The Nigerian Government has declared Tuesday, October 19, 2021, a public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made this known in a statement on Friday signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore.
Naija News reports that Eid-ul-Mawlid is celebrated worldwide in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
Aregbesola, on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated all Muslim faithful both at home and in the diaspora for witnessing this year’s occasion.
He enjoined all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country.
Aregbesola enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence, lawlessness and other acts of criminality and show responsible leadership in Africa.
He also called for a stop to all divisive tendencies across the country, urging all Nigerians and the youth, in particular, to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition to fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class and ethnicity.
Aregebsola, however, asked Nigerians to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari’s led-Administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable nation that all citizens would be proud of.