- Muslim leaders in Lagos state have maintained a position contrary to that of the state government
- The state had lifted ban on worship centres but Chief Imam Sulaimon Abou-Nolla said mosques should remain under lock and key
- The Lagos chief imam made the declaration amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in the southwest state
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Despite the directives of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led government lifting ban on the worship centres in Lagos, Muslim leaders in the state have pronounced that mosques must still remain closed.
Lagos is the epidemic centre of coronavirus pandemic with the state having 7,103 cases of Covid-19 which averagely accounted for about 49% of cases in all the 35 states including the FCT.
Meanwhile, Lagos had lifted the restriction on churches and mosques across the state following the resolution of the federal government which lifted the ban on religious gathering nationwide effective from Monday, June 1.
But contrary to the position of the state government, Sheikh Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla, Lagos state chief imam, said mosques are not permitted to open.
The Muslim leader made the declaration amid concern raised over the recent government's pronouncement on the worship centres.
“The mosque should still be closed because the number of index cases is still on the rise. They should not open Mosques for now.
“The government should not rush to open religious centres since the reason for their closure has not been defeated,” Sheikh Abou-Nolla said.
Nigeria's coronavirus cases hit a milestone figure of 16085 after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 403 new cases in 20 states on Sunday, June 14.
Presently, 5,220 people have been discharged while 402 fatalities have been recorded as the scourge is taking a hard swipe at the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported earlier that since Covid-19 does not have any known cure or vaccine yet, many Nigerians and others across the world have continuously asked how patients are being managed at isolation centres.
This has fueled many speculations especially as some Covid-19 survivors started claiming they were given malaria drug's while some said they were not given any dr*gs at all.
To address the information gap, the director-general of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, has listed five key ways Covid-19 patients are managed at isolation centres.
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