The Lagos State Government has appealed to Muslim faithful to celebrate the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir on a low-key and to abide by the existing guidelines on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.
In a statement, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, admonished Muslims to be moderate in their celebration of the festival, which comes up on Friday, July 31st, 2020, warning that the coronavirus pandemic is still very much in an aggressive stage, hence the need to be more cautious to consolidate the gains so far achieved by the State Government.
Prince Elegushi prayed that the celebration should be done with families as earlier observed during the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations three months ago, while the Eid-el-Kabir prayers should be observed at home as Mosques and Churches are still on lockdown in the State.
Reiterating the State government’s determination to flatten the curve of the ravaging pandemic, the Commissioner noted that the religious rites of slaughtering of animals would be carried out through a live broadcast by the Grand Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Suleiman Abou-Nolla on Friday, July 31st, 2020 by 9 o’clock in the morning on the State Television, LTV while all other Imams in the State are to follow suit thereafter.
He reassured Lagos residents that government is leaving no stone unturned in containing the spread of the COVID-19, and urged them to continue to maintain physical distance, wearing of facemasks, constant hand washing with soap and water as well as the regular use of hand sanitiser to further prevent the spread of the virus.
Prince Elwgushi wished all Muslim faithful a blissful celebration and appealed to them to remember Lagos State and Nigeria in their individual prayers to the Almighty Allah.