The Grand Imam of Shafaudeen in Islam Worldwide, in Oyo State, Prof. Sabit Ariyo Olagoke has admonished government to avoid any form of diversionary means that could slow down the country’s development but should rather use this period of COVID 19 phobia to address the primary issues on ground in the areas of Health Sector, Education, Poverty and Hunger, as well as Infrastructural challenges.
Prof . Olagoke who stated this in his Eid-el fitri message to Nigerians to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fast which he signed and made available to newsmen said there is an urgent and dire need for the downward review of political office holders’ salaries and allowances including top officials in institutions and agencies.
He added that reduction of cost of entourage management is desired without downsizing the workforce to avoid social menace and the country from economic collapse during and after COVID 19 pandemic.
On the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, he charged medical and pharmaceutical Departments, Institutions, Research Centres, Herbal Experts and NAFDAC to work together on home grown scientific based cultured antidote to COVID 19 to cure victims.
The Islamic Cleric pointed out that the religious sectors must be critically examined on scripture compliance, house of worship sacredness, for government and the nation to depend and rely on their clerics and for COVID 19 to be stopped through divine intervention”.
He the admonished people to maintain personal hygiene by observing social distancing and washing of hands regularly and obey the state task force directive.