President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Muslims to keep their spirits up in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has dampened celebration of the end of the Ramadan fasting period.
The President, who gave the advice in his Sallah message to Muslims on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr, also assured citizens that the coronavirus lockdown measures would not go on longer than necessary. He noted that they would be reviewed from time to time to ease the increasing hardship on the people.
Buhari in a statement said for the first time in recent years, the COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on the people’s spiritual, social and economic lives. He commended both Muslims and Christians for their cooperation in the enforcement of the social distancing guidelines.
Also the Senate President Ahmad Lawan, in a message to mark the Eid-el-Fitr, called on Muslims to continue to pray for the country for God’s intervention against all the challenges that confront the nation.
On his part, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said the Eid-il-fitr celebrations marking the end of the 2020 Ramadan fasting should be equally be considered epochal as it was observed without the mandatory congressional prayers.