The ancient city of Iwo, Osun State Nigeria, recently witnessed a massive convergence of people in a prayer session for ailing President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Rauf Aregbesola and other traditional rulers organized by Iwo monarch, HRM Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi- The Oluwo of Iwo Land.
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The prayer session had in attendance over 3,000 people diversified in religion, ethnicity and geographical location. The 3000+ audience prayed together in the same venue and one prayer ground- The Palace of the Oluwo of Iwo. It can be recalled that this is one of the very few times this has happened in Nigeria.
Christians, Muslims and traditionalists led by their various leaders prayed together in one voice for ailing President Muhamadu Buhari in addition to the 3000+ audience present at the Prayer ground.
The over 200 Clerics encompass leaders from different religious denominations, they include: Iwo CAN Chairman, Pastor Caleb Ayoola; Iwo Muslim Community leader, Chief Imam Sheik Abdulfatai Olododo; Leader of Iwo Traditionalists and Chief Ojetunde Ajibowu. These three during their speech advocated for peace and tolerance among religious groups, emphasizing that there is only one God and one Nigeria.
The landmark event was also graced with the attendance of the Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa being the chairman of the event and was duly represented by another distinguished member of the House- Hon. Tunde Buraimoh.
Over 70 other dignitaries were also physically present at the special prayer programme. Few of them are: Deputy Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Barrister 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, Members of NURTW and RTEAN, among others.
Oluwo, also at the event declared President Muhammadu Buhari as his son. He explained that God has made him a King and a Royal Father, therefore he serves as a father to every Nigerian. In his words, 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 Rasheed Adewale also declared his support for Buhari’s 2nd 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 claimed. 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”, Oluwo added.
“Let Buhari’s sickness, pains and sorrows come to me” was a rare kind of prayer the Oluwo of Iwo, HRM Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi prayed which caught people’s attention during the special prayer programme. The Iwo monarch said that it is the well-being of Nigerians that is paramount to him, and if bearing Buhari’s sickness would guarantee good governance in Nigeria, so be it. Oluwo further stressed the prayer isn’t in anyway political as he would do the same for anyone occupying the seat of power.