For this year’s Eid al-Fitr festival, the Federal Government has designated Friday, April 21, and Monday, April 24, as public holidays.
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister, made the proclamation on behalf of the government yesterday, according to a statement signed by Shuiab Belgore, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior.
Aregbesola encouraged Muslims to “imbibe and practice the virtues of kindness, love, tolerance, peace, self-denial, sacrifice and good neighborliness, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him),” while congratulating all Muslims for successfully completing Ramadan.
“The self-restraint, self-denial, sacrifice and deep spiritual consciousness that accompanied the fasting period should not end but be maintained and improved upon in order to be a better person and true worshipper.
Aregbesola assured that President Muhammadu Buhari was fully committed to peaceful transition of government, following successful elections.
He added that government’s commitment to the provision of security for the life and property of every citizen and foreigners in the country remained firm.
“He urges Nigerians to be part of the nation’s security architecture by being vigilant and report suspicious individuals and activities to law enforcement agencies nearest to them.
”He noted that security is everybody’s responsibility; he admonishes Nigerians also to report suspicious activities and persons to the N-Alert application,” the statement added.