From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
Islamic clerics in Bauchi State, Bauchi Muslims Coalition on Covid 19’ has on Wednesday launched fund raising to assist the poor during the curfew.
The measure follows the curfew imposed by the Bauchi State Government effective from Thursday this week as part of measures to contain the spread of the corona virus,
Leader of the Coalition, Professor Salisu Shehu while addressing Journalists at the Conference Hall of the Bauchi Central Mosque, explained that the group was formed with the objective of sourcing and generating money from wealthy individuals to assist the poor who could not feed themselves during the period of the lockdown.
He said that there is very excruciating poverty in the state as many people manage to get what to eat in their houses on a daily basis.
“ It is very obvious therefore, that in a situation like this, many families may be thrown into very agonising difficulties, especially with regards to food and other essential commodities. While the State government was reasonable enough to graciously offer Wednesdays and Saturdays for people to purchase their basic and essential needs for the days of the lock down, it shouldn’t be forgotten that for some, they can barely afford to buy only what would feed the family for only that very Wednesday or Saturday.
“Yet for others, on that very Wednesday or Saturday they may not even have the money to buy anything and with lock down, they can not go out to work and earn something the next day. It is certainly going to be a very difficult situation.
“ It was against the backdrop of these realities that some of us, Muslim Da’awah Workers, Islamic Preachers, Islamic Scholars and organizations, really thought on the need to urgently come together to create a platform for sourcing, generating, coordinating and delivering help to the poor, the needy , the weak and the destitutes.
“ These are categories of people that constitute the majority of our society and who will undoubtedly be thrown into unprecedented penury and suffering , and it is imperative to create both a platform and a mechanism or yet a machinery for helping them.This is what informed the quick conception and formation of this forum which we call BAUCHI MUSLIM COALITION ON COVID-19,” he noted.
Shehu who was flanked by the chief imam of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University central mosque Sheikh Mansur Isa Yelwa, Sheikh Ibrahim Disina and others during the press conference, urged mosques’ committees in all wards of the state to also source money or food items for distribution to the poor in their areas during the period of the lock down.