Salah message: Buhari appeals for patience, understanding

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President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to continue to exercise patience and understanding over the inconveniences created by the precautionary measures, especially the regulations on places of worship due to covid-19 pandemic.

The president said restrictive measures against the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), which have also limited their access to normal religious worship practices, were for their own protection.

This was contained in Buhari’s Sallah message to Nigerians in marking this year’s Eid El-Kabir released by Garba Shehu.

He said, “the coronavirus has had devastating adverse impacts on our social, economic and spiritual lives.

“The preventive guidelines we have introduced to contain the spread of this deadly disease have unfortunately limited people’s freedom to gather and worship in large numbers in Mosques and Churches.

“Every measure that has been introduced to contain this disease may have its unintended consequences on the daily lives of our people, and I, therefore, call on Muslims and other faithful to continue to show more understanding with the government as we take correct steps to protect our 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.

“The guidelines are dictated by necessity in order to safeguard public health and should, therefore, not be perceived as infringement on people’s right to worship,” the President said.

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