Islamic Cleric, Muhammad Mustafa, has called for sustained prayer for peace as more insurgents surrender to the military in Borno.
Imam Mustafa made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri.
He urged Muslims to use the significant period of Tasu’ah and Ashura beind observed on 9th and 10 of Islamic Calender Muharram which is equivalent to Wednesday and Thursday for voluntary Fasting, to fast and pray for divine intervention peace in Borno and the nation in general.
Mustafa, who is the Imam of University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) Friday Mosque, urged citizens to have faith in God that an end is now is sight after 12 years.
He said the act of surrendering by the insurgents, took many by surprise and should be consolidated with prayers and optimism instead of shock and pessimism as being observed expressed by some residents.
While explaining the importance of the fast to mark the Tasu’ah and Ashura, Mustafa observed that according to the Hadith of the Holy Prophet, whoever fasts the days would be forgiven his sins for a whole year.