FG Declares Monday, December 12 Public Holiday For Eid-Ul-Maulud
The Federal Government has declared Monday, Dec. 12 , as a public holiday .
This is to mark the Muslim festival of Eid-Ul-Maulud, to celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammed.
The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.- Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja.
Dambazau in a statement signed by the acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido, enjoined all Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general, to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari to build a strong, united and peaceful Nation.
He also urged all Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace across the nation.
The minister also called on all Nigerians to be patient and supportive of the present administration for the successful implementation of its laudable programmes.
Eid-Ul-Maulud: Monday Dec 12 Declared Public Holiday
He wished all Nigerians a happy and peaceful Eid-Ul-Maulud celebration.
Eid-Ul-Maulud is observed by Moslems as the Prophet Muhammed’s birthday on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi’ al-awwal.
Eid-Ul-Maulud is celebrated in the third month of the Islamic calendar.
The 12th Day of Rabi’ al-awwal is the most popular date from a list of many dates that are reported as the birth date of Prophet Muhammed.
Prophet Muhammed was born in Mecca, now in Saudi Arabia, in the year 570 of the Gregorian calendar.
The precise date of his birth is unclear.
However, Sunni Muslims observe Muhammed’s birthday on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi’ al-awwal, while Shi’a Muslims mark it on the 17th day of this month.
The 17th day of Rabi’ al-awwal commemorates the birth of the sixth Shi’a iman, Ja’far al-Sadiq.