The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the Jama’atul Nasril Islam, JNI, made the calls in separate statements on Thursday.
In its statement, signed by Kwamkur Samuel, Director of Legal and Public Affairs, CAN said it “is deeply concerned about the ongoing national conversation on the absence of the President due to ill- health.”
“We wish to call on all Nigerians to join hands in prayers for the quick and full recovery of Mr. President and his safe return to Nigeria instead of dwelling on the needless rumour mongering on the President’s health.”
The coalition of Nigerian Churches said “it is very clear that our leader is passing through health challenges.”
It asked the presidency to “update Nigerians on how he is fairing and the full progress of his recovery.”
“We call on all Christians and indeed all God-fearing Nigerians to dedicate time of prayers for our President and the nation. We owe our leaders prayers and support at all times while shunning divisive opinions that only generate strive,” Mr. Samuel said.
In its statement, the JNI called on Muslim clerics to lead special prayers for the health of President Muhammadu Buhari at Friday Jumaat prayers,