Primary school pupils in Adamawa State on Friday offered special prayers for peace and an end to insurgency in the state and the country.
The prayers were offered by both Muslim and Christian pupils in their respective schools across the state.
They were organised by the Adamawa State Universal Basic Education Board in collaboration with the state branches of the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Muslim Council.
Speaking on the initiative, the Secretary of ADSUBEB, Mallam Salisu Adamu, said the prayers were held across the state in 1,943 primary schools.
Adamu said the measure was taken to enable “the innocent pupils pray for us as God always answers the prayers of the innocent”.
Representatives of the Muslim Council, Malam Abdullahi Damare, and that of CAN, Evangelist Dedan Clifford, who supervised the prayers in Yola, said it was a welcome development and should be sustained.
Damare said: “This period requires prayers for divine intervention.
“Everyone, including our children, should be prayerful.
“They have joined others to pray for peace and an end to attacks by insurgents in Adamawa and other parts of the country.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that many of the Friday Mosques in Yola offered prayers for peace and also urged residents to remain calm and resist any attempt to be intimidated by the insurgents.