- The presidency has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari will be conducting his Eid prayers with his family at home
- A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu made the disclosure in a statement on Friday, May 22
- Buhari’s decision is in line with protocol laid out by the presidential task force on COVID-19
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The presidency has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari will be conducting his Eid prayers with his family at home.
A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu in a statement on Friday, May 22, said Buhari’s decision to spend Eid with his family at home is in adherence to the physical distancing measures put in place to check the spread of 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,” the statement read.
Shehu pointed out that the president was also observing the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who suspended Eid congregational prayers across the country in line with the protocol laid out by the presidential task force on COVID-19.
Meanwhile, a popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has warned against the relaxation of lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, saying "one single day will come and spoil all the gains."
Speaking in Kaduna on Wednesday, May 20, after a brief discussion with Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the renowned cleric predicted a sudden spike in cases of coronavirus should people be allowed to pray in congregation.
Gumi spoke against the backdrops of a decision by some governors including Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano to relax lockdown so that Muslims can pray during Eid-l-Fitr, an Islamic festival marking the end of Ramadan fasting period.
He noted that unlike Saudi Arabia, the crowd in the north cannot be controlled in Nigeria during Eid.
He stressed a ban lift on religious gathering may sabotage the efforts government pushed against the pandemic, saying "deaths in hundreds" may be recorded should people be allowed to pray in congregation.
In another report, the Emir of Bauchi, who also doubles as the chairman of the council of traditional rulers in the state, Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu, has directed for the cancellation of sallah dubar during the upcoming Eld-el Fitri.
The monarch gave the directive during a stakeholders' meeting on Covid-19 which was held at the Comand Guest House in the state, Nigerian Tribune reports.
He said there is a strong need to disallow mingling among people as everybody is a suspected carrier of the deadly virus.
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