Russian President, Putin, Belarus, Syrian Counterparts Left Out Among World Leaders Invited To Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral
Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral is set to be one of the biggest security and logistical operations the United Kingdom has ever staged.
The guest list for the service, to be held at Westminster Abbey on Monday at 7.50pm AEST, includes about 500 foreign dignitaries from around the world to descend on London to pay their last respects to the long-reigning monarch.
However, representatives from Russia, Belarus and Myanmar have reportedly not been invited to attend the funeral.
Nor have the leaders of Afghanistan, Syria and Venezuela, an official source told Reuters.
Commonwealth leaders who will also be in attendance include New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trinidad and Tobago President Paula-Mae Weekes and Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have confirmed they will be in attendance, as well as European Council president Charles Michel.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeo, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh are also on the guest list.
Sources from the Presidential Villa Abuja said President Muhammadu Buhari would be represented by his deputy, Yemi Osibanjo, at Westminster Abbey.
Source: Sahara Reporters, DailyTrust
Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Northern CAN disowns Dogara, Babachir, others
The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in 19 Northern States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has disowned a meeting held in Abuja penultimate Tuesday by the former Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Lawal Babachir and others with chairmen of the CAN from the region over the issue of Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election.
CAN said, “We take exception to that, we are not part of it and will never be part of it. Any time we want to speak, we have our channels of speaking”.
“It is not true that the leadership Chairmen of the Christian Association (Northern CAN) in the Northern states, met in Abuja, to take a position on the issue of Muslim-Muslim ticket.
“Our position had been taken, we don’t dwell on the past. For some people to gather in Abuja to say that chairmen of CAN in the 19 Northern states met, is an attempt to divide the church and it will not work.
“The few chairmen who attended the meeting said they were invited for a meeting by an NGO.
“Those who attended the meeting were taken aback because it was not the kind of meeting they told them.
Source: The Sun