President Muhammadu Buhari will not travel to his hometown, Daura in Katsina State to mark Eid Al-Fitr Celebration with his kinsmen due to the worsening security situation in Nigeria.
But Garba Shehu, the senior Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, said in a statement on Sunday that the President will be marking Eid at the Aso Rock Villa in the Federal Capital Territory.
The statement, encouraged close associates and leaders to be content with modest Celebrations at home in view of the COVID-19 pandemic as was the case last year.
He announced a ban on traditional Sallah homage to the President by religious, Community and political leaders for the second time.
The statement titled ‘President Buhari to Mark Eid in the Villa, Plans Modest Celebration at Home’, read: “As Muslims in Nigeria join others globally in preparations towards Eid Al-Fitr, a day that is Celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, President Buhari directs that all celebrations be limited due to the global Coronavirus crisis.
“To this effect, the President, First Family, his personal aides, members of cabinet and Service Chiefs who choose to remain in Abuja will congregate in full compliance with COVID-19 protocols at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa to observe the Eid prayers. Time fixed for the prayer is 9:00am.
“President Buhari specially thanks the Ulama (Islamic Clerics) and all other religious (Muslim, Christian) leaders who continue to pray for the wellbeing of the nation and its people.”
He also called on all local leaders to talk to their youths and warn them against being used to incite and foment violence.
“If we attack institutions guarding us,” the President wondered, “who will protect us in future emergencies”.