Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, may have overruled governors including Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje over the Eid-el-Fitri prayers.
Ganduje and a few Northern governors had okayed this weekend’s Eid-el-Fitri prayers even amid the raging coronavirus pandemic which demands physical distancing.
But the Sultan asked Muslims to observe the end of Ramadan fast prayers in their homes with family members, or alone in the case of an individual living alone.
The statement, however, seems a middle of the road position as he also asked governors who have reached a concrete agreement on the prayers to exercise caution.
In a statement released on Thursday evening, the traditional ruler counseled the state governments that have reached concrete decisions to observe the prayers based on expert medical advice, to observe necessary protocols.
He urged them to ensure that the worshippers observe the strictest measures of distancing, face masks, and the use of hand sanitisers at the praying grounds.
According to him, the authorities should consider using neighbourhood mosques if it becomes necessary to observe the prayer in an open space.
The Sultan urged Ulamas to fear Allah and be mature enough in guarding their utterances and actions for the overall interest of the Deen and the Ummah.
The statement said, “Nigerian Muslims are, therefore, called upon to reflect their minds to the good virtues of the month of Ramadan and keep to its teachings all through their respective lives, as the Lord of Ramadan, is still and shall remain The Lord of other months, and above all keeps the records of our actions and inactions.
“More so, Muslims are reminded to keep to the ordinances of the Glorious Qur’an, for the prestige of the Muslim Ummah.”