The Borno state government has announced the indefinite suspension of lockdown in Borno state.
The revision to the lockdown order featured a relax on the ban on religious gatherings, with a 20-people restriction on public gatherings.
According to Umar Kadafur, deputy governor and chairman of the state COVID-19 response committee,
The “stringent measures” taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus” yielded the desired results”, as the state had recorded “significant progress” in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. He, however, noted that if the COVID-19 situation escalates, the government would revert to “status quo”.
Religious implication of the suspension of Lockdown in Borno State
The review upholds the need for strict adherence to physical/ social distancing in mosques and churches and the ban on Eid prayers.
“Henceforth, Jumma’at prayers and five daily prayers shall be observed in all mosques as recommended by the Borno State Council of Ulamas in strict adherence with social distancing and the use of face masks,
“All churches shall conduct church services as recommended by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Borno Chapter in strict adherence with social distancing and use of face masks.
“Government has considered the recommendation of the Borno State Council of Ulamas which clearly states that Eid prayers is Sunnah (non obligatory), hence there should be no Eid prayers. Faithfuls should remain at home during the period.”