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Eid-el-Fitr: Be content with modest celebrations at home, Buhari urges Muslims

PRESIDENT Buhari has urged Muslims to celebrate the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr at home in a modest manner.

As Muslims in Nigeria join fellow worshippers across the world in preparation of the Eid-el-Fitr – a day that is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, the president explained that the directive became necessary due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

In a statement today in Abuja, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed that President Buhari would not be travelling to his country home in Daura, Katsina State.

Rather, he revealed that the President would stay behind at the Presidential Villa in Abuja to celebrate the end of this year’s Ramadan.

Shehu also stated that the celebration would be held low-key and President Buhari would not welcome any Sallah homage as it was the usual practice.

“The President, first family, his personal aides, members of the 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,” he said.

The presidential aide added, “Time fixed for the prayer is 9 am. Thereafter, there will be no traditional Sallah homage to the President by the religious, community, and political leaders.

“As was the case last year, the President encourages such leaders to be content with modest celebrations at home given the pandemic.”

President Buhari thanked the Ulama – Islamic clerics – and all other religious (Muslim and Christian) leaders who have continued to pray for the wellbeing of the nation and its people.

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.

“If we attack institutions guarding us, who will protect us in future emergencies?” he was quoted as saying in the statement.

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