- Nigerians have been urged to show some acts of love to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS across states
- This call was made by the director general of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS Gambo Aliyu
- Aliyu said expressing love to those infected and affected will encourage more Nigerians to get tested and treated
The director general of the National Agency for Control of AIDS, Gambo Aliyu, has called on Nigerians especially the Muslim faithfuls to show unconditional love to those affected or living with HIV/AIDS.
Aliyu while describing the celebration of Eid El Kabir as "a time to reflect" said, it is important for all Nigerians to reflect on the significance of this celebration and its lesson as it relates to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care.
Stating that NACA saddled with responsibilities of coordinating the HIV/AIDS multi-sectorial response in Nigeria, the DG said he will like to use the opportunity of the Sallah season to ask Nigerians to reflect on the lessons of sacrificing one’s most precious thing in the way of God’s command.
"If Nigerians obey the command of God, the HIV epidemic in Nigeria will become a thing of the past, as pre-marital sex, extra marital affairs and casual sex among young people will not be happening as we learn and become educated regarding dangers engaging in risky behaviors during festive season," Aliyu said.
He said that reflecting on the significance of this day on showing love and happiness to one another in obedience to Almighty Allah will allow all humans to show love and care to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Noting that while the level of Stigma and discrimination against persons living with HIV/AIDS is worrisome, Aliyu said expressing love to those infected and affected will encourage more Nigerians to get tested and treated.
He also said that such love will make room and allow many people to be more open about their HIV status thereby making the disease less frightening and dreaded.
Aliyu said: "The sacrifice and sharing of ram and other related animals is significant in the celebration of Eid-Kabir and so should we imbibe this lesson; to share correct and factual information on HIV/AIDS among our friends, family, peers, and community members."
"This remains the only avenue to reduce ignorance about the disease and ensure we all are equipped with information to prevent HIV infection be ensuring Treatment Care and Support of Persons Living with the virus," Aliyu said.
Aliyu further wished all Muslims in Nigeria and around the world a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan called on Nigerians to remain steadfast in the unity and peace building across Nigeria.
Lawan in a statement by his media assistant during the Sallah celebration urged Nigerians to always remember their shared heritage as a means of tackling the contemporary challenges of nation-building.
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