The Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 12 and Sept.13 as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
The declaration was made by the Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, on behalf of the Federal Government.
The statement was signed by the acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry of interior, Muhammadu Maccido.
The Minister enjoined all Muslims and Nigerians in general to support President Muhammadu Buhari.
He called on all to join hands with the President in his sustained efforts to diversify the economy and progressively accelerate the pace of economic recovery.
The minister disclosed that the government was aware of the current economic challenges facing the nation.
He, however, assured that the appropriate steps were being taken to address the country’s economic challenges.
The minister also said that the Federal Government was working to revitalize the agricultural sector as well as the “Youth Empowerment Scheme” in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Rt. Gen. Dambazau also said that other areas of priority to government including the recently introduced “The “Change Begins with Me” programme.
The concept, according to him, is a value re-orientation programme.
FG Declares Public Holidays For Eid-El-Kabir
He also disclosed that the government was initiating other social intervention programmes as well as massive capital releases in order to revive the economy.
The minister expressed optimism that the current economic difficulties would soon be over.
He urged Nigerians to continue to support the government towards building a new and formidable Nigeria.
The minister wished all Nigerians a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has come under attack by several Christian groups over his announcement of the Eid holiday.
The Sultan had previously announced that September 12 will be the Eid-El-Kabir day for all Muslim Umah in the country.