Oyo government has announced its approval of congregational Eid-el-kabir prayer across the state amid coronavirus.
Most states clamped down on the annual congregational prayer as a result of the ravaging novel disease.
But in a departure from what appears to be the norm, Gov. Seyi Makinde said Muslim faithful are free to congregate for Eid-el-Kabir prayers, albeit with conditions.
The governor’s approval was contained in a statement his spokesman, Taiwo Adisa released.
It reads: “As the Muslim Ummah prepare to undertake this year’s Eid-el-Kabir prayers, the Government of Oyo State wishes to advice Islamic clerics and leaders to the need to maintain strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols, especially the social distancing rule.
“His Excellency reckons that prayers are important to overcome the challenges that presently assail us, especially the COVID-19 pandemic.
“To further ensure safety and ownership of the Covid-19 preventive measures, the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, has sent advisories to major markets and shopping malls, on the need for strict compliance with COVID-19 preventive protocols during this festive period and beyond.
“In addition to these measures, however, all clerics and leaders are expected to take on the responsibility of guiding our people to pay attention to even the minutest detail on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during this festivity.
“The Oyo State government wishes the Muslim Ummah a peaceful Eid-el-Kabir, filled with the blessings and benevolence of Almighty Allah.”