The Kano State government has announced the suspension of Eid-el-Kabir festivities in the state as a result of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Commissioner for Information, Mr Muhammad Garba.
The Federal Government, on Saturday, placed six states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on red alert as part of the preventive measures against a third wave of COVID-19.
The states are Lagos, Oyo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kano and Plateau.
Garba said only Eid prayers would be performed at mosques in the five Emirates across the state.
“The development was part of measures by Nigeria like most African countries currently facing a threat of the COVID-19, after detecting the more transmissible Delta variant,” he said.
The Commissioner noted that the red alert would allow authorities in the affected states to restrict gatherings to a minimum, particularly the traditional durbar celebrations.
He appealed to the public to observe the COVID-19 safety protocols which include the use of face masks, hand washing, and physical distancing during the Eid prayers.
In a related development, the Zazzau Emirate has announced the cancellation of the Eid-el-Kabir procession.
The Emir of Zazzau, Malam Ahmed Bamalli announced the cancellation of Eid-el-Kabir procession in Zaria in compliance with COVID-19 prevention protocols.
The royal father made the announcement while briefing reporters in his palace in Zaria yesterday.