The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Muhammad Bello, yesterday banned the forthcoming Eid prayers at the National Eid prayer ground along Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway, in Abuja.
Bello announced the ban in a statement by his media aide, Anthony Ogunleye.
The decision was arrived at during a meeting of the FCT Administration and a delegation from the FCT ‘League of Imams Initiative’. He said the ban was part of measures to contain the outbreak of Covid-19.
“All worshippers are enjoined to hold Eid prayers outdoors within the premises of their neighborhood Juma’at mosques. Indoor worship is to be limited to less than 50 percent of installed capacity,” the statement said.
“Religious authorities are advised to regulate the flow of people entering and exiting places of worship. All non-pharmaceutical intervention protocols of facial coverings, physical distancing and hand washing are to be observed.
“All other Eid celebrations and activities should be confined to homes as all public parks, recreation, and entertainment centres are to be closed”, the minister said.