The Presidency has revealed plans by the President to steer away from the traditional pattern with which he observes the Eid-el-Fitr holiday, and instead spend the holy holiday with members of his family at home, OYOGist.com has learned.
Traditionally, the President observes the celebratory moment with political leaders from all over the country, including Governors, top government officials, and business leaders. However, due to the novel coronavirus, and in observance of the social distancing rule, the President has decided it’s best for him to observe the holiday with his immediate family.
An announcement was made in a statement released through the official accounts of the Presidency and the President’s publicity aides.
Read the statement below:
“STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
“PRESIDENT BUHARI TO OBSERVE EID WITH FAMILY AT HOME
“With the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations around the corner and the month-long Ramadan fast coming to an end, President Muhammadu Buhari will be conducting his Eid prayers with his family at home.
“This is in observance of the lockdown measures in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, put in place “to save lives and protect people from all dangers.
“This is also in line with 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 as well as the protocol against mass gathering issued by the #PTFCOVID19.
“Further to this, the President who has traditionally shared the joyous moment with top Govt officials, political leaders, community heads, Muslim & Christian religious leaders & children, will not be receiving these homages in a bid to stop the coronavirus from further spreading.”