In line with the COVID 19 guidelines and protocols, the Eid-el- Kabir congregational prayer will not hold on Friday, the Sallah Day for this year in any part of Ogun State.
Governor Dapo Abiodun disclosed this while giving an update on the pandemic Coronavirus in his office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital.
Abiodun, also said that the decision was also in line with the resolution of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).
The governor urged Muslim families to observe the Eid prayer at home so as to prevent the spread of the deadly virus as well as help in the battle againt the pandemic.
“We are guided by the counsel of the Ulammah, and especially, in line with the resolution of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). Let me state therefore that there will not be any form of “Eid” prayer or any form of gathering in Ogun State.
“Therefore, each family will have to observe the “Eid” prayer at home. We beseech our citizens to stay safe by staying at home. And, there will not be any festivities or any gathering that violate the COVID-19 protocols of not more than 20 people at a time. We want to thank the entire Muslim Ummah for their thoughtfulness and consent that this year’s prayers will be observed privately and solemnly.”
“At this point, let me congratulate the entire Muslim Ummah on the sighting of the moon of the 12th month of the Islamic calendar which also heralds the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir, popularly called “Ileya”, which is the 10th day of the last month of Islam.
“I understand that “Ileya” celebration will be on Friday, 31st July, 2020. However, having considered the prevalent circumstances as dictated by COVID-19, this Eid-il-Kabir celebration in Ogun State will follow the same pattern as we had in Eid-el-Fitri at the conclusion of Ramadan fast two months ago”, he said.
The governor, who also directed Senior Secondary School (SSS) 3 students both in private and public schools to resume on August 4 , also scheduled re-opening of religious centres for August 14
While also announcing automatic promotions to the next class for other categories pupils and students, the governor warned that any private school that fails to meet established guidelines for prevention of COVID-19 will not be allowed to reopen.