Kano reviews lockdown, okays Juma’at, Eid prayers
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Kano State Government has reviewed the state lockdown order imposed by the Federal Government to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
This is following a consultation between Governor Abdulllahi Umar Ganduje and representatives of Islamic scholars in the state on Monday.
The Special Adviser to the governor on media, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, disclosed this in a statement shortly after the meeting.
According the current review, the relaxation of the lockdown on Mondays and Thursday stands and in addition Friday and Eid prayers will be conducted.
However, imams of Juma:at mosques across the state must ensure worshipers comply with personal hygiene through wearing of face masks, social distancing, hand washing and the use sanitizer.
According to him, the government has also considered it convenient to allow for the conduct of Eid prayers in the five Emirates of the state under strict observance of safety and prevention protocols, but eid celebrations would not be conducted.
The statement reads: “His Excellency Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR has accepted and approved recommendations by a selection of 30 Islamic scholars in Kano for the Government to allow Friday Prayers to hold as well as Eid Prayers. The Governor gave this directive after a lengthy consultation with the Islamic Scholars and other government officials at Africa House, in the Government House.
“This means that the relaxation of the lockdown on the days of Monday and Thursday will continue, but Friday prayers will also be allowed as well as Eid Prayers, but traditional Eid celebrations in the State will not be allowed.”
Earlier Monday, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 extended Kano lockdown by two weeks.
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 Chairman, Boss Mustapha, announced this during the briefing of the members of the task force in Abuja.