Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has come out to say that residents should bear with the current reality of Ramadan without religious obligations amid the pandemic.
Ganduje recently came out to say that the move is sad but necessary to promote social distancing and curb the spread of the deadly virus in the state.
According to him, COVID-19 affects all aspects of life, so religious obligations, our economy, our culture cannot be spared until everything is completely over.
He added that it is very painful to see how Kano residents cannot observe their obligatory prayers in Mosques during the fasting period.
His words, “COVID-19 affects all aspects of life, it affects our religious obligations, our economy, our culture as well as our social settings. Though we are in Ramadhan still we cannot go to Mosques to observe our prayers.
“It is painful that we cannot observe our obligatory prayers in Mosque, but there is nothing we can do about it. We just have to bear with it. Shaking hands when the greeting is no longer tenable. But there is nothing we can do for now. So let’s work together and break the chain of the transmission,”
“This meeting between government, health professionals and our Emirs is an avenue for all of us to rub minds, point out effective ways of working together and strengthening our strategy in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Since before the coming of the pandemic we have been working closely together. This setting creates more rooms for institutional strengthening.
“With this meeting, I am sure we are talking to all Emirs, all District Heads (Hakimai), all Village Heads (Dakatai), all Ward Heads ( Masu Unguwanni), Imams and community leaders. With this strategy, we will go a long way in strengthening our weapons against the disease.
“The main concern was to break the chain of transmission of the global pandemic. That is why this and similar meetings are absolutely necessary. It is necessary also to double up in our public campaign efforts.
“Governor Ganduje made it very clear for the traditional leaders that, the fight against COVID-19 could only be won when people cooperate with government and health practitioners. Your role in this fight is extremely important and necessary.
“He also made it clear to all at the meeting that, the state would soon come up with 4-Point Action Plan, which would also be translated in vernacular for effective usage by the generality of the population in the state. The Action Plan, would, among other things, provide for a step-by-step approach to dealing with the global pandemic.
“The state would also make available the Action Plan, to all the Emirates in the state, which would then be trickled down to people at the grassroots for the effective and efficient fight against COVID-19.”