Buhari wants no Sallah homage

President Muhammadu Buhari will observe this year’s Eid-el-Kabir prayers with his family members within the Presidential Villa, Abuja.  He will not receive the traditional Sallah visits by religious, community, party and government leaders.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Buhari usually joins Muslims for Eid prayers in any of the prayer grounds in Abuja or in his home town, Daura in Katsina State.

Thereafter, Abuja residents, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; religious leaders, ministers and federal lawmakers among others usually pay him Sallah homage inside his official residence.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday, said President Buhari will observe the Eid-el-Kabir prayers with his family at home just as he did during the Eid-el-Fitr a little over two months ago, in line with advisories from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

The president, who wished all Muslims a safe and happy Eid, called for the adherence of 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 worshipers are encouraged to bring their own prayer