YAOUNDE, Cameroon — Muslims in Cameroon mark Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice, by praying for an end to the country’s separatist conflict, which has killed more than 3,000 people since 2017. Muslim leaders also called on those skeptical of Cameroon’s vaccine to be vaccinated against COVID-19, which has infected more than 80,000 people and killed at least 1,300.
Muslim cleric Bouba Goi Goi in his sermon while offering Eid al-Adha prayers at the Islamic Complex in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, said that all Muslims should live a life of complete devotion to God, physical on earth and in heaven with Allah Spiritual both should be enjoyed. .
Soule Mane is the spokesman for Cameroon’s National Moon Crescent Commission, which is responsible for announcing Muslim feast days.
He said that Bouba called on Cameroonians of all religious denominations to educate citizens on the need for stability in the Central African state.
“This is a spiritual project opportunity for every Muslim to pray for peace, security, unity, health and living together in our country. A good Muslim should be the ambassador of his religion, one who tries hard for his family, for his community and for his country,” he said.
Mane said Christians were among the 1,500 people at the prayer complex.
The Council of Cameroonian Imams and Muslim dignitaries organized a prayer for peace.
The council’s coordinator, Moussa Oumaro, said that Muslims who are separatist fighters should give up their weapons and encourage their comrades of other religions to stop fighting.
Cameroon is estimated to have at least 2,000 separatist fighters in its English-speaking western regions. The government said the number of Muslim fighters is unknown because the rebels disguised as civilians.
Souleiman Mayfair is the imam of the Nkoazoa Mosque, located 10 kilometers west of Ngouchem Yaonde. He said that apart from promoting peace, Muslim clerics in Cameroon also warned believers about the dangers of COVID-19.
He said he is asking all Muslims in Cameroon to respect COVID-19 barrier measures such as washing hands regularly with soap and water, wearing a face mask in public and keeping at least one meter physical distance from other people. Keep distance Ngouchame said Muslims should not hesitate to get the COVID-19 vaccine as the jab can save their lives and help stop the coronavirus that has killed so many.
Cameroon said less than 150,000 people have been vaccinated since April, when the government received 700,000 doses to vaccinate citizens against COVID-19.
During Eid al-Adha last year, Cameroon banned prayers and festivities that brought together more than 10 people. Thousands of Muslims in the capital Yaonde defied restrictions, ordered as part of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. This year many people came with face masks but did not respect the distance of at least one meter from each person as per the instructions of the government.