The Tijjaniyya sect has announced its annual Maulud of Sheikh Ibrahim Nyass is postponed indefinitely, citing the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country—the same day the country confirmed a third positive case of coronavirus.
Leader of the sect Dahiru Usman Bauchi said the event was suspended following advice from medical and public health officials to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
The gathering was scheduled to hold simultaneously in Abuja and Sokoto on March 21, pulling in visitors from different parts of the world.
“Many distinguished Islamic scholars and people from different part of the World including Senegal , England , Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal ,United States of America and other part of African and Asians countries attend the annual event but doctors and public health officials are advising people to avoid overcrowding events because many events across the globe are been canceled or postponed in some places even congregational prayers were suspended in some areas for that reason,” he told journalists in Bauchi.
“We are postponing the event both in Abuja and Sokoto to appropriate time.”
He advised people to imbibe the spirit of prayers and to recite Hasbunallahu wa Niimal Wakiylu 450 times frequently to ask Allah to prevent Nigerians from becoming victims of the disease.
“We thank Allah in Nigeria the problem is not worse as it was in other part of the World. We must heed the advice and follow public health officials’ instructions to help in curtailing the spread of the disease.”