28th August, 2017
The Nigerian government has declared Friday, September 1 and Monday, September 4, 2017 as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), in a statement in Abuja on Monday urged all Nigerian Muslims to use the occasion to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of democracy.
The statement issued by the Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Rufa’i Attahiru on behalf of the minister admonished the citizens to join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari “in its avowed determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country, where the rights of every citizen are protected and guaranteed,” as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Dambazau assured Nigerians of their safety in all parts of the country, emphasising that security agencies had been directed to maintain the peace and protect lives and property.
He condemned in strong terms the prevalence of hate speeches in the country and warned that the government would henceforth deal with perpetrators according to the law.
The minister stated that the government would continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards actualizing the full potential of Nigeria.