(dpa/NAN) The British parliament is expected on Monday to reject Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s second call for a snap election, as he fights with pro-EU lawmakers for control of the Brexit process.
To further pressure Johnson, a Bill to prevent Britain leaving the EU without a deal was expected to receive royal assent on Monday, meaning the legislation can be implemented.
Meanwhile, Johnson insisted early Monday, during a visit to Ireland, that Britain must leave the EU as planned on Oct. 31, with or without an exit deal.
Senior opposition lawmakers had agreed to vote against his call to hold a snap election on Oct. 15, making it almost certain that Johnson would not win the two-thirds majority he needed for the election.
However, Johnson was expected to ignore the legislation to block a no-deal Brexit or challenge it in a British court.
Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, told broadcaster Sky News that the government would test to the limit what the legislation actually lawfully required.
Johnson has claimed that the bill ruling out a no-deal Brexit would mean years of uncertainty and delay because it requires a further postponement of Britain’s date for leaving the EU.
He, however, vowed to suspend the parliament as early as possible, until mid-October, and then submit his government programme for a new session.
Meanwhile, opposition had accused him of trying to use prorogation to limit scrutiny of his plans and to push through a no-deal Brexit.(Xinhua/NAN)
Edited by Yahaya Isahhttps://nnn.ng/british-lawmakers-set-to-reject-johnsons-election-call-again/
Handle political issues with care – Oyo CAN tells members
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyo State Chapter, has advised its members to handle political issues with care while actively participating in politics.
The state Chairman of CAN, Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan.
Akinyemiju also said that the members should avoid actions and utterances that could heat up the polity.
The chairman advised the members to pray more for the country to overcome novel coronavirus pandemic and other challenges.
He urged them to continue to adhere strictly to all COVID-19 prevention protocols during church services and all other times.
On some provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020, being criticised by religious groups and nongovernmental organisations for allegedly being repressive, Akinyemiju urged the members to refrain from talking about it as directed by the CAN National Headquarters.
He noted the Federal Government had directed that CAN should make a presentation to the National Assembly on what it would want regarding the Act.
“President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo have called on CAN to go through its lawyers, identify all grey areas of the law, to be sent to the National Assembly and presidency for necessary amendments.
Edited By: Abdullahi Mohammed/Ijeoma Popoola
Edo Election: CAN to hold fasting, prayers
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Edo chapter, in conjunction with the Light of Peace for Africa Foundation on Wednesday said it has slated Sept. 16, for fasting and prayers for the conduct of peaceful state elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the state governorship election is slated for Sept. 19.
The Chairman of the Association, Bishop Oyonnude Kure, who tagged the event, “The Unbeatable God”, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Benin ahead of the event.
Kure said there was the need for the heads of blocs and God fearing people in the state to come together in one voice to seek the face of God to avoid bloodshed and violence.
According to him, seeking God’s grace before, during and after the election cannot be overemphasised because a peaceful election is critical to the destiny of the citizens of the state.
“CAN hereby calls on all churches, all pastors, all Christians, all God fearing and all good people of Edo for a one-day prayer and fasting for peaceful elections in Edo.
“The prayer service is very crucial and critical to the destiny of the state.
“We all in humility and reverence stand in prayers to call on God Almighty for divine intervention in His mercy and Almightiness for peace like a river in the state before, during and after elections,” Kure said.
The leader of CAN described the Sept. 19, governorship elections as a very crucial moment in determining the destiny of the state bearing in mind the future of the state, and the future of its children.
He noted that integrity, faith and the sustainability of the developmental strides that had since placed the state in an enviable position in the comity of states of the Nigerian federation must be considered while casting the votes.
Bishop Kure urged the Christians and non Christians in the state to foster, promote and maintain peace in the land.
He also tasked them to vote wisely and conscientiously on the day of the election without any fear.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Lawmaker distributes food items worth N2.8m to widows in Nasarawa
Mr Nehemiah Tsentse-Dandaura, the Deputy Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has distributed food items worth N2.76 million to over 120 widows in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the gesture is to improve well being of widows and children of deceased pastors, Gods General and Ministers of the gospel.
Tsentse-Dandaura (APC-Akwanga North), disclosed this during a Special Service and presentation of the items to the beneficiaries at United English Baptist Church, Akwanga on Sunday.
The lawmaker said the gesture was part of his continued commitment to put smiles on the faces of the widows in the society.
He listed the items to include 100 bags of 25 kg of rice, 100 bags of 10 kg of Semovita, 100 bags of 10kg of maize flour, 100 cartoons of pasta and 100 cartoons of noodles.
“On Sunday, CAN organised a programme of this nature to officially distribute the donated items,” he said.
Tsentse-Dandaura promised the constituents quality and sound representations aimed at improving their living standard.
“I will continue to assist the windows, orphans and other people of my constituency and the state at large in order to improve on their standard of living.”
Tsentse-Dandaura pledged continued partnership with the association for peace and overall development of the area.
He called on Christians and other people of the state to support Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s administration and other leaders at all levels to enable them succeed.
In a remark, Dr Armstrong Ajayi, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Akwanga while quoting the Holy Bible said that God will bless those who care for the widows and orphans among others.
Ajayi enjoined political leaders and wealthy individuals to emulate the gesture to assist widows and less privilege in the society.
Also speaking, Rev. Samson Chuga, Chairman of CAN in the area, said the event was organised to identify with the widows of pastors, Gods General and Ministers of the gospel.
“The occasion is stream in hospitality and welfare drive with the intention of showing them practical care and love by extending palliative to them in this economic down turn.
“The second reason for this gathering is to honour our past heroes. As a body, united church, the Church of Christ in Akwanga.
“We are stretched by the fact that these pastors and colleagues laboured for the Lord, thus, honouring them is a way of acknowledging and appreciating their labour.
“On the other dimension, the programme is to share with you our vision and drive as CAN in Akwanga,” he said.
He commended the lawmaker for the gesture as well as his support to the association and prayed God to bless him.
Mrs Ladi Nyam, one of the beneficiaries, thanked the lawmaker for the gesture and prayed God to bless him.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was attended by leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC), political, religious and community leaders in the area.https://nnn.ng/lawmaker-distributes-food-items-worth-n2-8m-to-widows-in-nasarawa/
CAN donates food items, clothing to IDPs in Southern Kaduna
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State Chapter, has reached out to displaced victims of the recent attacks in the Southern part of the state with food items and clothing.
Presenting the items on Saturday at the IDP camp in Zonkwa, Zango Kataf Local Government Area, the State CAN Chairman, Rev. John Hayab, said the gesture was meant to cushion the hardship victims were facing.
“We are here on behalf of all the Christians in Kaduna State to identify with the victims of attacks in this part of the state.
“And we didn’t come empty handed but have brought some food items and clothing for them to use in this hard times,” he added.
Hayab enjoined the people of Southern Kaduna not to despair as after every calamity comes blessings of God.
“The challenges, hardships, pains and troubles you are currently going through shouldn’t discourage you but make you stronger.
“We know this is a trying period for you all but we strongly believe that this phase will pass away and launch you to greatness,” he said.
He said that CAN would continue to seek divine intervention for lasting solution to the security challenges bedeviling the region.
The state CAN chairman decried the politicisation of the crisis in the region, saying it was evil to play politics with human lives.
“Our only problem as CAN is that some people till today are playing politics with the issue of the crisis which is unfortunate.
“They are bringing up narratives that are not okay. Once a human being is killed, we should desist from reading meanings into it that are not true,” he said.
Hayab commended those managing the facility for the sacrifices they had been making to cater for the IDPs in their period of need.
According to him, CAN was in talks with well spirited individuals and organisations to help victims rebuild their homes.
Receiving the items, the Camp Coordinator, Rev. Gambo Waziri, thanked CAN for the gesture and assured of judicious use of the items for the purpose for which it was given.
Waziri noted that the camp was set up on July 11 to cater for displaced persons from over 13 communities.
NAN reports that the items distributed included bags of beans, rice, maize and clothing.
Prayers were offered to victims nursing injuries within the camp and at various hospitals in the state.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Maharazu Ahmed