- Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has advised state governments on how to address the agitation to reopen churches and mosques early
- Professor Ishaq Akintola, the MURIC director, advised the governments to consider giving special palliatives to Imams and pastors
- Akintola said the palliative will cushion the effect of the lockdown and address the agitation
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has advised all state governments to consider giving Imams and pastors special palliatives in order to cushion the effect of the lockdown caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
Legit.ng gathered that the rights advocacy group argued that such relief will calm the agitations for the early reopening of churches and mosques for worship.
MURIC who gave the advice in a statement issued by the director Professor Ishaq Akintola on Wednesday, May 20, noted that citizens are restless and hungry as a result of the lockdown for nearly two months.
He said that the demand by religious leaders for the reopening of places of worship lends credence to the pressure of what they are going through.
The director while noting that clerics deserve attention at this crucial time, added that they should not be turned to beggars.
He added that pastors and Imams should not be abandoned in their time of need and that their family members deserve decent lives.
The state governor, Bala Mohammed, announced the lifting of the ban in a statement on Wednesday, May 20.
He, however, disclosed that the lifting of the ban on religious gathering was for two weeks. The governor disclosed that the ban was lifted after considering a recent declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) that COVID-19 may not go soon.
The special adviser on media to the governor, Salihu Tanko, disclosed in a statement that the governor arrived at the decision based on the recommendations of 30 Islamic scholars in the state.
He disclosed that the recommendation by the Islamic scholars was given at a meeting with government officials in the state.
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