Sheikh Adam Idoko, the Chief Imam of University of Nigeria Central Mosque has urged Muslims all over the world to use the Eid-el-fitr celebration to pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Idoko who is also the Vice-President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Nsukka on Sunday.
“If the whole world will unite and pray to God in spirit and in truth, Coronavirus pandemic will come to an abrupt end.
“God has rescued humanity from many deadly viruses and diseases in the past. He can do it again if all countries of the world will humble themselves and seek the face of God,” he said.
The Imam congratulated Muslims for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and urged them to regard the stoppage of congregational Eid prayer as a sacrifice to curb the spread of COVID-19 deadly virus.
“As I have already told you, the NSCIA directed that this year Eid prayer should be observed at home with our family members because of Coronavirus pandemic.
“This is in compliance to Federal Government lockdown directive that closed mosques and churches as well as banned social gatherings across the country.
“Coronavirus pandemic is not only in Nigeria but all over the world.
“All the mosques in Mecca in Saudi Arabia the headquarters of Islam have remain closed because of COVID-19 pandemic.
“Ensure, you always wash your hands regularly, wear your face mask, maintain social distance and other instructions by government to curb the spread of the deadly virus,” he said.
Idoko commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the measures put in place since the index case of coronavirus was recorded in Nigeria, to ensure the protection of citizens.
“Mr President has shown dedication and serious commitment to control the spread of the deadly virus since the coronavirus index case was recorded in the country on Feb. 27.
“Government has shared food items and other palliatives worth billions of naira to vulnerable people across the country to cushion the effect of lockdown caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
“I also commend Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for complimenting the efforts of Federal Government in controlling the spread of the deadly virus.
“To win this war against COVID-19, the enemy of humanity, all hands must be on deck.
“I wish all Muslims in Nigeria happy Eid-el-Fitr.” (NAN)