President Muhammadu Buhari will observe the Eid El-Kabir prayers with his family at Aso Villa, according to statement Wednesday by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.
Recall that Mr Buhari also observed Wid El-Fitr prayer alongside his family at villa more than two months ago in what appeared to be a compliance to COVID-19 protocols.
Mr Shehu explained that the decision to pray at home was in line with advisories from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA and the Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID-19.
“In wishing all Muslims a safe and happy Eid, the President reiterated the protocols as issued by the PTF that large gatherings, as much as possible, should be discouraged.
“Where small groups choose to hold the Eid together, face masks are absolutely necessary, as is social distancing. Advisedly, such prayers should hold outdoors and worshippers are encouraged to bring their own prayer mats, ” the statement reads in parts.
Mr Shehu added that “In order to stop the spread of the disease, the President will not be receiving Sallah homages by religious, community, party and government leaders and urges all citizens to observe the occasion as advised by state and local authorities.
“He once again wishes all citizens a safe and happy Eid,” he said.