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The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared next Monday, the 10th October 2022 as Public Holiday.
A statement issued by Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola wich was obtained by Africa Daily News, New York said the holiday is to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid Celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
Aregbesola also used the opportunity to congratulate all Muslims both at home and in the Diaspora for witnessing this year’s occasion.
He admonished all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, patience. tolerance and perseverance which are deep spiritual virtues and which the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) exemplified, adding that doing so would guarantee peace, security and harmony In the country.
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He enjoined 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”, the Minister stated.
While calling for a stop to all divisive tendencies across the country, Aregbesola urges 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 join hands with the President Muhammadu be proud of.
He wished all Muslims a happy celebration and Nigerians a happy holiday.