Eid Maulud: FG Declares Thursday Public Holiday
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 29, as public holiday to mark this year’s Eid Maulud, the celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad.
Director Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Manga said the declaration was made by the Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola on behalf of the Federal Government.
According to the statement, Aregbesola congratulated Muslim faithfuls at home and in the diaspora for witnessing this year’s occasion, enjoining them to “imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country”
He further encouraged Nigerians, particularly Muslims, at this moment, to abhor violence, lawlessness, wantonness and daylight robbery as witnessed across the country most recently, stressing that Nigeria is the pride of the black race and should provide responsible leadership for the greatness and development of the African continent and all black people”, the statement added.
While calling for a stop to all divisive tendencies across the country, the Minister urged Nigerians and the youth in particular, to embrace peace and cooperate with the President Muhammadu Buhari led-Administration in its effort to build a virile nation, which all citizens can be proud of.
Aregbesola who described the youth as the hope and future of the nation advised them further to deepen democracy and not dampen it. For him, it is with more democracy that we can overcome our challenges, noting that the challenges of nationhood that we face are surmountable if we work through the democratic process.
“He wishes all Muslims a happy Eid-el-Maulud Celebration and all Nigerians a Happy Holiday”, the statement added.