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The league of Imams and Alfas in Ogun State has urged Nigerians to keep observing the covid-19 protocols and as well desist from making inflammatory statements.
This is coming just as the clerics felicitated with Muslims across the country on the occasion of Eid-el-Adha held on Tuesday.
Eid-el-adha is an annual festival observed by Muslims to commemorate the faith and obedience to Allah .
In a press statement by the Ogun State League of Imams and Alfas (Rabitah) signed by the Secretary General, Imam Tajudeen Adewunmi in commemoration of Eid-ul-Adha, the clerics reminded Muslims of last year’s experience cautioning that the Covid-19 pandemic is still around.
The statement as received by PLATFORM TIMES read in parts, “Last year, we celebrated under some restrictions and constraints due to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic. Alhamdulillah, the situation is fair this time around. Let us note very quickly that the situation is yet to clear out and in view of the reported spikes in some areas, we urge all muslims to still keep up with the daily obligatory prayers and ‘askaar’ as well as the COVID-19 protocols.”
While appreciating governments at all levels for efforts in tackliing insecurity, the clerics who noted that there is still a lot to be done, pleaded with all Nigerians to avoid statements that could stir hatred, bitterness or discord in the country.
“…We plead that we all put the national interest and security as a non-negotiable priority. We plead with all Nigerians, especially our leaders to watch their remarks and comments on issues at these times. We should all desist from making inflammatory statements that could fan the embers of hatred, discord or bitterness against individual or group within the federation of Nigeria.
” We should all pay proper attention to the growth and development of our children and family. Children become adults with what they have learnt as the instrument of office.
“We urge couples to please take care of themselves and their children, endure the situation with sacrifice for a better future to stem the tide of very many broken homes and the deleterious effect on the development of our children.
” We urge all adults to be responsible in their behaviour to be role models for the youths. It is a duty upon all parents to ensure that our children have the opportunity to grow to become responsible adults.
” Apart from good education, governments at all levels should strive more to reduce the level of unemployment, especially amongst the youths,” the statement added.
Muslims were encouraged to ‘continue to remember and live according to the lessons associated with the festival of sacrifice by father in faith Ibrahim, and his son Ismail (Allah’s blessings on them both).
The league noted that neither the meat nor the blood of the slaughtered animals get to Allah, but the piety in our hearts as believers. It is very important to make taqwa reflect on all our dealings for us to earn the pleasure of Allah.’