The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sanni Bello, has claimed that prayers are also necessary to combat the nation’s escalating kidnapping and banditry cases.
He made this statement on Saturday at the start of a two-day symposium in Minna.
The Jumaat mosques imams’ forum, in collaboration with the Rahama Foundation and the Bago Foundation, organized the symposium, which was titled “The Role of Imams in Ensuring Credible and Peaceful Elections As Well As Good Governance” and took place in Minna.
Bello, who was represented by Ahmed Matane, the secretary to the state government, claimed that security services cannot address insecurity on their own.
“Security agencies alone cannot do it and thus the need for prayers by religious leaders to address the ugly trend,” he said.
Bello also stated that religious and traditional rulers must be accorded prominence for the fight against insurgency to succeed, just as he commended the efforts of security agencies.