Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani, on Wednesday, approved Eid prayers for Muslim faithful in the state.
A statement signed by the Director General of the state’s Bureau for Religious Affairs, Umar-Farooq Abdullahi, said the governor made the approval after consulting with the Traditional Council and Islamic Scholars in the state.
He, however, urged all to comply with the existing order on social distancing and gatherings while observing the festivities.
According to the statement, the state government stated that all Eid prayers are to be observed in various Juma’at Mosques across the state with recitation of short Surats (chapters) and a brief sermon.
While insisting on following all medical guidelines, such as hand washing or hand sanitising, social distancing, and the use of face-masks, the state government barred women and children from attending the Eid prayers.
It also prohibited all forms of gatherings during the season and advised all to go home after the Eid prayers.
According to the statement, the public must remain mindful of the dangers of the COVID’19, and therefore must continue to be conscious of the Pandemic as a threat to life, property and security.