COVID-19: Governor Ganduje allows Friday prayers

COVID-19: Governor Ganduje allows Friday prayers

- The Kano state government has announced that Friday and eid-el-fitr prayers will now be allowed in the state

- The announcement was made by Salihu Tanko, the spokesperson to the state governor

- Tanko said Imams have been mandated to enforce physical distancing rules in mosques

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The Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje on Monday, May 18, permitted Friday and eid-el-fitr prayers to hold across the state.

The special adviser on media to the governor, Salihu Tanko, disclosed in a statement that the governor arrived at the decision based on the recommendations of 30 Islamic scholars in the state, Daily Trust reports.

COVID-19: Governor Ganduje allows Friday prayers
Worshippers in Kano state have been instructed to wear face masks and use sanitizers when they visit mosques. Photo credit: Kano state government
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He disclosed that the recommendation by the Islamic scholars was given at a meeting with government officials in the state.

“His Excellency, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR has accepted and approved recommendations by a selection of 30 Islamic scholars in Kano for the Government to allow Friday Prayers as well as Eid Prayers to hold," the governor's spokesperson said.

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Yakasai stated that Imams have been mandated to enforce physical distancing rules in mosques. He said worshippers will be instructed to wear face masks, as well as use sanitizers and adhere to the washing of hands.

He, however, noted that traditional eid celebrations in the state will not be allowed.

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Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has extended the gradual easing of the lockdown by two weeks across the nation.

This was disclosed by the PTF chairman and secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha.

He announced this on Monday, May 18, during the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja.

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari took the decision based on the recommendations of the PTF.

He added that the guidelines issued for relaxing the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital territory (FCT) will be maintained for the next two weeks.

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In another news, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned the federal government's methods of handling issues of containment, treatments and finding cures to the dreaded COVID-19 disease.

The group in a statement sent to journalists on Sunday, May 17, said gagging citizens from disclosing their treatment regime whilst in the COVID-19 isolation centres, amounts to curtailing their constitutionally guaranteed fundamental freedoms of expression and information.

The group also alleged that there is heightened public cynicism about the handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria by the Presidential Task Force (PTF). ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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