By Ibrahim Musa
Minister of the FCT Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has revealed that there will be no Eid prayers at the National Eid prayer ground along with the Umaru Musa Yar’adua Expressway but call on worshippers to hold Eid prayers in the premises of their neighborhood Juma’at mosques.
Minister reveals this when chaired a meeting between the FCTA and members of a delegation from the 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-il-Kabir celebrations.
Bello thanked the religious leaders for their cooperation in the course of the battle against COVID-19 in the FCT and said the FCT always made it a point of duty to consult with the relevant stakeholders prior to major decisions on COVID-19.
In the course of the meeting which featured presentations from the Health, Security and Enforcement Departments of the FCT, and taking into cognizance the guidelines as released by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 as regarding the upcoming Sallah celebrations, the following resolutions were reached:
According to him, there will be no Eid prayers at the National Eid prayer ground along the Umaru Musa Yar’adua Expressway (Airport Road)
“All worshippers are enjoined to hold Eid prayers in the premises of their neighborhood Juma’at mosques
“Eid prayers should last for a maximum of one hour only between 8 am and 10 am
“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.
“Religious authorities are advised to regulate the flow of people entering and exiting places of worship.
“All other health and safety protocols regarding places of worship as earlier issued by the FCTA remain in effect.”