- Governor Seyi Makinde has opened praying grounds in Oyo state for Muslims for the Sallah celebration
- The governor, however, stated that necessary safety protocols including social distancing must be observed
- Makinde urged the Muslims to use facemasks in order to curb the spread of coronavirus infection
Despite the recent spike in the Covid-19 cases in Oyo, Governor Seyi Makinde has given directives for the opening of Muslim praying grounds across the state for Eid-l-Kabir prayer.
Muslim faithfuls across the world including Nigeria will hold their Sallah festival on Friday, July 31, ushering in fear and concern amid rise in coronavirus cases in the 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
But Makinde, in a statement signed by his chief press secretary Taiwo Adisa, directed the praying grounds to opened, though stated that necessary safety protocols including social distancing must be observed.
Makinde said 25% of worshippers must be allowed to perform prayers at every instance, noting that "there will be an adjustment to Eid prayer gatherings."
“The Eid praying grounds across the state have, upon the directive of the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, been opened to Muslims for the purpose of the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir prayers," part of the statement read.
“The Eid praying grounds across the state have, upon the directive of the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, been opened to Muslims for the purpose of the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir prayers."
Makinde enjoyed the Muslim faithful to use face mask, saying no worshipper should be allowed into the praying ground without face masks and readiness to wash hands with soap and water in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
Oyo state has 2688 total Covid-19 cases after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Contol (NCDC) announced 20 cases in the state on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Oyo state government has announced the cancellation of third term calendar for students in all primary and secondary schools in the state due to Covid-19 crisis.
Governor Seyi Makinde announced the decision on Tuesday, July 20, as contained in a statement by the state commissioner for education, Olasunkanmi Olaleye.
Olaleye said the decision was reached during the state executive council meeting at the government house in Ibadan on Tuesday, adding that the 2020/21 academic session will begin on September 21 and end on July 30, 2021.
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