JUST IN: Buhari bans Sallah homage to Aso Rock

The Presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will not be receiving Sallah homage from well-wishers.

Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday. He added that the President will observe this year’s Eid-el-Kabir prayers with his family members in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Shehu said the development was necessary in order to curtail the further spread of COVID-19 in the country. The statement reads:

“President Muhammadu Buhari will observe the Eid El-Kabir prayers with his family at home, just as he did during the Eid El-Fitr a little over two months ago, in line with advisories 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.

“He once again wishes all citizens a safe and happy Eid.”

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