The administration of Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has sent 97 clerics to Saudi Arabia on Lesser Hajj to “pray for a stoppage of banditry”.
According to the Deputy Governor, Sen. Hassan Nasiha, it was part of strategies to restore peace and security in the state.
The clerics are to engage in prayer sessions in almost all strategic holy places of worship in the cities of Makkah and Madina, with a view to restoring peace in Zamfara and Nigeria.
Addressing the clerics before their departure, the deputy governor urged them to consider the state and its people in their prayers.
This, he said, they should do with the hope that God would cause an end to multiple problems of the nation.
Delivering a sermon at the departure, a cleric, Dr Atiku Balarabe, briefed the pilgrims on how best to concentrate on their worship and prayers in Saudi Arabia.
He said they should constantly remember that they were representatives of all citizens of the state and to seek God’s intervention to bring an end to banditry and other crimes in the state.
Balarabe said they must concentrate on the prayers to meet the state’s expectations considering the trust reposed in them by millions of people of the state.
Earlier in the month, Zamfara distributed 200 Cadillac 2019 model to traditional rulers in the state.