The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has issued a strong warning to the district heads and Imams that Eid prayers should be conducted in Juma’at mosques instead of prayer grounds.
The spiritual head of Muslims in the country issued this warning while declaring July 31 as the date for Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
In a statement, Abubakar implored Muslim faithful to pray for peace, progress and development in the country.
“His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has declared Friday, 31th July, 2020 as the 10th day of Zulhijja 1441 AH and the day of Eid – El – Kabir for the year.
“Furthermore, in view of the current situation caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Sultan hereby advises all the District Heads and Imams in Sokoto State, to observe Eid prayers at their Jumu’at Mosques in their respective towns and villages and not at Eid Grounds,” the statement read in part.