By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”MOVED by the health condition of President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua, the Niger Delta Youth Movement (NDYM) has declared three days of prayer and fasting for the quick recovery of the president.
The 3-day prayer and fasting programme may commence next weekend in all the states of the Niger Delta.
The group, in a communiquÃ© signed by its Acting National President, Comrade Godspower Odenema, National Secretary, Dr. Joe Ohanedu, and chapter chairmen in all the nine states of the region, said youth groups would gather in their individual states and local governmentsâ€™ secretariats on the first two days of the programme.
â€œ On the third day, which is going to be a Sunday, all youth groups under the aegis of the Niger Delta Youth Movement are to feature in an interdenominational service to fast and pray for Mr. President,â€ the group said.
The communiquÃ©, which was issued at the end of the groupâ€™s meeting at Ughelli, Delta State, further read: â€œ All members of the National Executive Council of NDYM are to gather at Ughelli, Delta State, for the interdenominational service to round off the 3 â€“ day programme.
â€œIt is the conviction of the leadership of NDYM that the best medical practitioners in this world can only administer drugs but healing ultimately comes only from God.
â€œWe are, therefore, going to God Almighty with our stomach empty so that He can heal our president. In each of the states of the Niger Delta, a fiveâ€“man committee is to be set up to work out the modalities and details of the 3â€“day programme.
â€œ We are certainly sure that the amnesty programme of the federal government would have progressed more appreciably than it is now, if not for the present health status of the Mr. President.
â€œThe youths of the Niger Delta wish to say that the health of the president and his recovery should never divide Nigerians, instead it should be a unifying factor for all Nigerians to pray collectively and individually for the president so that he could return to Nigeria to continue his good work which he has started in the Niger Delta.
â€œWe urge all to revive our cultural value system of honesty, which we have for one another to move the country forward.
â€œ We, therefore, call on all Nigerians to renew their wish and prayers that the president should get well soon and resume work for which he was elected. The youths of the Niger Delta will always fast and pray for Mr. Presidentâ€™s quick recovery.â€