President Muhammadu Buhari says he would not receive any visitors at the presidential villa during the Eid-al-Kabir celebration as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President who noted that he would observe prayers at the villa along with his family urged Muslims to stick to the COVID-19 directives by the Presidential Task Force.
President Buhari spokesman Garba Shehu made this known in a statement on Wednesday.
“President Muhammadu Buhari will observe the Eid El-Kabir prayers with his family at home, just as he did during the Eid El-Fitr a little over two months ago, in line with advisories from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA and the Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID-19,” he said.
“In wishing all Muslims a safe and happy Eid, the president reiterated the protocols as issued by the PTF that large gatherings, as much as possible, should be discouraged.
“Where small groups choose to hold the Eid together, face masks are absolutely necessary, as is social distancing. Advisedly, such prayers should hold outdoors and worshippers are encouraged to bring their own prayer mats.
“In order to stop the spread of the disease, the President will not be receiving Sallah homages by religious, community, party and government leaders and urges all citizens to observe the occasion as advised by state and local authorities.”
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