The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has urged Abuja residents, especially the Muslim Ummah to use the period of Eid-el-Fitr to pray fervently for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Bello gave the advice in his Sallah message to FCT residents which was made available to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja.
“On behalf of the FCT Administration I wish to congratulate Muslim faithful across the Territory for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and wish them a pleasant and joyous Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
“While the Holy month of Ramadan was no doubt used to pray fervently for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative consequences on the society, I must urge the Muslim Ummah not to relent in their prayers but rather intensify them even after Ramadan.
“Because in times of tribulations, true supplications to the Almighty indeed yield positive results,” Bello said.
The minister also used the occasion to express his appreciation on behalf of the FCTA and all residents of the FCT to the health and other essential workers in the frontline of the battle against the Coronavirus disease.
He praised health workers for their dedication to duty and the sacrifices they were making in ensuring that there was no dramatic spike in the number of positive cases in the FCT and keeping the numbers within manageable limits.
Bello also thanked individuals, corporate, religious and Non-governmental organisations as well as some government establishments for their contributions in the provision of medical equipment, facilities and palliatives for the less privileged.
He said their generosity underscored the significance of the FCT as Nigeria’s centre of unity.
The minister also advised residents that while enjoying the festivities, they should obey all laid down protocols of hand washing, face covering, staying at home and physical distancing.
He reminded residents that the measures were put in place for the safety and wellbeing of everyone.
“COVID-19 does not discriminate on whom it affects and there is therefore the need for residents to take personal responsibility for their health.
“If you observe any symptoms associated with the virus, please, contact the relevant health authorities.
“Remember that COVID-19 is not a death sentence and there is the need to avoid stigmatising anyone who has been infected.
“Defeating it will require the cooperation and collaboration of all,” he said.
Bello wished the residents a happy Eid-el-Fitr celebration and encouraged them to enjoy the festivities from the safety of their homes.