Borno State governor, Babagana Umara Zulum has engaged 30 Muslim prayer warriors over unending Boko Haram insurgency in his state.
Zulum’s spokesman, Isa Gusau in a statement emailed to Daily Correspondents on Saturday revealed that the government engaged the 30 prayer warriors in Saudi Arabia to intercede for the state affected by a decade long Boko Haram violence.
“Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has entered an arrangement with 30 residents of Makkah who will on a permanent basis, offer daily ‘Dawaf’ (circumambulation of the holy Ka’aba ) offer prayers for the return and sustenance of peace in Borno State and the rest of Nigeria,” Gusau said in the state.
The statement did not indicate whether or not the prayer agreement involves any financial commitment. No further details were also provided on the scope of the accord.
The governor’s aide, however, said the 30 persons engaged in the prayer hail from some northern states including Borno, Katsina, Zamfara and Kano.
“They have for tens of years devoted themselves to spending hours at the Ka’aba every day for the purpose of worship. An old man amongst them is said to have remained a Ka’aba devotee in the last 40 years,” he said.
Ka’aba is believed to be Islam’s holiest area located inside the grand Al-Haram mosque in Makkah, Gusau explained.
He said the engagement of the spiritualists was a “critical move aimed to combine different approaches that include sustained support for the Nigerian Armed forces.”
Boko Haram has stepped up attacks on military forces and vulnerable communities in Borno in recent times, pushing further a decade of the violence in the northeast zone.