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Wednesday, May 12

COVID-19: Lagos State Reopens Mosque

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By Salimon Quadri

One of the religious centers; Mosque, in Lagos state has today been reopened according to the directive of the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu during his 17th briefing on the state’s Covid-19 response that it should be reopened while Churches will also follow the suit on Sunday, 9th August 2020 with conditions stated.

Sanwo-Olu who made this disclosure on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at the State House, Marina Lagos, said that, “…In view of this, we have taken the decision to reopen places of worship from August 7 for Muslims, and August 9, for Christians with 50% of their regular capacity.”

The compliance of the Muslims who prayed today at Mushin Central Mosque was quite impressive as they all adhered strictly to the directives given.

While being interviewed by the Sniper reporter, the Imam, Sulaimon Bukhari, who leads the Solat prayers in the Mosque, regarded the situation in his words as an order which has to be accepted without arguing with or questioning the government as it is a measure of curtailing the spread of the deadly virus.

Bukhari who is also the head of Imams in Mushin spoke in Yoruba saying, “The intention of the government is to curtail the spread of coronavirus and also reduce the death rate.”

He added that “The Government also intends that the conditions listed will help in hindering mixing up with one another at religious centers which we all accepted and happy about.”

In sum, The Central Mosque provided a handwashing material for worshippers who were around, ordered the use of nose masks and denying the entrance of people without it and also observed physical distancing during the Solat prayer.

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