The Muslim Community of the University (UIMC) of Ibadan has cancelled Friday’s Jum’at prayers and other activities in order to curtail the spread of coronavirus in Ibadan.
The cancellation was announced in a statement by the Chief Imam, Prof. M. O. AbdulRahmon on Thursday.
The Imam berated the Oyo State Government for foot-dragging on the need to be proactive by banning gatherings of 50 people and above, including schools closure to stem easy spread of the pandemic in the state.
The community based its decision on the revelation that the Ekiti index case spent two weeks in Ibadan before moving to Ekiti where he tested positive to the virus.
The statement read in part: “The Governing Board and the Executive Council of University of Ibadan Muslim Community, having considered the recent global occurrences around the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the official revelation that the Ekiti State index case stayed in Ibadan for 14 days, hereby announce the suspension of weekly Jum’ah prayers and any other mosque event that will create a gathering of up to 50 people.
“In effect, Jum’ah prayers starting from tomorrow, 20th March, 2020 are suspended until further notice. This announcement helps us in the UIMC to proactively respond to the COVID-19 virus and prevent its spread. Members are encouraged to pray in their homes and observe personal hygiene while they continue their Adhkar for Allah to put a halt to this deadly plague.
“While this inconvenience is regretted, be assured it is in the general interest of the Muslim Ummah.”