- The residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) could not go out to celebrate the Eid-el Kabir
- The proposed fun was hindered by heavy rains which also affected brisk businesses at the various parks
- Some of the residents express hope that the celebration would happen on Wednesday, August 22
Some fun seekers in Abuja will not forget the 2018 Eid-el Kabir celebrations in a hurry as heavy rains, on Tuesday, August 21, made them opt to have the best of the day indoors with their families and friends.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some recreational parks, which were usually filled up with fun seekers during holidays, recorded low turnouts.
The report quoted respondents at the Millennium Park, Maitama, as saying that they had to wait for the rain to subside before coming out to have picnics with their families.
One of the respondents, Sani Abbah, a doctor, who was at the park with his wife and three children, said that he had hoped to take his family out earlier but was delayed by the rain.
“At least we are out now and I suspect that the rain would stop people from turning out to have fun with their families.
“People really wanted to come out because of the joy that comes with celebrating the Sallah holidays outdoors with family,” Abbah said.
Similarly, scanty fun seekers at the Jabi Waterfront were seen taking horseback rides and boat cruises despite the impending rain.
Bilikisu Kolawole, a pastry maker who visited with her two daughters, said that she only agreed to brace the rain because her children insisted on horse riding for the holiday.
“You can see that the rain has really disrupted the celebrations. Once I notice that the clouds are darker, I will take them home. At least, they have done their horse riding,” she said.
The report added that vendors at the parks said that sales had been very poor, although they expected it to pick up as the day progressed.
Ngozi Ayanwu, who sold snacks and drinks at Millennium Park, noted that the low turnout badly affected her sales despite her high expectations.
“I know that it is rainy season but nobody expected that the rain will disturb this much.
“We hope now that it has stopped, more people will come out so we can make sales,” Anyanwu said.
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Isah Hafeez, who sold roasted meat (suya) at Jabi Waterfront, expressed optimism that sales would pick up despite the low turnouts of funseekers.
Some of the respondents expressed optimism that celebrations would hopefully pick up on Wednesday as more people would want to take visiting family members around the city.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Monday, August 20, congratulated its Muslim counterparts across the country as they celebrate the 2018 Eid-el-Kabir.
CAN’s president, Rev Samson Ayokunle, gave the congratulatory message in a statement signed by his media aide, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, in Abuja.
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