By Daniel Tyokua
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has urged Muslim faithful in the territory to use the period of Eid-el-Fitr celebration to pray more for end to coronavirus pandemic.
He commended the Muslim faithful across the nation’s capital for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and wishes them a pleasant and joyous Eid-el Fitr.
This is contained in a Sallah message issued by Anthony Ogunleye, chief press secretary to the FCT minister.
The Minister said: “while the Holy month of Ramadan was no doubt used to pray fervently for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative consequences on the society, I must urge the Muslim Ummah not to relent in their prayers but rather intensify them even after Ramadan, because in times of tribulations, true supplications to the Almighty indeed yields positive results”.
Bello also used the occasion to express his appreciation on behalf of the FCT Administration and all residents of the capital to health and other essential workers in the frontlines of the battle against the Coronavirus disease.
He praised them for their dedication to duty and the sacrifices they are making in ensuring that there are no dramatic spikes in the number of positive cases in the FCT and keeping the numbers within manageable limits.
The minister also thanked individuals, corporate, religious and non-governmental organisations as well as some government establishments for their contributions in the provision of medical equipment and facilities as well as palliatives for the less privileged members of the society who are being negatively impacted by COVID-19. Their generosity, he said underscores the significance of the FCT as Nigeria’s Center of Unity
The Minister also advised residents that while enjoying the festivities, they should obey all laid down protocols of hand washing, face covering, staying at home and social distancing. He reminded residents that these measures were put in place for the safety and wellbeing of everyone.
He said “COVID-19 does not discriminate on whom it affects and there is therefore the need for residents to take personal responsibility for their health. If you observe any symptoms associated with the virus, please, contact the relevant health authorities.”
The Minister continued, “Remember that COVID-19 is not a death sentence and there is the need to avoid stigmatizing anyone who has been infected. Defeating it will require the cooperation and collaboration of all”. He said.