Buhari to Nigerians: COVID-19 guidelines introduced to protect, not oppress you/ Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians not to consider the COVID-19 guidelines introduced to combat spread of the novel disease as a measure to frustrate their rights to worship.

Buhari stated this in his message to Muslim faithfuls on the occasion of this year's Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

The president, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said while the guidelines had inadvertently affected people's freedom to worship among others, they were done in the overall interest of Nigerians.

The statement read: “The preventive guidelines we have introduced to contain the spread of this deadly disease have unfortunately limited people’s freedom to gather and worship in large numbers in mosques and churches.

“Every measure that has been introduced to contain this disease may have its unintended consequences on the daily lives of our people, and I, therefore, call on Muslims and other faiths to continue to show more understanding with the government as we take correct steps to protect our people through the social distancing.

“No elected government would intentionally take away its people’s religious freedom by limiting the number of people that will gather in worship centres at the same time.”