Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has said that he and his family were being mindful of the need to behave responsibly during the Sallah festivities, hinting that COVID-19 pandemic requires that everyone takes precautionary measures.
The president posted on his Facebook page pictures of him and his immediate family observing their Eid prayers at home while maintaining social distancing.
He wrote that “Even as we mark the successful end of the Ramadan, and the commemoration of Eid-el-Fitr, we are doing so mindful of the times we are in.
“I held Eid prayers at home today, with my family, in keeping with the protocol of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 against mass gatherings, as well as the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, suspending Eid congregational prayers across the country.
“I urge all Muslims to continue to reflect on the lessons and virtues of this season, and sustain them beyond the celebrations.
“I wish you all Eid Mubarak”, President Buhari wrote.
Judicial Sketch reported the presidency on Saturday saying the president would be staying at home for his Eid prayers, while also asking well wishers to stay away from Aso Rock, as he would not be entertaining visitors coming to pay Sallah homage.