The Presidency has again announced a ban on traditional Sallah homage to President Muhammadu Buhari by religious, community and political leaders during the Eid celebration.
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Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Sunday, said the President will be marking Eid at the Aso Rock Villa.
Shehu encouraged such leaders to be content with modest celebrations at home in view of the COVID-19 pandemic as it was the case last year.
The statement titled ‘President Buhari to Mark Eid in the Villa, Plans Modest Celebration at Home’, read:
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“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 Buhari directs that all celebrations be limited due to the global Coronavirus crisis.
“To this effect, 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 9:00am.
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“President Buhari specially thanks the Ulama (Islamic Clerics) and all other religious (Muslim, Christian) leaders who continue to pray for the wellbeing of the nation and its people.”
Buhari in the statement, also condoled with Nigerians who lost family members due to what he described as the “madness” going on in parts of the country.
He called on all local leaders to talk to their youths and warn them against being used to incite and foment violence.
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“If we attack institutions guarding us, who will protect us in future emergencies?” he asked.