BY EDMOND ODOK, ABUJA – To mark the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, the Federal Government has declared Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 as public holidays

The announcement came through a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah.

Accordingly, the statement quoted the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, as congratulating Muslim faithful and all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on the occasion.

The Minister urged all Muslims to continue imbibing 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.”

Ogbeni Aregbesola, who reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s commitment to battling the scourge of COVID-19 pandemic, solicited the cooperation of all Nigerians to check the virus spread in Nigeria.

He said the Federal Government will continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards actualising the nation’s full potentials.

The Minister therefore urged the masses to support government “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 the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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