Going by the increasing cases of Ebola virus disease in Nigeria, the Amir, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat ,Nigeria, Dr mashuud Fashola has cancelled all Islamic conferences of the Islamic organisation slated for the remaining part of this month and September this year as a measure against the spread of the virus.
In a statement issued in Lagos, after the end of an executive meeting – Aamila, at the national headquarters at the weekend and formal report on the Ebola scourge to the world leader of the Islamic organisation, Hazrat Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V, Dr Fashola said the decision was informed by the Islamic injunction on the outbreak of epidemic/disease, whereby Muslims were enjoined to avoid traveling out of a place or travel to a place where an epidemic occurs so as to forestall the spread of the disease.
Accordingly, the annual gathering of the elders of the Ahmadiyya, Majlis Ansarullah, scheduled for Ikorodu,Lagos this weekend has been cancelled. Similarly all the vacation course programmes for young boys and girls in secondary schools and higher institutions billed for Ilorin, Kwara state and Ijede ,lagos state were equally affected by the directive.
While regretting the financial loss on preparations for the conferences, the Amir appealed to members for understanding of the present health situation in the country and keep within the Islamic injunctions. According to him, every one must raise his or her level of hygiene and comply with all laid down rules on how to avoid contacting Ebola virus.
Dr Fashola enjoined all missionaries to start public enlightenment on the Ebola virus through Friday and early morning sermons in mosques forthwith. He advised all Ahmadis to support activities and programmes of government to arrest the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria.
He said the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Nigeria will be ready to assist government at all levels in this regard, through provisions of medical facilities as the organisations is noted for affordable health care services through its hospitals in Lagos, Kano, New Bussa – Niger state and ijebu-ode in Ogun state.
The Amir of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Nigeria called on the Nigerian government to invest in the research development for vaccines to fight infectious and communicable diseases especially Ebola. He equally challenged Nigerian virologists to come up with trial drugs on Ebola.