Kaduna suspends all religious gatherings over Coronavirus

El Rufai

The Kaduna state government has just suspended all religious gatherings, worships and large events across the state.

The announcement was made by the governor of the state, Mallam Nasir El Rufai.

In a Twitter post, he said: “As part of measures to protect residents from, and slow down the spread of the coronavirus disease, the Kaduna State Government is restricting religious services, social events and all large gatherings.

While no case of Covid-19 has been reported in the state so far, the government has a duty to work with all our leaders and residents of our state to jointly ensure that everything is done to reduce the chance of the disease taking root and spreading in the state.

Imams are advised not to hold Juma’at services today. In this regard, the government is taking cue from the decision of the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam, not to hold such prayers in the two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madina.

In many Muslim-majority countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE, members of the public are encouraged to pray at home, and not congregate as is the practice in normal times. KDSG hereby directs that all daily congregational prayers should be suspended.”