Eid-El-Fitr: Buhari Directs Limited Celebrations, Bans Sallah Homage

(FILE) President Muhammadu Buhari tries to wear a face mask at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 25, 2021.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the forthcoming Eid celebrations in the country should be limited.

As Muslims in Nigeria join fellow worshippers across the world in preparation of the Eid-el-Fitr – a day that is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, he explained that the directive became necessary due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement on Sunday in Abuja, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that President Buhari would not be travelling to his country home in Daura, Katsina State.

Rather, he revealed that the President would stay behind at the Presidential Villa in Abuja to celebrate the end of this year’s Ramadan.

Shehu, however, stated that the celebration would be held low-key and President Buhari would not welcome any Sallah homage as it was the usual practice.

“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,” he said.

The presidential aide added, “Time fixed for the prayer is 9am. Thereafter, there will be no traditional Sallah homage to the President by religious, community, and political leaders.

“As was the case last year, the President encourages such leaders to be content with modest celebrations at home in view of the pandemic.”

President Buhari thanked the Ulama – also known as Islamic clerics – and all other religious (Muslim and Christian) leaders who have continued to pray for the wellbeing of the nation and its people.

He also used the opportunity of the occasion to condole with all those who have lost family members due to what he described as the ‘madness’ going on in parts of the country.

The President 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, who will protect us in future emergencies?” he was quoted as saying in the statement.

Be Of Good Behaviour Or Get Fired, IGP Warns Officers

 The Inspector General of Police, Mr Abubakar Mohammed has issued a warning to policemen in the country on their behaviour as officers of the law to uphold the right attitude at all times or get booted out of the force just as the officer that was dismissed for asking a motorist for bribe.

The police boss highlighted that the sacking of the officer is serving as a warning to others, and that the search light has been beamed on them to be of good behaviour or face the consequences.

While on a Sallah visit to the president at the villa, the police boss asserted that he will not run a corrupt police service insisting that he will charge the officer to court if the man who made the report on YouTube comes with more evidence against the sacked police officer.

According to him, what is happening in the police force now is a revolution that will not stop until the force witnesses a turnaround for good.

Meanwhile, the police boss has asked Nigerians not to entertain any fear but go about their legitimate businesses as adequate measures have been put in place to ensure their security of lives and properties during the festivity period.

Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba who made this known to Channels Television  in a chat, added that the IGP has ordered all zonal commands to ensure that every nook and cranny around the nation are properly and adequately secured.

According to Mr Mba, security reports from across the country indicate that celebration has so far been hitch free and the security agencies are hopeful that it will remain the same throughout the holidays.

Nigeria Will Not Break Up – Jonathan

“Those who have predicted that Nigeria will break up by the turn of the century when the country will be marking its centenary anniversary will be disappointed because Nigeria will continue to remain one indivisible entity”.

 These were the words of President Goodluck Jonathan while speaking at the traditional eid el-fitri homage paid to muslim faithfuls in the federal capital territory, Abuja on Thursday.

The delegation led by the vice president, Namadi Sambo, were in the presidential villa to congratulate the president for joining them to fast and they also prayed for the unity of the country.

The president  said that he cannot imagine a Nigeria without muslims or Christians, he also told his visitors that  he will do his best to reposition the country urging Nigerians  to use the positives that accrue from their diversity be they Christians or muslims.

President Jonathan urged them to continue to pray for peace not only in the country but all over the world as that will be the bases for true development.