President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with the SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha during an audience with Founder of Dana Air the State House, Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JULY 3 2019.
Ahead of the 2021 Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, the Federal Government has called on Governors, Emirs, and other Stakeholders, to suspend the Durbar activities, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the country, Page 36 learnt.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee, PSC, on Covid-19, Boss Mustapha, made the call on Sunday, in a statement in Abuja.
The Durbar is one of the major activities marking Eid celebrations, or for special occasions, especially in the North, with colourful parades of procession of the Emirs, their entourage, and others, on horses.
The Federal Government also put 6 States and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, on red alert, and recommended preventive measures for a safe Eid celebration.
According to the SGF, the States are Lagos, Oyo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kano, and Plateau, as well as the FCT.
The statement reads: “The PSC, however, warns that all States of the Federation should heighten their state of preparedness, and continue to enforce all protocols put in place, given the renowned greater ease of spread of the Delta variant. These steps are critical as we begin to see worrisome early signs of increasing cases in Nigeria.
“The PSC shall continue to minimise the risk of importation of variants of concern into the country by strengthening Surveillance at all Points of Entry, POE, enforcing extant quarantine protocols and sustaining the current restrictive measures against travelers arriving from India, Brazil, Turkey and South Africa.
“The PSC felicitates with the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration. It however, urges all State Governments and Religious Leaders to be mindful of the potential for wider spread of the virus during large gatherings.”
He also listed the preventive measures for safe Eid-el-Kabir celebrations to include the decentralisation of the Eid prayer to neighbourhood Friday prayer Mosques (outdoor), suspension of Durbar activities, and observation of limitations on all indoor gatherings.
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