This is the first-ever EID celebration that will have no one go out for the usual EID prayers all over the world and Nigeria is also set to follow suit.
The Nigerian President in a statement released on Friday, 22 May, 2020 signed by Mallam Garba Shehu made it obvious that it will not go against its own set down lockdown restrictions and has made it public that the President will observe EID with his family right at home in the Presidential Villa.
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.
But even if we will not be able to gather en masse to pray together, we still remain one in the spirit of God and love towards one another and we will all express the joy of the festive season through every means we can and thank God with the presence of mobile phones and other media outlets we will from the comfort of our homes share the joy and goodwill in our hearts.
With all joy from the President and the entire media and publicity team, we wish all Nigerians the best of this festivity and God bless Nigeria, Africa, and the World at Large.