Dr. Samson Ayokunle, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Wednesday said Nigerians should stop playing politics with the health of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been in London for medical treatment for 100 days.
Ayokunle, who visited the Kogi chapter of CAN, in Lokoja, said Nigerians should leave out sentiments and pray more for the quick recovery of the president.
The CAN president said, “Let us continue to pray for him, we don’t play with the life of a human being, and nobody wants to fall sick, so don’t let us continue to make politics out of sickness; let us continue to pray for him.”
Ayokunle also cautioned those demanding for the resignation of Buhari to be guided by the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.
“The position of CAN is that, we should follow the constitution, we have the constitution to guide us, so whatever the constitution says let us follow it, we drew it ourselves so let us not break it,” he added.
The CAN president also spoke on the ongoing strike by university lecturers, urging them to dialogue with the Federal Government to quickly resolve the dispute.
“I think this issue has been on ground for too long, let there be a parley between ASUU and government.
“We are playing with the future of the younger generation, so let us show them love, don’t let us allow our children to grow up hating us, hating the nation.
“Strike today strike tomorrow; I beg both parties to exercise patience, understanding and maturity.
“We know that the economy is going upside down, we believe that as we are praying for those managing the economy they will come out strong and be able to proffer solutions.”
The state Chairman of CAN, Bishop John Ibenu, who earlier spoke on security challenges facing the state, said that the association had been working harmoniously with other religious groups to ensure peace is restored in the state.
He therefore appreciated the collaboration between the state government and security agencies to protect lives and property of residents.
Ibenu said CAN had been interfacing with the state government to ensure that workers were not treated unjustly over the just concluded staff verification.
The chairman also briefed the CAN president on efforts being made to ensure smooth operation of the Christian Pilgrims Welfare Commission and other issues affecting Christians in the state.