A leader of the Izala Muslim Sect, Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir, has described COVID-19 as fake, saying it is an international deceit and a western conspiracy against Muslims.
The Islamic cleric stated this in a sermon to the Muslim congregation on Izala TV, monitored by journalists in Kaduna.
He declared Coronavirus was a lie, insisting that it was a conspiracy meant to stop Muslims from performing their religions rites.
In the words of the Sheik, “Is the virus as effective as fire that could not burn Prophet Ibrahim (AS)? Then the virus is a lie. Whatever people have to say, they should say the truth. A professor has said it was a lie.
“President of Turkey declared that they shouldn’t stop the Juma’at congregation because of Coronavirus, because they don’t believe in the virus, they only believe in Allah.
“Another country in Europe, also took the same path. Ask United States President Donald Trump. They are just unveiling Coronavirus that was written in a book 39 years ago. How many graves of Coronavirus victims have you seen and how many of the victims have you seen in hospitals?
“We were witnesses to the Cholera epidemic in Kano and we saw how massive burials were done. We saw the graves, but where are those of Coronavirus victims?” he queried.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWGN), has called on politicians and religious leaders to desist from actions and sentiments capable of putting people at the risk of contracting Coronavirus.
The appeal by the religious body is coming against the backdrop of some State Chief Executives and religious leaders, who are going contrary to the directives of the Federal Government in trying to contain the spread of the virus in the country.
According to a statement by the Ogun State Coordinator of the group, Kamaldeen Akintunde in Abeokuta, they urged leaders and clerics to eschew politics and religious sentiments, but key into the global efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
The group however, commended stakeholders in the health sector, including federal and state governments for being responsive to the challenge, especially the steps put in place to contain the spread of the virus in the country.