The president has banned any Eid Mubarak visit to his family in the Aso Rock Villa by any Government, party, religious or community leaders on homage duty this year. The president urged the citizens to observe the Eid-al-Adha as advised by every state and local authority. He said, “I observed the Eid El-Kabir prayers at home with my family, this morning, in keeping with the advisories from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs. Once again I wish us all a safe and happy Eid. Eid Mubarak.”
The Presidency, in a press statement, said “The President will not be receiving Sallah homages by religious, community, party and government leaders. He urges all citizens to observe the occasion as advised by state and local authorities.
“We encourage everyone to obey the protocols as issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, PTF:
- Large gatherings, as much as possible, should be discouraged
- Prayers should hold outdoors
- Face masks are absolutely necessary, as is social distancing
- Worshippers are encouraged to bring their own prayer mats.”
There has been a lot of concerns as to the safety of the president especially as there are constant visits to the Villa by administrators and politicians. People are concerned that the age of the president could make him prone to contracting the dreaded virus. But the presidency allayed such fears, ensuring that enough precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the president, the vice President, their families, and staff of the Aso Rock Villa.