The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello, on Monday urged Muslims to hold Eid prayers in neighborhood jum’mat mosques, saying there would be no Eid prayer at the National Eid prayer ground along the Umaru Musa Yar’adua Expressway (Airport Road) this year.
Bello, who chaired a meeting between the FCTA and members of a delegation from the FCT League of Imams Initiative to discuss the modalities of holding Eid prayers for the upcoming Eid il-Kabir celebrations, made this announcement in a statement signed by Anthony Ogunleye, FCTA’s Chief Press Secretary on Tuesday.
According to the statement, Bello met with religious leaders to make resolutions taking into cognizance the guidelines as released by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 regarding the upcoming Sallah celebrations.
“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 and 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 and all other health and safety protocols regarding places of worship as earlier issued by the FCTA remain in effect”, the statement reads.
The Federal Government on Tuesday declared Thursday 30 and Friday 31 July, 2020 as Public Holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir Celebration.