The Federal Capital Territory Administration says Eid prayers will not hold at the National Eid prayer ground along the Airport road, popularly known as the Umaru Musa Yar’adua Expressway .
To this end, all worshipers are enjoined to hold Eid prayers in the premises of their neighborhood Juma’at mosques for only one hour, as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the territory.
This was the resolution jointly reached by the Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, with members of a delegation from the FCT League of Imams Initiative, led by its Chairman, Imam (Dr) Tajudeen Adigun, to discuss the modalities of holding Eid prayers for the upcoming Eid-el-Kabir celebrations in Abuja.
The Minister thanked the religious leaders for their cooperation in the battle against COVID-19, with a promise to always consult with the relevant stakeholders prior to major decisions on COVID-19.
The FCT minister maintained that all other Eid celebrations and activities should be confined to homes, as the extant guidelines on the closure of public parks, recreation, entertainment and sporting areas still subsists.
He also advised religious authorities to regulate the flow of people entering and exiting places of worship.
The meeting was attended by the Deputy Chief Imam of the National Mosque Dr Mohammed Kabir, the Secretary of the league of Imam Initiative, Malam Isiaq Zango, Imam Abdullahi Umar Adam of the JIBWIS Mosque and Imam (Dr) Yaqub Alhassan of Nigerian Police Force HQ Mosque.
Others dignitaries present were the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, the Chief Of Staff to the FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, the Acting Secretary of the Health and Human Services Secretariat Dr Muhammed Kawu,the Chairman of the Ministerial Enforcement Task -Team, Comrade Ikharo Attah and other top FCTA staffs’.