Some residents of Maiduguri, Borno state have reacted to Governor Babagana Zulum’s call to pray against insurgency in the state.
Governor Zulum, in a statewide broadcast on February 19, had declared Monday, Feb. 24 for fasting and prayers to put an end to insurgency.
A resident, Mohammed Shehu described the action as a positive step to end insurgency, saying that such prayer was necessary to ensure successful implementation of counter insurgency campaign.
“Today, I fast and intensify prayers for divine intervention to end the crisis bedeviling the state. The governor mobilised us to pray and I will continue to pray for peace to reign,” Shehu said.
Another resident, Lydia Dauda, said she fasted alongside her friends and held special prayer session with members of her church on Sunday.
She lamented that women and children were worst hit by the insurgency, noting that she believes God will bring an end to the crisis.
An eatery operator, Victoria Daniel, stated she closed her shop to enable her pray and fast in response to the call by the state governor.
“Most of my customers had indicated willingness to join the Governor in fasting so I had to close my shop and join to avoid counting losses,” Daniel said.