From Dan Amasingha, Minna.
After two weeks lockdown of the state and the suspension of religious rites, Muslims in Niger state congregated at their various mosques for Friday prayers.
DAILY ASSET gathered that most of the mosques within Minna metropolis witnessed an upsurge of worshipers who besieged the worship centres as early as 12pm due to the restriction of movement order by 2pm.
The congregational prayers which, usually hold between 1pm and 2pm before the outbreak of the COVID -19 pandemic was brought forward as all the mosques did their call to prayers before 1pm.
FindingS by DAILY ASSET revealed that, at the Niger state secretariat mosque, in compliance with the state government directive of social distancing and use of hand sanitizers, worshipers were screened and given hand sanitizers.
Imam of the mosque, simply identified as Mallam Mohammed urged the worshipers to bear with the temporary inconveniences due to the COVID- 19 pandemic.
According to him, all Muslims should intensify prayers in order to bring the situation under control as the measures put in place by the government were aimed at safe guiding the lives of citizens.
“Let me appeal to you all to be patient with the government over the lockdown, obey the hand washing rules and use of hand sanitizers. “
The Iman explained that, worshipers were also encouraged to use face mask to fight COVID-19 and other airborne diseases.
” Beyond the coronavirus pandemic, face task can also help those suffering from asthma and other airborne diseases, it is therefore in our own interest to use it.
Mallam Haruna, a security guard at the Niger state council of the Nigeria Union of journalist, who also worshiped at Niger state secrtariat mosque disclosed that worshippers were enjoined to proceed home straight from the mosque to beat the 2pm lockdown order of the state government.
Some worshipers who arrived late for the Friday congregational prayers were not so lucky as they met the crowd dispersing as they arrived by 1.45pm.