- Muslims have been advised to stay at home during the Eid-El-Fitri celebration
- The advice was given by the Ogun state unit of the FRSC
- The agency said that the objective of the directive is to curb the transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic
Indications are pointing to the possibility that Nigerian Muslims will celebrate the yearly Eid-El-Fitri in the confines of their homes, unlike other times.
This is as the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday, May 21, advised Muslim faithful in the country to observe the religious festival indoors, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
In fact, Iyanda Taofiq, the FRSC unit commander in Sagamu, Ogun state, said that the directive is in line with the federal government's stay-at-home order aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus.
Taofiq stated: “Observe the government rules and regulations concerning COVID-19 to curb the pandemic.”
He admonished Muslims and all residents in the state to maintain the utmost personal hygiene and social distancing, adding that this is not the time for people to go from place to place in the name of celebration.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, had 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 could 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.
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