Buhari’s illness makes Nigeria sick – Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has pointed out that the sickness of President Muhammadu Buhari amounts to the sickness of the entire country.

He stated this on Thursday while interacting with State House correspondents on the outcome of the recent visit of him and six other governors to Buhari, who has been on health leave in the UK since May 7.

Ortom urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the Nigerian leader, saying, “Once the President is sick, the whole country is sick.”

“I was the first person that initiated prayers and I shouted halleluyah when I saw him because God has answered my prayers. I urge both Christians and Muslims to pray for Mr. President because that is our duty,” he said.

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While disclosing that the president was mentally alert throughout the period of his meeting with the governors, the Benue governor said they advised him not to return until “he is completely healed”.

Ortom continued, “There is no power without God’s ordination. So those of us who are subjects should continue to pray. We should not be castigating Mr. President or wishing him evil.

“We should be praying for him. If Mr. President is sick, it means all of us are sick; the whole country is sick. It is our responsibility to pray that Mr. President get well so that our country too will be well.

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“Mr. President is doing well. When we saw him, he was not in a wheelchair, he was not bedridden. He greeted us, we cracked jokes and he was mentally alert. We discussed about the security situation in the country and he asked us questions about what we are doing.

“Our prayer is that God will consummate his healing. We asked him not to hurry because there is no vacuum. The Acting President is holding forth for him and he is doing very well. By the grace of God, I believe that very soon, he will be with us.”

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