The Lagos State Government has appealed to Muslim faithful to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir in low key fashion in consideration of existing government protocols on COVID-19.
State Commissioner for Home Affairs Prince Anofiu Elegushi on Tuesday in Alausa urged Muslims to maintain moderation as they celebrate the festivities.
Similarly, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has cancelled Eid prayers at the National Eid prayer ground on the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway (Airport Road), Abuja.
FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello advised worshippers to hold Eid prayers at the premises of their neighbourhoods’ Juma’at mosques for a maximum of one hour only between 8 and 10am.
Bello gave the advice on Tuesday at a meeting between the FCTA and members of a delegation from the FCT League of Imams Initiative, led by its chairman, Dr. Tajudeen Adigun, to discuss the modalities of holding Eid prayers for the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
Also in Osun State, the government has announced the cancellation of Eid congregation prayers for Friday, but approved Juma’at services owing to the coincidence that the Eid-el- Kabir and Juma’at fall on the same day.
A statement by Secretary to the Osun State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, noted that the state is still recording rising figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases amidst an active community transmission stage of the pandemic.
Oyebamiji warns that people whose COVID-19 status has not been ascertained would be travelling into the state from different parts of the country, in the spirit of the celebration and as a result, large gathering cannot be allowed.