In line with the PTF’s and MURIC’s directives on the Covid-19 pandemic, President Muhammad Buhari is set to celebrate this year’s Eid-il-Fitr with his family alone and away from well-wishers.
This was contained in a statement released and signed by the Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity at State House Presidential Villa, Femi Adesina.
According to Adesina, President Muhammad Buhari will adhere strictly to the guidelines and advice from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, and the Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID-19.
“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.”
Recall that the President through the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has declared Thursday, 30th and Friday, 31st July as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-il-Fitri.