Preach awareness on COVID-19 in your sermons, Ganduje tells imams
As protocols for Eid-el-Fitr, Juma’at prayers released
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Governor Abdulllahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has appealed to imams in the state to preach awareness on COVID-19 and its protocols in their sermons.
The governor intimated the imams on specific protocols on Wednesday at Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano, a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Malam Abba Anwar, said Wednesday.
Ganduje said: “I want assure you that in all the decisions we took we consulted you before taking any decision concerning our religious responsibilities. Just last few days we had a crucial meeting with some of you who are here with other Ulamas. Our decision to re-open Friday Mosques and allow for Eid-Prayer was reached ther.”
“People must follow protocols for us to get rid of this global pandemic called COVID-19. That is why we decided to call you and intimate you about these protocols”
“It is necessary for whoever wants to enter into a Mosque or its surrounding to wear a face mask to protect himself and others.
Water and soap will be placed at entrance. Anyone attending must wash his hands. Sanitizer will also be there,” he explained.
The governor added that his administration has the protocols, which will be distributed to worshippers, written in vernacular and will be translated into Ajami for general use.
According to the protocols handed over to the imams, prayers would be conducted within an hour including sermon, so as to allow people to disperse quickly.
Worshipers must wear face masks, use hand sanitizer or wash their hands before they are allowed into mosque premises.
Also packets of face mask, hand sanitizer, among others, were distributed to the amams.
Malam Lawan Abubakar, the Chief Imam of Triumph Friday Mosque said, “Your Excellency it is allowed in Islam that when a leader does what is good and beneficial to his people, he can be appreciated.
“Your Excellency we are conveying the message of appreciation from our people for your kind consideration to allow for both Eid and Friday prayers. May Allah reward you and your lieutenants.”
Present at the meeting were the Deputy Governor, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, who is the Chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19, Secretary to the State Government, Commissioners, Professors Abdussalam Nasidi and Abdurrazaq Habib Garba, and the Chief Imam of Kano, Emeritus Professor Muhammad Sani Zahraddeen.