The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday August 12th and Tuesday August 13th as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
Making the announcement in Abuja on Tuesday, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah congratulated the Muslim faithful on the upcoming event.
She enjoined all Nigerians to use the occasion to ’embrace the virtues of love, humility, peace and sacrifice as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Mohammed’.
Speaking on the importance of unity during this period of celebration, she reaffirmed the government’s ‘desire for all Nigerians to live a life of sacrifice, charity and love for one another’.
She deemed the message necessary as herdsmen crisis, kidnapping and economic hardship across the country have spread disharmony among Nigerians along ethnic and religious lines.
She further stated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to protect the lives and property of Nigerians and called on the citizens to join hands in moving the country to the next level.
Ehuriah reassured the public that security agencies under the ministry have been directed to provide adequate security throughout the celebrations. She urged Nigerians to stay away from any disruptive actions that may lead to violence.
She went on to wish ‘Nigerians a happy, peaceful and fulfilling Eid-el-Kabir celebrations’.
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