– The governor stated this in an interview with Voice of America (VOA) Hausa
– The governor directed the Emir of Katsina and his Daura counterpart to engage in special prayers for the president
President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken to the Katsina state governor, Aminu Bello Masari on phone.
This was disclosed by the governor when he granted an interview to the VOA Hausa.
According to the governor, praying for the success of the president is a mandate for all meaningful Nigerians.
The governor also directed the Emir of Katsina and his Daura counterpart to engage in special prayers for the President.
His words: ‘’On Saturday I spoke with the president on phone, he is hale and hearty. All those castigating rumors on the health condition of the president should think twice and change their mindset.
‘’The president is on vacation for medical check-up which is in line with the Nigerian constitution where he assigned all the responsibility to his vice at full autonomy pending when he comes back.
‘’Therefore, the president did not break any law by leaving for medical vacation. Last Wednesday I called the Emir of Daura and that of Katsina directing them to engage in special prayers for the president, which they did during Friday session prayers.”
He continued: ‘’We will not stop praying for the president, we shall keep praying till Almighty Allah answers our prayers. Praying for a leader is a mandate to every Nigerian irrespective of religion. Both scriptures direct us to pray for our leaders.”
He concluded by appealing to all Nigerians to pray for President Buhari to succeed in good health and safe return to Nigeria.
Masari is the second governor the president has spoken to from London where he is on medical vacation.
The president spoke with Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Wednesday, February 22where he thanked Nigerians for all their prayers.
The president spoke for about three minutes in vernacular with Governor Ganduje, while a prayer session was going on at the Government House in Kano.
President Buhari has been in London since January 19. The presidency had first announced that he was there for a 10-day leave. But he has since extended the leave on medical grounds.