In commemoration of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, the Federal Government has announced Tuesday and Wednesday next week (July 20 and July 21, 2021) as public holidays nationwide.
The Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, who announced this, congratulated all Muslim faithful and Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on the occasion.
” I call on Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country, considering the challenges of insecurity we face at the moment.
“These mainly are bandits in the North West and North Central, insurgents in the North East, kidnappers, armed robbers, ethnic agitators and sundry criminals in other parts of the country,” a statement on Thursday by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore, said.
According to Aregbesola, the federal governments is committed to the security of lives and property of every Nigerian, empowering the citizens for successful living, the provisions of social investments programmes and adequate security in the schools, especially with the spate of innocent school children being targets of kidnapping.
He advised Nigerians to take responsibility by reporting any suspicious individuals and criminal activities to law enforcement agencies, especially during the festival.
On COVID-19: “We must all take responsibility for containment of the pandemic during this year’s festival.”