The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has prohibited Muslim worshippers from converging in the National Prayer ground along the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway (Airport Road) at the ending of Ramadan fasting Eid prayers.
The decision was taken on Monday at a meeting which took place between the Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, along with a delegation in the FCT League of Imams Initiative headed by its Chairman, Imam Tajudeen M.B Adigun, to discuss the modalities of holding Eid prayers for the upcoming Eid el-Fitr celebrations.
In a statement signed on Tuesday from the FCT spokesman, Anthony Ogunleye, all worshippers are enjoined to hold Eid prayers outdoors within the premises of their neighborhood Juma’at mosques.
The ministry said that the decision was taken to prevent a potential third wave of COVID-19 as is being witnessed in a few countries across the world.
The meeting consequently ratified the presentations made by officials of the Health and Human Services Secretariat of the FCTA and the newest guidelines for the Phase Four Restriction on Movement issued Monday by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19.
Also, it was resolved the indoor worships must be limited to less than 50 percent of installed capacity while religious authorities are advised to control the flow of individuals entering and leaving areas of worship.
All non-pharmaceutical intervention protocols of facial coverings, physical distancing, and handwashing must be observed.
In addition, all other Eid celebrations and activities should be confined to homes as all public parks, recreation and amusement centers are to be closed.
Adigun, who spoke on behalf of the League of Imams, said that they had been convinced by the position of specialists and encouraged the Muslim Ummah to also honor this stand of the FCT Administration by detecting the Eid prayers inside their localities.
“In Islam, you hear experts, individuals who are experts, and those who have actually discussed with us are experts in the field of health sciences. In Islam, in addition, you abide with all the controls of leadership,” Adigun explained.