COVID-19: I won’t receive visitors during Sallah, says Buhari/ Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed he would not entertain visitors as he celebrates this year's Eid El-Kabir with his family due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Wednesday said Buhari would be observing the celebration with his family at home.

According to him, the development was consequent upon directives put in place by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

The statement read: “President Muhammadu 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, 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.

“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.”