An Islamic cleric, Ali Ahmad, has vowed to trek from Abuja to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, should Abubakar Shekau, the shadowy leader of Boko Haram sect, is captured by the Nigerian Military.
The religious leader made this known while speaking during a prayer organized on Wednesday, by some religious bodies to render Boko Haram spiritual base useless.
The 37-year-old cleric made it clear that he would embark on the 844 kilometer trek to celebrate if the Nigerian troops succeed in its quest to capture the elusive leader of the ferocious Islamic dealth cult.
His avowal came on the back of a recent directive made by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai to the troops fighting Boko Haram in the Northeast to arrest Shekau within 40 days, either dead or alive.
The religious bodies said they would be embarking on a 40-day prayer and fasting for God to end the reign of insurgency in Nigeria.
While addressing the religious groups at the Unity Fountain, Ahmad, who claimed to be an indigene of one of the villages that was attacked by the Boko Haram members in January 2015, said he lost his wives and two children when the insurgents attacked his village, Gudumbaji, Guzamala LGA of Borno State.
“I was doing fine with my family in Maiduguri until January 2015 when the Boko Haram members attacked the Monday Market and killed several people.
“I was in Kano that day to buy goods when I got a call from my house that my wife, Zaina and two sons have been killed by bomb blast. I lost everything I had and I had no choice than to move my remaining family to my village in Gudumbali. From there I moved to Abuja,” he said.
The father of three, who attributed the cause of his misfortunes to the activities of Shekau and his men, said he would be the most joyful person if the extremist is eventually captured.
“I am ready to trek from Abuja to Maiduguri if he is arrested. I don’t mind my age and strength. Shekau is an evil man and deserves to die. He will not go unpunished,” Ahmad added.