Kano state government has canceled all celebrations for the upcoming Eid-el-Kabir as part of efforts to sustain the fight against COVID-19 in the state.
DAILY FOCUS reports that this was revealed on Wednesday by Muhammad Garba, the state’s commissioner for information who briefed journalists after the weekly state executive council meeting.
Mr Garba however, said the government had granted permission “for the conduct of Eid congregational prayers across the state under strict observance of safety protocols, which are also to be supervised by government officials.”
He said while all the five emirs in the state would go to the Eid Prayer Ground in their respective domains in motor vehicle, there would be no visit to Shettima House, gathering for Hawan Daushe, Hawan Nassarawa and other traditional outings in the Emirates.
The commissioner added that the government would provide safety items such as face masks and hand sanitizers to worshippers at the mosques and urged them to observe social distancing.
It may be recalled that Jigawa state governor, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar had also canceled celebrations for the Eid-el-Kabir and instructed the five emirs in the state the shelve their traditional horse-riding spectacle.
Mr Badaru gave the instruction on Tuesday in an interview with journalists in Dutse.
He said the decision was made as part of efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, adding that the state is winning the war against the disease with no fresh case in 30 days.
“Despite this development, the state will remain strong in the fight against the disease in order to maintain and improve in controlling the pandemic,” he said.
The governor also explained that a total of 110 out of 150 truckloads of foodstuff had arrived and the state sent each truck to the beneficiaries directly.
“We make sure that everybody is carried along because it is done neatly with people that are respected in the society,” he said.