The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum has signed an agreement with 30 Saudi-based clerics who are residing in the city of Makka, to help in the fight against Boko Haram in the region.
According to reports, the job of the clerics will be to offer endless prayers for the return of peace in Borno, a government statement said.
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 (circulation) around the holy Kaaba, Premium Times reports.
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 more requires spiritual intervention.
Some Nigerians ridiculed the remarks, highlighting its contradiction to the government’s position that Boko Haram has been defeated.
The governor’s spokesperson, Isa Gusau, said all the 30 clerics are of Nigerian origin — from Borno, Katsina, Zamfara, Kano and parts of the northwest — and have been living in Makka for decades where they devoted themselves to prayers by spending hours at the Ka’aba.
Mr. Gusau said:
“An old man amongst them is said to have remained a Ka’aba devotee in the last 40 years.”
“The Ka’aba is Islam’s holiest area located inside the grand Al-Haram mosque in Makkah,” he said.
Mr. Gusau described the governor’s action as a “critical move.”