As Nelson Mandela, 94, spends his second day in hospital for another lung infection millions upon millions of prayers have be sent and said the world over to wish him a speedy recovery.
Since taken to hospital on Saturday morning, Madiba, the former president of South Africa and winner of the 1993 Noble Peace Prize was said to be in a serious but stable condition.
With no further information disclosed since then it is rather speculated that Mandela might be fighting for his life as the entire nation holds its breath.
President Jacob Zuma has called upon his fellow South Africans to pray for the freedom fighter as prayers were offered in most churches across the country today for his recovery.
Nevertheless, there were also divided opinions in the South African press and public.
Some people believed it was time to let Mandela to die peacefully, while other admirers preferred that his family should instead be given privacy to spend the last moment with the anti-Apartheid hero.
Some of the newspapers in South Africa carried headlines such as:
“Nation holds its breath”
“It’s time to let him go”
Whether Mandela makes it home again or not from the Pretoria hospital, the million and one question many must be pondering at the moment, is how would all his millions of supporters and admirers across the world including even world leaders going to cope living a life without him.
In his sick and fragile state Mandela still commands respect and admiration, especially for his endurance and self-sacrificing effort to succumb to tortures and torments for 27 years in jail just fighting for the freedom of his own people.
A course, which he proudly said he was ready to defend even at the cause of his life.
“During my lifetime I have dedicated my life to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideals of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realized. But My Lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
– Mandela’s speech in court when charged under the Suppression of Communism Act and facing the death penalty, 20 April 1964.