The Federal Government has declared, October 19, 2021 as Public Holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore announced this in a statement Friday in Abuja.
He said the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola while making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government , 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.
Ogbeni Aregbesola 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,” he said.
While calling for an end to all divisive tendencies across the country, the minister urged 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 the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable nation that all citizens would be proud of.