The news of the former Black Stars player, Christian Atsu, who was trapped in a devastating earthquake that has left over four thousand dead in Turkey and Syria, is still tending, with the latest information being that, he has been pulled from the wreckage and is receiving treatment.
According to Turkish reporter Yagiz Sabuncuoglu, who spoke to Joy Sports, the winger’s health is currently being monitored.
“It’s good news but we’re following his condition because when someone is rescued from under rubble, it means he hasn’t eaten or drank anything. So the person’s condition is very important after the rescue. That’s why we’re following up with the hospital.”
Following, the announcement many people, including president Akufo-Addo, have prayed for the safe rescue of the Ghanaian international.
The president while commiserating with the governments and peoples of Turkey and Syria, added in his tweet that “Our hearts and prayers go out to the survivors, and we pray that our fellow Ghanaian, Christian Atsu, is found safe and sound”.
In a Facebook post, Ghana’s Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, prayed for the safe rescue of Atsu, while praying for the protection of all others in Turkey and Syria.
“My thoughts and prayers are with our brother Christian Atsu, all Ghanaians in Turkey and Syria, and the people in these countries following the earthquake.
“May God protect them all,” he wrote.
A former campaign manager for John Dramani Mahama, Prof Joshua Alabi, on his part, used the occasion to share the lyrics of a Christian song, in expressing hope that the Ghanaian player is found.
He shared portions of the lyrics of Bill & Gloria Gaither’s ‘God on the Mountain,’ alongside a photo of the player on his Facebook page.
“The God of the mountain is still the God of the valley
When things go wrong he will make them right
The God of the day is still the God of the night.”
This newspaper commends the show of love by Ghanaians from all walks of life. It is a testament of our love for one another.
As a newspaper, we also join our voice to those of many people around the world, who are praying for the governments and peoples of Turkey and Syria. It is our fervent hope that God will strengthen them in this trying and difficult time.
For our compatriot, Christian Atsu, we wish him a speedy recovery, as he receives treatment at the hospital.