The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has ruled out Eid prayers at the National Eid prayer ground along the Umaru Musa Yar’adua Expressway (Airport Road) in the FCT.
The FCTA enjoined all worshippers to hold Eid prayers in the premises of their neighborhood Juma’at mosques.
This was one of the outcomes from the meeting between the FCTA and members of a delegation from the FCT League of Imams Initiative led by its Chairman, Imam Tajudeen M.B Adigun, to discuss the modalities of holding Eid prayers for the upcoming Eid-il-Kabir celebrations.
The meeting held on Monday was presided over by the Minister of FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello.
Bello, in his remarks at the meeting, commended the religious leaders for their cooperation in the course of the battle against COVID-19 in the FCT.
He stated that the FCT Administration made it a point of duty to Alastair consult with the relevant stakeholders prior to major decisions on COVID-19.
At the end of the meeting, a six-point resolution was reached with the religious leaders.
The resolutions, according to the communique issued on Tuesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Minister, Anthony Ogunleye, include:
i. There will be no Eid prayers at the National Eid prayer ground along the Umaru Musa Yar’adua Expressway (Airport Road);
ii. All worshippers are enjoined to hold Eid prayers in the premises of their neighborhood Juma’at mosques
iii. Eid prayers should last for a maximum of one hour only between 8 am and 10 am
iv. 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.
v. Religious authorities are advised to regulate the flow of people entering and exiting places of worship.
vi. All other health and safety protocols regarding places of worship as earlier issued by the FCTA remain in effect.
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