Maiduguri - The leader of Muslims on Friday announced plans to host a national day of prayer in the capital as part of an effort to overcome Boko Haram's brutal Islamist insurgency.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, has invite prominent Muslim leaders to the National Mosque in Abuja on Sunday.
The "National Muslims Prayers for Peace and Security in Nigeria" aims to help the country in "overcoming the current security challenges facing the country" a statement printed in several national newspapers said.
The call follows an open letter to the Sultan written by Shehu Sani, a prominent northern rights activist and author who has been part of several past efforts to end Boko Haram's five-year deadly uprising through dialogue.
Sani said Nigeria's top cleric needed to do more to help secure the release of more than 200 schoolgirls held hostage by Boko Haram, whose mass April 14 abduction from a school in Chibok in the northeast has drawn worldwide condemnation.
"Religious clerics particularly in the north should move beyond prayers and independently move further to reach out to the insurgents and amicably retrieve these girls via means that will guarantee their safe return," Sani wrote this week.
"The Chibok girls have guns on their heads and chains on their hands and we have a dangling sword of posterity hanging over our heads," he added.
In an interview with AFP on Friday in Maiduguri, Boko Haram's historic stronghold, a senior security source said the silence of prominent Islamic leaders such as the Sultan had hindered Nigeria's counter-insurgency effort.
The news of Boko Haram kidnapping a school full of girls back in the Spring has been one of the most shocking and appalling stories reported in 2014. While social media users have been campaigning to raise awareness of the despicable crime, the US government has remained relatively quiet on the issue. The girls kidnapped are being held by dangerous terrorists, and these terrorists are extremely against Western culture (AKA the United States). The US needs to do more and step up to aid in the fight against Boko Haram and free the hostages.
There are girls being held hostage by the Boko Haram insurgents. Where is the United States when they need them? Nigeria's government is obviously not doing enough to save them so we should step in whether Nigeria's government likes it or not. In my research, the United States are afraid of being blamed for anything going wrong while trying to be the hero. Who cares?!? I'm sure the people of Nigeria will be very thankful for the lives that will be saved. Either take a chance to save them, or have their deaths on your conscious.
While I don't agree with alot of Boko Haram's actions, the US is not the policeman of the world we've seen how their interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Libya, etc have only cause more bloodshed, more violence and have created an even more unstable world. It's arrogance like this that makes everyone want to bomb you, first fix up your own country before you even think about telling others how to live. Take a look at Detroit, that's like Afghanistan in your own backyard.
The US does not have the responsibility to enter into other state matters. It cannot be expected to help everyone who is in need of aid etc. The US tries to help as much as it can but people expect a little too much from them. But the UN peace corps could have done something more for the hostages.