Since his election four years ago as Egypt’s President – is said to have improved the lives of Coptic Christians by giving them the same rights as Muslims.
And with presidential elections looming next month, they are expected to reward him with their support.
The president has loosened restrictions on church construction, given Copts the right to days off for pilgrimages to Jerusalem, and deployed security forces against Islamic State and militants.
According to Religion News, he has already ensured his victory in the ballots at the end of March, after the imprisonment of three contenders and the withdrawal of four opponents – but the more than 10 million Coptic Christians are reportedly the key to his success.
For many Copts the fear of a resurgence of Islamist power outweighs the autocratic tendencies of the current president