Nigerian Muslims observe low key Eid-el-Fitr celebrations across the country

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Muslims across the country began marking a sombre Eid al-Fitr celebrations on Sunday, with lax restrictions in many states offering respite to worshippers despite fears of skyrocketing infections.

The three-day festival, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, is traditionally celebrated with mosque prayers, family feasts and shopping for new clothes, gifts and sweet treats.

But this year, the celebration was overshadowed by the fast-spreading coronavirus, with many countries tightening lockdown restrictions after a partial easing during Ramadan led to a sharp spike in infections.

President Muhammadu Buhari and his family members observed the Eid-el-Fitr prayers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The prayers were held at the villa with members of the first family including the First Lady Aisha; their son Yusuf, and other children in attendance.

At the end of the prayers, he urged Nigerians to observe health advisories, noting that these measures will help in curtailing the spread of the virus.