President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Muslims to pray at home during the Eid-el-Fitr Sallah celebration.
The President on Friday barred government officials, political leaders, Muslim and Christian leaders from paying him Sallah homage at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Buhari who spoke through his aide, Garba Shehu, noted that it was part of the necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
He further urged Muslims across the nation to adhere to the directive by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, canceled all congregational prayers and directed Muslims to pray at their respective homes.
“With the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations around the corner and the month-long Ramadan fast coming to an end, President Muhammadu Buhari will be conducting his Eid prayers with his family at home.
“This is in observance of the lockdown measures in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, put in place ‘to save lives and protect people from all dangers.’
“This is also in line with the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, suspending Eid congregational prayers across the country as well as the protocol against mass gathering issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
“Further to this, the President, who has traditionally shared the joyous moment with top government officials, political leaders, community heads, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and children, will not be receiving this homage in a bid to stop the coronavirus from further spreading.”
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