Osun joins other two states in Nigeria, Cancels Eid Prayers over COVID-19

Author:  Tunde Olorungbotemi

Nigeria Muslims praying (Picture for illustration)

Osun State has joined it's counterparts, Kwara state to cancel the Eid prayers on Friday, July 31 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Noting that, the Kano state government only cancelled traditional sallah festivities in this year's Ei-del-kabir in the state, according to the Kano state government but has granted the conduct of Eid Congregational prayers across the state under strict observance of safety protocols to be supervised by government officials.

Also, In Osun state, the weekly Ju’maat service is allowed for residents but must be in line with the existing safety protocols and guidelines.

VOICE AIR MEDIA gathered that Prince Wole Oyebamiji, Secretary to the State Government disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to the statement, “The State Government of Osun having appraised how the state is currently faring with respect to the global health emergency, vis-a-vis the fact that Eid-el- Kabir and Juma’at fall on the same day, has announced that there would be no Eid congregation or prayers on Friday July 31. However, Juma’at service will hold in line with the existing safety protocols and guidelines.

“The State of Osun is still recording rising figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases amidst an active community transmission stage of the pandemic. This coupled with the fact that people whose COVID-19 status has not been ascertained would be travelling into the State from different parts of the country, in the spirit of the celebration.

“The State cannot afford the impact of any form of large gathering such as the kind expected at praying grounds and the associated difficulties of enforcing the safety protocols against COVID-19

“Our health managers are also worried by the recent surge in active cases , and have warned that the State could experience galloping figures due to continued disobedience of safety protocols if it allows any kind of specially high density gatherings or congregation.

“The State Government does not want its citizens exposed to this dangerous infection, especially among the aged and those with underlying health conditions.

“The State Government of Osun is not relenting in its fight to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, and to rid the State of it. The government is, and will continue to take necessary actions towards ensuring the safety and security of its people.

“The Governor and State Government of Osun wish all Muslim faithful a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration ahead.”

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