*provide palliative measures too
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) on Friday charged the Federal and state governments in Nigeria to punish any violator of the quarantine or stay-at-home order imposed to curtail spread of the deadly CoronaVirus disease .
MUSWEN in a statement signed by its Executive Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer, Professor Muslih Tayo Yahya, tasked the government and other stakeholders in Nigeria to without waisting more time, provide palliative measures to cushion the attendant economic hardships as a result of citizens staying off their works and means of livelihood.
The Muslim Ummah further emphasized the need for adequate protection for health workers and other essential service providers who are always on duty to save lives in this period of Coronavirus also known as Covid- 19.
According to MUSWEN while declaring its total support and pledge compliance with all measures recommended by experts and relevant authorities and directives of the Governments aimed at stopping the spread of CoronaVirus, “this current situation should be seen as an opportunity to be closer to our God by spending our isolation and stay-at-home times in engaging in spiritual activities like tilawatul Quran, adhkar, supplications, fasting, etc especially in this holy month of Shaban.”
“The Governments are implored to provide palliative measures to cushion the attendant economic hardships as a result of citizens staying off their works and means of livelihood. Only then may the Governments be well advised to adequately punish any violation of “quarantine” or stay-at-home rules. The Governments must also provide adequate protection for HealthCare and other service providers while on their duties of saving lives.We pray to Almighty Allah to save the world from the deadly virus that threatens our existence”, it said.
Sympathizing with all Nigerians and indeed the whole world on the outbreak and rapid spread of the Coronavirus, MUSWEN lauded efforts of Governments at all levels in the Country at curtailing the spread of the Virus.
“We declare our total support and pledge compliance with all measures recommended by experts and relevant authorities and directives of the Governments aimed at stopping the spread. The Management of the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN)on behalf of Millions of Muslims within the South Western region of the country sympathises with all Nigerians and indeed the whole world on the outbreak and rapid spread of the CoronaVirus Disease (Covid-19).”
The statement added “MUSWEN has taken steps along the line of social distancing by terminating or postponing parts of its scheduled important activities and suspending decision or further action on others while monitoring the situation. The Secretariat Staff have been compelled to work from home in observance of the stay-at-home measures . A MUSWENs Health NGO, Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria Health Care Givers Society had, weeks ago released a statement, (copy attached), a leaflet on Covid-19 educating the populace about, and giving admonition on, the prevention of the deadly virus.”.