Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has told Muslim faithful in the state to pray at home during the Ramadan as a result of the Coronavirus.
Bello expressed his doubts over social distancing being achieved in crowded places.
He said for social distancing to be achieved there would not be Ramadan lectures or people coming together to pray during the fasting period.
Bello gave this advice while flagging off the commencement of the wearing of face masks in the state.
He said, “I know Ramadan is around the corner, but we can all pray in our houses.
“We would have held lectures or other activities done during fasting if we were sure of people maintaining social distance.
“But I doubt if social distancing can be maintained.
“So we are all to remain in our homes and pray there.
“The safety of lives is key and fundamental. Stay at home and say your prayers.”