Nigeria announces another public holiday

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The Nigerian Government has declared Tuesday, October 19, 2021, a public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Maulud, to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad.

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, announced the holiday on Friday.

Aregbesola enjoined all Nigerians to “imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad,” according to the statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore,

Aregbesola said imbibing the spirit of love would guarantee peace and security in the country.

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“Ogbeni Aregbesola enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence, lawlessness and other acts of criminality.

“As the indisputable leader of our race, we must show responsible leadership in Africa.

“While calling for a stop to all divisive tendencies across the country, the Minister urges 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”.

He also urged 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.