President Buhari sends Ramadan message to Muslims
- President Muhammadu Buhari has told Muslims in Nigeria to refrain from socialising during the holy month of Ramadan
- The Nigerian president said the kind of socialising that was practiced during previous Islamic events now risks spreading the coronavirus
- Buhari advised Muslims to avoid large gatherings and have their prayers and meals individually or with family at home
President Muhammadu Buhari has told Muslims in Nigeria to refrain from those Ramadan rituals and traditions which were practiced before the outbreak of COVID-19.
The Nigerian president in a Ramadan message to Muslims said the kind of socialising that used to be practiced during previous Islamic events now risks spreading the coronavirus.
In a statement issued through one of his media aides, Garba Shehu, on Thursday, April 23, the president advised Muslims to avoid large gatherings and have their prayers and meals individually or with family at home.
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He described Ramadan 2020 as a challenge in the period of the global pandemic which has spread to more than 200 nations, with virtually all countries.
The president urged Muslims to endure and not to use the coronavirus as an excuse not to participate in the Ramadan fast, unless such abstention is warranted by the excuses clearly outlined by health and religious authorities.
Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) announced that Ramadan would start on Friday, April 24. Legit.ng reports that the NSCIA president-general and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, announced this on Thursday, April 23.
He confirmed that the new moon was sighted on the evening of Thursday, April 23, which indicates that Ramadan would commence on Friday, April 24, in Nigeria.
The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan would also begin on Friday in Saudi Arabia and most Arab countries.
Meanwhile, Abdullahi Idris Garba, a lawmaker representing from Niger state, has joined the giveaway fray to help people through the economic hardship they are facing in the lockdown.
n a Facebook post he made on Wednesday, April 22, he said that he has started the distribution of 15,000 bags of rice, 16,000sacks of maize, 5500 tubers of yam to those in Kontagora/Wushishi/Mariga/Mashegu federal constituency.
Idris said that the relief packages are also targeted at helping those who really need help like the elderly and widow.
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