- Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has warned against lifting the ban on religious gathering due to the forthcoming Eid-l-Fitr prayer
- The renowned Islamic cleric said such move will sabotage the effort of the government against Covid-19 pandemic
- Gumi stressed that "deaths in hundreds" may be recorded should people be allowed to pray in congregation during Eid
Popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has warned against the relaxation of lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, saying "one single day will come and spoil all the gains."
Speaking in Kaduna on Wednesday, May 20, after a brief discussion with Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the renowned cleric predicted a sudden spike in cases of coronavirus should people be allowed to pray in congregation.
Gumi spoke against the backdrops of a decision by some governors including Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano to relax lockdown so that Muslims can pray during Eid-l-Fitr, an Islamic festival marking the end of Ramadan fasting period.
"Once you allow people to come and pray, they are going to troop out in thousands and you cannot control. We are afraid that one single day will come and spoil all the gains that we had,” Gumi noted.
Speaking further, Gumi stressed that unlike Saudi Arabia, the crowd in the north cannot be controlled in Nigeria during Eid.
He stressed a ban lift on religious gathering may sabotage the efforts government pushed against the pandemic, saying "deaths in hundreds" may be recorded should people be allowed to pray in congregation.
“Kaduna is one of the states that have the least infection rates. We can see deaths in hundreds, in all the core-northern states like Sokoto, Katsina, Kano, Yobe, and Borno.
"But Alhamdulillah, because Kaduna had gone into lockdown earlier than all the states, we have fewer infection rates than the other states. Nobody can deny this fact,’’ he further noted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that there is a slight disagreement between the Sultan of Sokoto and governors of some states in the north over how the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr prayers should be observed.
Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar, who is the president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has given a directive that Muslims should observe the prayers at home as part of their observance of the COVID-19 protocols and to prevent the spread of the virus.
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