Muslims Community In Lafia Decries Ban On Congregational Prayers In Neighborhood Mosques

By Our Reporter
Some Muslims in Lafia have decried the decision of the Nasarawa State
Government to ban Muslims from observing congregational prayers in
Neighborhood Mosques across the state.
A cross section of people interviewed by Nasarawa Eye in Lafia
lamented the action of government, saying that the decision to ban
Muslims from conducting their daily prayers especially 4 daily prayers
(with exception of Isha’i prayers) in their respective neighborhood
mosques was unfair and against the guidelines/protocols as spelt out
by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
They noted that Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) only directs
people to avoid large gatherings and physical contact, adding that
what government ought to have concentrated its attention on were on
physical contacts during congregations. In other-words Government
should work to ensure that between 2-3 meters spacing are observed
when in congregational prayers.
While applauding the efforts of A.A Sule’s administration in
curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in Nasarawa state, majority of those
interviewed expressed their satisfactions with banning of Friday
(Jumu’at) prayers, according to them congregation of Friday prayers
deserves the ban, observing however that, number of people who
normally congregates for normal daily prayers in neighborhood mosques
are not normally large to warrant the total ban.
On Ramadan, those interviewed by Nasarawa Eye also welcomed the idea
of banning of Ramadan Isha’i/ Tarawih prayers. “ I am with the opinion
that Muslims should performs their Isha’i and Tarawih prayers with
their families at home during this Ramadan, I don’t have any problem
with that” one of our respondent opined.
Another respondent also stated: “ Since the state was not on total
lockdown, there is no any rationale behind stopping Muslims from
carrying out their daily prayers especially with regards to afternoon
and evening prayers in our respective neighborhood Mosques, adding
that as for Isha’i and Tarawil prayers, we can performs them at home.”
On the whole, all our respondents commended government for banning
Ramadan Tafsir, Tarawil, Tahajjud prayers and I’tikaf in both Friday
(Jumu’at) and neighborhood Mosques, but opined that to ban Muslims
from performing these 4 daily prayers in neighborhood Mosques while
allowing people to move freely from 6am to 8pm was unfair to Muslims.
Meanwhile, some residents in the state capital, Lafia, have applauded
the decision of the Nasarawa state Government to temporarily ban
operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycles (keke napep) in the
state.
They opined that these measures will go a long way in restricting movements of people,
especially those entering the state. They added that with the
increasing rates of infected persons in Nigeria, the decision becomes
imperative, so as to curb the spread of disease into the state.