There is disagreement between the Sultan of Sokoto and governors of some states in the north over how this weekend’s Eid-el-Fitr prayers should be held.
Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar, who is the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has given a directive that Muslims should observe the prayers at home as part of their observance of the COVID-19 protocols and to prevent the spread of the virus.
But some of the governors have eased the lockdown, allowing Muslims to observe congregational prayers.
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje earlier in the week announced that Muslims would be allowed to observe the Jumat prayer tomorrow and the Eid prayers subsequently.
On Wednesday, Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed announced that Eid prayers would be allowed in the state with participants observing social distancing and wearing face masks
Other states like Yobe, Jigawa, Gombe, Borno and Zamfara have also opened mosques.
In a statement NSCIA Deputy Secretary-General, Prof. Salisu Shehu said it is crucial to reiterate that the world is going through unusual times when almost everything normal has become abnormal, including social gatherings and large congregational prayers.
The Sultan’s admonition was reechoed in Ilorin by the chief Imam of Uthman Bn Affan Mosque, Mallam Yusuf Alfulani-Abdullah, who asked all Muslims in Kwara State to observe the Eid-el fitri prayer in their homes.