Governor Babagana Zulum has engaged the services of 30 residents of Makkah, Saudi Arabia to pray for the end of Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State.
This was made known in a statement by Governor Zulum’s media aide, Isa Gusau.
Gusau said Zulum reached an agreement with the clerics who are residents of Makkah, to permanently offer daily ‘Dawaf’ (circumambulation of the holy Ka’aba) for the return of peace in Borno and Nigeria.
According to Gusau, the 30 clerics, who hailed 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.
The governor’s aide reveals that Zulum interacted with the clerics on Friday at Ka’aba, reknowned as the holiest place in Makakh.
According to him, Zulum interacted with the devotees on Friday at the Ka’aba, expressed gratitude and sought for their continued prayers.
Gusau qouted Zulum as saying, “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.”