President Muhammadu Buhari will not host government officials, political leaders, community heads, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and children to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri in line with the measures put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.
A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, on Friday, said the President would conduct his Eid prayer with his family at home.
Buhari also cited the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, suspending Eid congregational prayers across the country, as well as measures introduced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19.
The statement said; “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 & 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 PTF 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 leaders and children, will not be receiving these homages in a bid to stop the coronavirus from further spreading,” the statement said.