He started with prayer and ended with prayer. Specifically, he called down fire and brimstone in the manner peculiar with Later day Pentecostal Christians. But he is a Muslim.
Dr. Yerima Haruna is from Borno. He believes insurgency that has ruined the whole of North East is failure of leadership. He was categorical and could have flooded the hall with statistics had he the luxury of time to do so. Even then, the time keeper rang her bell and Justice Kutigi almost shouted himself hoarse, still he declined and only stopped talking when several shouts of ‘point of order, observation’ rang out from every part of the hall.
He consented but not without prayer. “Oh God touch the minds of those who have stolen our money and stashed it away in foreign lands, if they don’t send fire to burn them. Oh God, touch the minds of those that have stolen our money and buil houses abroad let them return them and if they don’t let landslide, mudslide, whirlwind wash them away. Ameen,” he concluded.
That was one prayer that brought people of all faith even self-professed traditionalists into unanimous chorus of amen.