- There have been controversies over President Muhammadu Buhari's continued stay in the United Kingdom
- While the presidency and other government officials declare Buhari hale and hearty, some states have embarked on fervent prayers for his quick recovery
Though the presidency consistently makes Nigerians believe that Muhammadu Buhari, the country’s leader, is hale and hearty and only taking a rest in the United Kingdom, governors and other notable citizens have continued to organise prayer sessions for him.
At one of such special prayers held at the Birnin Kebbi Eid praying ground and organised by residents in Kebbi state, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu could not hold back his emotions as tears rolled his cheeks.
He subsequently left before the event would come to an end.
The Sun reports that the event witnessed a large turnout of people as they prayed for the president and the unity of Nigeria.
Some of those at the event include Islamic leaders, chief imams of different mosques and associations, and the emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Iliyasu Bashar.
The deputy governor of the state, Samaila Dabai, also attended the special prayer.
The prayer session came to an abrupt end thereafter after the governor left in tears.
While speaking earlier, Governor Bagudu said the gathering was a sign of unity in the state. He also urged Nigerians to continue to protect the unity of the country.
The prayer session was led by Chief Imam Alhaji Muktaru Abdullahi Wali-Gwandu of Birnin Kebbi Central Mosque, who pleaded with Nigerians to continue to pray for the president.
The chief imam of Gwandu, Alhaji Musa Abdullahi, chief imam of Birnin Kebbi Eid ground, Imam Ahmadu Rufai, and the chairman of Ulamas association, Alhaji Ibrahim Umar Bayewa, and such top leaders also prayed for him.
In a related development, the Niger state government has called for a-one week of prayer and fasting session for the president’s quick recovery.
The state commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism in the state, Mr Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, said: “The president also needs prayers in his bid to take Nigeria through the path of greatness.
“As a government, we are praying and we urge all Nigerlites to, starting today (Sunday), pray for Mr president’s good health as he leads the nation through the path of greatness all through the week.”