Covid-19 outbreak: Emir of Bauchi cancels Sallah celebration

Covid-19 outbreak: Emir of Bauchi cancels Sallah celebration

- The Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu, has cancelled Sallah celebration in the state, citing health reasons

- This came after the state's governor, Bala Mohammed, lifted the ban that forbids religious gatherings

- Emir Rilwanu, however, said that Imams in Bauchi will be taught on how to ensure social distancing during Eid prayers

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The Emir of Bauchi, who also doubles as the chairman of the council of traditional rulers in the state, Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu, has directed for the cancellation of sallah dubar during the upcoming Eld-el Fitri.

The monarch gave the directive during a stakeholders' meeting on Covid-19 which was held at the Comand Guest House in the state, Nigerian Tribune reports.

He said there is a strong need to disallow mingling among people as everybody is a suspected carrier of the deadly virus.

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Rilwanu added that all Imams in the state will be educated on how to ensure physical distancing during Eid prayers as various grounds have been marked out for that purpose.

A picture of the emir with his face mask. Photo source: Nigerian Tribune
A picture of the emir with his face mask. Photo source: Nigerian Tribune
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Meanwhile, earlier reported that the ban on religious gatherings which was imposed in Bauchi state in April to contain the spread of COVID-19 was lifted by the state government.

The state governor, Bala Mohammed, announced the lifting of the ban in a statement on Wednesday, May 20.

He, however, disclosed that the lifting of the ban on religious gathering was for two weeks. The governor disclosed that the ban was lifted after considering a recent declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) that COVID-19 may not go soon.

He also pointed out that other states in the northeast have lifted their ban. Mohammed noted that the two weeks reprieve was tied with certain conditions such as the compulsory use of face, provision of hand sanitiser and running water as well as observing physical distancing at the worship centres.

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He said the expiration of the two weeks, the state government would review the level of compliance with the ban.

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In other news, Maria Branyas, a 113-year-old woman, believed to be the oldest person in Spain, has said that she feels very much okay after surviving the deadly coronavirus.

The centenarian said that she feels just like any normal human being with feelings like everyone.

Maria recovered from the virus after what was described as a mild case with it. It should be noted that she developed Covid-19 symptoms shortly after her family visited to celebrate her birthday on Wednesday, March 4. ( - We have upgraded to serve you better

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