“Don’t Visit Me At The Villa For Sallah, Stay Away From Large Gatherings” – Buhari Warns



Nigerians celebrating Eid el-Kabir have been told to not visit the villa as Buhari will not welcome visitors.

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Nigerians, friends and well-wishers to celebrate Eid el-Kabir prayers with his family at home.

He did the same during the Eid el-Fitr over two months ago.

The presidency made the announcement on Wednesday.

Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the president will not receive visitors.

A statement he signed said the decision was in line with advisories from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, and the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19.

Buhari wished all Muslims a safe and happy Eid celebration.

He reiterated that the protocols issued by the PTF against large gatherings be obeyed.

“Where small groups choose to hold the Eid together, face masks are absolutely necessary, as is social distancing. Advisedly, such prayers should hold outdoors and worshipers are encouraged to bring their own prayer mats..

“In order to stop the spread of the disease, the President will not be receiving Sallah homages by religious, community, party and government leaders and urges all citizens to observe the occasion as advised by state and local authorities,” Shehu noted.

In another Statement,

President Muhammadu Buhari will observe the Eid El-Kabir prayers with his family at home on Thursday, the presidency announced Wednesday.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement, said the president would mark the festival at home just as he marked the Eid El-Fitr at home over two months ago, in line with advisories from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA and the Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID-19.

“In wishing all Muslims a safe and happy Eid, the President reiterated the protocols as issued by the PTF that large gatherings, as much as possible, should be discouraged. Where small groups choose to hold the Eid together, face masks are absolutely necessary, as is social distancing. Advisedly, such prayers should hold outdoors and worshippers are encouraged to bring their own prayer mats.

“In order to stop the spread of the disease, the President will not be receiving Sallah homages by religious, community, party and government leaders and urges all citizens to observe the occasion as advised by state and local authorities.

“He once again wishes all citizens a safe and happy Eid,” he said.



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