President Muhammadu Buhari has barred religious and community leaders in the Federal Capital Territory from paying Christmas homage at the Presidential Villa.
The President said the decision was taken “in line with the prevailing protocol put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, restricting large gatherings.
Garba Shehu, Presidential Media Aide made this known in a statement issued on Thursday.
While wishing Nigerians a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year, the President, according to Shehu, urged citizens to discourage all non-essential travels during the holiday season.
“President Muhammadu Buhari will not be hosting the usual Christmas homage by religious and community leaders in the Federal Capital Territory,” the statement partly reads.
“The President urges all citizens to, in line with the prescribed protocol, observe social distancing, use face masks, wash hands frequently and avoid overcrowding of public spaces, markets, shopping centres, offices and places of worship.
“President Buhari equally appeals to citizens to discourage all non-essential travels during the holiday season.
“He wishes everyone a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year ahead.”