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The Pandemic Is A Huge Test For Muslims During Eid el-Fitr Celebration – Omo-Agege

Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo Agege

Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo Agege

Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has come out to say that Nigerians must pick the lessons from the holy month of Ramadan by focusing on personal sacrifices and self-denial.

Omo Agege recently came out to say that Nigeria needs prayers and peaceful coexistence to overcome its current challenges amid the pandemic.

According to him, Eid el-Fitr does not only mark the end of fasting, kindness and good deeds during the holy month of Ramadan, it should also be seen as a way of lifting the world towards being a much better place.

He added that muslims should be hailed for making an unusual sacrifice by avoiding large gatherings to celebrate the year’s Ramadan.

His words, “Today, the health challenge is a test for all our Muslim brothers and sisters but while being unable to congregate, it has enabled them to repair and build stronger bonds with their families, especially as children have been encouraged to join in the prayers and fasting at home.

“Nonetheless, Eid-el-Fitr encourages Muslims to reflect on themselves and draw closer to Allah; reflect on the lessons learned during this special Ramadan and show compassion to the less fortunate and needy.

“During the fasting period, bodies became weaker but the human spirit became enriched. I join all Muslims in praying that the world will recover from the prevailing pandemic, that the wounds of division become healed in Nigeria and that all citizens can enjoy the realization of the Buhari administration’s goal of attaining better standards of living.”

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Coronaviruses constitute the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae, in the family Coronaviridae, order Nidovirales, and realm Riboviria. They are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome and a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry. The genome size of coronaviruses ranges from approximately 27 to 34 kilobases, the largest among known RNA viruses. The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “halo”, which refers to the characteristic appearance reminiscent of a crown or a solar corona around the virions (virus particles) when viewed under two-dimensional transmission electron microscopy, due to the surface covering in club-shaped protein spikes.

Human coronaviruses were first discovered in the late 1960s. The earliest ones discovered were an infectious bronchitis virus in chickens and two in human patients with the common cold (later named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43). Other members of this family have since been identified, including SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 (formerly known as 2019-nCoV) in 2019. Most of these have involved serious respiratory tract infections.

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