President Buhari has directed that all Eid Al-Fitr celebrations be limited due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
The President’s directive comes as Muslims in Nigeria prepare to end the holy month of Ramadan fasting.
The President also condoled all those who lost family members due to the insecurity in the country.
His message is contained in a statement signed by Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesperson.
The President called on all local leaders to talk to their youths and warn them against being used to incite or foment violence.
“If we attack institutions guarding us,” the President wonders, “who will protect us in future emergencies?” The statement added.
Shehu’s statement added that Buhari, First Family, his personal aides, members of the cabinet and Service Chiefs who choose to remain in Abuja will congregate in full compliance with COVID-19 protocols at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa to observe the Eid prayers.
”Thereafter, there will be no traditional Sallah homage to the President by religious, community and political leaders. As was the case last year, the President encourages such leaders to be content with modest celebrations at home given the pandemic.
President Buhari specially thanked the Muslim Ulamas (Islamic Clerics) and all other religious leaders who continue to pray for the wellbeing of the nation and its people.