IN COMMEMORATION of Eid-el-Fitr Festival going on around Muslim world, today, President Muhammadu Buhari will receive visitors on traditional Sallah homage to his residence in Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
The pPresident is doing so this year after a two-year break induced by the pandemic.
A statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, explained that visitors to be received by the President are those calling from Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to the statement, though return of homage on Buhari’s itinerary indicates that Nigeria may be going off hook, all guests would be required to wear facemasks as well as undergo a mandatory linear COVID-19 test at the Villa before being allowed in.
“Two years after the world’s biggest lockdown to slow the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional Sallah homage to the president by the residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, returns to the Aso Rock Villa. Although this is a sign of the return to normalcy as infection rates fall to their lowest, those coming on invitation are still required to wear face masks and undergo the linear COVID-19 test at the State House Conference Centre to obtain a negative test result as condition for admittance to the event. President Muhammadu Buhari is set to receive the visitors, numbering about 100 at the New State House Banquet Hall at 3:00pm on Sallah Day (Sunday or Monday), itself to be determined by moon sighting to be announced by Islamic authorities in the country.
Invited guests for the event, led by Muhammed Musa Bello, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT include the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Head of Service, the Senator and House members from the territory, leadership of the FCT Judiciary, members of the cabinet, service chiefs and heads of security agencies, Muslim and Christian leaderships in the FCT, council chairmen, traditional rulers and others who received invitations as listed on the manifest,” the statement said.