In a bid to bring to an end the insecurity challenges been faced in Borno State, Governor Babagana Zulum has declared one-day special fasting and prayers in the state.
Zulum in a statement released on Sunday, October 18 in Maiduguri, the state capital, urged all citizens to participate in the exercise with the same enthusiasm, devotion, and faithfulness as it was done in February this year in the state.
Naija News understands that Borno State had on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, held a fasting and prayer programme to seek the face of God for peace and an end to insecurity in the state.
He, however, stated categorically that there will not be a public holiday in the state, nor will there be any sought of dramatic gatherings.
Speaking on the exercise on Sunday, Governor Zulum said, “I hereby declare Monday, Oct. 19, for the second round of statewide fasting and prayers for peace in Borno.”
“I will like to request, with gratitude, that we approach the fast with the same enthusiasm, devotion, and faithfulness as we did on Monday, Feb. 24.
“I will like to clarify that there will be no public holiday on Monday and there will be no dramatic gatherings. What is required is the purity of our intentions and submission to Allah as we fast and pray from our homes, offices, market shops, other businesses and places of legitimate endeavours.”
The governor added, “One of the key goals of fasting together is deferring to the Almighty as a community in worship and hope.
“Fasting together would also remind us of the realities we face and strengthen the faith and patriotism of our military and volunteers in frontlines as well as others who risk their lives for humanitarian and reconstruction courses.
“Our fast in worship should very well include prayers against anyone funding or supporting Boko Haram in any way, and prayers against anyone who consciously benefits from the Boko Haram crisis by any means,” the statement read in part.
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