Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari has lifted the ban on Friday prayer in the State over coronavirus pandemic.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr Mustapha Inuwa, in a statement on Tuesday explained that the decision to lift the ban was reached after the government held a meeting with religious leaders, traditional rulers and security agencies in the state.
Masari, however, tasked Muslim clerics to avoid long sermons and discharge their followers within a short time.
Masari said: “Following a meeting held today between the Katsina state government, religious leaders, traditional rulers and security agents to review some measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state,” he said.
“The Executive Governor has directed that the suspension of Friday prayers be lifted with immediate effect; however, the prayers will be conducted under some stipulated health and security guidelines.
“The Jumu’at Imams should, however, avoid prolonged sermons in order to discharge their followers within the shortest period.
“People are also strongly advised to maintain social distancing and adhere strictly to all the rules and regulations provided by the health experts in fighting the contagious disease.”