Osun state governor, Gboyega Oyetola on Tuesday announced that Eid-el-Kabir prayers would not be allowed in the state on Friday.
Speaking via a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Wole Oyebamiji, he said Juma’at service can continue to hold in line with the existing safety protocols and guidelines.
He added that the move becomes necessary so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
He said, “The State Government of Osun 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 of Osun 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 specially 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 of Osun 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 of Osun wish all Muslim faithful a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration ahead.”
The Federal Government, earlier on Tuesday, declared Thursday and Friday as public holidays.