President Muhammadu Buhari has made it clear that he will not be receiving visitors on Sallah Homage during and after the Sunday Eid-el-Fitr, marking the end of the Muslim 30-day Fasting.
A statement today, May 22, by the presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari as saying that the cancellation of the Sallah homage is to stem the spread of coronavirus.
“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.”
The statement said that President Buhari will be conducting his Eid prayers with his family at his villa residence.
“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.”