Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has called on Muslims across the country to rally support for the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination program aimed at stemming the spread of the virus.
Oyetola made the roll call on Saturday as he spoke at the 26th Annual Ramadan Conference of the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Abuja Branch.
It is even as the guest speaker, Sheikh Muhydeen Ajani Bello, noted that there was nothing against Islam about vaccination, adding that Allah commanded Muslims to obey him, as well as the Prophet. and those who hold authority.
Represented by his Deputy Chief of Staff Abdullah Adeyanju Binuyo, the governor stressed the need for religious leaders and informed followers to correct misconceptions surrounding COVID-19 vaccination and complement government efforts to fight the virus.
“Vaccination sustains life while the coronavirus threatens it. Winning the war against the coronavirus is a collective responsibility. As Nigerians, regardless of our religious and political affiliations, we must unite to fight the virus that threatens our lives, our economy and everything we work and defend as a people.
“We have to see the coronavirus as our common enemy; it poses a threat to our lives and our livelihoods. We put ourselves, our families and our livelihoods at risk when we surrender to ignorance and play politics with a deadly virus, ”the governor said.
Oyetola revealed that his administration was doing everything possible to stop the spread of the virus by consistently advocating the need for citizens to not only show up for the vaccination, but also to continue to follow all safety protocols even after the vaccination.
The governor, who was the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Osun after frontline workers, praised the state’s people for their response to the vaccination exercise since it started in Osun .
“As a show of leadership, just as I was the first Osun citizen to come forward for the voluntary COVID-19 test after the outbreak of the pandemic last year, I received my first vaccine on the 10th. March, less than 24 hours after they were delivered to us.
“I am happy to report that since then, to this day, the response from the residents and citizens of Osun has been tremendous. Therefore, I commend our people so far for their understanding and support for our administration in our efforts to curb the spread of the virus.
Oyetola, who recalled that Muslims could not gather during Ramadan last year for a public lecture or observe prayers in mosques, thanked God for improving the situation this year.
He, however, urged faithful Muslims to always adhere to COVID-19 security protocols while fulfilling their religious obligations in public places.
“Last year we couldn’t get together during Ramadan, let alone hold a public conference or even observe our Taraweeh in congregation in our respective mosques. But we thank God for making it easy for us this year.
“However, while worshiping during this time, we must realize that the coronavirus is still here with us. I therefore ask us to continue to observe safety protocols by maintaining a social distance in our places of worship, to use our nasal masks and to wash our hands with soap and water regularly. And where we don’t find soap or water, let’s use our hand sanitizer, ”he added.
He also instructed the Muslim faithful to use the month of Ramadan to intensify prayers for the continued peace, progress and development of Nigeria.
“I firmly believe that with passion, commitment, dedication and determination to do what is right at all times, and with the fear of Allah Almighty, I am optimistic that Nigeria will be resurrected.”
DAILY POST reports that the theme of the conference is “Islamic Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Vaccination”.