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Eid-el-Maulud: FG declares Monday public holiday

THE Federal Government has declared Monday a public holiday for the celebration of this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlud festival in remembrance of the birth of Prophet Muhammad.

Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior, made this announcement on behalf of the federal government and congratulated all Muslims both at home and in the Diaspora for witnessing the event this year.

In a statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Belgore, today, Aregbesola urged Nigerians to adopt the spirit of love, patience, tolerance, and perseverance which are profound spiritual virtues and which Prophet Muhammad exemplified.

He added that doing so would ensure peace, security, and harmony in the nation.

The statement read in part: “Ogbeni Aregbesola enjoins Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence, lawlessness and other acts of criminality.

“As the indisputable leader of our race, we must demonstrate responsible leadership in Africa.”

He urged Nigerians to be security conscious, asking them to report any suspicious persons or activities to the nearest security agency and through the N-Alert application on Android and IOS, saying “when you see something do N-Alert, as this would elicit prompt response from security agents.”

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