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COVID-19: Decentralise Eid-el-Kabir prayers, FG issues directive to mosques


Islamic clerics

The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has ordered mosques across the country to decentralise Eid-el-Kabir prayers to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The Federal Government’s committee also asked emirs to suspend the annual Durbar activities in the northern region of the country.

This was contained in a statement by PSC Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, on Sunday, titled, ‘COVID-19 third wave: PSC puts six states and FCT on red alert, recommends preventive measures for safe eid celebration’.

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Part of the statement read, “The PSC felicitates with the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration. It, however, urges all State Governments and Religious Leaders to be mindful of the potential for a wider spread of the virus during large gatherings.

“The PSC, therefore, recommends the following preventive measures for a safe Eid-el-Kabir celebration: Decentralisation of Eid Prayer to neighbourhood Friday Prayer Mosques (outdoor); and observation of limitations on all Indoor gatherings.”

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The Federal Government’s committee also noted that it would increase airport surveillance to prevent further importation of Delta variant of COVID-19.

“These steps are critical as we begin to see worrisome early signs of increasing cases in Nigeria.

“The PSC shall continue to minimise the risk of importation of variants of concern into the country by strengthening Surveillance at all Points of Entry (POE), enforcing extant quarantine protocols and sustaining the current restrictive measures against travellers arriving from India, Brazil, Turkey and South Africa,” it added.

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