Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has canceled an annual Christmas present to the State House by religious and community leaders of the federal territory of the capital (FCT).
The president’s decision, according to a statement by his senior special assistant for media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, was made in line with the instructions of the presidential working group (PTF) on COVID-19, especially restrictions on large gatherings.
“In accordance with the prevailing protocol established by the presidential working group on COVID-19, limiting large gatherings, President Muhammad Bukhari will not host the usual Christmas respect for religious leaders and communities in the federal capital.
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“The president calls on all citizens, in accordance with the prescribed protocol, to respect social distance, use face masks, wash their hands often and avoid overcrowding in public spaces, markets, shopping malls, offices and places of worship.
“President Bukhari equally appeals to citizens to discourage all irrelevant travel during the holiday season. He wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, “the statement said.