Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has signed an agreement with 30 Saudi-based clerics who are residing in the city of Makka, the seat of Islam’s holiest mosque, to endlessly pray for the return of peace in Borno.
The governor, who has been in Saudi Arabia since last week, had the agreement sealed with the 30 clerics whose responsibility, henceforth is to offer prayers and perform daily tawaf, that is circulation, around the holy Kaaba.
Muslims believe that prayers offered in the holy mosque of Kaaba are speedily granted.
The North East state has been tormented by Boko Haram insurgency since 2009. More than 20,000 people have been killed by the terrorist group while millions have been displaced.
The Borno governor’s quest for spiritual intervention in the unending conflict came days after the Nigeria Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Butatai, declared that ending Boko Haram now requires spiritual intervention.
Some Nigerians ridiculed the remarks, highlighting its contradiction to the government’s position that Boko Haram has been defeated.