As part of the required steps to stop the spread of Coronavirus within the state, the Kaduna government has ordered all Muslim daily congregational prayers to be suspended immediately within the state.
In accordance to a press release by Muyiwa Adekeye, the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, the government said even as no case of Covid-19 has been reported within the state thus far, the govt features a duty to figure with all leaders and residents of our state to unanimously make sure that everything is completed to scale back the prospect of the disease taking root and spreading within the state.
Imams are advised to not hold Juma’at services today. during this regard, the govt is taking a cue from the choice of the govt of the dominion of Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam to not hold such prayers within the two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madina.
In many Muslim-majority countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and therefore the UAE, members of the general public are encouraged to wish reception, and not congregate as is that the practice in normal times. The Kaduna government hereby directs that each one daily congregational prayers should be suspended until the coronavirus situation is clearly contained” the statement read
The statement further stated that Christian communities within the state should learn from the experience of the many Christian-majority countries like Italy, France, and Germany to suspend church services.
The statement added that each one school within the state is to be packed up for a period of 30 days.
Pastors also as congregants are expected to abide by public health advice and avoid gatherings in churches. Other means of worship and fellowship should be adopted in much smaller numbers of less than 10 persons, for now.
Public health expert advice is that enormous gatherings of quite 10 persons aren’t advisable at now, and any assembly of quite 50 persons are therefore prohibited in Kaduna State until further notice.
As a part of the specified containment measures, the government has already announced the closure of all schools – all nursery and first schools, secondary schools, and every one tertiary institution effective Monday, 23rd March 2020. Accordingly, the government has directed the immediate closure of the campuses of our KASU, Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, College of Education and of Nursing and Midwifery for 30 days within the first instance.
These measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus also referred to as Covid-19 mean that social gatherings in parties, bars, restaurants, night clubs, public parks, and such places are suspended until further notice. In light of the choice to shut all of our schools for 30 days within the first instance, it’s logical to discourage other large, high-risk gatherings.
The government urges all citizens, including religious and community leaders, to try and do their duty in supporting these measures which can help in significantly protecting the larger society from the negative impacts of Covid-19.