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COVID-19: Don’t attend Eid-el-Fitr prayers if you have health problems–Kano Council of Ulama

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Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil, chairman of the Kano Council of Ulama has warned people with preexisting health problems to avoid attending the upcoming Eid-el-Fitr prayers in Kano so as to protect themselves from contracting coronavirus.

Elderly people and those with underlying health challenges are at risk of developing serious complications if they contract coronavirus–the pathogen that causes COVID-19–a deadly respiratory illness.

Sheikh Khalil, an eminent Islamic scholar, gave the warning in an interview with KANO FOCUS on Wednesday.

Mr Khalil was responding to the decision of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to allow the conduct of the Eid and Friday prayers across the state.

He also clarified that the Ulama council did not object to the Kano government’s decision even though they were not consulted.

“Our advice is based on three things: First, the Kano government should provide items such as face masks, hand sanitizers that people can use to protect themselves at the Eid grounds.

“Secondly, people should also make efforts to ensure that they follow health regulations and guidelines such as keeping social distancing while performing the prayers.

“And thirdly, anyone who has any serious health problems should either avoid attending the Eid prayers or stay away from other worshipers if he decides to attend,” Sheikh Khalil explained.

The cleric also urged Imams that would lead the Eid prayers to deliver short sermons so that worshipers can quickly disperse.

Ganduje issues guidelines on Eid, Friday prayers

Meanwhile Mr Ganduje has issued fresh guidelines to Imams on how to conduct both the Eid and Friday prayers safely.

The governor announced the measures on Wednesday following a meeting with some Imams in the state.

“Part of the protocols handed over to them were, that prayers be conducted within a period of one hour, so as to allow people to disperse quickly, who gathered for prayers. The one hour includes that of sermon and the prayer itself. Packets of face masks were distributed to them also.

“It is necessary for whoever wants to enter into a Mosque or its surrounding to wear a face mask. To protect himself and others. Water and soap will be placed at entrance. Anyone attending must wash his hands. Sanitizer will also be there,” he said, in a statement by his spokesperson, Abba Anwar.

Mr Ganduje also appealed to the Imams to enlighten worshipers on COVID-19 and its protocols, like the use of face masks, hand washing with soap and running water, use of sanitizer among others.

“People must follow protocols for us to get rid of this global pandemic called COVID-19. That is why we decided to call you and intimate you about these protocols,” he said.

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Kano schools reopen after 5 months closure

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Kano Female Students

Nasiru Yusuf

Schools in Kano have reopened on Monday after five months closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

Kano Focus recalls that the state government has on March 19 directed the closure of public and private schools as part of measures against the spread of COVID-19.

However, on Monday August 3 the government approved the reopening of schools for senior secondary schools students.

The Commissioner of Education Muhammad Sanusi Kiru announced that the opening is to allow SS III students to write their final examinations.

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Kano Focus observed how many students on Monday defied early morning downpour to attend classes, which could be perceived as a clear indication of their commitment to go back to school.

Speaking while on inspection tour to Government Girls Secondary School Shekara and First Lady’s College Mariri, Kano state commissioner of education Muhammad Sanusi Kiru said he was happy that the school authorities followed the approved guidelines in preparation for the forthcoming WAEC examinations.

Mr Kiru urged the students to use the PPEs provided for them and maintain social distancing.

He also advised them to be serious in their examinations so as to have good results worthy of pride by their parents and the state.

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Blasphemy: Kano court sentences singer to death

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Protesters at Sharif's house

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Hausawa Filin Hockey has sentenced a 22-year old man to death by hanging for blaspheming against Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Kano Focus reports that Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani gave the verdict on Monday after finding Yahaya Aminu Sharif guilty as charged.

Sharif, a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.

Following the incidence, protestors burnt down the singer’s family home and led a procession to the Kano Hisbah Command’s headquarters.

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The court has also sentenced one Umar Farouq of Sharada area of Kano metropolis to 10 years imprisonment for making derogatory statements concerning the Almighty Allah in a public argument.

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Rain, hailstones destroy N40 million crops in Bagwai LG

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Rain damaged farm

Nasiru Yusuf

Heavy rain and hailstones have destroyed crops worth over N40million in Bagwai local government, according to the council vice chairman Aminu Ibrahim Gogori.

Kano Focus reports that the heavy downpour on Monday night destroyed maize, onion, sesame, millet, and cotton crops.

Mr Gogori said the affected areas are Gadanya, Gadanya Gabas, Jobe, Tsauwa, Tsattawa and Galawa.

He pointed out that over 445 farmers were affected by the disaster.

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He said the council is assessing the exact cost of the damage in order to forward it to appropriate authorities for necessary action.

In their separate remarks the village head of Gadanya Shuaibu Abubakar and his counterpart of Jobe village Abdullahi Lawal called on federal and state governments to come to their rescue.

When contacted, the Executive Secretary Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Sale Aliyu Jili described the incident as devastating.

Mr Jili appealed to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and corporate organizations to assist the victims.

He pledged that SEMA will do its best to assist disaster victims  in Kano state.

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