President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will not receive visitors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
Buhari said this in a statement signed by his spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, on Friday.
The decision was in compliance with the safety measures put in place in the Federal Capital Territory to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Buhari also supported the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, to suspend Eid congregational prayers across the country.
The statement read, “With the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations around the corner and the month-long Ramadan fast coming to an end, President Muhammadu Buhari will be conducting his Eid prayers with his family at home.
“This is in observance of the lockdown measures in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, put in place ‘to save lives and protect people from all dangers.’
“This is also in line with the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III suspending Eid congregational prayers across the country as well as the protocol against mass gathering issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
“Further to this, the President who has traditionally shared the joyous moment with top government officials, political leaders, community heads, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and children, will not be receiving these homages in a bid to stop the coronavirus from further spreading.”