As the snare of the novel COVID-19 pandemic became more threatening, the Lamido of Adamawa, Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa has directed immediate stoppage of five daily congregational prayers and ordered the closure of all mosques in the emirate council.
Reports indicated that Lamido has already started implementing the order as he directed the Magajin Gari Yola to ensure that all mosques in Yola have been under lock and key and individuals perform daily prayers in their respective houses.
Our correspondent learnt that during a meeting with Imams and deputy Imams in Yola, superintended by the Magaji, the Imams were pointedly told that anyone who circumvented the directive, will find himself to blame.
The lockdown on mosques started about two weeks when the Lamido ordered the closure of all Friday mosques in his emirate.
But as the COVID-19 pandemic continue to sweep across the globe leading to the death of ten people in Nigeria and thousands others across the world, the Lamido extended the lockdown to include mosques observing five daily congregational prayers.
Our correspondent who was in Yola observed that there was total compliance with the order as many mosques visited were under lock and key in Yola town.
However, many Muslims who were not happy with the directive were seen in groups talking in hushed tones.
A resident of Anguwar Magaji who do want want to be mentioned said, the monarch was not fair to Muslims because markets in the state were operating while mosques were asked to shutdown.
“Let there be fairness in the implementation of the restriction order because while Jimeta and Yola markets are left open, mosques were unfortunately shutdown.
” I was at the Yola market on Friday with thousands of others where we carry out a number of transactions. If the order is not an attempt to stop us from performing prayers why do they leave the market to operate?” he queried.