Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has once again asked its member
to continue praying for President Muhammadu Buhari until he returns
back to the country hale and hearty from the United Kingdom where he has
been since January 10,2017.
In a swift reaction to the new development, the CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, on Thursday
in Abuja, urged all well-meaning 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.
in a statement issued and signed on his behalf by his Special Assistant
(Media and Communications); Pastor Adebayo Oladeji reminds Christians
that it is their responsibility to pray for the country and her leaders
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 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).
CAN President also allayed fears being expressed in some quarters that
the prolonged absence of Buhari has created a vacuum in the Presidency
cited the transfer of power to the Vice President “who is up to the
task” unlike what happened during the Presidency of the late Umaru Yar
“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
Ayokunle called on the security agencies to rise up to the security
challenges in the Southern Kaduna by flushing out the hoodlums who are
still killing the innocent people despite the presence of policemen and
soldiers in the area.
“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 Kaninkon villages of Kaura and Jema’a local
government areas 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.”