President Muhammadu Buhari, has on Friday, cancelled this year’s Sallah homage to him by the Muslim faithfuls, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, and also will not be visiting his home, Daura, Katsina State, to celebrate the 2020 Eid El-Fitr with his people, as he usually does, due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
The President, noted that he alongside his family members, would be observing the Eid prayers at home.
The decision, he explained was in obedience to 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, and in compliance with the protocol against mass gatherings issued by the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on Covid-19.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, on Friday.
The statement read: “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.”