Governor Babagana Zulum has enlisted the aid of thirty marabouts in the fight against the intractable armed insurgency in Borno State perpetrated by the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
This strange development was made public via a statement Zulum’s spokesman, Isa Gusau released on Saturday where he gave out snippet about the enlisted prayer warriors.
“Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has entered an arrangement with 30 residents of Makkah who will on a permanent basis, offer daily ‘Dawaf’ (circumambulation of the holy Ka’aba ) offer prayers for the return and sustenance of peace in Borno State and the rest of Nigeria.
“They have for tens of years devoted themselves to spending hours at the Ka’aba every day for the purpose of worship. An old man amongst them is said to have remained a Ka’aba devotee in the last 40 years,” the statement read in part.
However, there was no mention of the financial implication to the state whether the prayer warriors would offer their service pro bono or it would set the state back millions of naira.