In celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, the Federal Government has declared Tuesday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 21, 2021 as public holidays.
This was contained in a statement as reported by Punch on Thursday by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore sent a congratulatory message to all Muslim faithful and Nigerians at home and in the diaspora on the occasion. Speaking on behalf of the Federal Government, the Minister of Interior, Rauf 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.”
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He reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to secure the lives and properties of every Nigerian, empowering the citizens for successful living, the provisions of social investment programmes and adequate security in schools, especially with the spate of innocent school children being targets of kidnapping. He therefore called on Nigerians to report any suspicious individuals and criminal activities to law enforcement agencies, especially during the festival.