The Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn-Garbai, has directed residents of the state to embark on a three-day fasting “for divine intervention over the Boko Haram insurgency in the state.”
The directive is contained in a statement issued on Monday in Maiduguri.
The statement quoted the monarch as asking residents to start the fasting on Tuesday.
“I am appealing to all residents of the state to observe a three-day fasting to seek Allah’s mercy toward ending the crisis facing us. I believe we should continue to seek for Allah’s help toward restoring peace in the state,” he stated.
Ibn-Garbai noted that renewed violence by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect has led to massive destruction of lives and properties, adding that it was time to seek God’s intervention.
He also directed that special prayers be held in mosques and churches to seek God’s help and urged residents to remain prayerful even after the fasting which ends on Thursday.
The fasting exercise is in line with President Goodluck Jonathan’s request over the weekend for more prayers to be offered on behalf of the country to enable it overcome the current challenge of terrorism.
Jonathan who attended the 2014 maiden edition of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, in Abuja expressed the readiness of the federal government to stop all acts of terrorism perpetuated by the Boko Haram sect in the North-East.
“I urge you to pray for our dear country to speedily overcome the current challenges we face, especially insurgency, terrorism and the heinous killings of innocent children in schools.” he said.
Speaking further he added: “I believe that with your devote prayers and the strategies we have put in place, we shall surely surmount these challenges.”