The Chief Imam of Ore Olohun Mosque, Olunlade, Ilorin, Alhaji Tajudeen Ahmed, has advised Government against a rush to re-open schools, Churches and Mosques under the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lockdown.
Ahmed, who gave the advice in Ilorin on Saturday in an interview with newsmen, said worship places and schools should remain closed, even when a lockdown is relaxed.
He urged the government not to encourage public gathering and order to continue the closure of worship and learning centres in the state to guard against community transmission of the dreaded coronavirus in the state.
“We understand after the immediate relax of lockdown order, there will be a public clamour for re-opening of Churches, Mosques under Coronavirus. It is dangerous and unsafe.
“Government must not bow to pressure. Let the schools, churches and mosques remain closed until we are sure of a safe society.
“Health is wealth and should be prioritised above other secondary pleasures.
“Re-opening schools and worship centres should not be immediate. Everything should be a gradual process,” he said.
The cleric also admonished the public to continue to observe social distancing and stop complaining against government directives.
“Stop faulting the government. Be obedient and do what is expected of you as good citizens. Every government directive is for your own safety,” he said.
The Imam, however, urged Muslims to use the month of Ramadan to pray for the end of the pandemic.
NAN reports that Kwara has been locked down since April 10 whereby worship centres and schools were closed.
Similarly, the government banned social gathering and restricted vehicular movement as part of efforts to contain COVID-19.