Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola
To enable people to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the Federal Government has declared Thursday July 30 and Friday 31 as public holidays in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government also congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians at home and in the diaspora on the occasion.
A statement signed by the permanent secretary, Ministry of Interior, Ms. Georgina Ehuriah, quoted the minister to have called on Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by Prophet Muhammad. He enjoined Muslims 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.
The statement read, “The Federal Government has declared Thursday 30th and Friday 31st July 2020 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration. Ogbeni Rauf Aregbosola who assured that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is fully committed to battling the scourge with the cooperation of all Nigerians, emphasized that government would continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards actualizing the full potentials of the country.
“He called on all Nigerians to join hands with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari 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.”
The Minister also advised Nigerians to take responsibility against the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19) and also to stay safe by observing physical and social distancing, personal and respiratory hygiene, as well as other regulations as issued by relevant authorities including the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), among others.