The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged Christians across the country to continue praying for the President until he returns to the country in good spirit and body.
Recall that Presidency has been making serious efforts to make the President Muhammadu Buhari’s extended medical vacation to look like just an holiday, however, CAN keeps encouraging people to pray for him.
Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the president on Media and publicity, had on Tuesday, in Abuja, said the results of President’s medical tests suggested more rest, insisting that the state of the President health is not as bad as speculated.
Reacting swiftly to the recent development, in Abuja, Rev. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle who is the CAN President, asked all Nigerians, especially Christians not to stop praying for the President who has been out of the country since January 10, 2017, until he returns in good health.
In a statement issued and signed on his behalf by Rev. Ayokunle’s Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji draw the Christians back their responsibility of also praying for the country and her leaders both in season and out of season.
“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 until he returns to the country hale and hearty to continue his good works.
“It is needless reminding you that as Christians, our responsibilities include but not limited to making supplications, prayers, and intercessions, and giving thanks for our leaders and 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…’” (I Timothy 2:1-2).
The CAN President also talked about the fears espressed by some people that the never ending absence of Buhari may have created a vacuum in the Presidency, giving an example of power transfer to the Vice President who is up to the task unlike what happened during the Presidency of the late Umaru Yar’Adua.
The statement went further: “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 since President Buhari has done what is needful by transferring power to the Vice-President, Prof. 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.”
Ayokunle talked on Southern Kaduna issues, stated:
“We call on the security agencies in the country to stop the killings in Kafanchan despite their presence in the area, we heard of recent attacks in Atakar and Kanin-kon villages of Kaura and Jema’a local governments in the state.
“All hands should be on deck to flush out those criminals from their hideouts in order to restore a permanent peace to the Southern Kaduna communities once and for all.”
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