The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Samson Ayokunle on Thursday declared that the Acting President, Yemi Osinbanjo is “up to the task” of governing Nigeria in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Ayokunle insisted that there was no vacuum in government contrary to insinuations in certain quarters.
The statement sent to newsmen on Thursday said, “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 responsibilities.”
Ayokunle also urged the Christians to continue praying for the President until he returned back to the country hale and hearty from the United Kingdom, UK.
The President who has been on medical Vacation in the UK had extended his 10-days vacation, citing health reasons.
Earlier in the week, Buhari through his media aide, Femi Adesina revealed that a series of medical check-ups he carried out in the cause of his medical vacation had necessitated his prolonged stay in London.
In a swift reaction to the new development, Ayokunle, reminded Christians that it was their responsibility to “pray for the country and her leaders in season and out of season.”
The statement added, “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).”
Ayokunle also urged security agencies to rise up to the security challenges in the Southern Kaduna by “flushing out the hoodlums who are still killing innocent people despite the presence of policemen and soldiers in the area.”
He said, “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.”