Sheikh Gumi, Sultan Warn Against Relaxing Lockdown because of Eid-el-Fitri Celebration

Popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi has warned the government against the relaxation of the lockdown which is occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to news men in Kaduna on Wednesday, May 20, after a brief discussion with Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the renowned cleric predicted a sudden spike in cases of coronavirus should people be allowed to pray in congregation. He spoke against the backdrop of the decisions of some northern governors to lift the lockdown so as to allow people go for the. Eid-el-Fitri congregational prayer to mark the end of Ramadan.

He is his word, he said, "Once you allow people to come and pray, they are going to troop out in thousands and you cannot control. We are afraid that one single day will come and spoil all the gains that we had,”

Gumi also noted that lifting the ban for religious gathering as the Eid prayer may sabotage the government's effort to contain the virus. He further stated that Nigeria can not be compared to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the population, especially in the North, can not be controlled.

In other report, the Sultan of Sokoto and president general of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), HRM Sa'ad Abubakar has given directives that Muslims should observe Fitri prayer at home as part of preventive measures to contain the spread of the covid-19 pandemic.


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