By Suleiman Isah, Minna
Muslims across Niger state attended their normal Friday prayers today after two weeks of the suspension of religious rites by the state government in order to observe the social distancing protocol
Though there was low turnout of the Muslim faithful as many according to AUTHORITY investigations have travelled out of minna to their respective villages for the weekend
Most of the mosque within minna metropolis had to conclude their prayers early to beat the 2pm deadline which was the time set by the government for the commencement of the curfew in the state.
The congregational prayers which usually hold between 1pm and 2pm before the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic was brought forward as all the mosques did their call to prayers before 1pm.
Hand sanitizer and washing of hands with soap was enforced ìn most of the mosque especially at the Niger state sectariate mosque as a means of complying with the social distancing directive
Most of the imams in their sermons called on the worshippers to take the issue of the COVID 19 seriously and to do everything possible to remain safe by ensuring that they always keep their environment clean.
One of the imams who does not want his name on print told our correspondent that Muslims are being urged to intensfy prayers inorder to bring a total end to the corona virus pandemic and they are also enjoin to adhere to measures put in place by the government.