By Henry Okonkwo
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has advised Muslim faithful across the country to resist the temptation of borrowing to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir.
Chief Information Officer of the council, Ibrahim, who gave the advice on Monday also called for moderation during the celebration.
Ibrahim, who acknowledged the hardship in the country occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19, wants Muslim families to avoid the temptation of borrowing to celebrate the festival, adding that the mental well being of all Muslims in Nigeria was of utmost concern to the council.
He also called for strict adherence to all COVID-19 protocols especially with the spread of the new delta variant of COVID-19 in the country.
Ibrahim said, “The council will want to advise that all none pharmaceutical protocols as given by the NCDC should be obeyed especially given the fact of the new variant of COVID-19.
“That in celebrating the festival not to go borrowing to celebrate. We know that COVID-19 brought in its way a lot of hardship.
“We believe that you can have an honest and transparent discussion with your family, if you cannot afford a ram, you can afford a goat, if you cannot afford a goat, you can afford chicken.
“It is not a must to borrow money to celebrate because we are all concerned about the mental wellbeing of all Muslims in Nigeria.”