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COVID-19: Presidency bars visitors from visiting Buhari during Eid-el-Fitr celebration

The Presidency has barred visitors who might come to pay homage to President Muhammadu Buhari during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

This is said to be in accordance with the safety guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which is against social gathering during this pandemic period.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu who stated this in a statement on Friday said his principal will not be entertaining visitors during the celebrations.

“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,” Mr Shehu said.

“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 & 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 PTF 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 leaders and children, will not be receiving these homages in a bid to stop the coronavirus from further spreading,” he added.

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