Monday, 25 May 2020 07:05

Kano residents shun physical distancing, wearing of face masks

In Kano State, Muslim faithful  trooped out  as early as 8:30am to observe the   Eid-el-Fitr prayers at the various Eid praying grounds without complying with the physical distancing order.

It was observed at some Eid grounds that while some worshippers wore face masks, others refused to abide by the order.

However,  worshippers were asked  to wash their  hands and use of sanitisers by the people mandated to enforce  hygiene rules.

But some worshippers entered the prayer grounds without washing their hands and  using sanitisers.

Some of the Eid praying grounds visited  included  Umar Bin Khatab Juma’at mosque, the Central Eid prayer ground located  at Kofar Mata and Mahaha Eid prayer ground near the Kofar Na’isa, all in Kano metropolis.

Some Muslim leaders in the state commended Ganduje for allowing Muslims to observe the Eid prayer despite the Federal Government’s directive.

Some of the Muslims leaders, who spoke to The PUNCH, in separate interviews, argued that the permission granted to Muslims by Ganduje  was an opportunity for them to pray to God to end the pandemic.

The  Chief Imam of Sasif  Friday Mosque in the Gama area in the Kano metropolis, Sheikh Mohammed  Yahya, said their decision to observe the Eid prayers despite the danger was borne out of the fact that Eid ground was  one of the places where prayers could be answered.

Another Muslim leader, Sheik Abubakar Umar, said their decision to obey the state government order was informed by the fact that Muslims could use the occasion to seek God’s intervention.

In Katsina State,  Muslims also observed prayers at Eid grounds to mark the end of 30 days fasting.  Many of those who thronged the prayer grounds did not observe social distancing neither did they wear face masks.

The Emir of Katsina, Dr Abdulmumini Usman, was at the Kofar Guga Eid prayer ground where he and many Muslims in Katsina observed  prayers to mark the end of  fasting

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