MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has said the state is in consultations with the Council of Ulamas and leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) as the Covid-19 lockdown declared in the state ended on Wednesday.
Zulum discussed with both groups seeking collaborative measures that can guarantee the support of worship centres, moblization of citizens on preventive measures through religious preachings and influences to arrive at the possibility or otherwise, of reopening economic activities in the State.
The Governor had on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 extended by one week, the lockdown initially imposed for two weeks, which was announced on April 20, but took effect on April 22.
He promised to review the lockdown extension on Wednesday May 13, 2020, during which the State’s high powered committee would announce conditions and regulations to be followed in the event the lockdown is to be relaxed.
The Borno helmsman is seriously concerned by the fact that a significant portion of the State’s opulation earn their livelihood on daily basis through petty trades and offering services.
He also concerned that most of the population are farmers who need to start clearing their farmlands as the rainy season sets in.
He therefore directed the Ulamas and the leadership of CAN to sent in their inputs and the way forward through the office of the Deputy Governor before Wednesday, for Government’s consideration.
Responding, the Chief Imam of Borno, Zannah Laisu, and CAN Chairman, Bishop Moh’d Naga both expressed appreciation to Governor Zulum for considering religious leaders as part of key components in Government’s decision making.