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Recalcitrant Plateau Islamic Cleric Makes-U Turn, Obeys COVID-19 Regulations

From Jude Dangwam, Jos

The Controversial Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Muhammed Sani Yahaya Jingir has made a quick u-turn from his earlier position of refusing to adhere to Governor Simon Lalong’s order banning worshop in public places as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

DSheik Jingir has since ordered all his followers in the country to adhere to the laid down rules and regulations set by the Government of Nigeria as part of measures to contained the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Country.

His volt-face came shortly after his invitation by security agencies over his refusal to stick to government directives and hold Juma’at prayer with multitudes of his followers at his Yantaya mosques located at the busy Dilimi central business area in the State capital with claimed that the virus is meant to wipe out Muslims by America.

Sheikh Jingir gave the directive through the National Executive Council of the “Jama’atu Izaltil Bid’ah Wa’ikamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS )”under his leadership by declaring his “absolute compliance with health safety and social measures taken by the Federal, and State Governments against the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.”

In a press statement dated March 29, 2020 signed by Shiekh Nasiru AbdulMuhyi the National Chairman, Administration and made available to newsmen in Jos the Plateau State capital pointed that they have since terminated the annual National Seminar for Qur’anic Recitation Judges in the country.

It read, “Sheikh Muhammad Sani Yahaya Jingir in demonstration of this timely declaration, the organisation has already implemented safety measures, such as provision of hand sanitizers in offices and places of worship, distancing policy and closed all its Nursery, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Schools with over 7-million pupils/students nationwide. 

“The Organisation has also terminated its National Seminar for Qur’anic Recitation Judges, Imams and other juristic participants. The organisation considered it imperative to restate its commitment in supporting government’s initiative against the escalation of COVID-19 and any measure that seeks to promote public safety and welfare of Nigerians at this critical period in our history.”

He added, “The organisation assures Public authorities at all level of governance of its concluded arrangements to support the ongoing sensitisation on social distancing, self isolation, management of public gathering and other hygienic measures which Islam already recognized that will guard against the epidermic or its escalation.”

It would be recalled that Governor Simon Lalong had earlier on ordered the security agencies to handled anybody that defield his order by holding any gathering of more than 50 persons maintaining the two meters social distancing in the state. Meanwhile all business activities in the state remained closed except those selling food items.

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