Social Distancing: Most Mosques across Ibadan under Lock
Many mosques have complied with Oyo state government’s ban on religious gatherings to curb the spread of the deadly Coronavirus.
Our team of correspondents who visited different mosques in Ibadan metropolis where Jumat services were being held reports that the mosques were under lock.
At Aba-Pan, Ayedaade Central Mosque and Masjid Ibaadullahi Mosobalaje, Olose community, Kuola Area, Apata the mosques were not opened for Jumat Prayers.
The situation was the same at NASFAT Central Mosque, Samonda, Orogun Central Mosque and Ansarudeen Society of Nigeria Mosque, Agbowo.
It was not different at Arulogun Road, off Ojoo as some of the mosques visited were not open for Jumat services.
The same story was observed at Odua Central Mosque, Dugbe and Lebanon Street Mosque, Ogunpa as the usual moving up and down of the faithful was absent.
Commenting, Imam Abdulah Ishola of Masjid Ibaadullahi Mosobalaje, Olose Community said members of the congregation had been informed earlier of the suspension of Jumat service as part of precautionary measures against the spread of COVID 19.
However, it was noticed that some Islamic faithful observed their four Rakat of Suhr prayer in groups at homes in place of 2 Rakaat of Jumat prayer.
Some Muslim brethren who spoke with radio Nigeria noted that it was necessary to obey the government’s directives in ensuring that the virus did not spread beyond control.
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