Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has lifted the restriction which was initially slammed on religious centres in April to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
This was announced by the governor at a stakeholder meeting held with traditional rulers, religious leaders and security agencies at the Banquet Hall, Command Guest House, Bauchi on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
“The decision was made based on a recent declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that the disease may not leave soon and because other states in the northeast had lifted such bans,” Mohammed said.
The governor added that the lifting of the ban for religious gathering was for two weeks with certain conditions that religious leaders and their followers must meet.
The conditions include compulsory use of face masks by members, provision of hand sanitiser and running water as well as observing physical distancing at the worship centres.
The governor said the state would review the level of compliance at the expiration of the two weeks.
The move will now allow Muslims in the state celebrate Eid-il-Fitri and also attend Friday prayers.