Muslims faithful in Edo State, in compliance with the state government directive of restricting public gathering to 20 persons, Friday boycotted the weekly Jummat service.
Recall that the state government had Monday announced the prohibition of gathering more that 50 persons and later reduced it to 20 persons till further notice as part of plan to give effect to social distance policy.
In a telephone interview, the Chief of Benin, Abdulfatai Enabulele said the closure of mosques was due to the state and federal government directives.
According to him, there was no jummat service on th day. “We are complying with the state and federal government directives because there is no way you can have less than 20 persons in the Jummat service.
“We have passed the message across that all Muslims faithful because of the Coronavirus epidemic, they should observe their prayers at home.
“We have done everything to ensure that every Imam complies with the directive. I spoke with the Otaru of Auchi and we will also go further to enforce the order in all the mosques in Benin as well as in the state”,he said.
In Auchi, it was gathered that Muslims did not also observe the Jummat service.
A Muslim faithful, who simply identified himself as Ahmed said the decision by the faithful not to go to Jummat service was in line with the directive of the state and federal governments as a result of the ravaging Coronavirus disease across the globe.