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Salah Prayers: Legislators asked to impeach Ganduje. other Northern Govs

Ganduje and Zulum the Governor of Kano and Borno State respectively
Tochi Juliet

An Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on the President to impeach governors of Kano, Borno, Nasarawa, Jigawa and some other states for allowing public prayer during the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr against Federal Government order of pray at home.

The organisation made this call on Tuesday stating that President Muhammadu Buhari has to sanction the governors that defiled this order.

The group described the act of this erring governors as irresponsible and as such, deserves severe punishment and not allow to go scot-free.

Reports had indicated that Kano, Borno, Nasarawa, Jigawa and some other states allegedly defied the Federal Government’s (FG) pray-at-home directive on Eid-el-Fitr as well as the advisories of the Jamaatu Nasril Islam (JNI) and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) that Muslims should avoid converging for prayers on Sunday, 24th May, 2020 in order to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

MURIC’s Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, sent reports to Daily Post.

The statement reads in part: “We are deeply perturbed by the action of some Northern state governors who goaded Muslims in their states to congregate for the Id al-Fitr prayer on Sunday 24th May 2020 in spite of directives to the contrary from the FG, JNI and NSCIA. It is an act of gross irresponsibility.

" It is a shame that governors can play to the gallery even when it has to do with human life. This is not Islam. It is an articulated religiosity. There must be consequences when people in positions of authority gamble with the lives of their citizens.

"This singular action has put the whole country in danger, and we only have to wait for the next two weeks as the virus incubates for us to know the impact of the governors’ intransigence. This is how not to worship Allah. Neither is it about the right to celebrate a festival. MURIC, as a human rights body will not defend the indefensible. 

"Islam is a religion of justice. Therefore we will not bend the rules or change the goal post after the game has already started just because Muslim governors are involved this time around.

"The fact that we vowed to promote Allah-given fundamental human rights of Muslims does not mean that we would look away when Muslims do the wrong thing. After all, we were all here when Christians marked Easter without fanfare, pomp and pageantry. So why can’t we as Muslims control ourselves?

"In essence, the governors have committed impeachable offences. We, therefore, call on the state legislators to do the needful. We do not want governors who do not care about human life. The choice before the governors is this: apologise publicly or resign and pack out of the government house, otherwise, your impeachment is just around the corner."

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