Malawian President Joyce Banda told reporters that she has taken the three days leave to be spent in Nigeria to have time to pray and reflect on what happened in the year 2013 and what lies ahead of 2014.
Speaking to journalists upon her departure at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe on Friday, Banda said this was one of her “private” trips that she has been taking every year for the past five years.
“Some of you may be aware that I go for prayers in Nigeria. This year I also decided to take a 3- day holiday for the prayers,” Banda said.
Malawian leader has been paying a visit to popular Nigerian prophet Termitope Balogun Joshua (TB Joshua) and her current trip raises speculations that he is seeking divine intervention for May 20, 2014 presidential elections.
The Malawi leader has never hidden that she worship at Prophet TB Joshua’s temple as “a follower of God” and she calls Prophet TB Joshua as her “spiritual father.”
In her brief statement to reporters, President Banda further appealed to Malawians to live peacefully in this festive season as a God fearing nation.
“As we are about to celebrate 50 years of independence, we should finish the last 50 years with a positive way of thinking and start the next coming 50 years with a special way of thinking in terms of development,” she said.
She said God is with the country, citing the newly released Ernest and Young 2013 Report which predicts that Malawi is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa.
“As we are about to end year 2013, we should forget all our differences and start year 2014 on a new chapter. The Ernst and Young report is just a prediction, it is up to us as a nation to make it a reality,” she added.
The President is expected to return to Malawi on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, 2013.