The Federal Government has declared Tuesday and Wednesday as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, according to a statement issued by Shuaib Belgore, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, on Thursday.
Aregbesola congratulated all Muslim faithful and Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on this occasion.
The statement read: “I call on Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country, considering the challenges of insecurity we face at the moment.
“These mainly are bandits in the North West and North Central, insurgents in the North East, kidnappers, armed robbers, ethnic agitators and sundry criminals in other parts of the country.”