Get well, Sir Michael

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PRIME Minister James Marape has urged the nation to pray for the good health of Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare and Lady Veronica who are in hospital.
He wrote on his social media page yesterday: “PNG, join me in a circle of prayers for our most senior couple, Lady Veronica Somare and Grand Chief Sir M T Somare.”
“To all the children and family members, your country folks are with you in thought and prayers.
“May the mercy of God Almighty care over the most senior couple of our country.”
A statement from the family on Sunday said Sir Michael, 84, was in a “critical condition” suffering from pancreatic cancer.
He and Lady Veronica were supposed to go overseas this week for medical treatment but were advised against it by doctors because of his current condition.
A family member said: “It is with sadness that I advise on behalf of the Somare family the serious illness pancreatic cancer that has befallen our father Sir Michael.
“It is at a critical stage and we as a family along with his medical teams are giving him the utmost care that he deserves.”
Yesterday, former prime minister and New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan also extended his prayer of hope to his friend, saying “he is a determined, brave and visionary person”.
He recalled how in the early days of nationhood they “ventured into the unknown taking a thousand tribes with them to form the united nation of Papua New Guinea”.
“We came 45 years ago, setting the foundation for stability, growth, advancement and education,” he said.
“We may sometimes be divided politically but always united.
“We in New Ireland will pray with your family and all well-wishers around PNG and the world.”
Former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill also sent his best wishes to Sir Michael saying: “We are all saddened to hear that Sir Michael Somare is sick and we join our citizens throughout the country that he founded and offer our prayers to him and his family.
“Let us all respect the wishes of the family at this time.”


  • Honour you father of the nation and God will always bless your young nation,we pray for your recovery.

  • Very sad to hear of the condition of the founding father and senior statesmen Grand Chief Sir MTS is in Hospital. We as a nation of many tribes and languages pray for his health. The Mighty God who is the Father of all Fathers will not forget the selfless price you paid for the beautiful country .I salute you for the work you have done for PNG.

  • Our prayers are united with your family and people.
    God bless you Grand Chief Sir Micheal Somare and Lady Veronica Somare.

  • Dear Sir Michael, You don’t know me but you did know my brother Gary Whiteside when he was in New Guinea with the State Bank.. Apparently you played many games of golf together apart from other ventures and visited his house when you were in Melbourne. He sends you his very best wishes.

  • We are saddened to hear of our Father and Grand Chief’s illness. On behalf of the Malken Family of Jambitanget Village, and the North Wosera people, of Wosera Gawi District and your East Sepik people, We send this prayer:
    Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ, we come before your Throne of Grace to find Mercy in this time of need. May God Almighty who heals (Exodus15:26) Mathew 18:18 we bind this cancer on earth, may God binds it in Heaven, we pray John 14:14 when we ask in Jesus’s Name he will heal us. Isaiah 53:4-5 By his strives we are healed. May the Peace of God Almighty, that surpasses All understanding be with our Father and Grand Chief in Jesus Name.
    (Phil 4:7) AMEN.

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