The federal government has declared Tuesday, July 5th, and Wednesday, July 6th, as public holidays to mark the Muslim festival, Eid-el Fitr.
The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the announcement in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.
The statement announcing the holiday was signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Bassey Akpanyung.
The Eid-el Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the Islamic holy month of fasting (Ramadan).
The religious Eid is a single day during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.
According to the Muslim Calendar, the day of Eid falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on the observation of new moon by local religious authorities (in this case, the Sultan).
July 5th & 6th Declared Public Holidays
However, in most countries, it is generally celebrated on the same day as Saudi Arabia.
The minister of interior enjoined all Muslims and Nigerians in general to exhibit the spiritual virtues of Ramadan.
These virtues which include love, peace and justice in their daily living. The minister also urged Nigerians to contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.
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He also urged all Nigerians to use the opportunity of the spiritual rejuvenation to reflect on the significance of unity and peaceful co-existence in strengthening the bond of togetherness for a strong, virile nation.
Lt.-Gen. Dambazau declaring the public holidays said:
“I wish Nigerians a peaceful celebration, and urge total support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s avowed determination to bequeath to the nation an enduring political legacy.”