Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said the COVID-19 pandemic is a test from God.
Atiku in a statement on Saturday by His Media Office to mark the Eid-El-Fitr said it was incumbent on the people to show their commitment both in action and in prayers to ensure that the world is healed of the deadly virus in the earliest possible time.
Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections also said it was incumbent on governments at all levels, that in planning for the post Covid-19 era, the welfare of the people should be of paramount priority.
“The current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic is a test from Allah and, having fasted as we are enjoined as Muslims, let us continue to remember that it is part of our faith to protect all lives and to abide by regulations from those in authority, especially during a time of great uncertainty like this.
“Those protocols about avoidance of crowded places, social distancing and regular washing of hands are for our own benefits and the benefits of humankind in general.
“People in leadership positions all over the world should learn from countless examples of how Prophet Muhammed (SAW) and his immediate disciples took the welfare of the people as priority in administration of a state.
“This time calls for sacrifice in leadership. This is no time for extravagance and living in luxury. This year’s Eid-il-fitr celebration is already a special one. But I wish all Nigerian Muslims and their counterparts across the world a more special celebration, filled with pleasant moments as we pray together and enjoy the day with our families,” the party said.