Disturbed by insurgency and the ethno-religious crisis plaguing their states, Borno and Taraba states indigenes performing the 2014 pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia offered special prayers to God for an end to Boko Haram insurgency and other vices in Nigeria.
Indigenes of the state said they asked God to restore peace, harmony and progress in all parts of Nigeria, particularly in Borno and Taraba states.
The executive secretary of Taraba State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Habibu Al-Maki, said as citizens of Nigeria and indigenes of Borno and Taraba, the pilgrims have a responsibility to offer special prayer for the general progress of the nation.
“We had organized special prayers, we prayed for peace to reign. We prayed that the Boko Haram, which is a problem in Nigeria that God should put an end to it and the problem of armed robbery, kidnapping, killings as well as the ethno religion conflicts been witnessed in the recent time,” he said.
Also in an interview, the Adamawa state Amirul Hajj, Emir of Mubi, Abubakar Isa Ahmadu, said they offered special prayers for the progress of Nigeria in general.
He stated that pilgrims from the state also offered special prayers for peace to reign in all parts of Nigeria while performing the Hajj rites.
“During this holy rite we offered prayers for our state and country as a whole.
“We joined many other Nigerians in praying for Nigeria; for the peace of the country; for the progress of the country; for the unity of the various people of the country and we prayed that God would continue to bless Nigeria and that we work together for the development of the country in spite of all the diversities we have as a people and as a country.’’