Niger Govt. Suspends Lockdown Order For Juma’at Prayer

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The Niger state Government has suspended the lockdown order to enable residents observe the Juma’at prayer.

Niger Govt. Suspends Lockdown Order For Juma'at Prayer
Niger Govt. Suspends Lockdown Order For Juma’at Prayer

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello had imposed a two-week lockdown in the state last week as part of measures to help fight COVID19.

The state has so far recorded two cases of the virus.

In a statement on Friday, Lawal Tanko, an information officer in the office of the secretary to the state government, said the prayers would be held under strict precautionary measures.

Tanko said the prayers would be conducted within 30 minutes, adding that “the lockdown continues immediately after the Juma’at Prayers”.

“This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that the State Government has lifted the suspension of congregational Friday Prayer (Juma’at) for today Friday, 17th April 2020,” he said.

“The Juma’at Prayer is expected to hold between 11 am to 3 pm under strict observance of all the precautionary measures, using hand sanitizers, face masks, hand washing facilities (soap, and water), maintaining social distancing and avoiding contact base greetings.

“The sermon and prayers are to be conducted within thirty minutes; Muslims are advised to adhere strictly to the precautionary measures taken by Government on the containment of pandemic in the state.”

Adelowo Adegboyega
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