– The Nigerian leader observed the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir prayers at home
– Nigeria’s President Buhari celebrated Sallah with his family in Abuja
– President Buhari will not be receiving Sallah homages as he has done in the past
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, July 31, joined other Muslim faithfuls across the country in celebration for Eid-El-Kabir.
The celebration of the Islamic festival was low key due to the coronavirus pandemic that has been ravaging the country and the rest of the world.
Sallah festivities have been banned in most parts of the north to check the spread of the deadly disease.
The Nigerian leader observed Eid El-Kabir prayers at home with his family in Abuja as part of the obligations of the celebration.
This was in line with advisories from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).
President Buhari who usually receives dignitaries who come to pay him Sallah homage at the Aso Rock villa will not be accepting guests this year in adherence to the physical distancing measures put in place to check the spread of COVID-19.
The president was pictured with his wife, Aisha, his children and grandchildren as they celebrate Eid Mubarak.
See the photos of the president and his family below
Earlier, Bloomgist News reported that President Buhari on Thursday, July 30, told Nigerians that the regulations on places of worship were precautionary measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19.
In his Sallah message to Muslims through a spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the president urged worshipers to abide by the COVID-19 guidelines for the safety of their lives and loved ones.
He said the measures taken to contain the spread of the disease had unfortunately limited people’s freedom to gather and worship in large numbers in Mosques and Churches.
Buhari said the daily lives of the people have also been affected by the steps to contain COVID-19. He, however, urged Nigerians to continue to show more understanding with the government as it takes steps to protect people through social distancing.
In a related development, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs cautioned against holding the Eid prayer in congregation.
The council, led by the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, noted that the pandemic is not yet over, warning people to celebrate with high caution.
In a statement by NSCIA through its deputy secretary-general, Professor Salisu Shehu, the council also said Eid is not a compulsory religious activity if doing so would undermine the fundamental purpose of the Islamic laws.