Ahead of the Eid-el-Fitr celebration for Muslim faithful, some state governors have begun to relax the lockdown which they initially imposed as a necessary measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
This decision by the state is coming at a time when the nation as a whole is still battling with the deadly virus with cases rising on a daily basis.
In fact, according to the official report of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) the country recorded 339 cases as at Thursday, May 21.
Before this report, the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) for COVID-19, Aliyu Sani, during a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday urged Muslims to observe the festival in the comfort of their homes.
Aliyu noted that the government cannot afford to lift ban on social and religious gatherings and thus endanger the lives of citizens.
Also, some observers and experts have warned that allowing such public gatherings will drag the nation further back in its fight against the disease.
However, these governors in question alongside lifting the ban admonished residents to adhere to rules of social distancing during the celebration.
Governors who have made this move are listed below:
1. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano)
2. Darius Dickson Ishaku (Taraba)
3. Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa)
4. Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi)
5. Babagana Umara Zulum (Borno)
6. Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina)
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Nigerian Muslims would celebrate the yearly Eid-El-Fitri in the confines of their homes, unlike other times.
This was as the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday, May 21, advised Muslim faithful in the country to observe the religious festival indoors.
In fact, Iyanda Taofiq, the FRSC unit commander in Sagamu, Ogun state, said that the directive is in line with the federal government's stay-at-home order aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus.
Taofiq stated: “Observe the government rules and regulations concerning COVID-19 to curb the pandemic.”
He admonished Muslims and all residents in the state to maintain the utmost personal hygiene and social distancing, adding that this is not the time for people to go from place to place in the name of celebration.
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