President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Muslim faithful in the country to ditch large gatherings and socializing as they commence the Ramadan fast on Friday, April 24.
Following the sighting of the moon, the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, announced the commencement of the fast on Thursday.
With Nigeria’s confirmed coronavirus cases rising by the day, the president urged a lowkey month-long fast and the festivity that would follow, just as he did during the just concluded Easter celebrations.
“I congratulate all Muslims as they commence this year’s Ramadan fast which is depicted by self-denial, universal brotherhood, austerity and helping relatives and needy people,” said the president.
“In this Ramadan period, the kind of socializing you are used to now risks spreading the coronavirus,” Buhari cautioned.
He also enjoined Muslims to refrain from Ramadan rituals and traditions like group meals and congregational prayers that have been put on hold by Muslim religious authorities all over the world, as the outbreak forces shutdowns of whole economies.