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  • Updated: May 22, 2020

COVID-19: How Buhari Will Celebrate Eid-el-Fitr - Presidency

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Consistent with protocols put in place to curb the Coronavirus spread, President Muhammadu Buhari will be observing Eid-el-Fitr at home with his family without welcoming those who call at the Aso Villa to pay the customary Sallah homage. 

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-general of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Sa’ad Abubakar,  had directed the suspension of Eid-el-Fitr congregational prayers across the country.

Buhari, in a statement on Friday by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said he will not entertain visits from top government officials and political leaders during Eid-el-Fitr.

“With the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations around the corner and the month-long Ramadan fast coming to an end, President Muhammadu Buhari will be conducting his Eid prayers with his family at home.

“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.”

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