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Aisha Buhari does not speak publicly that often. But on Saturday, she delivered a message to her countrymen via a representative.
Aisha Buhari wants nice words about Nigeria
According to her, Nigerians should start saying good things about their country because there is power in spoken words.
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Her husband, Muhammadu Buhari, is running for reelection and opposition has rising against him, with many asking him to throw in the towel or be prepared for a defeat in February when Nigerians go to the polls.
The wife of the Nigerian leader and founder of Future Assured Programme made the call for good words during the 2018 Episcopal Harvest of the Anglican Communion at the Cathedral of Holy Trinity, Gwagwalada, Abuja, on Saturday, 20 October, 2018, her spokesman said in a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA.
Mrs. Buhari, who was honored with Deborah Award, was represented by Mrs. Grace Chamah, wife of the former military Governor of Katsina and Kebbi states.
“There is power in the spoken word, the power of life and death, Nigerians should therefore make positive declarations about their country,” she said.
She enjoined them to pray for the nation’s leaders, to enable them make the right decisions for the betterment of our country. “As prayers heal the land, so do bad declarations bring hardship,” she said, imploring Nigerians to embrace peace so that stability and prosperity will prevail.
She thanked the Diocese for recognizing her with the award saying as a mother of the nation, she has a duty to impart her humanity on those that are less fortunate with her humanitarian activities.
The Right Rev. Moses Bukpe Tabwaye, Bishop of the Gwagwalada Diocese and host of the event, said Mrs. Buhari has impacted in many areas that affect the less privileged, especially women and children and that her hands of mercy have reached all Nigerians, irrespective of faith or ethnicity. He urged her to continue the good work she is doing.
He commended Mrs. Buhari and hoped other well-meaning Nigerians will take a cue from her.
Deborah Award is named after the prophetess Deborah, who is noted for her courage, wisdom and leadership.