- The government of Katsina state has lifted a ban on Friday prayers
- All congregations, especially on Fridays and Sundays, had been put on hold to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state
- Mustapha Inuwa, the secretary to the government, said the Imams were admonished to avoid prolonged sermons
Amid the increasing rate of coronavirus cases in Nigeria, the Katsina state government has lifted the ban on Friday prayers in the state with immediate effect over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Channels TV reports that this was coming after the state government held a stakeholder meeting with religious leaders, traditional rulers and security agencies in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that in a statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Mustapha Inuwa, the government said the Imams were admonished to avoid prolonged sermons in order to discharge their followers within a short period.
Inuwa said before Friday prayers must be conducted, there would be some stipulated health and security guidelines.
The meeting was convened to review the measures taken by the state government in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The government also asked people to maintain social distancing and strictly adhere to all rules and regulations provided by the health experts in fighting the contagious disease.
A similar meeting would soon be held between the state government and Christian leaders to lift the suspension of Sunday church services.
Also expected is a meeting between the government and traditional rulers.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Ayodele Fayose, the immediate past governor of Ekiti state, called on governments at all levels, religious bodies, corporate organisations, and well-meaning individuals to focus on strategic implementation of “stomach infrastructure.”
It was reported that Fayose, in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday, April 6, in Ado Ekiti through his media aide, Lere Olayinka, said that his advice should be taken seriously. The former governor said hunger can kill faster than coronavirus.
He hailed the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his pro-activeness and unrelenting efforts in the management of these challenges as well as his transparency and interface with the people.
Fayose particularly called on the federal government to emulate the Lagos state government and do more in the area of prompt information dissemination to stem the tide of misinformation in the country.
In another report, a man suspected to have died of coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, April 5, Jeol Dewus, would be buried on Wednesday, April 8, at his home town, Bwonpe in Mangu local government area of Plateau state.
Dewus was, however, confirmed to have died of some health complications, and not the coronavirus.
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