Buhari Plans to have Modest Eid Celebration at the State House

Buhari plans to have a modest Eid celebration at the statehouse due to the coronavirus pandemic. He urges all Muslims to also tone down their celebrations to stay safe.

As Muslims in Nigeria join others globally in preparations towards Eid Al-Fitr, a day that is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed that all celebrations be limited due to the global Coronavirus pandemic.

This information was provided based on a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mr. Garba Shehu.

According to the statement, the President, his family, his personal aides, members of the cabinet, and Service Chiefs who decided to stay in Abuja would meet at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa to observe the Eid prayers at 9:00 am, while fully complying with the COVID-19 protocols.

“There will be no traditional Sallah homage to the President by religious, community, and political leaders. As was the case last year, the President encourages such leaders to be content with modest celebrations at home in view of the pandemic.”

“President Buhari especially thanks to the Ulama (Islamic Clerics) and all other religious (Muslim, Christian) leaders who continue to pray for the wellbeing of the nation and its people.”

Furthermore, the President, in his statement, took the opportunity to console all those who lost family members due to what he described as the ‘madness’ happening in different parts of the country.

The President also called on all local leaders to talk to their youths and warn them against being used to stir up and carry out different acts of violence against the nation and its citizens.

He said, “If we attack institutions guarding us, who will protect us in future emergencies?”

The president believes he is setting an example by having a modest celebration and hopes other Muslims in the country will do the same as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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