The Federal Government has declared Thursday as a public holiday to mark this years Eidul-Mawlid celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the government, congratulated the Muslim faithful both at home and abroad for witnessing this years occasion.
He enjoined them 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.
This was contained in a statement on Wednesday, by the spokesman, Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Manga.
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Aregbesola enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, at this moment, to abhor violence, lawlessness, wantonness and robbery as witnessed across the country most recently, stressing that Nigeria is the pride of the black race and should provide responsible leadership for the greatness and development of the African continent and all black people.
The minister urged all Nigerians and the youth in particular, to embrace peace and cooperate with the administration of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, in its effort to build a virile nation, which all citizens can be proud of.
He wishes all Muslims a happy Eidul- Mawlid celebration and all Nigerians a happy holiday.