The Plateau State Chapter of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, has declared its support and solidarity to the lockdown directive given by Governor Simon Lalong as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Recall that the governor had in his statewide broadcast ordered the closing down of schools and markets and worship centres, effective from March 25.
The governor also banned the gathering of more than 50 persons.
“Only traders selling food items, pharmaceuticals and cooking gas are to remain open. In addition, all street trading, street hawking, and begging are prohibited.
“The weekly Sunday markets at Ahmadu Bello Way, Bukuru and environs are hereby banned,” Mr Lalong added.
The JNI’s state chairman and Emir of Wase, Muhammad Sambo-Haruna, in a statement signed by the state Publicity Secretary, Sani Mudi, commended the governor for the measure to prevent the virus from coming into the state.
Mr Sambo-Haruna said: “The JNI under the leadership of His Royal Highness Dr Muhammad Sambo Haruna, Emir of Wase, wishes to express its support and solidarity to the Plateau State government.
“We appreciate the measures put in place to contain any possible outbreak of the Corona virus, also known as COVID-19 pandemic in the state.”
He noted that their position was in line with the earlier one taken by the National headquarters of the JNI and the Nigeria Supreme council for Islamic Affairs, under the leadership of Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad-Abubakar.
According to him, the councils had earlier called on all Muslims to fully cooperate with the authorities and health workers in the effort to stem the spread of the virus across the country.
The JNI, while commending the government for rising to the occasion, called on Muslims in the state to cooperate with the authorities in order to curb the looming calamity.
“The situation entails sacrifices and all faithful, regardless of status or calling, should therefore demonstrate patriotism, resilience and patience as admonished by Islam.
“We should also not forget to dedicate ourselves in prayer and seeking Allah’s forgiveness and compassion so that we will be able to overcome the challenges facing us,” he added.
The chairman assured that the JNI would continue with the sensitisation campaigns through various outreaches, especially on the need to comply with directives as well as preventive measures.