Yahaya Idris, Lokoja
THE Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kogi State chapter, has called on President Muhammad Buhari to take decisive actions to save lives and stop the killing of innocent Nigerians across the country.
The state chairman of the association, Dr John Ibenu made the call on Sunday at a press conference at Chapel of Freedom Int’l, Lokoja, to mark the three-day prayer and fasting declared by the CAN National President, His Eminence, Dr Samson Ayorinde.
The national body of CAN had declared Friday Jan. 31 to Sunday Feb. 2, as days for special fasting and prayer for Nigeria in all Churches, and to be rounded up by a Prayer Walk in form of Procession by all Christians to be led by States’ CAN Chairmen on Sunday.
According to Ibenu, we call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to ‘Act Now’ to save lives. If he fails to act rightly and promptly, then posterity will judge him for standing with the enemy of the people. There must be no more sacred cows. ”Nobody is a singular custodian of ideas.
When people are not performing the duties for which they are employed or appointed, they must give way for others to come in.
Leadership is Nigeria’s problem in civilized societies, when people cannot perform, they voluntarily resign. Lives of citizens must matter and not political interest, patronage or sectional relationship.
”Kogi State CAN stands 100 per cent by all position of National CAN. The three-day prayer and fasting we have done for the nation is a RESCUE OPERATION because even the government has acknowledged their helplessness. ”CAN is a most responsible organization that is saddled with the responsibility of taking care of the welfare of Christians and Nigerians at large. ”CAN stands with all governments for progressive partnership and will also hold any government accountable where there are lapses that affect people negatively especially Christians. ”CAN will not tolerate ineptitude and will not be silent because we must be the voice of the voiceless and down trodden.
We are the moral custodian and conscience of the society,” he said. Ibenu stressed CAN’s position on the deteriorating security situation had been vindicated even by President Muhammadu Buhari when his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina quoted the President as saying “I was taken aback by what is happening…” (Tribune Newspaper Wednesday Jan. 29, 2020, on Page 8). He then wondered the morality and spirituality of the same Special Adviser who attacked CAN last week for speaking the truth to the government, calling on Adesina to immediately apologize to CAN for his anti-Christ comments.
”On Jan. 29, 2020, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria took it further to repeat CAN’s position and the Minority Leader calling for the resignation of Mr. President. ”By this, everyone see that CAN is not insensitive but proactive and forthrightly bold in addressing National issues. ”We do not want the Federal Government to see this an affront but actually as lending a voice to help her sit up and take decisive actions to save lives and address the concern of Christians who are the most affected and the cry of Nigerians at large.
”The Federal Government can see that under the watch of the present Security Chiefs things are deteriorating further. ”These are indications that they have overstayed, Mr. President, please thank them and let them give way to others now,” he advised. Ibenu stressed that the security of lives and property is the business of all hence the call for involvement of other stake holders must not be trivialized. He advised that the federal government should allow States and other groups to get on board in most responsible way, for the safety of all, saying, ”We must stop playing politics with lives”.
He, therefore, assured government at all level that CAN would ever be ready at all time to pray, partner and participate in whatever way that would bring peace, prosperity and progress to our beloved nation, Nigeria. ”Nigeria belongs to all of us and nobody is a second class citizen.
This nation is the gift of God to all of us and we must all defend her honour and glory. Jesus is Lord of all!”, Ibenu said. Earlier, the CAN Chairman and other leaders led the congregations into prayer session where prayers of atonement and mercy was offered for Nigeria, while violent prayers of God vengeance and destruction to be upon the enemies of the nation, Kogi State and the Church in Nigeria. Ibenu further led the prayer walk in a procession around the CAN Secretariat, with members carrying placards with various inscription such as: ‘Enough is Enough’, ‘FG Arrest All Forms of Bloodshed Now’, Govt Must Act Now’, ‘Stop Killing of Christians Now, Says Kogi CAN chapter’, ‘Govt Should Match Words with Actions’, ‘The Life of All Nigerians Matter’, among others.
Plateau State Government Revokes 3 PW Roads Contracts, Says The Contracts Will Be Re-awarded.
Yahaya Idris, Jos.
Plateau state Government has approved the termination of three road projects awarded to a company PW Nigeria Limited, explaining that the contracts were revoked based on request by the company handling the projects.
PW Nigeria is one of the leading construction contractors of roads, bridges, airports, urban infrastructure, dams and water treatment.
Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, who spoke to newsmen after the State Executive Council Meeting in Jos said the contracts would be re-awarded.
He said the projects include Shinkwan-Tunkus-Shendan bypass, Mangu bypass and the Tahos-Ganwuri section one roads.
Mr. Manjang said council also approved the scaling down of the Lalong legacy projects by fifty percent.
He said that the state Executive also approved the engagement of a consultant to carry out review of the audit report by the federal inland revenue service on unremitted Tax and VAT by the state MDA’s between 2016 and 2017 .
Commissioner for Finance in the state , Regina Soemlat ,who also spoke to newsmen said the state is set to obtain a loan of One hundred million naira from commercial banks to invest in the education and water sectors.
She said the loan is intended to finance counterpart fundings for the state Universal Basic Education Board and the Partnership for Expanding Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes that will benefit people at the grassroots.
The approval to obtain the bank facility which would be serviced within one year was made during the state executive council meeting presided by Governor Simon Lalong.
The council also approved the printing of booklets of vehicle licence, certificate of road worthiness and general receipts which the commissioner explained that they would be produced in a way that will check forgery.
Fire Guts PeeLinks Electronic Mall In Lokoja
Barely few days of Felele Tanker explosion that left several people dead, destruction of million worth of properties, popular electronic mall in Lokoja, Kogi state has been gutted by fire, razing down multi-million worth of electronic appliances.
According to eyewitness who spoke to Globaltimesnigeria, The incident was reported to have occurred at about 10:47 pm on Friday, The Mall which is located at about 100meters to the office of the fire service couldn’t receive the appropriate attention of the fire service as at the time, the office has closed for its services.
All efforts to provide help by people living around the residence prove abortive.
The people who were greeted by confusion expressed dissatisfaction over the incident, describing it as evil.
The people living at the neighborhood angrily called on the Government to find permanent solution to prevent further occurrence, stating that they have lack of confidence in the present Adminstration, as the government is seen at all times failing in their primary responsibility of providing adequate security of lives and Properties.
It could be recalled that, Pastor Gideon Isah had call for severe prayer for Lokoja, and Kogi state.
BREAKING: FG Obtains Fresh Order To Stop Planned Labour Strike
The Global Times Nigeria reports that the Federal Government has obtained a fresh order stopping the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress from embarking on their planned strike which is to start on Monday.
According to the reports, the restraining order was issued on Friday by Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the National Industrial Court in Abuja, following an ex parte application by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
This came barely 24 hours after the same judge made a similar restraining ex parte order in favour of a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association, on Thursday.
The duo of Acting Director of the Department Civil Litigation of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs Maimuna Shiru, and Mr Tijjani Gazali, led the Federal Government’s team, who moved the ex parte application that was later granted by Justice Galadima on Friday.
The NLC and TUC had jointly declared to embark on a nationwide strike on Monday to press for the reversal of the recent hike in electricity tariff and petrol pump price.
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