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FCTA cancels Eid prayers at Abuja airport road ground

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FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello


•Asks worshipers to pray at neighborhood
•Imams urge compliance

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said there would be no prayers at the National Eid Prayer Ground along Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway (Airport Road) during this year’s celebration.

The administration has, therefore, directed worshippers to hold their Eid prayers outdoors and within the premises of their neighborhood Juma’at mosques, directing that the indoor worship is to be limited to less than 50 per cent of installed capacity while religious authorities are to regulate the flow of people entering and exiting places of worship..

FCT Minister, Malam Mohammed Musa Bello, gave the directives, yesterday, after a closed door meeting with stakeholders in Abuja.

A statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, in Abuja quoted the ministers as saying: ‘’Based on presentations made by officials of the Health and Human Services Secretariat of the FCTA and the implementation guidelines for phased restriction of movement issued by Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 on Monday 10th May 2021, the guidelines were issued.’’

The guidelines also directed all non-pharmaceutical intervention protocols to observe facial coverings, physical distancing and hand washing are to be observed.

Bello said that all other Eid celebrations and activities should be confined to homes as all public parks, recreation and entertainment centers are to be closed.

Chairman of FCT League of Imams Initiative, Dr. Tajudeen Mohammed Bello Adigun, who spoke on behalf of the group, said: “In Islam, you listen to experts, those who are specialists. Those who have actually discussed with us are experts in the field of medical sciences. In Islam, you also abide with the commands of leadership.

“Based on this and what we are convinced of, we urge Muslim Ummah to also respect this stand of the Administration of the FCT by observing our Eid prayers within our localities.”

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