First COVID Jumu’at: Ganduje lauds Kano Muslims’ conduct
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has congratulated the people of Kano State on the manner in which the first Jumu’at prayer was conducted under lockdown.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Malam Abba Anwar, said the governor sent the congratulatory message during the State Task Force media briefing, held at Africa House, Government House, Kano, Wednesday.
This was in the presence of the Chairman of the Task Force, Deputy Governor, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna and other members of his committee, alongside the Special Envoy of the Minister of Health on COVID-19 to Kano, Prof. Adbussalam Nasidi.
Ganduje said: “I am congratulating the people of Kano State for conducting the first Juma’at prayer under COVID-19 crisis and for also conducting the Eid-el-Fitr prayer that was observed on Sunday 1st of Shawwal in the Islamic Calendar year.
“We are happy to acknowledge that most of our Imams in Friday Mosques preached extensively in their sermons, on COVID-19 measures. They also did their best in applying all protocols during the prayer period, particularly within the Mosque building and premises,” he added.
Another thing the governor commended was the conduct of Eid-el-Fitr prayer, particularly at the Praying Grounds across the state.
The governor added: “We saw how Mosque committees were up and doing in making sure that worshippers abide by the protocols. This is commendable indeed.”
While assuring that government would make sure that such protocols are observed at all times during the pandemic period, Governor Ganduje promised to continue working hand in hand with the religious leaders in the fight against the pandemic.
During the briefing, the Technical Team Coordinator of the State Task Force, Dr. Tijjani Hussaini, gave clearer picture of the statistics of the pandemic in the state that “Since from the beginning of the pandemic period the state has 4,115 suspected cases, with 923 cases confirmed, 751 are active, with 134 discharged cases from treatment, while 273 are contacts discharged, 38 death cases and 49 indeterminate (not identified) cases, as at Wednesday, May 27, 2020.”
According to the Technical Coordinator, Dr. Hussaini “there are 2012 calls received, 2010 identify calls and some were dropping, 4004 specimen collected, 2949 negative cases, 49 identified cases and 58 pending result results.”