The Federal Government has declared May 12 and May 13 as public holidays for this year’s Eid-il-Fitr celebration.
Persecondnews reports that Eid-il-Fitr is being observed to mark the end of the Ramadan (30-day fast).
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, announced this in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore on Monday in Abuja.
While congratulating the Muslim faithful, he called on Nigerians to use the period to pray for peace, stability and economic transformation in the land.
Aregbesola said development cannot thrive in a rancorous atmosphere and urged Nigerians to be law-abiding and embrace the spirit of love, self-discipline, kindness, and tolerance, as taught by the Holy Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him).
The minister urged security agencies in the country to be more courageous and patriotic in their commitment to surmount the ongoing war against insecurity and criminalities.
Aregbesola restated the commitment of the federal government to end the scourge of crime and criminality in the country and restore peace to all parts of the country.
He stated:”This administration will not be deterred in its efforts, until every Nigerian and resident of the country, is free to move around without fear of any threat to his/her life and property.
” We are therefore putting necessary measures and strategies in place to strengthen the stability of the country as well as ensuring the economic prosperity of our dear nation.”