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NANS reacts as religious leaders press Nigerian government

ABUJA, Nigeria – The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has urged the Federal Government to ignore calls by some Muslim leaders on convergence for Eid prayers.

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NANS backed the Buhari administration’s order against large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Its spokesman, Azeez Adeyemi, gave the body’s position in a statement on Friday.

Adeyemi appealed to the Buhari administration not to yield to the agitations to allow churches and mosques to reopen.

“Nigeria is not ripe enough for such risk,” the official warned.

He urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to direct Force personnel to arrest groups or individuals found observing the Eid-el-fitr prayer in public places.

Adeyemi said the alarming rate at which cases of COVID-19 are increasing was not only worrisome and required concerted effort by all Nigerians.

“If Nigeria must win the fight against the spread of coronavirus, every Nigerian must be ready to make sacrifices. Part of this is for Muslims to observe the Eid-el-fitr prayers at home to prevent further spread of coronavirus in the country,” he said.

On Thursday, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 banned large gatherings during the Eid celebration.

Boss Mustapha, PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) issued the warning via a statement.

He appealed to states to exercise caution and not relax restrictions “in a manner capable of setting back the gains already made.”

The SGF reminded all Nigerians to diligently observed the COVID-19 guidelines.

Mustapha stated that it was imperative for everyone to take personal and collective responsibility.

“It is the prayer of the PTF that we shall all celebrate this Sallah and many more in good health and beseech the Almighty to accept our supplication and look upon our nation and the world, with mercy.

“We want to once again caution on the need to wear a mask, keep physical distancing, avoid large congregations, avoid unnecessary inter-state travels and observe personal hygiene amongst other suggested safety measures,” he enjoined.

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