- Oil-producing communities in the Niger Delta have commenced prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari

- They also said they have declared a period of fasting and prayer for the president

- Their aim is for him to return to the country alive and healthy

The national chairman of the Host Communities of Nigeria, (HOSCON), umbrella body of all areas producing oil and gas, Dr. Mike Emuh, has announced the commencement of prayers and fasting for President Buhari by the group.


President Buhari is on medical vacation abroad

Emuh said the decision of HOSCON was because Buhari’s government had shown it was capable of solving the problems of the region.

He noted that the attention paid by the administration to the agitations by the communities in the region should be encouraged by all peace-loving people in the oil communities.

A statement from the group seen by Daily Post read: “At an enlarged national emergency meeting of the Host Communities of Nigeria, HOSCON producing oil and gas, presided over by the national chairman, Bishop Dr Mike Emuh (JP) the issue of the president’s health was exhaustively discussed.

“The need for HOSCON to stand in the gap in offering prayers for the president’s quick recovery was approved by the general house.

“The emergency national meeting resolved as follows: that the entire leadership of the HOSCON in the 17 oil/gas producing, including impacted and satellite states, would starting today, hold a three-day fasting and prayer on a daily basis.

“This is to seek God’s intervention in the current health situation of the President, Muhammadu Buhari.

“That the leadership of HOSCON believes so much in the pragmatic leadership style of President Muhammadu Buhari and seeking the face of God to grant him quick recovery will not be out of place for the HOSCON to embark upon.

“Host Communities of Nigeria as a grassroots oriented and peoples friendly pressure group believes strongly in the efficacy of fasting and prayers in addressing whatever health challenges our dear president has now.

“We have also mobilised over 50 notable clergymen across the producing, imparted and satellite states to lead this fasting and prayer throughout the three-day duration”.

President Buhari has been in London since January 19. The presidency had first announced that he was there for a 10-day leave. But he has since extended the leave on medical grounds.

Revered prophet, TB Joshua recently called on his congregants to rise up in prayer for President Buhari, praying specifically for “strength where is weakness”.

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