COVID-19: Northern governor defies FG, insists on Eid-el-Fitr prayers

– The Kano state government has given new guidelines to residents on how Eid-el-Fitr prayers will be conducted

– The government urged Muslim faithful in the state to attend the prayers publicly but in a uniform manner devoid of celebration

– However, this directive contradicts the federal government’s ban on religious and social gatherings in the state

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Despite the ban on social and religious gatherings placed by the federal government to defeat the spread of coronavirus, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has insisted on Eid-el-Fitr prayers in Kano.

Alhaji Usman Alhaji, the secretary to the state government, in a statement on Friday, May 22, urged all Muslim faithful in the state to uniformly partake in the prayers without celebration, Vanguard reports.

He also said that Muslims should go to prayer grounds without children and elderly persons, who, according to the state’s new guidelines, should remain at homes.

Alhaji also warned Kano residents to strictly adhere to the government’s rule on social distancing and compulsory use of face masks.

COVID-19: Governor Ganduje insists on Eid-el-Fitr prayers

This directive contradicts the federal government’s ban on religious and social gatherings in the state.
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Added to this, the state government directed that homage by traditional rulers during the season should be restricted to inside the palace.

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The statement partly read: “We further urged the general public to observed the guidelines provided for the containment of this COVID-19 pandemic such as social distancing, and mandatory use of face masks during the prayers.

“…the five Emirates to uniformly perform the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr prayers devoid of any celebration and ensure that traditional Sallah homage by traditional rulers is restricted to inside the palace only.”

Meanwhile, reported that just days to the E-d-el-Fitr, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, on Friday, May 22, urged Muslims in Nigeria to remain at home during the religious celebration.

IGP Adamu’s order was contained in a statement released by Frank Mba, the spokesman of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) on Friday.

The police chief said that Nigeria’s victory over the deadly coronavirus requires the “collective perseverance and voluntary compliance with the prevention regulations emplaced by governments at all levels…”

A part of the statement read: “…the COVID-19 prevention regulation orders including the inter-state movement restriction orders, national curfew and the prohibition of mass socio-religious gatherings by the federal government in Lagos, Ogun, Kano states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and restriction orders by governments in some states of the federation, are still in force.”

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