The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has declared that there would be no Eid prayers at the National Eid prayer ground located on the Umaru Musa Yar’adua expressway (Airport Road), in Abuja.
The minister made the announcement in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Anthony Ogunleye, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Bello explained that the decision was reached at a meeting between the FCT administration and members of the delegation from the FCT League of Imams Initiative led by its Chairman, Imam Tajudeen Adigun.
He also said that the meeting discussed the modalities of holding Eid prayers for the upcoming Eid-il-Kabir celebrations.
The minister said all worshippers are enjoined to hold eid prayers in the premises of their neighbourhood Juma’at mosques.
He noted that eid prayers should last for a maximum of one hour only between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Bello said 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 advised all religious authorities to regulate the flow of people entering and exiting places of worship.
The minister reiterated that all other health and safety protocols regarding places of worship as earlier issued by the FCTA remain in effect.
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 Adam of the JIBWIS Mosque and Imam Yaqub Alhassan of Nigerian Police Force Head Quarters Mosque.
Also present were the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr 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 and others.