Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has urged muslims in the country to pray for the recovery of the country from the coronavirus pandemic during the Ramadan and adjust to the realities imposed on worship and social life generally.
He said the disease had disrupted all areas of human activities and called for sacrifices
He said: “We’ve had to make sacrifices, and much more is required of us in the days ahead if we must defeat the scourge of this plague. Our social life has been disrupted by lockdown of sections of our country and practice of social distancing.
“In the last three weeks, we have been unable to gather to fulfill our religious obligations to worship the Almighty Allah. The lesser hajj has been suspended.
“My dear Muslim Ummah, this is the reality as we commence this year’s Ramadan.
“And as you commence the fasting period – one of the mandatory sacrifices required of us – bear in mind this year’s Ramadan comes at an extraordinarily tough moment for the Muslim Ummah because of the severe restrictions the Corona Virus has imposed on us.
“Unlike previous years, the 2020 fasting features such as Iftar meal that Muslims share together everyday and every evening after breaking their fast would be affected because of the lockdown and social distancing policy brought about by the virus outbreak.
“Other activities that may be affected include the Tafsir or the gathering of Muslims to listen to Qur’anic recitation and interpretation by scholars.
“Against this background, I urge Muslims to be steadfast and adjust to the new reality imposed by the Corona Virus disease. These challenges are a test of our faith and resilience in the face of tough times.
“Notwithstanding, it is pertinent upon Muslims to continue to be the good ambassadors of Islam by promoting peace, unity, tolerance, harmony and peaceful coexistence at all times. Above all, it is imperative that we observe all guidelines of NCDC aimed at stemming the spread of the virus, much so as it is the teaching of the Noble Prophet Mohammed (SWT) during plague seasons such as this.