The Federal Capital Territory Administration has urged Muslim faithful to observe the Eid-el Fitr prayers at home.
The FCTA said the call became necessary because of the statement by the Jama’atul Nasril Islam under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, regarding the suspension of the Eid congregational prayers in towns and cities across the federation.
A statement by the FCT minister’s Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, said, “This year’s Eid-el Fitr prayers will not hold on Eid-grounds across the FCT.
“This is in tandem with the guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 that all places of worship in the FCT and other high risk states of the Federation should remain closed during the recently extended period of lockdown.
“In order to achieve this objective of enforcing these guidelines in the FCT, meetings were held earlier between the administration and leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria and the League of FCT Imams.
“The meeting acknowledged that the primary concern of all leaders and public officials was to save lives.
“In view of this common goal, the leaders of the religious organisations have agreed to work towards the eventual opening up of worship places at a time to be determined by the Presidential Task Force, based on medical advice.”
The statement noted that a team consisting of representatives of the religious organisations and their leadership, as well as the FCTA had already been constituted to look at what the modalities and protocols of operating places of worship would be when COVID-19 lockdown of the FCT is relaxed.
“The FCT Administration, therefore, calls for support and understanding of all residents as efforts are being made to curtail and eventually end the spread of the COVID-19 in the Territory,” the statement added.