The Niger State government has directed mosques and churches to conduct special prayers for God’s Devine intervention in the fight against insecurity in the state.
The state in recent times has grappled with the rising cases of banditry, kidnapping, other forms of crimes and criminal elements.
Governor Sani Bello, represented by his Deputy, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso at the Muslim special prayers at the Minna Central Mosque enjoined the people to return to God for the carnage will come to an end,
“The state government is collaborating with the security agencies, working round the clock to ensure that they protect lives and property even as the security challenges are surmountable.”
The Chief Imam of Minna Central Mosque, Ibrahim Isah Fari led a group of Ulamas in the Muslim prayer.
Also, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN), Rev. Mathias Echioda, Senior Pastor of Occupy Ministries in a special Christian prayer held at Micheal’s Catholic cathedral, Minna prayed for peace in the state and the country, while commending the government for believing that God can salvage the country from its present predicament.
“The admission of government to say that our salvation, our deliverance, our help comes from God to me means so much, it means that God has a heart towards God and therefore a heart towards the people.”
The state CAN chairman appreciated the courage of the government to call for the prayers, saying they have always been praying for an end to banditry.
“The security forces are doing a great job which only God can reward them, and we are urging those saddled with the responsibility of taking care of them to give them their dues. They deserve prayers and support of all.”
Rev. Echioda also appealed to the bandits to have a second thought, lay down their arms and dialogue with the government to make their grievances known and discuss so that they are integrated into the society.
The special prayer is expected to be replicated in all the eight Emirates of the state.