- The presidency has disclosed that President Buhari will be observing the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir prayers with his family at home
- A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday, July 29
- Buhari’s decision is in line with advisories from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and COVID-19 task force
President Muhammadu Buhari will be observing the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir prayers with his family at home, the presidency has announced.
A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Wednesday, July 29, said Buhari’s decision to spend Eid at home is in line with advisories from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Legit.ng gathered the Nigerian leader will not be leaving the Presidential Villa, Abuja, for his hometown in Daura, Katsina state to celebrate the Sallah festivities as he has done in the past.
Recall the Nigerian leader also stayed in Aso Rock for the Eid El-Fitr two months ago, in adherence to the physical distancing measures put in place to check the spread of COVID-19.
Shehu also noted that the president will not be receiving Sallah homages by religious, community, party, and government leaders in order to stop the spread of the disease.
President Buhari while urging all citizens to observe the occasion as advised by state and local authorities, reiterated the protocols as issued by the PTF that large gatherings should be discouraged.
He wished all Nigerians a safe and happy Eid.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government declared Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31, as the public holiday to mark the year 2020 Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government, according to a statement signed by the ministry's permanent secretary, Georgina Ehuriah, on Tuesday, July 28.
Aregbesola congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on the occasion.
In a related development, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has cautioned against holding the Eid prayer in congregation.
The council, led by the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, noted that the pandemic is not yet over, warning people to celebrate with high caution.
In a statement by NSCIA through its deputy secretary-general, Professor Salisu Shehu, the council also said Eid is not a compulsory religious activity if doing so would undermine the fundamental purpose of the Islamic laws.
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