Following the reopening of worship centres, as part of the gradual easing of lockdown, Muslim faithful in Ogun State have been asked not to misinterprete the development as the end of Covid-19 pandemic.
The Chief Imam, Secretariat Muslim Community Mosque, Oke Ilewo Abeokuta, Alhaji Tajudeen Abdul-Roheem stated this at the first post-lockdown Juma’t service, enjoining the congregation not to lose their guard, ‘’as coronavirus is still a present day reality’’.
The Imam while delivering the sermon said the reopening was a welcome development, saying, ” we need to be on guard. We must also learn some lessons from this pandemic and extend kind gestures to our neighbours in this trying times. We pray that Allah resuscitates the economy and forgive our departed Muslim brothers and sisters, who lost their lives to Covid-19″, he said.
The Chairman of the Mosque, Hon. Justice Demola Bakre, represented by his vice, Engr. Muiz Ogunfemi, expressed satisfaction at the decision of the State government, which he noted was good for the social-religious aspect of the State.
‘’The government, under the leadership of Governor Dapo Abiodun has done well with this decision and we are complementing the effort by making sure we meet the set standards. We have made a lot of provision to this effect and we are sure that the compliance level has been good”.
Similarly, the Chief Imam of Governor’s Office Mosque, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Alhaji Mohammed Mogaji, at the first Jumat service, admonished Muslim faithful to seek God through prayers and adhere strictly to guidelines, in order to curb the spread of Covid-19.
He urged Muslims to comply with protocols guiding the virus by making use of their nose mask, washing of hands and maintaining social distancing, as these would protect them and their loved ones from being infected.
Alhaji Mogaji further commended Government for the re-opening and providing the mosque with necessary materials to ensure safety of worshippers, promising that strict compliance would be ensured.
In an interview with one of the congregants, who adhered strictly to the protocols, Mrs. Kafilat Adeoye, expressed joy for the new development, which she said, would make the Faithful and nation closer to God.
The mosque premises wore an unusual appearance with Covid -19 protocol officers, strategically placed, to ensure strict compliance with government’s laid down measures, of face covering, hand washing, temperature check, social distancing, among others.
The Mosque only utilised 25 percent of its full capacity in order to strictly adhere to Government measure of social distancing, as a way of controlling the spread of the novel virus.
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