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Jumat prayer holds at National Mosque despite Coronavirus fears

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The Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NCSIA) on Thursdau disclosed that Jumat service (Friday congregation prayer) would take place in the National Mosque, Abuja .

This decision by NCSIA is coming despite the confirmation of nine cases of the coronavirus in parts of the country between Wednesday and Thursday.

The Deputy Secretary General of the council, Prof. Salisu Shehu, told newsmen at the NSCIA secretariat at the National Mosque Complex that other social activities would go on as scheduled but may be reviewed when necessary.

“We would not force those that have already decided to suspend Jumat prayers, but at the level of National Mosque, that measure would not be taken because we are still observing the progression of the situation.

“So as far as Jumat service is concerned tomorrow (Friday), it is going to take place here and based on the situation, other social gatherings should also continue.

“We have spoken that people should observe, if there are evidences of the emergence of the infection in several figures, then such measures of stopping social gatherings should be applied,” Shehu said.

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