Overwhelmed by the series of attacks by bandits in Zamfara State, the government has gone spiritual.
It has called on the people of the state to fast for three days and pray fervently to God to stop the activities of bandits, kidnappers and other crimes.
The Zamfara state’s Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Bello Dankande, made the call on Tuesday at a press conference held in Gusau.
He said the spiritual fight was necessary to support the efforts of the government.
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His words: “I am sure you all know the efforts the state government and the Federal Government are making to tackle the activities of criminal elements in the state.
“We believe that the fasting and prayers will facilitate Allah’s intervention for both the safety and success of our security men and bring the ugly situation to an end.
“These three days of fasting is voluntary to everybody because we are all either directly or indirectly affected by the situation.
“We are also soliciting for the intensive reading of the complete Holy Qur’an by Islamic scholars and their students to invoke Allah’s help.”
The government reiterated that the laws banning wood logging and illegal sale of petrol in the state were still in place.
Violators of the law, the government said, would be dealt with.
It was gathered that the bandits got supply of food, fuel and other things through the activities of those engaged in wood logging.