Coronavirus: Jumat prayer to hold at national mosque despite pandemic

Coronavirus: Jumat prayer to hold at national mosque despite pandemic

- Despite the fears of coronavirus pandemic, the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NCSIA) says Jumat service will take place in the national mosque, Abuja

- Prof Salisu Shehu, the deputy secretary-general of the council discloses that other social activities would go on as scheduled but may be reviewed when necessary

- Shehu says the revered Muslim body will not force those that have already decided to suspend Jumat prayers

The Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NCSIA) has disclosed that Jumat service (Friday congregation prayer) would take place at the national mosque in Abuja despite fears of coronavirus pandemic.

Prof Salisu Shehu, the deputy secretary-general of the council, made the disclosure on Thursday, March 19, Daily Trust reports.

Coronavirus: Jumat prayer to hold at national mosque despite pandemic

Coronavirus: Jumat prayer to hold at national mosque despite pandemic
Source: UGC

Speaking at the NSCIA secretariat at the national mosque complex, Shehu told journalists that other social activities would go on as scheduled but may be reviewed when necessary.

He, however, stated that the revered Muslim body will not force those that have already decided to suspend Jumat prayers.

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“We would not force those that have already decided to suspend Jumat prayers, but at the level of National Mosque, that measure would not be taken because we are still observing the progression of the situation,” Shehu said.

Meanwhile, the federal government has shut down three international airports as part of its strategic measures to curb the spread of coronavirus across the country.

The airports are; Mallam Aminu Kano Airport, Kano; Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu; and the Port Harcourt Airport, Rivers.

On Wednesday, March 18, the Nigerian Senate urged the government to shut down all international airports except the Lagos and Abuja airports for easier monitoring of the viral disease.

In another report, Daystar Church has suspended physical gathering for service following a recent directive from the Lagos state government.

The government had announced the restriction of public gatherings for religious activities with more than 50 worshippers as a way to curtail the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria's megacity.

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A statement signed by senior pastors of the church, Sam and Nike Adeyemi stated that from the weekend of March 21, Daystar Christian Centre will not hold a physical gathering for worshippers at any of our locations in Oregun, Lekki, Ikorodu and Badagry centres till further notice.

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