The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has advised Nigerians to respect all government directives and health guidelines aimed at halting the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
The Etsu Nupe, who is the Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers in Niger State, gave the advice in his Sallah message at the Etsu Usman Zaki Juma’at Mosque, in Bida, Niger state, on Sunday.
The royal father also appealed to the Muslim ummah and adherents of all religious faith in the country to pray for God’s intervention on the dreaded Covid-19 disease.
Alhaji Abubakar, who emphasised that Covid-19 was real, stressed the need for Muslims to pray and adhere strictly to the preventive measures as they celebrate Eid-El-Fitrl .
While congratulating Muslims on the successful completion of the Ramadan Fast and the Sallah celebration, the monarch emphasized the need for love for one another and support for the less privilege in the society.
He enjoined Muslims to reflect on the lessons of Ramadan and continue to pray fervently for the nation to overcome Covid -19 and other emerging challenges.
“I enjoin Nigerians to adhere strictly to all the safety measures against Covid-19 as advised by the government and health experts such as frequent washing of hands, social distancing and environmental hygiene at all times.
“If this is done by all of us, it will go a long way in curtailing the spread of the virus in our communities and the country at large,” the Etsu Nupe said.
He appealed Muslims to use the occasion to rebuild the fabric of national unity and reaffirm Nigeria’s common destiny as an indivisible entity.
The monarch expressed optimism that Nigeria would be the ultimate beneficiary of the spiritual lessons from the celebration.
He added that with prayers and fear of Allah, peaceful coexistence, mutual respect and love, Nigerians would work together and harness the abundant resources as a progressive nation.
Abubakar appealed to wealthy individuals in the country to assist the less privileged to enable all and sundry to celebrate Eid-fitr with ease.
He said: “God has endowed wealth on people not for themselves and their immediate family, but for the benefit of entire society.
“The present socio-economic predicament that we are now facing requires such assistance from well to do individuals in the country”.
The monarch urged Muslim faithfuls to continue to pray to God, assist President Buhari and other elected and appointed leaders to overcome the current challenges bedeviling the nation.
He also charged the people of his domain to send their children to school to acquire both western and Islamic knowledge.