Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, on behalf of the Federal government made the declaration on Monday.
A statement by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, quoted Aregbesola congratulating the Muslim faithful on the occasion.
Aregbesola in his statement has also called on “all Nigerians, at home and abroad to use the period of this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration to pray for peace, stability and economic transformation in the land.”
The minister who believes that development cannot thrive in an unsettled atmosphere has urged all “Nigerians to be law-abiding and embrace the spirit of love, self-discipline, kindness, and tolerance, as taught by the Holy Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him).”
Aregbesola has also enjoined all security agencies in the country to “be more courageous and patriotic to surmount the ongoing battle against resurging insecurity and activities of criminal elements in Nigeria.”
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and begins the holiday which is accompanied by the sighting of the new moon.