A renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has advised the people of Kaduna State not to allow the Eid-el-Fitr celebration roll-back the gains of almost two months in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).
Gumi gave the advice while speaking to journalists shortly after Governor Nasir El-Rufai met with some Islamic scholars at the Government House in Kaduna.
The Islamic cleric pointed out that the Eid celebration comes up only once in a year, adding that the rate of COVID-19 infections and related deaths were fewer in Kaduna because of the proactive actions taken by the government from the start of the outbreak.
He said that unlike other countries where crowds in worship places could be controlled in the event of lifting the COVID-19 lockdown, in Nigeria, it would be practically impossible.
According to him, “Once you allow people to come and pray, they are going to troop out in thousands you cannot control.
“The point is that we have stayed for over two months under lockdown; we are afraid that one single day will come and spoil all the gains that we have.
“Kaduna is one of the states that have the least infection rates.
“We can see the rate of the calamity in other northern states like Sokoto, Katsina, Kano, Yobe, Borno, but Alhamdulillah because Kaduna had gone into lockdown earlier than these states, we have fewer infection rates. Nobody can deny this fact.”