The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has called on Muslims to use the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir to pray to Allah for a quick end to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Minister made the call in a goodwill Sallah message made available to Newsmen by his Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, on Thursday in Abuja.

Bello also urged Muslims to use the occasion to ensure that they reach out to the needy especially those who have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

He also urged the residents of Abuja to keep adhering strictly to COVID-19 protocol, adding that it still remains a highly infectious and deadly disease.

“I congratulate the Muslim faithful in the territory on the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir and urge them to use the occasion to offer supplication to Almighty Allah (SWT) for a quick end to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“l would also like to remind our Muslim brothers and sisters that the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir is significant because it is a festival of sharing and caring for the less fortunate members of the society and urge them to use the occasion to reach out to the needy, especially those who have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Also, residents are advised to keep strict adherence to all protocols of facial coverings, physical distancing and regular hand washing which have been put in place to safe-guard against contracting the virus as it still remains a highly infectious and deadly disease.“

The Minister also expressed his appreciation on behalf of the FCTA and residents of the FCT, to all health and other essential workers in the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

According to him, the FCTA and many residents of the city understand and appreciate the enormity of the sacrifices they are making in the course of the fight against the disease.

He also urged residents to enjoy the festivities from the safety of their homes as all recreational parks and other leisure locations remain closed.

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