Abuja—The Federal Government has declared Friday, April 21, and Monday, April 24, 2023, as public holidays to mark this year’s EIdil-Fitr Celebration.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Shuaib Belgore.
He congratulated all Muslims for the successful completion of the holy month of Ramadan.
Aregbesola also called on all Muslims to imbibe and practice the virtues of kindness, love, tolerance, peace, self-denial, sacrifice and good neighbourliness, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).
“The self-restrain, 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”, the minister advises all Muslims.
Aregbesola assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari is fully committed to peaceful transition of government following successful elections.
He expressed the government’s commitment to the provision of security for the life and property of every citizen and foreigners in the country.
The Minister commended all security agencies for the successes recorded in the fight against criminals across the country.
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, noting that security is everybody’s responsibility. He admonishes Nigerians also to report suspicious activities and persons to the N-Alert application.
“Aregbesola wishes all Muslims a happy Eidil-Fitr celebration and prays that the peace, blessings and favour of Allah be with you all,” the statement said.