- The Kano council of ulamas has opposed Ganduje's decision to lift ban on congregational prayers in the state
- The clerics said the decision could further increase the rate of infections in the state
- Ganduje had on Monday, May 18, permitted Friday and eid-el-fitr prayers to hold across the state, citing recommendations from 30 Islamic scholars
Kano State Council of Ulamas has opposed the decision by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to allow mosques and churches to resume congregational prayers amid rising cases of Covid-19 in the state.
The clerics insisted that the decision could further increase the rate of infections in the state.
Speaking on BBC Hausa Service as quoted by the Premium Times, the head of the council, Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil, said the government should have considered the rising cases of infections before taking such decision.
Sheikh Khalil said the council would have advised the government against the decision if it had sought its advice.
“In this period of the epidemic, since the government has allowed congregational prayers to hold, individuals can also decide for themselves not to risk their lives, especially those with underlying illnesses should stay at home instead.
“Those that feel they can go to a mosque, if they don’t have any problems, can go ahead and pray in congregations.
“There is no sin for anyone that does not go to mosque as far as he has concrete reasons,” Khalil was quoted to have said.
The council's position has elicited wide reactions from Nigerians on social media.
Yusuf Gooner Ibn Mukhtar commented on Facebook: "Right thing to say and do but, the lockdown has no meaning since we are not following any rules and regulations that will make it works."
Moroof Ibrahim said: "When Gov.is marooned to make indiscretional decisions bothering on political and religious gains,neglecting the human aspect and dire consequences therein.Thank you the Council."
Ben Cool said: "The Ulamas are a confused and disgruntled set of people. They opposed the lockdown in the beginning and threatened to continue with religious activities.
"Now the lockdown has been lifted and they still oppose it.
"This is what you get when religious leaders become politicians"
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Governor 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.
“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.
Also, there is a slight disagreement between the Sultan of Sokoto and governors of some states in the north over how the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr prayers should be observed.
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