Kano State government has approved the muslim Friday congregational prayers and Eid prayers in the state.
The decision followed the recommendations of a group of selected Islamic scholars after a meeting with some government officials on Monday.
By the development, the easing of the lockdown in the state on both Monday and Thursday will continue and the congregational prayers on Friday and Eid prayers will hold.
The decision of the state government came barely hours after President Muhammadu Buhari extended the gradual easing of lockdown by two weeks.
It would be recalled that the lockdown across the country is to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The development was announced in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Salihu Tanko Yakasai.
The statement reads:
“Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje 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.
“The Imams have also been directed 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.
“The State Government has 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 in the State.”