Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) on Thursday cautioned the United Nations Organization (UN), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international organizations to desist from creating atmospheres of “unhealthy rivalry and mutual suspicion.”
MUSWEN stated this in a communique issued at the end of its webinar on COVID-19 effects and Muslims response made available to journalists in Ibadan by its Executive Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer, Professor Muslih Tayo Yahya .
The Islamic body said rather than creating atmospheres of unhealthy rivalry and mutual suspicion, UN, WHO and others should focus on promoting world peace and encourage unity for the greater benefit of humanity.
“The United Nations Organization (UN), the World Health Organization (WHO) and all regional international organizations in the world should endeavor to interact in matters of politics, economy and culture in ways that would promote world peace and encourage working together for the greater benefit of humanity and desist from creating atmospheres of unhealthy rivalry and mutual suspicion.”, it said.
MUSWEN in the communique also charged Nigerians, the governments, religious and social organisations to start seeing COVID-19 as a common enemy that must be tackled by all the stakeholders..
The Muslim Ummah said that the time has come for every individual to take personal responsibility to protect themselves against “COVID-19” pandemic by observing with every sense of seriousness, the recommended preventive measures advised by governments and experts
“Governments, religious and social organizations and the citizenry should all see “COVID-19” as a common enemy and work individually and collectively to tackle its menace with a view to ensuring that it does not constitute a permanent threat to safety and the economic, spiritual and social well-being of the human society.”
They added that, “scholars and experts under the auspices of notable Islamic umbrella organizations such as the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and MUSWEN should put heads together individually and collectively and come up with the best ways to maintain meaningful acts of worship in the atmosphere of “the new norm”.”
“Every individual should take personal responsibility to protect themselves against ‘COVID-19’ by observing with every sense of seriousness, the recommended preventive measures advised by governments and experts; governments should however ensure that the health-care centres have adequate facilities to promptly handle fresh cases, while frantic efforts continue towards finding lasting remedy to the Pandemic.”