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COVID-19: Buhari Bars Govt Officials, Religious Leaders From Paying Eid-el-Fitr Homage

The President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, said there is no need for government officials, politicians and religious leaders to pay him Eid-el-Fitr homages at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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The President pointed out that the decision is aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

According to a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Buhari explained that his decision is in compliance with the safety measures put in place in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to guard against the spread of the disease.

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Noting that he will spend the period at home with his family, the President also cited the directive issued by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Thursday, suspending Eid congregational prayers across the country, as well as measures introduced 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,” the statement read.

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“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.

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“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.”

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