Friday, Jul 10th 2020 4:53 PM

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Kaduna cannot relax lockdown for Ramadan – El-Rufai 

 Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai has said that the state could not relax the COVID-19 lockdown in the state for the Ramadan because of the dangers the disease posed to citizens.

Nasiru El-Rufai

According to the governor, in a statement on Friday by his Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Muyiwa Adekeye, ‘’the severe challenges posed to lives and livelihoods by COVID-19 made it impossible to relax the quarantine conditions at this time.”

El Rufai, who appealed to Muslims to see the special circumstances under which Ramadan was being observed this year as a necessary sacrifice to safeguard public health, expressed gratitude to Allah for His Mercy even in this difficult moment.

Saluting Muslims as the fasting begins the said appealed to ‘’Muslims to pray for the country, peace in the land and the containment of Covid-19 as they observe the discipline of fasting, worship and spiritual renewal in the holy month of Ramadan.”

El Rufai also commended the commitment of Imams and other leaders of faith to ensure that the activities connected to Ramadan are conducted without mass gatherings and congregational worship.

The statement described this rational approach to the practise of faith as exemplary.

The Governor also argued that ‘’the severe challenges posed to lives and livelihoods make it impossible to relax the quarantine conditions at this time.’’

El Rufai expressed confidence that ‘’if the necessary sacrifices are made now, and everyone observes public health advice such as social distancing, regular hand-washing with soap and water, wearing face masks in public, avoiding large gatherings and the practise of respiratory hygiene, then we will be nearer to fully containing Covid-19.’’

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