Yesterday in Kano, Yola and Ughelli in Delta State, some Muslim faithful blatantly ignored the directive by the various state governments on social distancing in order to curb the spread of COVID- 19 as they came out en masse to observe the juma’at prayers at Mosques in the aforementioned states.
In Kano State, Governor Umar Ganduje had often preached social distancing and even demonstrated it in one of the State Executive Council meetings.
Some of the mosques that disregarded the precautionary measures include: the Central Mosque in Emir of Kano’s palace, Kofar Nassarawa mosque, and Kofar Gadon Kaya mosque.
A worshipper, Al-Amin Albarra said they observed the prayer according to the Islamic teachings and the teachings of the Holy Messenger of Allah and were not observing any social distancing which was not recognized by the teachings.
In Ughelli, despite the lockdown order by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, hundreds of Muslim worshippers yesterday defied the order as they gathered at the Okorodafe Mosque for the Juma’at service.
The main Mosque along Isoko Road, also held Jumat service contrary to the social distancing order but the crowd was minimal.