Leave Buhari Alone, Only Pray For Him, Kinsmen beg Nigerians
A cross-section of the President’s kinsmen expressed the view during the week when Saturday PUNCH visited Daura, his hometown in Katsina State.
At the palace of the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouq Umar, a senior official who didn’t give his name, said Nigerians should continue to support the President in prayers and respect his privacy.
He said, “We offer prayers for him here on a daily basis and every Jumaat; we pray for him in the mosques and eagerly look forward to his safe return to Nigeria very soon.”
Also, an official in the Daura Local Government secretariat, Alhaji Haliru Majigiri, who described the President as a father figure to many residents of the town, begged Nigerians to allow Buhari to rest and regain his health in the UK.
According to him, Nigerians should intensify prayers for the President.
He said, “We are talking about the nation’s president and not an ordinary Nigerian. The government has the right to either disclose details of his health status or not. The government can also decide not to disclose the amount it has spent on him. People should allow him to recover since he handed over to the Vice President before leaving the country.
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“I will still appeal to every Nigerian to offer more prayers for the President’s recovery. He is like a father to all of us here in Daura. Whenever he is around, the town benefits economically and security is improved. Those in government see beyond what the citizens see and this may inform their decision to keep details of his health condition confidential. All I would say is that we should all continue to pray for his recovery.”
To Mallam Abdulilyas Kareem, a public commentator based in the state, what President Buhari deserves from Nigerians are prayers and not additional trouble. Kareem described calls for the public disclosure of the President’s health status as a distraction and a waste of time.
He said, “It is an open secret that President Buhari is a lone ranger in his fight against corruption and he is doing all he could to put a stop to the problem. But now that he is ill and out of the country for treatment, political jobbers have turned the issue to unnecessary distraction and political issues instead of assisting in continuing with the fight against corruption so that we can salvage the country.
“Personally, I will urge Nigerians not to relent in their prayers for the President’s recovery for the sake of the progress of the country.” Continue reading from Punchng