FG Declares Thursday Public Holiday To Mark Eidul-Mawlid Celebration


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The Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 29 as Public Holiday to mark this year’s Eidul-Mawlid Celebration in commemoration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad.

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government through a statement signed by Director (Press & Public Relations) of the ministry, Mohammed Manga on Tuesday.

The minister congratulated the Muslim faithful both at home and abroad for witnessing this year’s occasion.

He enjoined them to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of Prophet Muhammad, adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country.

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Aregbesola admonished Muslims to follow the teaching of the Holy Quran in Chapter 4 Verse 59 which says: “O you who believe! Obey God and obey the Messenger, and those from among you who are vested with authority; and if you are to dispute among yourselves about anything, refer it to God and the Messenger, if indeed you believe in God and the Last Day. This is the best (for you), and fairest in the end”.

The minister enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, at this moment, to abhor violence, lawlessness, wantonness and daylight robbery as witnessed across the country most recently, stressing that Nigeria is the pride of the black race and should provide responsible leadership for the greatness and development of the African continent and all black people.

While calling for a stop to all divisive tendencies across the country, the minister urged all Nigerians and the youth in particular to embrace peace and cooperate with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in its effort to build a virile nation, which all citizens can be proud of.

Aregbesola who described the youth as the hope and future of the nation advised them further to deepen democracy and not dampen it.

He said, “it is with more democracy that we can overcome our challenges”, noting that the “challenges of nationhood that we face are surmountable if we work through the democratic process”.

He wished all Muslims a happy Eidul-Mawlid celebration and all Nigerians a Happy Holiday.

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