President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled the traditional Christmas homage in which he hosts religious and community leaders in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) due to COVID-19 protocols.
This was disclosed in a statement posted on Twitter by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, on Thursday.
According to the statement, the cancellation is in line with the protocols set up by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 restricting large gatherings as a means to curb the spread of the virus.
The statement read: “In line with the prevailing protocol put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, restricting large gatherings, President Muhammadu Buhari will not be hosting the usual Christmas homage by religious and community leaders in the Federal Capital Territory.”
While wishing Christians and all Nigerians a Merry Christmas, the president urged all citizens to continue to observe all health and safety protocols and precautions, and avoid non-essential travel during the festive period.
The statement read: “The President urges all citizens to, in line with the prescribed protocol, observe social distancing, use face masks, wash hands frequently and avoid overcrowding of public spaces, markets, shopping centres, offices and places of worship.
“President Buhari equally appeals to citizens to discourage all non-essential travels during the holiday season. He wishes everyone a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year ahead.”