COVID-19 is western deceit, conspiracy against Muslims, says Islamic cleric

• Group cautions religious leaders against putting people at risk
Opposition to government efforts in controlling the spread of Coronavirus snowballed in the north, as leader of Izala Muslim sect, Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir, described COVID-19 as an international deceit and western conspiracy against Muslims.

Jingir, in a sermon to a congregation on Izala TV and monitored by journalists in Kaduna, restated that Coronavirus was a lie, insisting that it was a conspiracy meant to stop Muslims from performing their religions rites.

“Is the virus as effective as fire that could not burn Prophet Ibrahim (AS)? Then the virus is a lie. Whatever people have to say, they should say the truth. A professor has said it was a lie.

“President of Turkey declared that they shouldn’t stop the Juma’at congregation because of Coronavirus, because they don’t believe in the virus, they only believe in Allah.

“Another country in Europe, also took the same path. Ask United States President Donald Trump. They are just unveiling Coronavirus that was written in a book 39 years ago. How many graves of Coronavirus victims have you seen and how many of the victims have you seen in hospitals?

“We were witnessed to the Cholera epidemic in Kano and we saw how massive burials were done. We saw the graves, but where are those of Coronavirus victims?”

Besides, the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWGN) has urged the politicians and religious leaders to desist from actions and sentiments capable of putting people at the risk of contracting Coronavirus.

This appeal is coming against the backdrop of some State Chief Executives and religious leaders who felt indifferent to Federal Government’s directive on measures at safeguarding citizens from contracting the epidemic that has ravaged the world since December.

In a statement issued by its Ogun State Coordinator, Kamaldeen Akintunde in Abeokuta, it implored leaders and clerics to eschew politics and religious sentiments, but key into the global efforts at curtailing the spread of the disease.

It, however, lauded stakeholders in the health sector, including federal and state governments for being responsive to the challenge, especially initiatives put in place to contain the disease.The group urged greater collaboration, cooperation and synergy among stakeholders in the health sector for an aggressive approach in tackling the
scourge.

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