- An Islamic human rights organisation, MURIC, has warned that it is unsafe to re-open mosques due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- The group suggested that mosques should remain closed until the federal government declares the country safe from the pandemic
- The group called on states that have allowed mosques to re-open to reconsider their decisions
An Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has advised mosques in Nigeria not to re-open due to the dangers posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
MURIC in a statement issued by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Monday, 18, suggested that mosques should remain closed until the federal government declares the country safe from the pandemic.
The group stated that it was unwise for some state governments to have permitted the re-opening of mosques. It warned Muslims not to rush to their graves.
MURIC called on authorities in Borno, Gombe and Zamfara state who permitted mosques in their states to reopen to reconsider their decisions.
“Reopening mosques at this time can be interpreted as withdrawing from the battlefield and leaving the rest of the country to face the fight alone. It may also be interpreted as disobedience to FG’s restriction on crowding,” MURIC said.
It advised the leadership of the Nigerian muslim community, namely, the Sultan of Sokoto and the president-general of the NSCIA to be consulted before the decision is taken to re-open mosques.
Meanwhile, the earlier restriction on religious and social gatherings imposed on Adamawa due to the spread of the coronavirus infection has been lifted by the state government.
The state government, announcing its new decision on Sunday, May 17, said that this came due to the welcome drop in the number of local transmission of the disease, Channels TV reports.
However, the government warned that the gatherings must not exceed 50 persons per cluster in all parts of the state.
The state also pointed out that conveners of such gatherings must provide hand sanitisers and ensure that rules on social distancing are not flouted. Despite the lifting of the ban on movement, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri made it clear that the 8pm to 6am curfew still stands.
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