*Oyo NUJ hails action
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Worrird by the spread of the deadly CoronaVirus, the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheikh Abdulganeey Agbotomokekere has ordered suspension of Juma’at (Friday congregational prayers) in and across Ibadanland until further notice
Already, the Oyo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has lauded the Chief Imam for being proactive with the suspension of the Friday prayers.
This was disclosed to newsmen on Thursday in Ibadan by an Islamic Scholar and the Mogaji of Atere compound, Alhaji Hazeem Atere.
Alhaji Atere stated that the suspension was arrived at during a meeting of Chief the Chief Imam of Ibadanland in Council on Tuesday, saying, “we held the meeting of the Chief Imam of Ibadanland-In-Council on Tuesday and it lasted for about six hours before we were able to agree on the need to suspend Jummu’ah service forthwith”.
“The meeting which was chaired by the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, our revered Baba, Sheikh Agbotomokere and attended by Alfa Agba Ile Ibadan, Sheikh Abdulfatai Alaga; Sheikh Dr. Abdulbari Adetunji; Sheikh Abdulmojeed Abata; Sheikh Nurudeen Basunu; Sheikh Ismail Yusuf, myself, among others, jointly agreed on the suspension of Friday’s congregational prayers in Ibadan and environs.”, he said
Alhaji Atere added, ” the Chief Imam in Council has informed all the Imams and Alfas across the 11 local government areas in Ibadanland of the suspension of Jumat prayers until further notice.
“We have communicated same to all Imams and Alfas across all the mosques in all the 11 local governments in the State capital and admonished all to comply with the directives. And from this Friday, March 27, the Chief Imam of Ibadanland said there will be no Jummu’ah service at Oja’ba Central Mosque and other mosques in the city. Anyone who flouts such directives would bear the consequence.”
He pointed out that the ” Chief Imam also called on all to seek Allah’s mercy and recite regularly, relevant Quranic verses to put an end to the pandemic across the globe,”
Impressed by the gesture , Oyo NUJ in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Alhaji Ademola Babalola and Secretary, Comrade Sola Oladapo lauded the Chief Imam on the action, saying it shows that religious leaders in the state are ready to join hands with Governor Seyi Makinde in the fight against spread of CoronaVirus..