The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Friday called on the Federal government to ignore the calls by some people and Muslim leaders to allow the convergence of Islamic faithful for Eid prayer during the Eid – el – fitri celebration.
The umbrella body of students in the country in a statement by its National Public Relations Officer, Comrade Azeez Adeyemi in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, said the convergence of Muslims across the country at various prayer grounds at a time when Nigeria is experiencing a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases would only spell doom for the nation.
NANS, therefore called on the Inspector General Police, Mohammed Adamu to mobilise his men and arrest individual or group of individuals found observing the Sallah prayer in a public place.
NANS also called on the IGP to ensure that Federal government’s ban on religious gatherings is strictly enforced during the Eid – el – fitri celebration.
“The alarming rate at which cases of COVID-19 is increasing is not only worrisome but also calls for a concerted effort by all Nigerians.
“If Nigeria must win the fight against the spread of Coronavirus, every Nigerian, irrespective of the religious affiliation must be ready to make sacrifices.
“Part of these sacrifices is for Muslims to observe the eid prayer at home to prevent further spread of Coronavirus in the country.”
NANS also called on the federal government not to yield to the agitations in some quarters for the reopening of religious centres, saying “Nigeria is not ripe enough for such risk.”