Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has disclosed that there would not be any form of “Eid” prayer in the State, in line with the resolution of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), adding that each family should observe the prayer at home and help in the battle against Coronavirus.
Prince Abiodun, who made this known at the Executive Chambers, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, while playing host to the new Chief Imam of Egbaland, Sheik Sadalahi Bamgbola, said all prayers must be observed in accordance with Covid-19 protocols of not more than 20 people at a time.
‘’I understand that “Ileya” celebration will be on Friday, 31st July, 2020. However, having considered the prevalent circumstances as dictated by Covid-19, this Eid-il-Kabir celebration in Ogun State will follow the same pattern as we had during the last Eid-il-Fitri. We are guided by the counsel of the Ulammah and especially, in line with the resolution of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs’’, he said.
The Governor, who also noted that the new Chief Imam was not just a spiritual leader to Muslims alone, but now belonged to an echelon of leaders in the society, expressing optimism that he would use his position to provide ambience for spiritual development of the people.
In his response, the Chief Imam, Sheik Bamgbola thanked the Governor for his support towards the Muslim community, adding that they would continue to support him in the task of making the State a better place for the people.