By Chijioke Okoronkwo
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Sunday called on Nigerians to pray for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari instead of wishing him dead.
NANS President, Mr Chinonso Obasi, in a statement in Abuja, said his conversation with the presidency on July 22 showed that Buhari was recuperating fast and would be back soon.
He said that it was unfair to politicise the president’s health.
“My telephone conversation with the presidency yesterday from London has given more hope that President Buhari will soon be back, alive and able to return to his presidential seat.
“In the course of conversation, I realised that Nigerians need more love to survive the machinations of the ungodly and ill-wishers.
“This is the time Nigerians have to be more patriotic than political as issues of national interest should be more paramount.
“PMB is our father and deserves our goodwill and solidarity, if by any reason we’re not comfortable with his absence due to medical vacation, let every Nigerian observe due process in their agitation.’’
He said the president’s health should be considered as a national frailty that would be overcome.
The NANS president appealed to all Nigerians and particularly those in positions of trust to be objective in carrying out any obligation assigned to them in national interest.
According to him, individual players and stakeholders in the polity should thread with caution as the progress, unity and peace of our dear nation is non-negotiable.
Obasi said that the demands of Nigerian Students were unveiled on July 19 at the commemoration his one year in office as the National President of NANS.
“We do hope the Government of PMB will find the mini compendium, our ‘irreducible minimum’ demand in the education sector most useful in addressing the ills in the sector for a functional education system in Nigeria.
“With our overwhelming membership strength of over 40.1million Nigerian students, ordinarily, we should be the highest agitators but we have chosen to be diplomatic, civil and patriotic.
“As our nation struggles through these trying times, we wish to send this as a signal to those disrupting the peace of Nigeria to remember that there is no other nation we have other than Nigeria -our fatherland,’’ Obasi said in the statement.