By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI â€” WORRIED by his health condition, the Urhobo Political Forum (UPF), weekend, organised a-20 minute prayer session for the quick recovery of President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua.
The prayer session, which was conducted by Rev. Matthew Akporayen, Evang. Akpor Ofomona and Rev. Isaac Chichan, was held at the Mosogar country home of the National Chairman of the UPF, Chief Ighoyota Amori.
Fielding questions from newsmen shortly after the prayer session, Chief Amori said the call for the resignation of President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua was premature and charged Nigerians to step up efforts in their prayers for the quick recovery of the president.
Amori said, â€œit is very necessary and very important at this time of the year that the leadership of this country is passing through a very trying moment and the Urhobo Political Forum is a political pressure group that seeks to look after the welfare of Urhobo people and we identify with the policies and programmes of Mr. President.
â€œThe man is the President of this country and for now he is outside the country on health grounds. We believe that we should pray for his quick recovery because the Bible recommended that we should pray for those who are in authority.
The man has been elected to govern this country and the assignment God gave to him has not been completed before he took ill.
â€œWe are praying for his quick recovery so that he can come and complete the assignment God gave to him. There was no need for anybody to call on Mr. President to resign purely based on his sickness. Anybody can fall sick.
We are all sick. The country itself is sick. If you set such a dangerous precedence, then nobody will occupy any position because people fall sick every day.â€
The National Secretary and National Treasurer of the UPF, Dr. Ebenezer Okorodudu and Chief Emmanuel Okumagba respectively who also fielded questions from newsmen, spoke in the same vein. They said it was wrong for some Nigerians to call for the resignation of the President.
According to them, life was something that could change any moment, adding that they could not blame themselves for electing him. They held that he was elected a sound man.