Eid Fitr: Makinde denies lifting lockdown ahead of Muslims' festival

Eid Fitr: Makinde denies lifting lockdown ahead of Muslims' festival

- Governor Makinde has stated that Oyo state has not lifted the ban on religious gathering contrary to reports in the media

- The Oyo governor made the clarification amid reports that the state has followed the Kano way ahead of the Muslims' Eid-l-Fitr celebration

- Makinde said the decision to lift the ban imposed on social gathering will be conveyed in the risk analysis report by the state government at the end of May

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Contrary to media reports that Oyo state government has lifted the ban on religious gathering ahead of Eid-l-Fitr, Governor Seyi Makinde has reacted, saying the reports are untrue.

In a tweet by the governor on Thursday, May 21, Makinde dusted off the purported reports that the state has followed the way of some northern states ahead of Eid, a Muslims festival marking the end of Ramadan fasting period.

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Governor Makinde urged members of the public to disregard the misinformation, saying the ban on gathering in both churches and mosques due to coronavirus still remains intact.

According to him, the state is still carrying out situational risk analysis on the ban and the general public will be communicated should there be a different development different from the position contained in a press release of Monday, May 18.

"A statement is circulating in the Press purportedly from me, stating that we have lifted the restrictions on social distancing regarding places of worship including mosques and churches. This information is FALSE and should be completely disregarded," Makinde said.

As I stated in my press briefing on May 18, 2020, the experts are carrying out a risk situational analysis and we will communicate whatever decisions are reached through our Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force Press briefings in due course."

The governor, however, enjoined the residents of the state to look forward to the result of the risk analysis by the state task force on Covid-19 at the end of May.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Seyi Makinde, Oyo state governor, has confirmed 11 fresh Covid-19 cases in the state barely 11 hours after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 338 new cases in 18 states.

In a situational update on coronavirus via his Twitter page on Monday, May 18, Makinde disclosed that 18 confirmed Covid-19 patients have received their second negative results and have been successfully discharged.

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