Given the widespread concerns about President Muhammadu Buhari’s health, some Muslims clerics in Maiduguri, Borno State, have on Friday, 10th February commenced a 10-day prayer and fasting for the President.
Speaking on behalf of the clerics, Mallam Uma Bolori said prayer is what President Buhari needs from Nigerians rather than rumours.
Mallam Bolori said they are going to fast, supplicate and recite Holy Qur’an 50 times for improved health condition of President Buhari.
He said President Buhari deserves prayers from the people of the North-East, for not allowing Borno to go on extinction when almost all the territories in the state were taken over by Boko Haram.
According to the cleric, since the coming of the president to power, Boko Haram insurgency had reduced to the barest minimum in the North-East.
He therefore urged Nigerians to rally round their leaders and pray for them, to enable them succeed in steering the affairs of this country.
Umar Bolori said no citizen should wish his or her president death, he or she should rather wish him wisdom, sound health and political will to enable him fulfill his campaign promises to the people.
Similarly, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, and the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, have in separate calls, also urged Nigerians to pray for the well-being of the President, asserting that as a human being, he is also prone to ill-health.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, indications emerged of President Muhammadu Buhari’s imminent return to the country, having reportedly finished with the extended medical tests his United Kingdom-based physicians ran on him.
A very close associate of the president, who had been in close touch with people around him, confirmed the positive news of his health, saying the President was expected to return any time from Friday.
The prominent government official who maintains a close personal and family relationship with the President, confirmed the well being of the President. Speaking on the strict condition of anonymity, he said:
“I found out from the family and I was told that the tests had been carried out and it is being envisaged that he could come back anytime from Friday.”
In the same vein, another senior Presidency source said there is nothing holding the President back, though he could not give a clear date for his return.
Amidst increasing concerns over President Buhari’s health status there have been public declarations among prominent figures affirming that the President is in fine and in good spirit.
Among such public declarations are Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and Speaker Yakubu Dogara who in separate tweets, acknowledged that the President is in fine shape.
Asserting that the President is hale and hearty on Wednesday, Saraki in a tweet at 11:35 p.m, confirmed that he spoke with Buhari, adding that the President even cracked jokes with him during their discussion. In his tweet, Saraki said:
“Happy to have spoken with @NGRPresident @MBuhari tonight. He was in good spirit and joked about my working late into the night, as usual. – @Bukolasaraki on Twitter Wednesday 8th of February 2017, 11:35 pm.”
Speaker Yakubu Dogara via his Twitter handle also confirmed speaking with Buhari. He tweeted:
“@MBuhari called me yesterday evening. He talked about what the Executive/Legislature must do to ensure food security for all Nigerians.
He said he was pained by the sufferings endured by most Nigerians last year and he is resolved not to let events of 2016 repeat themselves. He also asked me to extend his best wishes to all Honourable members.”
Meanwhile, President Buhari’s well being was further accentuated by pictures of him with two prominent leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, on Thursday.
The well being of the President was further accentuated by pictures of the President with APC leaders, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, confirmed to have been taken on Thursday afternoon.