President Muhammadu Buhari’s health has prompted the Jigawa State Government to declare Friday, July 7, as a public holiday to enable civil servants offer special prayers for his quick recovery.
A statement released by Isma’il Ibrahim, the PRO, Office of Jigawa State Head of Civil Service (HoS), in Dutse announced that the State Executive Council took the decision at its sitting on July 5.
Ibrahim explained that the government declared Friday as a work-free day in order to enable public servants to join other citizens in offering special prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari’s health.
“During this day, it is expected that all public servants and the entire people of the state will pray to Almighty Allah to grant our president quick recovery. It is also expected that they will also pray to Almighty Allah to grant Jannatul Firdausi to late Danmasanin Kano, Yusuf Maitama Sule,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, Christian leaders under the aegis of the Southern Nigeria Christian Elders’ Forum, SONCEF, has called on the Federal Government to make President Muhammadu Buhari’s health status public without further delay.
According to the group, the call became imperative considering that the President was occupying a public office. SONCEF noted that though Nigerians had the duty to pray for the President, they also deserved to know his true health status.
A 7-point communiqué issued after SONCEF’s meeting which was signed by its chairman, His Grace Most. Rev. Prof. David Eberechukwu and the group’s Secretary, Dr. Felix Ekiye reads:
“We pray for the quick recovery of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari. We, however, call on the Federal Government to fully disclose the health status of His Excellency
“We, however, call on the Federal Government to fully disclose the health status of His Excellency, President Muhammdu Buhari, considering that he is occupying an exalted public office.”
“We are disturbed by the unstable state of the nation as a result of different agitations, threats and quit notices.
“We urge Christian Elders to wake up and fearlessly perform their prophetic role by speaking and acting proactively and appropriately.
“We urge the governors and members of the National Assembly to speak and act boldly to defend and protect the citizens.
“We note that the redemption of Nigeria now does not only require mere meetings and simple prayers, it requires concerted actions;
“We strongly condemn the removal or merging of Christian Religious Knowledge with National Value and Ethics in the Curriculum of Schools and we warn that any such surreptitious act could adversely affect the unity and stability of Nigeria;
“We call for the restructuring of Nigeria to reflect the ideal and principles of true federalism and sound democracy.”
President Buhari’s health status and absence has been a major cause for concern among Nigerians, although the Presidency has continued to reassure that the situation does not amount to a Constitutional crisis.
Moreover, the President’s ill health has provided a platform for Nigerians to demonstrate how divided they can be over critical national issues. Some have also argued that his secret health condition and continued absence is sending wrong signals to all categories of Nigerians which includes both the local and international business community.