The federal government has declared July 20 and 21, 2021, as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government, congratulated all Muslim faithful and Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on the occasion.
Aregbesola in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, said: “I call on Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad, 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 in the country.
The minister used the occasion to assure Nigerians that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is “committed to the security of lives and property of every Nigerian; empowering the citizens for successful living, providing social investments programmes and adequate security in schools, especially with the spate of innocent school children being targets of kidnapping.”
Aregbesola, while wishing Muslim faithful a happy Eid-el Kabir celebration, advised all Nigerians to take responsibility by reporting any suspicious individuals and criminal activities to law enforcement agencies, especially during this festival.