In the wake of the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of Coronavirus in Kano State, Worship centres have remained closed and residents indoors, deserting the streets in apparent compliance with the government directive.
Recall that on Tuesday, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had imposed a one-week total lockdown effective from Thursday, after recording 21 cases of coronavirus in the state.
On Friday, our reporter observed that all the major roads around the Kano metropolis had been deserted.
Also, all markets, including the biggest textile and foodstuff markets in West Africa, had been shut down.
All the restaurants and other eateries around the metropolis had been closed, just as some gated streets were also closed in what could be described as total compliance to the lockdown directive.
A resident, Rabiu Idris, who spoke with DAILY NIGERIAN, expressed satisfaction on the level of compliance recorded in the state, saying that people are becoming more and more aware of the danger of the coronavirus.
“I’m happy by the level of compliance I have seen today. Although I did not leave my house, the way I saw some images of our streets on Social Media, I am very much impressed.
“This shows that people are now believing that this disease is real,” he added.
Similarly, our reporter, who visited some of the popular Juma’at mosques around Kano metropolis on Friday, observed that virtually all the worship places were under lock and key.
At the Kano Central Mosque which is located at the city center, our reporter observed that the worship centre was deserted, unusual of the mosque where thousands of worshippers trooped in every Friday.
Before now, it was observed, the premises of the mosque served as a beehive of commercial activities as traders exhibit their wares every Friday.
Other Juma’at mosques visited by our reporter such as Mukhtar Abbas Mosque, Kofar Wambai mosque, Al-Furqan, Ansarussunnah and many others were all shut down in compliance with the executive order.