The Chief Imam of Hosanna Mosque, Abakaliki in Ebonyi, Alhaji Ishaq Adamu has admonished Muslim faithful to continue offering prayers to end COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
Adamu made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after observing Eid-el-Fitri prayers in Abakaliki on Sunday.
The Imam said that Muslims have had the opportunity to return to Allah during Ramadan and prayers to end the scourge.
“The pandemic is a sign that Allah wants both Muslims and Christians to get closer to Him through prayers to end the virus.
“I advise people to keep washing their hands, use sanitisers and face masks as directed by the government.
“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) team were at the Eid prayer grounds to observe the level of compliance and they were satisfied,’’ Adamu said.
He also urged the Muslim faithful to sustain lessons learnt during the Ramadan while they should extend palliatives supports to poor in the society.
“Some faithful have done well in reaching out to the poor in Onueke, Afikpo-North and Ohaukwu Local Government Areas with rice and money to cushion the effect of the pandemic and to enable them to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri with others.’’
Also, the Chief Imam of Central Mosque, Ogbe Hausa in Abakaliki, Alhaji Muhammad Labaran said the period required all to be patient, unite and support the governments.
Labaran, represented by Secretary of the central mosque, Usman Adam, was optimistic that the COVID-19 had increased mutual understanding among the people.
He urged the faithful to understand that the preventive measures ordered by the government were for safety and enable people to stay alive.
He promised to continue to enlighten people on the need for adherence. (NAN)