- The Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa Ikamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS) has declared its allegiance to the Plateau state government
- This is coming after JIBWIS leader Sheikh Yahaya Jingir was allegedly interrogated for violating the lockdown order in the state
- The religious organization also announced the cancellation of its scheduled programmes
Following Sheikh Yahaya Jingir's alleged interrogation for violating the lockdown order against the spread of coronavirus in Plateau state, the national leader of Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa Ikamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS) has declared his allegiance to the state government.
It was earlier reported that Jingir had led a large number of his followers for Juma’at Prayer at Yantaya Mosque on Friday, March 27, despite the state government’s order banning all gatherings above 50 people.
According to Daily Nigerian, a source close to Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, confirmed that State Security Services (SSS) in Abuja had invited Sheikh Jingir to answer a few questions on Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29.
However, Ahmad Ashir, JIBWIS’ national publicity secretary, explained that he was not aware of the invitation from SSS.
Nonetheless, JIBWIS' National Executive Council (NEC) on Sunday, March 29, in a statement signed by Shiekh Nasiru AbdulMuhyi, the national chairman, declared it would comply with the federal and state measures taken against the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, JIBWIS also announced the suspension of its scheduled national seminar for Qur’anic recitation, including the judges, imams and other juristic participants.
The organization reassured state authorities of its concluded arrangements to support the ongoing sensitization on social distancing, self-isolation, and management of public gathering.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari stopped all movements in the FCT, Lagos, and Ogun states in a bid to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
The president gave the directive in a presidential broadcast on Sunday evening, March 29, adding that the directive will be for an initial period of 14 days. Legit.ng notes that the president said that the lockdown will take effect from 11 pm on Monday, March 30.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir, the leader of Izala Muslim sect, described the global pandemic COVID-19 as a western conspiracy and international deceit against Muslims.
The Nigerian cleric who disclosed this in a sermon restated that the deadly coronavirus was a lie. He insisted that COVID-19 was a conspiracy meant to stop Muslim faithful from taking part in their religion's rites.
He further noted that if the ragging virus is not as effective as the fire that could not burn Prophet Ibrahim then COVID-19 is a lie, adding that even a professor claims coronavirus is not true.
Similarly, the Plateau government announced that all 43 suspected cases in the state are negative. This was disclosed by the Plateau state commissioner for health, Dr Nimkong Larndam at a press conference in Jos on Saturday, February 29.
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