The Federal Capital Territory Administration has directed residents to observe the upcoming Eid prayers at home, in line with the directives of Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.
Recall that the Sultan, under the auspices of the Jama’atul Nasril Islam, JNI, had urged Muslims to pray Eid at their homes, in obedience with the guidelines of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 directing all places of worship to remain closed.
Issuing the directive through a statement on Friday, the FCTA’s Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, said the decision followed a series of meetings with the leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the League of FCT Imams.
According to him, 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.
“A team consisting of representatives of the religious organisations and their leadership, as well as the FCT has already been constituted to look at what the modalities and protocols of operating places of worship will be when COVID-19 lockdown of the FCT is relaxed,” Mr Ogunleye disclosed.
The FCT Administration, therefore, called for support and understanding by all residents, saying that efforts were being made to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 in the Territory.