The International Islamic Fiqh Academy has expressed support to the polio vaccination in the country, stressing that it has issued a fatwa on anybody or group of persons, who attack health workers carrying out the polio vaccination in the country.
The group also called on parents to “see to ensure that their sons and daughters get vaccinated against polio.”
The Academy, which is a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (IOC), stated that it condemned acts of violence against vaccinators, who were discharging their constitutional responsibility.
The group, which enjoined parents to allow their children to be immunised against polio, added that vaccination against polio was an “obligation”, which was safe.
The support by the Academy followed a meeting of Islamic scholars convened at Al-Azhar in Cairo, the Egyptian capital.
During the meeting, the Islamic Advisory Group for polio eradication discussed the ways in which Islamic leadership could help communities to ensure the protection of all Muslim children.
In Nigeria, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has been leading the campaign for the eradication of polio in the country.
The sultan had on many occasions appealed to parents to allow their children to be immunised with the polio vaccine, stressing that it was safe to be vaccinated.
Abubakar said intensive researches had been conducted on the vaccine and it was found to be very safe.
“We wouldn’t have accepted it if the vaccine is not safe. NAFDAC also certifies all the batches of the vaccine imported into the country. The effort will help in further sensitising Nigerians on the dangers of polio and the need to eradicate it,” he said.