Lifting of lockdown: Ulamas, Northern Govs disagree Congregational Prayers

The Council of Ulamas has distanced itself from the lifting of lockdown on congregational prayers and other religious gatherings over Coronavirus pandemic by some Governors of northern Nigeria ahead of Eid Celebration.

The Chairman of the body in Kano State, Sheik Ibrahim Kaleef, Stated this in an interview with the BBC Hausa service on Wednesday.

He stated that the body was not consulted before the ban was lifted particularly in Kano State which account for the second highest number of Coronavirus cases in Nigeria.

According to Sheik Khaleef, the move could jeopardise the gains recorded in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

He however appeal to Kano State residents who attend the Christian congregation and Eid prayers to observe the guidelines by wearing face masks and social distancing.

But, the Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed who announced relaxation of lockdown restriction on religious worship in the State which began on Thursday morning May 21, 2020, said that the Council and Clergymen were duly consulted before the decision was taken.

Mohammed who disclosed this at a Stakeholders meeting with religious leaders and heads of security agencies on Wednesday in Bauchi, said: “From now on, church services and Friday prayers will be allowed to hold.

“Muslims will observe the Eid prayers while markets will be opened on daily basis.

The Governor who stated that the Eid sessions must be celebrated in low key in the State, also advised that people must continue to adhere to social distancing and other precautionary measures.

“The partial lockdown imposed on the State is relaxed. The relaxation will afford the people of Bauchi to attend their places of worship, the Friday worship, the Eid ground and the churches.

“But in the doing that, they will continue to practice social distancing and all medical measures including washing of hands and wearing of masks.

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