CHRISTIAN Association of Nigeria (Can) officials have asked their followers to keep praying for President Muhammadu Buhari and ask for divine intervention to ensure he returns to the country hale and hearty soon.
On January 23, President Buhari embarked on what was supposed to be a 10-day medical vacation to the UK but he later extended it saying he needed to undergo further tests. Earlier this week, the results of the tests were made available and presidential spokesman Femi Adesina revealed that doctors had advised President Buhari to take more rest.
President Buhari thanked Nigerians for all their prayers and good wishes and expressed his appreciation for the goodwill shown towards him. Yesterday, Can president Dr Samson 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.
Dr Ayokunle said: “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.”
He also allayed fears being expressed in some quarters that the prolonged absence of President Buhari has created a vacuum in the presidency cited the transfer of power to the vice president. When President Buhari left the country, he handed over to vice president Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who has been serving as acting president ever since.
“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.
“The church should also continue praying for him for divine wisdom, knowledge and understanding as he discharges his constitutional responsibilities,” Dr Ayokunle added. He also called on the security agencies to rise up to the security challenges in southern Kaduna 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,” Dr Ayokunle said.