President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the forthcoming Eid celebrations would be held low-key at the Aso Villa and would not welcome any Sallah homage as it was the usual practice.
He explained that the directive became necessary due to the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic.
A statement made by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that President Buhari would not be travelling to his country home in Daura, Katsina State.
He added that the President would stay behind at the Presidential Villa in Abuja to celebrate the end of this year’s Ramadan.
The statement read in part:
“The President, first family, his personal aides, members of cabinet, and service chiefs who choose to remain in Abuja will congregate in full compliance with COVID-19 protocols at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa to observe the Eid prayers.
“Time fixed for the prayer is 9am. Thereafter, 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.”
He also used the opportunity of the occasion to condole with all those who have lost family members due to what he described as the ‘madness’ going on in parts of the country.
The President called on all local leaders to talk to their youths and warn them against being used to incite and foment violence.