Bauchi mosques defy Covid-19, hold Juma’at service

Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Sen. Bala

According to reports, Friday prayers were held in all Juma’at mosques in Bauchi metropolis and other towns across the state yesterday despite having three confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the state.

Observers that went round the metropolis said huge attendance in mosques amid the new trend of keeping sanitizers, water and detergents at the entrance for washing of hands.

It was gathered that the state government has not banned juma’at prayers and church services, it earlier banned congregations of more than 50 persons.

The Deputy Governor and Chairman, Taskforce Response Committee on Covid-19, Senator Baba Tela, on Thursday disclosed the suspension of the lockdown while briefing newsmen in Bauchi.

He said the suspension  followed consultations with opinion leaders, statesmen, ulamas and the clergy, security agencies, healthcare professionals and taking into cognizance of the fact that majority of the people work for daily sustenance.

He said borders in the state would be closed for an initial period of 14 days effective from 6pm Thursday, and enjoined citizens to maintain one-to-one point spacing and avoid overcrowding, adding that social distancing should also be maintained in mosques, churches, markets, weddings and other social gatherings. 

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