Amidst High COVID-19 cases, six northern govs lifts ban on Religious gathering

Mosques have been allowed to hold it’s juma’at service on Friday across towns and villages, despite the hike in COVID-19 cases in the six northern state.

This also goes the same for churches which are allowed also to hold Sunday service tomorrow.

The states involved are :Gombe, Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Jigawa and Zamfara.

Statistics from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) covering a one-week period indicates spikes in the number of recorded cases in these states.

to the statistics, between Friday, 8 May and Friday, 15 May, COVID-19 cases in Borno jumped from 142 to 191; Gombe, from 110 to 124; Adamawa, from 15 to 21; Jigawa, 83 to 176; Yobe, 13 to 32 and Zamfara, 65 to 73.

The decision of the governors to reopen the worship centers, has however, elicited sharp criticisms from a cross section of opinion leaders, including Muslim scholars and clerics.

The Chief Imam of Sultan Bello Mosque, Kaduna, Dr Suleiman Adam, described the decision as one taken in haste, just as another cleric, Dr Tukur Adams, advised the governors of the concerned states to rescind the decision and allow health experts to guide them.

In Gombe State, the government said its decision followed persistent calls for the reopening of worship centers for congregational prayers.

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