The Honourable Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, on Monday, 10 May 2021, has declared that there would be no Eid prayers at the National Eid prayer ground along the Umaru Musa Yar’adua Expressway (Airport Road).
This was disclosed in a Press Release issued by the Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye after a chaired meeting of the FCTA and FCT League of Imams Initiative led by its Chairman, Imam Dr Tajudeen M.B Adigun, to discuss the modalities of holding Eid prayers for the upcoming Eid El-Fitr celebrations.
The statement, which contained other advisories, read thus:
Worshippers are enjoined to hold Eid prayers outdoors within the premises of their neighbourhood Juma’at mosques and that indoor worship is to be limited to less than 50 per cent of installed capacity.
The minister also advised religious authorities to regulate the flow of people entering and exiting places of worship, while non-pharmaceutical intervention protocols of facial coverings, physical distancing and hand washing are to be observed.
All other Eid celebrations and activities are to be confined to homes as all public parks, recreation and entertainment centres are to be closed.
While at the meeting, the Honourable Minister, Muhammad Bello, expressed gratitude for their cooperation in the course of the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, adding that this is in line with preventing a possible third wave of the pandemic.
At the end of the meeting, the Chairman of the FCT League of Imams Initiative, Dr Tajudeen Adigun, speaking on behalf of the League, said “In Islam, you listen to experts, those who are specialists and those who have actually discussed with us are experts in the field of medical sciences. In Islam, you also abide with the commands of leadership”.
Tajudeen urged the Muslim Ummah to also respect this stand of the Administration of the FCT by observing Eid prayers within the various localities.