President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all to stay away from coming to Presidential Villa to pay him any Sallah homage.
He said instead, people should observe the Eid prayers in their various homes just as he would be doing with his family in order check mate the spread of Coronavirus pandemic and observe social distancing.
Garba Shehu, presidential media aid stated this in a statement Friday.
According to him, “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 (JNI), 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 these homages in a bid to stop the coronavirus from further spreading,” it said.