President Muhammadu Buhari has made it clear that he will not be receiving visitors on Sallah day, which comes up on Friday, July 31.
The President, who also avoided visitors during the Eid-El-Fitr a fortnight ago because of the raging coronavirus, said that he would observe the coming Eid El-Kabir prayers with his family at home.
President Buhari confirmed that the decision was based on advisories from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), and the Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID-19.
A statement by the senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said that in order to stop the spread of the disease, the President will not be receiving Sallah homages by religious, community, party and government leaders.
The President advised all citizens to observe the occasion as advised by state and local authorities.
Buhari wishee all Muslims a safe and happy Eid, even as he reiterated the protocols as issued by the PTF that large gatherings, as much as possible, should be discouraged.
He said that 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.”