- MURIC has warned the state governors against reopening of schools and religious centres
- The director of the group, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, commended the Lagos government for suspending religious activities in the state
- Akintola said the coast is not yet clear for the reopening of schools and religious centres based on the increasing cases of COVID-19
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Following the growing cases of the novel coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has warned the state governors against the reopening of schools and religious centres.
Legit.ng reports that MURIC in a statement issued by its director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, lauded the advice of the federal government to state governments to delay the resumption of schools until further notice and indefinite suspension of religious services in Lagos state.
Akintola said: “We are on the same page with the federal government on the need for states to delay the resumption of schools. The stakes are still very high and the coast is still not clear. Beijing opened its schools a few weeks ago but it ordered their closure on Wednesday after the deadly COVID-19 made a come-back in China.
“The closure of schools weeks after they had been opened in Beijing has a negative psychological impact on students and their parents. It is also capable of portraying the authorities as uncoordinated."
The statement further read: "A communist enclave like China can condemn the political fallout but not in Nigeria where the norm is kindergarten democratic practices and everything here is politicised, including human lives. That is why we cannot afford to make the mistake of opening and closing again like Beijing.
“In like manner, we fully endorse the decision of the Lagos state government to suspend the opening of churches and mosques.
"This is alarming enough particularly when compared to states like Abia, Ebonyi, Taraba and Benue which have registered zero death.
“Lagos has therefore taken the right step by suspending the reopening of churches and mosques. Even Saudi Arabia yesterday closed all mosques it ordered open two weeks ago. It should be noted that Lagos is a mega-city with a population of more than 17.5 million. Akintola appealed to Lagos residents to exercise patience."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a lady with the Twitter handle @TraceyManus revealed how the deadly coronavirus ruined her family.
It was reported that her 24-year-old cousin died of the disease despite the fact that he had no health issues before he contracted the virus.
She said that he was a health worker, adding that his death has left all of them very heartbroken.
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