– MURIC has asked lawmakers to begin the processing of impeaching governors who permitted public Eid prayers
– The director of the human rights body, Ishaq Akintola, claimed that allowing public worship at a time when coronavirus is still raving the country is an impeccable offence
– Akintola also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to mete out proper punishment for such governors
Some northern governors have come under serious heat for lifting the induced ban they earlier placed on religious gathering so as to celebrate the Eid-el-Fitri.
In states like Kano and Nasarawa, a lot of Muslims were seen in large gatherings observing the Eid prayers publicly with no regard to the rules on social distancing.
This violation of safety and precautionary directives came after the state governments relaxed the lockdown so that Muslim faithful can take part in the religious festival.
Although the states warned Muslims to adhere to the stipulated rules, a case has been made against them by the director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Ishaq Akintola, on Tuesday, May 26.
Akintola in a statement on Tuesday expressed misgivings over the position of the states in question, saying that the decision was one that put the lives of many persons in avoidable danger.
Therefore, Akintola called on lawmakers in the state to “do the needful as the governors committed impeachable offences.”
The MURIC boss said that the move by the governors is not the way to worship God or to practice Islam.
Apologising to President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerians and the federal government on behalf of Muslims in the country for this, Akintola urged the presidency not to allow such governors to go unpunished.
He said: “President Muhammadu Buhari must not allow these erring governors to go scot-free. They must be sanctioned. FG must speak up. The action of these recalcitrant governors must be condemned in strong terms.
“Thereafter, Mr. President must design suitable punishments that will touch only the office and personality of the governors without necessarily affecting the gullible and misled citizens in the state. Those who fail to take responsibility have no cassu belli for occupying the government house.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that in the spirit of festivity, caution was thrown to the wind by on Sunday, May 24, some Muslim faithful in Kano and Nasarawa states as they observed the religious Eid-el-Fitr prayers without social distancing.
This was a direct violation of the order of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje released in a statement that was made public by the secretary of the state government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji on Friday, May 22.
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