- At least, six governors in the north, including Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano, have lifted the ban on religious gathering ahead of Eid-l-Fitr
- The decision was against the position and advice of the presidential task force on Covid-19 and the NCDC
- Political ambition has now been identified as the drive behind the decision which experts posited can lead to a spike in cases of Covid-19
With Eid-Fitr festival knocking close, some governors in the north and other regions have decided to lift the ban on religious gathering amid coronavirus pandemic.
This, without any iota of doubt, has gone against the position of the presidential task force on Covid-19 and the protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Among them, Legit.ng notes is Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano whose state is second behind Lagos on the log of states badly buffeted by the ravaging pandemic.
Kano has 888 cases of Covid-19 as NCDC reported eight new cases in the state on Friday, May 22.
Joining Kano in the north is Borno state whose governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, announced a lift on the ban previously placed religious centres despite the spike in coronavirus cases in the state.
Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa, Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi and Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina have also lifted the ban on religious gathering ahead of Salah.
Findings have now revealed the reason behind the states lifting ban on social and religious gathering against the advice of the presidential task force and NCDC.
According to The Nation, governors who lifted the ban did so for a political reason as they do not want to offend "both the crescent and the cross."
Religion plays a vital role in who wins a politics seat in the country, especially in the north where the dictates of the Ulamas (council of religious leaders) are aggressively valued.
A governor said: “In the North here, you offend the Ulamas at your own political peril.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported earlier that 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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