Borno State and Gombe states have lifted restrictions placed on worship centers, thereby allowing churches and mosques to open for faithful. The worship centers were locked as part of measures to curtail coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement Borno state Deputy Governor and state Chairman, COVID-19 Response Committee, Usman Kadafur, said the purpose of ordering a lockdown had been achieved.
“The lockdown is being suspended indefinitely to study the situation for the time being, however, where the situation escalates, the government should revert to the status quo. The use of facemasks by the public be made mandatory and enforceable,” he said.
On his part, Gombe State Governor Inuwa Yahaya announced the lifting of the ban on Thursday in Gombe after a meeting with religious leaders in the state.
The Governor said the decision followed assurances from the religious leaders to comply with all health directives on the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted the restriction imposed by the state government to contain community spread of the disease had yielded results.
He said that since the religious leaders had given assurances that they would comply with all health authorities’ directives on COVID-19, Churches and Mosques should open for worship.
The Governor directed that some members of the religious organisations be trained by the state’s taskforce on COVID-19 to ensure effective observance of the preventive measures and warned that failure of religious organisations to comply with health directives, government would re-impose the ban.