North West May Shut Down Mosques, Churches Over Corona Virus
AREWA AGENDA – Jigawa State Governor Muhammad Badaru has disclosed that Governors of the North Western States are considering the option of banning prayers in Mosques in order to tackle the possible spread of the Nobel coronavirus.
Badaru disclosed this during an interview with the BBC Hausa service.
He Said it was the outcome of a regional meeting of the governors held in Kaduna on Wednesday.
Currently, Nigeria has eight confirmed cases of the virus. None has been confirmed in the North-west although Katsina State recorded its first suspected case on Wednesday which eventually tested negative according to the state ministry of health.
Moves to ban congregational prayers in order to prevent the virus from spreading is not new. Already, Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, has closed its mosques for congregational prayers except for the two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Medina.
Meanwhile, the North-west governors have ordered the closure of schools in the seven states in the region from March 23 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.