– CAN has asked its members to continue praying for President Muhammadu Buhari until he returns back to the country
– President Buhari has been in the United Kingdom since January 19
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked its members to continue praying for President Muhammadu Buhari until he returns back to the country.
The CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, on Thursday, February 23 in Abuja, urged all well-meaning Nigerians especially Christians not to cease praying for the president, the acting President and the country until he (Buhari) returns in good health and sound mind.
Ayokunle reminded Christians that it is their responsibility to pray for the country and her leaders in season and out of season.
He gave the advice in a statement issued and signed on his behalf by his special assistant (media and communications); Pastor Adebayo Oladeji.
The statement read: “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 back 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…’” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
The CAN president also allayed fears being expressed in some quarters that the prolonged absence of Buhari has created a vacuum in the presidency.
He cited the transfer of power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who he opined is “up to the task” unlike what happened during the presidency of the late Umaru Yar Adua.
“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, 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,” the statement said.