The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar El-Kanemi, has called on all Muslim faithful in the troubled Borno State to immediately commence a three-day fasting and prayers for the return of peace to the state.
El-Kanemi also urged Christians in the state not to relent in their prayers so that the insurgents who invaded Bama, could be warded off.
A statement by the Secretary of the Borno Emirate Council, Alhaji Zanna Laisu Kazalma, quoted the traditional ruler, who is also the Chairman of the state Traditional Rulers Council, as advising that the fasting and prayers should start on Thursday (today) and end on Saturday.
The statement read in part, “The Umma is equally urged to offer special prayers in all mosques and recitation of Khalimat Shahada ‘La Ilaha Illallah’ continuously during the fasting period. It is also urged that each and every Muslim individually and collectively offer Sadaqat to the needy and the underprivileged, especially to those internally displaced persons in various camps.
“In the same vein, the Royal Father also urged the Christian community in the state not to relent in their continuous prayers for peace and security to prevail in Borno State and Nigeria as a whole”.