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Third COVID 19 Wave: Minister Bans Eid Prayer In Open Field In Abuja

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has banned Eid prayer to mark the end of 30-day Ramadan Fasting in open field.

The minister, after a meeting with a delegation of the FCT League of Imams Initiative led by its Chairman, Imam (Dr.) Tajudeen M.B Adigun, asked Muslims to observe the prayer in neighborhood Mosque, and that worshipers must not be more than 50.

The Minister reminded Muslims that the nation had just gone through a first wave of the pandemic and that the second wave is threatening to cause more fatalities.

“It is imperative to prevent a possible third wave as is being witnessed in some countries across the world.

He said that based on presentations made by officials of the Health and Human Services Secretariat of the FCTA and the Implementation  Guidelines for Phased Restriction of Movement  issued by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 on Monday. 10th May 2021, the following guidelines there will be no Eid prayers at the National Eid prayer ground along the Umaru Musa Yar’adua   Expressway (Airport Road)

He stressed that all worshippers should hold Eid prayers outdoors  within the premises of their neighborhood Juma’at mosques, adding that indoor worshipers should be limited to less than 50 percent of installed capacity

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“Religious authorities are advised to regulate the flow of people entering and exiting places of worship.

“All non-pharmaceutical intervention protocols of facial coverings, physical distancing and hand washing are to be observed

All other Eid celebrations and activities should be confined to homes as all  public parks, recreation and entertainment centers are to be closed.”

This was even as the Chairman of the FCT League of Imams Initiative, Dr. Tajudeen Mohammed Bello reminded Muslims about the importance of listening to experts in the field of medical sciences, saying: “in Islam, you also abide with the commands of leadership.
“Based on this and what we are convinced of, we urge Muslim Ummah to also respect this stand of the Administration of the FCT by observing our Eid prayers within our localities.”

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