President Muhammadu Buhari has told Nigerians that the regulations on places of worship were precautionary measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19.
In his Sallah message to Muslims through a spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the president urged worshipers to abide by the COVID-19 guidelines for the safety of their lives and loved ones.
He said the measures taken to contain the spread of the disease had unfortunately limited people’s freedom to gather and worship in large numbers in Mosques and Churches.
Buhari said the daily lives the people have also been affected by the steps to contain COVID-19. He, however, urged Nigerians to continue to show more understanding with the government as it takes steps to protect people through the social distancing.
“No elected government would intentionally take away its people’s religious freedom by limiting the number of people that will gather in worship centres at the same time,” he said He said the safety measures should not be perceived as an infringement on people’s right to worship.
The president wished Muslims a happy celebration and called on worshipers not to forget the symbolic significance of the sacrifices of the Eidel Kabir.