By Idowu Abdullahi,
As Muslims around the world commence the 2020 Ramadan today amid the coronavirus induced lockdown, the Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has Nigerians, particularly Muslim faithfuls to be more selflessness and show compassion to the poor and vulnerable.
He explained the call had become imperative following the economic effects and sudden life changes being faced by Nigerians after two weeks extension of restriction placed on movement by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of measures to flatten the curve of coronavirus in Nigeria.
Obasa, who is also the Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, said Muslims should use the period meant for the thirty day exercise to imbibe the act of selfless service to humanity.
The Speaker, in message to mark the commencement of Ramadan, through a statement released to newsmen on Friday, the month should not only be about abstinence from all what is wrong, but Muslims should enjoined what is good and be compassionate towards one another.
“Ramadan is not only about abstinence from sins, food, alcoholic beverages and other pleasures of life but also about love and compassion for others particularly the less privileged.
“There is no better time than now to be more compassionate with the less privileged ones who are most affected by lockdown in the country caused by the covid 19 pandemic,” the statement said.
He also implored the Muslim faithfuls to use the occasion of the Ramadan to pray for healing and cleansing of the land from the deadly respiratory disease.
Obasa urged Nigerians to maintain personal hygiene, lockdown and social distancing regulations put in place by the government to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Nigeria, saying Muslims should avoid group prayers and rather pray at homes individually.
“I therefore implore you to obey this important regulations and do your prayers and eating individually in your homes”.