The federal government has declared Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31, as public holidays to mark the year 2020 Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government, according to a statement signed by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Georgina Ehuriah, on Tuesday, July 28.
He also called on the 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, especially as the world is witnessing global health challenges caused by Covid-19 pandemic.
The minister gave an assurance that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is fully committed to battling the scourge with the cooperation of all Nigerians. He also emphasized that the government would continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards actualizing the full potentials of the country.
He called on all Nigerians to join hands with the administration of President Buhari in its avowed determination to build a peaceful, harmonious and prosperous country, where the rights of every citizen, are protected and guaranteed, as enshrined in Nigeria’s constitution. The minister advised Nigerians to take responsibility against the spread of the COVID-19 virus and also to stay safe by observing physical and social distancing, personal and respiratory hygiene, as well as other regulations issued by relevant authorities. He also wished all Muslims a happy Eid-el- Kabir celebration.