COVID-19 : President Buhari Cancels Sallah Homage

President Muhammadu Buhari has canceled all Sallah celebration visits to the presidential villa and revealed that he won’t be traveling to Duara over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, made the disclosure in a statement on Saturday, May 8. According to the aide, the president said he would not be receiving the traditional Sallah homage from religious and political leaders.
Shehu said: “Thereafter, there will be no traditional Sallah homage to the President by religious, community and political leaders. As was the case last year, the President encourages such leaders to be content with modest celebrations at home in view of the pandemic.”
Similarly, the Emir of Daura, Dr. Umar Faruk Umar, has banned the Sallah Durbar in the emirate for the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr. The decision of the monarch not to allow the traditional Sallah procession is contained in a circular addressed to the district heads of the emirate.
The traditional ruler in the statement dated Thursday, May 6, and signed by Danejin Daura, Alhaji Abdulmimini Sahihu, also directed that no district head should visit him on the Sallah day.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has told Muslims across the country to look for the new moon of Shawwal on Tuesday, May 11. The deputy secretary-general of NSCIA, Prof Salisu Shehu, made the disclosure in a statement issued via Facebook on Saturday, May 8. He disclosed that the announcement was made based on the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC).
In another report, an Islamic cleric and deputy chief Imam of the National Mosque, Abuja, Professor Ibrahim Maqari has said that Islam does not permit Muslims to pay money as ransom to enemies they are at war with. Professor Maqari made the comment at this year’s Ramadan tafsir on Monday, May 3 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The cleric further said applying the Islamic provisions can effectively address the challenges of kidnapping currently affecting society.
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