The Presidency has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari would be conducting a private Eid prayer with his family to mark this year’s Eid-El-Fitr.
The Presidency disclosed this in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, on Friday.
According to the statement, the decision was in line with the current reality of the global pandemic and in compliance with the guidelines on social distancing and prohibition of mass gathering.
The statement read in part: “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”,
The Presidency further stated that it has cancelled this year’s Eid-el-Fitr homage to President Muhammadu Buhari by various communities and urged everyone to avoid public gatherings during the celebration.