FG declares October 19 public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, October 19, as a public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

The Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, announced this on behalf of the Federal Government on Friday.

He admonished all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance, which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country.

Aregbesola in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Shuaib Belgore, 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 and 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,” the statement said.

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