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Muslim groups urge support for war against graft, COVID-19

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The Vice President General, Rivers State Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Nasir Awhelebe Uhor, urged the faithful to emulate Prophet Ibrahim and lead the war against corruption in the country.

He said that not many people would make the sacrifices Ibrahim made to earn Allah’s blessings, adding that people never paid real attention to the prophet’s weighty war against corruption.

“The prophet had spent all his youthful life fighting a single-minded, war against all manners of corruption, most especially religious and moral corruption, among his people. He correctly identified the pervading worship of idols as the worst form of corruption, one that encouraged all manners of vices, including alcoholism, murder, adultery, fornication, rape, theft, robbery and wickedness.

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“Equally very important is that Muslims must draw their sword against corruption to save Nigerians,” he appealed.

Also, the Muslim Ummah of Southwest Nigeria (MUSWEN) urged governments at all levels to compensate Nigerians who had cooperated with the authorities by intensifying their efforts, not only in finding effective and lasting solution to COVID-19, but also in handling all matters relating to the pandemic with utmost sincerity and truthfulness.

The group also wants Muslims to obey already established protocols set by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as they observe Eid prayers offered in area mosques and prayer places.

MUSWEN said that in a situation whereby places of worship were not spacious enough to accommodate numerous worshippers at once, segmented devotion similar to Salah al-Khawf as highlighted in the Quoran could be adopted.

In a statement, MUSWEN reminded Islamic scholars and experts of the need to come together and recommend best ways to approach the resumption of Islamic activities disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has lost its Director of Administration, Alhaji Yusuf Nwoha, who died yesterday in an accident at Okene, Kogi State, while on his way to Owerri, Imo State for the Eid-el-Kabir. Two other passengers in the vehicle also lost their lives.

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) described Nwoha’s death as shocking and debilitating.

“Our highly respected and much beloved brother, Alhaji Yusuf Nwoha, died in a motor accident which occurred at Okene. It is shocking, debilitating. We are devastated,” MURIC wrote in a statement by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola.

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