said that the preliminary data for 2023 suggested was likely to be even worse.

“So far, 28 countries have reported cases in 2023 compared with 16 during the same period in 2022.

“The countries with the most concerning outbreaks right now are Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq and Sudan.

“Significant progress has been made in countries in Southern Africa, including Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but these countries remain at risk as the rainy season approaches,” Ghebreyesus said.


According to him, the worst affected countries and communities are poor, without access to safe drinking water or toilets.

He said that they also face shortages of oral cholera vaccine and other supplies, as well as overstretched health workers, who are dealing with multiple disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

On COVID-19, Ghebreyesus said that as the northern hemisphere winter approaches, the organisation continued to see concerning trends.

He said that among the relatively few countries that report them, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions have increased in the past 28 days, particularly in the Americas and Europe.

WHO boss said that meanwhile, vaccination levels among the most at-risk groups remained worryingly low.


“Two-thirds of the world’s population has received a complete primary series, but only one-third has received an additional, or “booster” dose.

“COVID-19 may no longer be the acute crisis it was two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore it,” he said.

According to him, countries invested so much in building their systems to respond to COVID-19.

He urged countries to sustain those systems, to ensure people can be protected, tested and treated for COVID-19 and other infectious threats.

“That means sustaining systems for collaborative surveillance, community protection, safe and scalable care, access to countermeasures and coordination,” he said.

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