Nigeria Muslims are encouraged to go for COVID-19 vaccination.

According to the statement on Saturday, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a popular Islamic rights group said it was safe.

Federal givernment of Nigeria received 4 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021. The vaccination exercise has since then begun as doses vaccine have been sent to different states.

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), opinion is that Nigerians cannot afford to play games in the current challenges brought by COVID-19 index around the globes.

MURIC said in a statement signed by its director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola that “Nigeria needs the vaccine as much as countries that have suffered high death rates from the pandemic."

The islamic group stated that many Nigerians are reluctant in taking the vaccine, as well as doubting its effectiveness and the Islamic group said that its message was for the conspiracy theory camp, especially the Muslims at large.

“The consensus of Islamic scholars is that vaccination is halaal (permissible). They cited the hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) where he said ‘Seek medical treatment’.

“COVID-19 vaccine is designed to give protection to those who take it by making their bodies produce substances known as antibodies whose function is to fight disease.”

Islamic group (MURIC) added that the reason President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo took the vaccine on national television was to build faith to Nigerians.

MURIC said, “We urge Nigerian Muslims and the rest of the citizenry to embrace the vaccine. Let us obey our leaders as enshrined in the Glorious Qur’an (4:59)."

“Nigerians should note that many of those who denied COVID-19 later fell victims.

“MURIC therefore calls on cynics to have a rethink, face reality and accept the vaccine. We are concerned with the right of every Nigerian to live a healthy life free from any disease.

“In particular, we believe that Nigerian lives matter as no Nigerian deserves to lose his life to any epidemic when a panacea has been made available.” #Nigerianlivesmatter,” the statement said.

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