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Covid-19: Osun Cancels Eid Prayers


….Okays Juma’at in Mosque

By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

Following the rising figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State, Osun State Government has cancelled Eid-el- Kabir prayers.

The State Government, however, allowed Juma’at service to be hold in line with the existing safety protocols and guidelines.

This was contained in a statement signed by Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, a copy of which was made available to Western Post in Osogbo on Tuesday.

The statement reads in part: ” The Osun State Government having appraised how the state is currently faring with respect to the global health emergency, vis-a-vis the fact that Eid-el- Kabir and Juma’at fall on the same day, has announced that there would be no Eid congregation or prayers on Friday July 31. However, Juma’at service will hold in line with the existing safety protocols and guidelines.

“The State is still recording rising figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases amidst an active community transmission stage of the pandemic. This coupled with the fact that people whose COVID-19 status has not been ascertained would be travelling into the State from different parts of the country, in the spirit of the celebration.

“The State cannot afford the impact of any form of large gatherings such as the kind expected at praying grounds  and the associated difficulties of enforcing the safety protocols against COVID-19

“Our health managers are also worried by the recent surge in active cases , and have warned that the State could experience galloping figures due to continued disobedience of safety protocols if it allows any kind of high-density gatherings or congregation.

“The State Government does not want its citizens exposed to this dangerous infection, especially among the aged and those with underlying health conditions.

“The State Government is not relenting in its fight to curtail the spread of the coronavirus and to rid the State of it. The government is, and will continue to take necessary actions towards ensuring the safety and security of its people.

“The Governor and State Government wish all Muslim faithful a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration ahead, ” the statement added.




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