Lalong urges Muslims to reflect on spiritual benefits of Sallah
“While this year’s Eid-el-Fitr may be celebrated in solemnity and privacy of your homes, the occasion nonetheless presents the opportunity for our Muslim brothers and sisters to reflect on the spiritual benefits accruing from their fasting and prayers, and apply it to their lifestyle for a better society where there is love, peace and tranquility.”
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong stated this while rejoicing with Muslims as they mark the Eid-el-Fitr under unusual conditions occasioned by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a statement by the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, Dr. Makut Macham, in Jos yesterday, the governor congratulated them for a successful Ramadan fast – thereby fulfilling a very significant injunction of Islam.
Sallah in Jos, the Plateau State capital, was very peaceful yesterday, as Muslim faithful prayed in their various homes, in compliance with the directives of the state government to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
All the prayer grounds were deserted, including the Jos Central Mosque. But the Muslims were grumbling as the state government did not relax the lockdown for the two-day public holiday declared by the Federal Government.
Lalong, who is Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, said “the challenges of COVID-19 will remain with us for a long time to come and that is where we shall need lifestyles that are commensurate with the teachings of our faiths, as people and governments work together build a better society.”
He appealed to Muslims to continue to cooperate with government by observing all regulations put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, including observing social distance, using face masks, constantly washing hands and applying sanitisers, and staying at home – particularly as states witness community transmission.
The governor also enjoined Muslims to reach out to the less-privileged members of the society and people of other faiths as a way of enhancing bonds of friendship and brotherhood that promote tolerance, peace and solidarity.
While wishing all Nigerian Muslims Eid Mubarak, Lalong asked them to continue to intensify prayers for the peace and progress of Plateau and for God to stop the pandemic which has interrupted lifestyles, freedoms and economic prosperity.