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Kano Islamic leaders kick against opening of mosques despite increase in COVID-19 cases

The Highest Islamic decision body in Kano state, the Council of Illamas, has kicked against the choice of the Kano state governor, Umar Ganduje, to lift the ban against religious gatherings within the state.

The state governor, Umar Ganduje, on Tuesday May 19, approved the opening of worship centers across the state with an instruction that each one COVID-19 precautionary measures must be adhered to by worshippers. a press release from the government said the choice was reached after a stakeholder’s meeting with religious leaders, medical practitioners, et al. .

However during a swift reaction, the Illamas say they weren’t consulted before this decision was taken.

Speaking to BBC Hausa, the chairman of the council, Sheik Ibrahim Khalil, said the move could jeopardize the fight against COVID-19 within the state. He has appealed to residents of the state who might want to attend the Jum’at and Eid congregational prayers this weekend, to watch the COVID-19 prevention guidelines which incorporates wearing of Face masks and keeping social distancing.

Kano state currently has 847 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the second-highest within the country after Lagos.

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