Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections has said that the coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria is a test from God.
He said in Islam, Muslims are taught to believe that nothing happens without the permission of Allah.
In his Sallah message on Saturday, Atiku urged Nigerians to continue to abide by the guidelines issued by health authorities.
He said, “All these strictures could not have made our fasting less valid because, as Muslims, we believe that everything that happens is with the command of Almighty Allah. We are taught in the scripture and the Sunnah of Noble Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that God would test our faith individually and as an Ummah.
“The current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic is a test from Allah and, having fasted as we are enjoined as Muslims, let us continue to remember that it is part of our faith to protect all lives and to abide by regulations from those in authority, especially during a time of great uncertainty like this.
“Those protocols about avoidance of crowded places, social distancing and regular washing of hands are for our own benefits and the benefits of humankind in general.
“As Muslims, it is incumbent upon us to do our best both in action and in prayers to ensure that the world is healed of this deadly virus in the earliest possible time.”
Atiku also advised governments at all levels to prioritise the welfare of the people when planning for the post-COVID-19 era.
He said, “People in leadership positions all over the world should learn from countless examples of how Prophet Muhammed (SAW) and his immediate disciples took the welfare of the people as a priority in the administration of a state.
“This time calls for sacrifice in leadership. This is no time for extravagance and living in luxury. This year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebration is already a special one.
“But I wish all Nigerian Muslims and their counterparts across the world a more special celebration, filled with pleasant moments as we pray together and enjoy the day with our families.”