LAGOS, Nigeria (AA) – Officials in Nigeria’s violence-wracked northeastern Adamawa State have allocated some $1 million to – among other things – engage “prayer warriors” tasked with securing God’s intercession in the battle against the notorious Boko Haram militant group.
“We’re seeking divine intervention,” government official Abdurahman Jimeta told a news briefing in Yola, Adamawa’s provincial capital.
“We have earmarked 200 million naira [roughly $1 million] for prayers [to be conducted] to seek Allah’s help in tackling the Boko Haram menace and other insecurity challenges threatening the stability of the state,” Jimeta said.
The official added that the government was doing “everything possible” to end the threat posed by the militant group, which, he asserted, had “held the country to ransom, especially in Adamawa and other northeastern states”.
Along with hiring so-called “prayer warriors”, the official noted, some of the allocations would also go towards funding local vigilante groups and official security networks.
Although much of Nigeria’s population of almost 175 million is known for its deep religiosity, the West African country – which is more or less evenly divided between Muslims and Christians – is also notorious for widespread government corruption and the wanton violence associated with Boko Haram.
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