Before this year’s Eid-el-Adha, the Federal Government has urged northern governors, emirs and other stakeholders to suspend Durbar activities to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in the country.
Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) of COVID-19, stated this on Sunday in a statement.
Durbars are one of the most important events marking Eid celebrations or special occasions, especially in the north with colourful procession of the emirs, their entourage, and other participants on horses.
The government recently put six states and the FCT on red alert and recommended precautions for a safe Eid celebration.
According to the SGF, these states are Lagos, Oyo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau, and the FCT.
The PSC, however, warns that all states in the federation should intensify their state of readiness and continue to enforce all protocols in place due to the renowned greater ease of spread of the Delta variant. In Nigeria, we are beginning to see worrisome early signs of an increasing number of cases,” Mustapha said.
According to him, the recommendation followed the confirmation of the Delta Variant of COVID-19 and the rise in infections and hospitalizations in the country.
The PSC will continue to minimize the risk of importation of variants of concern into the country by strengthening surveillance at all points of entry (POE), enforcing current quarantine protocols, and sustaining the current restrictions on travelers from India, Brazil, Turkey, and South Africa.
“The PSC congratulates the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir. The report urges church leaders and state governments to be aware of the potential for wider spread of the virus at large gatherings,” he said.
As part of the preventative measures for a safe Eid-el-Kabir celebration, he also recommended decentralizing the Eid Prayer to neighborhood Friday Prayer Mosques (outdoor), suspending Durbar activities, and observing limitations on all Indoor gatherings.