"Buhari Needs Your Prayers" Yakubu Gowon Cries
July. 31, 2020
Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has expressed fears that Nigeria may crumble totally if citizens don’t pray for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Gowon who spoke at a thanksgiving service and reception organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in honour of the newly appointed Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam, in Abuja on Thursday acknowledged that Buhari was doing a lot, but the security challenges are still obvious in the country.
Gowon reemphasised that if Nigeria’s territorial integrity was undermined, Somalia will be a child’s play, warning that no one should be allowed to toil with the unity of the country.
Gowon, who was represented by the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, said: “You (Pam) are coming into the office at a time that we have very serious security challenges.
“I know President Muhammadu Buhari is doing a lot, but the challenges are still there. There are people with sinister motives, who wouldn’t want peace.
"I appeal to CAN to continue to pray, not only for Yakubu Pam but for the President and all of us and for your dear country, so that Nigeria will not go asunder.
“I once made a comment that this country is too big and versed with a population of over 200 million.
“A scholar said that we are structurally complex and pluraly diverted. If our territorial integrity is undermined, Somalia will be a child’s play. We don’t have to toil with our unity.
“You are in a very good position working closely with CAN and people of other faith so that together we can reestablish peace, push forward our agenda for our territorial integrity, push forward for our oneness so that together supporting the president, we can take our country to the next level, we have the human and material resources to take Nigeria to the next level.”
Meanwhile, President, Buhari on Thursday urged Muslims and Christians alike not to see the guidelines released to curtail further spread of COVID-19 as an infringement on their rights to worship.
He said the guidelines were necessitated by the need to safeguard public health.
Buhari made the call in his Eid-el-Kabir message by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Shehu quoted Buhari as saying, “The preventive guidelines we have introduced to contain the spread of this deadly disease have unfortunately limited people’s freedom to gather and worship in large numbers in mosques and churches.
“Every measure that has been introduced to contain this disease may have its unintended consequences on the daily lives of our people, and I, therefore, call on Muslims and other faiths to continue to show more understanding with the government as we take correct steps to protect our people through the social distancing.
“No elected government would intentionally take away its people’s religious freedom by limiting the number of people that will gather in worship centres at the same time.”
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