FG Declares Tuesday, Wednesday Public Holiday


BY EDMOND ODOK, ABUJA – The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 21, 2021, as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the announcement on behalf of the Federal Government, also congratulated all Muslim faithful and Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on the forthcoming celebration.

In a statement signed by Dr Shuaib Belgore, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Aregbesola said; “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.”

Aregbesola said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is “committed to the security of lives and property of every Nigerian, and empowering the citizens for successful living, the provisions of social investments programmes and adequate security in the schools, especially with the spate of innocent school children being targets of kidnapping.”

In wishing the Muslim faithful a happy Eid-el Kabir celebration, the Minister urged all Nigerians to take responsibility by reporting any suspicious individuals and criminal activities to law enforcement agencies, especially during this festival.

He also said it is important for all Nigerians to observe all COVID-19 protocols, especially the non-pharmaceutical measures of wearing facemasks, hand washing, and social distancing, designed to curtail the transmission of the deadly virus.

According to the Minister; “We must all take responsibility for containment of the pandemic during this year’s festival.”

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