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Ondo Muslims celebrate Eid-El-Kabir

Muslim faithfuls in Ondo State will today join their counterparts worldwide to celebrate this year Eid-el- kabir.
Meanwhile, the State Government has placed a ban on social gathering including Eid Kabir Congregational prayer at Eid Grounds, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The government enjoined Muslims faithful to strictly follow government protocols given to prevent the spread the the dreaded virus.
Ondo State Chairman of Inter-Ministerial Committee on coronavirus, COVID19, Prof Adesegun Fatusi stated this in Akure at the end of the committee’s meeting, where he noted that there was need for the people to support the government in stemming the spread of coronavirus in the State.
Fatusi also declared that Inter-ministerial Task Force and other security agencies at all levels, including the local governments across the state, have been mandated and mobilised to ensure compliance with the directive.
Reacting, Chairman of League of Imams and Alfas in the state, Sheikh Ahmad Aladesawe has ordered Muslims in the state to observe the prayers in their various homes in line with the government order.
Sheikh Aladesawe said this became imperative in view of the fact that government cares about the lives of its citizens and therefore what it has done is in line with Islamic injunctions.
The cleric who is also the Chief Imam of Owo said what the state government has done is to ensure there is no further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the globe.
He therefore urged his followers not to see the ban as an attack on Muslims but born out of government’s genuine desire to protect its citizens from unnecessary deaths.
Aladesawe however noted that Jumaat prayer is not affected by the prohibition, enjoining Muslims to observe all health protocols while observing Jumaat prayer today.
The Grand Imams of Akure Kingdom, Sheik Abdulakeem Akorede, who condemned the use of the word “ban”, said that it was improper Prof. Fatusi to Prof. Fatusi to declared that Eid prayer should not be held today
He however noted that the honour to keep to the directive goes to Governor Akeredolu.
Akorede urged Muslims in the state to urge Muslims to allow peace to reign and observe Eid-Kabir prayer at home and celebrate within their means.

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