President Buhari to observe Eid with family at home in line with Sultan’s directive, others – Presidency

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President Buhari with Emir of Daura Alh. Farouk Umar Farouk alongside others as he attends Juma'at Prayer at the new Mosque in his village, Dumurkul, near Daura, Katsina State on Friday 8 March 2019.

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By Bashir Adefaka

 

“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.”

 

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 on Sunday.

The Presidency disclosed this through a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, issued in Abuja on Friday.

It said the decision was in observance of Coronavirus lockdown to save lives and in line with the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto and Leader of Muslims in Nigeria, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, suspending Eid congregational prayers across the country.

Shehu said the President’s decision to pray at home is also in line with the protocol against mass gathering issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

“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,” Shehu said.


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