Buhari should douse tension, prove he is alive – Catholic Bishop of Awka
The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese in Anambra State, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to prove to Nigerians that he is alive.
Ezeokafor spoke to journalists on Sunday at the annual meeting with the Religious Council in the diocese at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka.
He observed that Nigerians were lamenting the vacation extension and were asking questions about the health of their President as he was not a private citizen.
The cleric said: “We pray that he comes back in good health; those asking about his state of health have the right to know where their President is and how he is doing.
“It is normal to be sick because he is a human being like any other person.
“The interest in Buhari’s state of health is like the way people, all over the world, were worried when the late Pope John Paul 11 and Nelson Mandela were sick in hospital.
“It’s high time he said something so that the suspicion and guessing will die down.”
Meanwhile, Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development (AIED) has called on the national assembly to act on section 144 of the constitution.
A statement sent to DAILY POST by its publicity secretary, Mr. Oluwaseun John, noted that the President had been on vacation since the 19th day of January, 2017 and was expected to resume work as scheduled on Monday 6th of February, 2017.
It noted that in the letter transmitted to the Senate, the vacation was expected to commence on the 23rd day of January and it was for a period of ten days from that time.
Continuing it said, “It is important to note that the holiday component of the President’s vacation was emphasised over and above some health concerns. Nigerians were merely told Mr. President will ‘also’ use the period of his vacation to do some health check. It was not as Nigerians were told of any health issues.
…He needs prayer –Bishop Uzoukwu
Bishop Martins Uzoukwu, the Catholic Bishop of Minna Diocese, has called on Nigerians to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari’s quick recovery.
Addressing newsmen in Minna shortly after Sunday Mass, the cleric noted that praying for the president was imperative in view of the myriads of problems facing the country.
“I specifically pray for our President to return back home safely to administer the affairs of our great country, we should all seek divine intervention in our nation’s socio-economic and political activities.”
Speaking further, the bishop urged Nigerians to shun sentiments and put all hands on deck for this country to move forward irrespective of culture, religion and political affiliation.
He also called on Nigerians to always wish their leaders well, to enable them implement policies that would be beneficial to all.
Uzoukwu also enjoined President Buhari to demonstrate the political will in ending the endless killings of Nigerians by the insurgents, especially in the north eastern part of the country.
According to him, Nigerians must assist the government and security agencies to tackle other crisis situations in the nation.