Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum has instructed the people of the state to observe a fast on Monday to pray for an end to the Boko Haram crisis.
The governor declared Monday as the second day of fasting across the state on Saturday while addressing a stakeholder meeting he chaired in Maiduguri, the state capital.
Zulum said one of the ways people can help in the fight against Boko Haram is by not joining militant groups and by providing the military with information and prayers.
“It was in this context that I convened a meeting with His Highness Shehun Borno, the Chief Imam and Friday mosque clerics and Christian leaders,” he said.
“Following this discussion, I have declared Monday, October 19 as the second day of fasting and prayers in Borno State.
“I urge us to start this fast with enthusiasm and perseverance like on February 24, 2020.”
The governor also stressed that there will be no work on Monday, he said, “All that is required is to purify the heart with prayers from our homes.”
The Boko Haram insurgency has claimed more than 36,000 lives since 2009, and according to the United Nations, more than three million people have been displaced – mostly in Borno State.