By Ajape Sefiu A.

The Yobe State Government went all spiritual on Wednesday in response to the ongoing issue of vandals breaking into electricity towers in the state.

Babagana Kyari, Governor Mai Mala Buni’s Special Adviser on Religious Affairs, presented the government’s viewpoint during a prayer session in the state capital of Damaturu.

Due to the destruction of electricity towers by vandals, the states of Borno and Yobe are no longer connected to the national grid.

Kyari was in charge of a group of Muslim clerics who offered prayers, readings from the Holy Quran, and cow sacrifices to God in an attempt to please him and punish the rebels destructing the towers.

Slaughtering of cows after the prayer session.

This resulted from the governor threatening to hold prayers and recite the Holy Quran against the criminals who were determined to keep the two states without energy after the towers were fixed.

It was recently disclosed by the Yola Electricity Distribution Company that the towers had been brought down twice by the burglars, in December 2023 and February 2024, respectively. The Nigerian Transmission Company and the Yobe State Government collaborated to resolve both problems.

Leading Muslim clerics and students of the Holy Quran in Wednesday’s recitation and prayers session, where cows were offered for Allah to disclose and punish the rebels smashing the power towers, Kyari stated that enough was enough.

“The Spiritual prayer session was for Allah to expose and punish the criminals, their sponsors, their supporters, those who helped them with the tools used in the destruction of the towers, their transporters to the scene of the crime, whoever knows but refuses to expose them, buyers of the vandalised tower parts, and transformers thieves,” Kyari said.

The towers are part of the Jos – Gombe grid serving Borno and Yobe states with electricity.

Meanwhile, all efforts to speak with the Director General, Media and Press Affairs to Governor Buni, Mohammed Mamman, proved abortive at press time, as phone calls put to him were not successful.