Niger govt cancels eid-el-kabir celebration

By Ummi Ismaeel,
Minna
Niger State government has canceled all local ceremonies for the Eid-el Kabir across all its eight Emirate councils.

It also directed that Eid congregational prayers be conducted in Jumma’at Mosques under strict compliance to Coronavirus (COVID-19) safety protocols.

Secretary to Niger State Government (SSG), who is the Chairman of the State COVID-19 Task Force, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, disclosed this over the weekend while giving an update on the pandemic in the state.

Matane attributed the ban on usual ceremonies associated with such festivities on government’s effort to curtail the spread of Coronavirus as well as consolidate on the successes recorded in the fight against the pandemic.

“Governor Abubarkar Sani Bello had advised that the conduct of Eid congregational prayers in Jumma’at Mosques across the state be under strict compliance to COVID-19 safety protocols”, Ibrahim Matane explained.

While urging all Muslims in the state to use the Eid-el Kabir period for supplications and prayers for an end to the coronavirus, the SSG reminded citizens on the need to report people with questionable characters in their domain to security agencies.

“This year’s Eid-el Kabir has come at a trying moment occasioned by the debilitating effect of the pandemic. To get rid of the virus completely, Nigerlites must adhere strictly to physical distancing, wearing of face mask and regular hand washing with soap and water and application of hand sanitizers, among others”.

Matane also emphasized that the increasing number of Coronavirus necessitated unprecedented changes to the lives of Nigerlites and their families, including their children thereby affecting their socio-economic wellbeing.

While appreciating the dedication and sacrifices made by health workers as the first line of defence, he urged them to sustain the tempo with a view to achieving the set objectives of wiping out coronavirus from Niger State.

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