The Governor of Kano, Umar Ganduje, on Monday has announced the extension of lockdown imposed by the federal government on the State which was prolonged by an additional two weeks.
His spokesman, Tanko Yakasai, disclosed this in a statement which he explained that the development was the outcome of a meeting the governor and religious leaders had on Monday.
He stated that Ganduje “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”.
Yakasai said his boss gave the 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.’’
He made a disclosure that the Imams were ordered to ensure that everyone wears a face mask, as well as the use of sanitizers and washing of hands.
“They should also observe spacing as well as making brief sermon and observing social distancing,’’ he said.
The statement added that the government had also inaugurated a committee that will oversee the distribution of hand sanitizers, Sanitation equipment as well as face masks, among others to Imams of Friday Mosques