COVID-19: Buhari cancels Christmas homage by religious leaders

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BY LINUS CHIBUIKE

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled the annual Christmas homage to the State House by religious and community leaders of the Federal Capital Territory.

The annual homage was cancelled in line with the guidelines put in place by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 to contain the spread of the virus.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu.

The statement read, “In line with the prevailing protocol put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, restricting large gatherings, President Muhammadu Buhari will not be hosting the usual Christmas homage by religious and community leaders in the Federal Capital Territory.

“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.”