THE ancient town of Iwo inOsun State, recently witnessed a
massive convergence of royal fathers, clerics and
traditionalists who held a prayer session for ailing President
Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The prayer session was organized by Iwo monarch, HRM
Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi – the Oluwo of Iwo
Land. It had in attendance more than three thousand
people diversified in religion, ethnicity, and geographical
locations. The audience prayed together at the palace of
the Oluwo of Iwo.
With more than 200 clerics including Christians, Muslims
and traditionalists, they all prayed for ailing President
The clerics and leaders of different
religious affiliations included the Iwo CAN Chairman, Pastor
Caleb Ayoola; Iwo Muslim Community leader, Chief Imam
Sheik Abdulfatai Olododo; Leader of Iwo Traditionalists,
Chief Ojetunde Ajibowu.
Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon.
Mudashiru Obasa, was represented by another distinguished
member of the House, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh at the event.
Other dignitaries in attendance were the Deputy Speaker of
the Oyo State House of Assembly, Barr Musa AbdulWasiu;
Wife of the Oyo State SSG, Mrs.
Halimot Alli, who
represented wife of the President, Aisha Buhari; Alhaji Daud
Makanjuola, the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland; Members of
the Lagos State House of Assembly, Traditional Rulers and
members of NURTW and RTEAN, among others
Speaking at the event, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi
declared President Muhammadu Buhari as his son. He said,
“Buhari is my son and I can never be happy if people should
wish him dead.
What kind of father will I be if I decide to
join the league of Nigerians who want him dead?”
Oba Akanbi also declared his support for Buhari’s second
term, saying “he must rule for eight years in good health
and sound mind. It is painful that those who launched that
campaign of ‘Resume or Resign’ are not patriotic as they
They politicised the campaign which shouldn’t be.
If any civil servant or police officer falls sick, will you advise
such persons to resign? Those clamouring for Buhari’s
resignation are not sane.”
The Oluwo, however, prayed to bear Buhari’s sickness. He
said,“Let Buhari’s sickness, pains, and sorrows, come to
me.” The Iwo monarch said that the well-being of Nigerians
was paramount to him, adding that if bearing Buhari’s
sickness would guarantee good governance in Nigeria, so
be it. He said the prayer was not in anyway political as he
would do the same for anyone occupying the seat of power.
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