30 Nigerian Islamic clerics who live in Makkah, Saudia Arabia have been “hired” to pray for peace in Borno state by Governor Babagana Zulum.
A statement released by the Borno Governor’s spokesman Isa Gusau, disclosed that the selected clerics from Borno, Katsina, Zamfara, Kano States and other parts of the northwest, have for decades devoted themselves to spending hours at the Ka’aba daily for the purpose of worship.
It is expected the clerics will permanently offer daily ‘Dawaf’ (circumambulation of the holy Ka’aba) for the return of sustainable peace in Borno and the country.
The statement reads in part;
“The critical move is aimed at combining different approaches that include sustained support for the Nigerian Armed Force; aggressive mass recruitment and equipping of more counter-insurgency volunteers into the Civilian Joint Task Force, hunters and vigilantes as well as socio-economic approach to enhance access to education, job opportunities and providing other means of livelihood through social protection initiative.
“Rather than sending anyone, I’m here, on behalf of the good people of Borno. I thank you so much for your empathy and the compassion in devoting yourselves to prayer for us every day at the Ka’aba which for us as Muslims, is the most sacred place.
“We need prayers more than ever before, we are handling our problem from different approaches. Prayer is key to everything that we seek.
“We will continue to seek prayers from many fronts. We will keep supporting our clerics of different faiths in Nigeria for prayers and we will seek the same from all of you that are always here around the Holy Ka’aba.
“I beg you to continue to pray for us towards achieving three things: first, for us to regain peace in Borno State, the north and Nigeria in general. We will have to continue to pray on a permanent basis because we need peace to be sustained.
“Secondly; we need prayers for us to achieve our ambitious plan for Borno State and lastly for Allah to make us remain focused and not to get carried away by power.”