By Sam Eyoboka
LAGOS â€” A GROUP within the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) known as Greater Chapter of the Cathedral of the Lagos Diocese at the weekend urged Nigerians to demonstrate the age old African compassion by praying for the speedy recovery of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua.
The group made up of eminent Nigerians including a Supreme Court judge, Justice George Oguntade as chairman and erstwhile head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, acknowledged the fears of many Nigerians, adding that as Christians, we must intensify our prayers for the ailing president.
â€œWe are aware that all is not well with the country today, especially with debilitating poverty among the citizenry but as Christians we must not loose hope,â€ Justice Oguntade who spoke on behalf of the group after a meeting to ratify the election of a new provost of the oldest cathedral in the country, Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos.
The jurist said the church would continue to pray that things get better for the generality of Nigerians, stating that the presidentâ€™s current travail is bound to elicit speculations from diverse segments of the economy but â€œwe owe it a duty to pray for the quick recovery of the president.â€
Oguntade declined comments on whether Yarâ€™Adua can stay away for up to one year outside the country for his medical treatment, saying: â€œI am aware of the constitutional provision regarding such issues, but it is not for me to discuss that here now.â€