Kwara State Government has canceled the Eid-El Kabir congregational prayer in the state due to Coronavirus.

The Government said the decision was a painful one but necessary to save lives.

The Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, Kayode Alabi, disclosed this while briefing newsmen.

He cited that the steep rise in the state’s COVID-19 cases and the danger of such a large gathering will only worsen the situation.

According to the Deputy Governor, the state shopping mall (Shoprite), the Amusement Park, markets, and University of Ilorin Zoological Garden are to close down on Eid Day and the day after Eid.

He said, “Because of the huge numbers that are expected to gather for the special Eid prayers and the possibility of such gatherings leading to spike in our cases and potential deaths, the government, in consultation with the Council of Ulamah under His Royal Highness the Emir of Ilorin Dr Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, hereby cancels congregational Eid prayers for 2020 across the whole state. This is a tough decision but it was made in the interest of all of us.

“There will be Friday prayers as have been restored but in strict compliance with the rules of physical distancing and the use of face mask.

“The Kwara Mall (ShopRite), the Amusement Park, all shops and markets are to be shut on the Eid Day and the day after it. The Unilorin Zoological Garden should also be closed for those two days.

“A government’s task force will be on ground to enforce these rules as well as the compulsory use of face mask which incidentally becomes operational on the Eid Day July 31st, 2020.

“Mobile courts will be on ground to try any offenders after which convicts would face appropriate sanctions to be determined by the court”.

Alabi however wishes everyone a blessed Eid-ul-Kabir in advance, and urges total compliance with the safety protocols that have been spelt out above.

On behalf of His Excellency the Governor of Kwara State AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, we appreciate and commend all our frontline workers for their priceless commitment to save lives at this time of global health emergency, Alabi said.

He also thanked the religious, community, labour leaders and security agencies for their wonderful job.

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