Following the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic and the new  restrictions in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled the annual Christmas homage by religious and community leaders in the Federal Capital Territory.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu made this known in a statement made available on Thursday.

The statement reads: “In line with the prevailing protocol put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, restricting large gatherings, President Muhammadu Buhari will not be hosting the usual Christmas homage by religious and community leaders in the Federal Capital Territory.

“The President urges all citizens to, in line with the prescribed protocol, observe social distancing, use face masks, wash hands frequently and avoid overcrowding of public spaces, markets, shopping centres, offices and places of worship.

“President Buhari equally appeals to citizens to discourage all non-essential travels during the holiday season.”

The Nigerian leader wished everyone a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year ahead.