Covid-19: Buhari cancels Sallah homage

*to observe Eid prayers at home

By Chesa Chesa

President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled this year’s traditional Eid-el-Fitr Sallah homage usually paid to him by a delegation of Abuja residents led by the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This was disclosed in a presidency statement on Friday, also announcing that with the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations around the corner and the month-long Ramadan fast coming to an end, Buhari will be conducting his Eid prayers with his family at home, as against praying at Eid grounds or mosques.

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” associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, said the statement.

It noted that “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.”

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