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Ramadan: Refrain from rituals to spread Covid-19- Buhari warns Muslims

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The President Muhammed Buhari has enjoined Muslims in Nigeria to refrain from those Ramadan rituals and traditions such as group meals and congregational prayers that have been put on hold by Muslim religious authorities all over the world to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement released by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina on Thursday as President Buhari sent his best wishes to Muslims in the country and all over the world as they begin this year’s 30-day fast, following the sighting of the moon. He urged Muslims to endure and not to use the Coronavirus as an excuse not to participate in the Ramadan fast, unless such abstention is warranted by the excuses clearly outlined by health and religious authorities.

“I congratulate all Muslims as they commence this year’s Ramadan fast which is depicted by self-denial, universal brotherhood, austerity and helping relatives and needy people,” he said. He described Ramadan 2020 as a challenge, falling as it is in the period of the global pandemic, which has spread to more than 200 nations, with virtually all countries advising citizens to avoid large gatherings and have their prayers and meals (suhoor and iftar) individually or with family at home.

He wished Muslims in the country and the world over all the blessings of the holy month. “In this Ramadan period, the kind of socializing you are used to now risks spreading the Coronavirus,” the President cautioned Muslims.

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