Islamic faithful in Ogun state would be celebrating the Eid-el-fitr under lockdown, Governor Dapo Abiodun, has announced.
The governor who made the announcement while briefing journalists on the COVID-19 update in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital, said the level of compliance with the laid-down precautionary measures in the fight against COVID-19 was not yet at the desired level.
Governor Abiodun urged Muslim faithful in the state to comply fully with the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) directive and observe the eid prayers in their respective homes.
The extension of the lockdown may further worsen the hardships of Muslims in the state as there was no widow of opportunity for them to do Sallah shoppings.
The governor who described the lockdown extension as “painful but necessary”, said the state during the week recorded the highest number of COVID-19 case since the index case was recorded in February.
Governor said, “In fact, on one single day, on Tuesday, 19th May, we recorded 25 new cases. The total new cases in the last one week is 49, thus bringing the cumulative total of confirmed cases to 183.
“This week’s increase of over 37% is even more worrisome, particularly as we are still under an eased lockdown. And, considering the demography and location of the confirmed cases, we can confirm that community transmission is on the increase in our State.”
Governor Abiodun who spoke of high rate at which people flagrantly flout the Presidential ban on inter-state travel, disclosed that during the week, 224 violators of the lockdown and Presidential directive on curfew were arrested and tried by the Mobile court, warning that the state would not tolerate any form of breakdown of law and order.