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Why Buhari barred politicians, others from paying sallah homage


President Muhammadu Buhari  have barred top government officials and political leaders from paying him the usual sallah homage.

The President made the request Friday, adding that he will be conducting his Eid prayers with his family at home.

President Buhari traditionally shared the joyous moment with top government officials, political leaders, community heads, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and children.

Buhari will not be receiving these homages in a bid to stop the coronavirus from further spreading.

Garba Shehu, the president’s aide,in a statement issued said the action was in observance of the lockdown measures in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

He also said the action was 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.

He noted that the move will aid “to save lives and protect people from all dangers.”



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