Again, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has beckoned on Christians to continue praying for President Muhammadu Buhari until he returns to the country hale and hearty.
In a statement signed by the CAN President’s Special Assistant (Media and Communications), Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, in Abuja, Christians were reminded that it is their responsibility to pray for the country and her leaders in season and out of season.
CAN President, Rev. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle urged Nigerians especially Christians not to cease praying for the President, the acting President, and the country until he returns in good health and sound mind. Hear him;
“I call on all well meaning Nigerians, especially Christians not to cease praying for President Muhammadu Buhari as he takes further rest as advised by his doctors.
“It is needless reminding you that as Christians, our responsibilities include but not limited to making supplications, prayers, and intercessions, for all that are in the position of authority. That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour…(1 Timothy 2:1-2).”
He also allayed fears being expressed in some quarters that President Buhari’s prolonged absence has created a vacuum in the Presidency by the transfer of power to the Vice President. He said;
“We don’t see the need for any hue and cry being made by some people that his unprecedented absence could create a vacuum in the Presidency.
“President Buhari has done what is needful by transferring power to the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo who is up to the task.”
Rev Ayokunle further urged the Church to continue praying for divine wisdom, knowledge, and understanding as Osinbajo discharges his constitutional responsibilities.
Speaking on the Southern Kaduna killings, Ayokunle tasked security agencies to rise up to the security challenges in the state by flushing out the hoodlums who are still killing innocent people.
“We call on the security agencies in the country to stop the killings in Kafanchan despite the presence of policemen and soldiers in the area.
“We heard of recent attacks in Atakar and Kaninkon villages of Kaura and Jema’a Local Government Areas in the state,” he said.
The CAN President said hands should be on deck to flush out the criminals responsible for the killings from their hideouts in order to restore a permanent peace to the Southern Kaduna communities once and for all.
Similarly, the Emir of Gwandu and Chairman of Kebbi State Traditional Council, Alhaji Muhammed Illiyasu Bashar has also urged Nigerians to continue praying for Buhari and the country in general.
Recall that Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, had on Tuesday in Abuja said the results of President’s medical tests suggested further rest.
More so, the Guardian reported that President Buhari may be “very ill” but he attended prayers last Friday. Sources in London said he is very ill and is probably not going home soon.
However, one of the president’s men at the Abuja house in London said the president is hale and hearty and will be returning soon.