The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 21, 2021, as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, on behalf of the Minister, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
The statement dated Thursday, July 15, which made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, is titled: “Eid-el-Kabur: Federal Government declares Tuesday July 20, and Wednesday, July, 21, 2021 as Public Holidays”.
He congratulated Muslims in Nigeria and across the world on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The statement called on Moslems to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, kindness, tolerance, peace and sacrifice as exemplified by the Prophet Mohammed.
The minister, in the statement, also enjoined Moslems to utilise the period to pray for the peace, unity, prosperity and stability in the country especially against the the backdrop of escalating security challenges in the country.
He advised Nigerians that as they go about the celebration, they should do well to observe COVID-19 protocols, stressing that Nigerians must take responsibility for the containment of the deadly virus.
As part of efforts to contain the coronavirus, the Centre for Disease Control has warned that interstate travels that are peculiar with festivities should be curtailed as much as possible.
The Minister said the present administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to the security of lives and property as well as providing adequate security in schools, adding that all Nigerians must take responsibility by reporting all suspicious characters and criminal activities to law enforcement agencies.
The minister urged security agencies across the country to be vigilante, up and doing and tighten security in all suspected areas that are most likely to be vulnerable to attacks, in order to have a peaceful Eid-el-Kabir celebration