Corona pandemic: KNSG meets Ulamah to avert COVID-19 in mosques
|By Mahmud GamboSani
In its effort to curb the spread of Corona virus into the state, the recent inaugurated Task Force Committee on the dreaded disease has met with the Ulamah on how to take proactive measures in mosques within the state.
In his speech during the meeting held at the Africa House, Kano Government House, the Deputy Governor, AlhajiNasiru Yusuf Gawuna who also chairs the Committee said: “Even though there has not been report of any case in Kano but it has become imperative for the State Government under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to take measures on the risk posed by the pandemic and the necessary steps to be taken.”
According to him, as major stakeholders, religious leaders have very important role to play in sensitising the public about their personal hygiene and safety; “that is why we invited the Ulamah to come for discussion and come out with resolutions.
“Ulamah should imbibe the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) in their sermons as Government is reinforcing its response and preparedness particularly through investigation and surveillance of suspected areas,” he explained.
Gawuna further urged the public to heed the advice given by the medical personnel in their effort at protecting the health of the populace.
In his remark, the Co-chair of the State Task Force Committee on Corona Virus, Prof. AbdurrazaqGarbaHabib told the religious leaders that symptoms of the disease include excessive coughing, high fever, sneezing and running nose.
He added that so far over 420, 000 people have been infected with the disease in the world, out of which over 20,000 have died.
Prof. Habib therefore advised the people to regularly wash their hands and apply social distancing between them with the aim of curtailing the spread of the virus.
After the discussion between the members of the Task Force Committee and the Ulama from the Tijjaniyya, Qadiriyya and Izala sects, resolutions were taken on how to prevent the spread of the virus in the worship places.
Prof. Ahmad Murtala from Bayero University, Kano who spoke on behalf of the two sides read the resolutions of the meeting which include: that the Ulamah should call on people to intensify prayers; Government should assist in providing protective masks and sanitisers to the mosques; Emirate Councils should create sensitisation and awareness programme in the nooks and crannies of their domains.
Other resolutions are that the Ulamah should fear Allah in whatever they propagate to their followers about Corona virus; Government should create laws that will stop the spread of rumours and fake news about the disease, among others.