Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has extolled the Muslim faithful for blending well and observing the Ramadan fast with patience and understanding amidst the COVID-19 scourge, saying this sacrifice will encourage the government to exert all possible efforts and available resources to fight the pandemic.
In his Sallah message signed by the commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba on Sunday, Ganduje says the government is aware of the challenges by the unfortunate realities of the coronavirus pandemic where Muslims were caught in between adjusting to a new life of restrictions, social distancing and lockdown on one hand and fulfilling key religious obligations on the other hand.
The statement said Ganduje also notes that this year, Eid will be observed amidst extraordinary circumstances due to the global outbreak of the novel disease not just in Kano, but across the globe, adding that ‘’the unescapable constraints on movement and travel will certainly limit festivities and visits to friends, families and relatives as well as other social interactions which are customary during Sallah celebrations.’’
It, however, adds that despite these restrictions, it is noted that adopting them is to the benefit of all and therefore call on everyone to adhere fully to all the guidelines and prevention procedures outlined by health authorities until this pandemic is over.
The statement says the government of Kano state is supportive of and complies with measures stet by national health authorities to combat this pandemic, even as it states that there is a glimmer of hope that the fight against the pandemic will be won.
The governor also notes that the period of the Eid celebration was a clarion call for Nigerians to imbibe the lessons of the season such as selfless service to God and humanity as well as a sincere commitment to righteous conducts in private and public life.
The statement said, ‘’Governor Ganduje pays glowing tributes to all those who lost their lives recently in the state among them civil servants, Islamic scholars, academicians, judges traditional rulers as well as businessmen.
‘’While congratulating the Muslims for the opportunity by Allah to enable us to witness yet another celebration, the governor urges the faithful to use the period and pray for peace and unity in the country,’’ said the statement.