Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has declared Monday Oct 19 for the second statewide fasting and prayers for divine intervention and an end to insurgency in the state.
The governor’s declaration is contained in a statement on Sunday in Maiduguri following meetings with Islamic, and Christian leaders .
” I hereby declare Monday, the 19th day of October 2020 as a second day for statewide fasting and prayers for peace in Borno State. I will like to request, with gratitude, that we approach the fast with the same enthusiasm, devotion and faithfulness as we did on Monday February 24, 2020.”
“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.”
“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.”
“We cannot afford to lag in our steady call upon God to free Borno. The role of prayers, especially one that is combined with practical human efforts, is very critical in our kind of battle that has raged for far too long, with huge and negative consequences.”
“One of the easiest ways all citizens can continue to help is never to associate with the insurgents, to pass useful information to security forces and to consistently pray for our armed forces and volunteers. “
“Our prayers should include those risking their lives, including humanitarian workers and those who undertake reconstruction works in communities.”
“May Allah accept our prayers and may peace return to Borno, all parts of the northeast and Nigeria.’