Nigeria's ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua, who has not been seen in public in five months, prayed with Christian leaders at his residence in the capital Abuja on Monday, his second meeting with religious leaders in five days.
Yar'Adua's inner circle of aides, led by his wife Turai, have started to allow select groups of guests to meet with the president, who remains too sick to govern.
Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, who has assumed executive powers in Yar'Adua's absence, and other top political leaders have yet to meet with the president since he returned from hospital in Saudi Arabia two months ago.
Pastor Emmanuel Kure, leader of the Throneroom Trust Ministry in Kaduna state, said Yar'Adua prayed with him and three other Christian leaders for about 10 minutes at his home.
"The prayer was for the Lord to perfect his healing," Kure said, adding that he was invited by Yar'Adua on Saturday.
He declined to elaborate on the meeting or discuss Yar'Adua's health. "I do not want to get involved in the politics. It is not my place," Kure said.
The president also prayed with four senior Islamic clerics at his residence last Thursday.
Ustaz Musa Mohammed, the chief imam of Nigeria's National Mosque, said the president had some difficulty speaking on Thursday but he believed Yar'Adua would recover from his illness.
ReutersGüncelleme Tarihi: 06 Nisan 2010, 10:25