Eid-il-Maulud: FG declares Tuesday Oct 19 public holiday
By Halima ABDULKADIRI
The Federal Government has declared Tuesday October 19, Public Holiday to mark the Islamic festival of Eid-il-Maulud, a “commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)”.
In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government.
Aregbesola congratulated the Muslim faithful both at home and in the diaspora for witnessing this year’s occasion.
He admonished all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which he said “are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country”.
“Ogbeni Aregbesola enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence, lawlessness and other acts of criminality. As the indisputable leader of our race, we must show responsible leadership in Africa.
“While calling for a stop to all divisive tendencies across the country, the Minister urges all Nigerians and the youth in particular, to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition to fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class and ethnicity and cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari’s led-Administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable nation that all citizens would be proud of”, the statement added.