The Nigerian Federal Government has announced that Friday, April 21, and Monday, April 24, 2023, will be public holidays to mark the celebration of Eid el-Fitr this year.
The announcement was made by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on behalf of the Federal Government. In a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Shuaib Belgore, Aregbesola congratulated Muslims on the successful completion of the holy month of Ramadan.
The Minister also called on all Muslims to practice the values of kindness, love, tolerance, peace, self-denial, sacrifice and good neighbourliness, as taught by the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
He advised that the self-restraint, self-denial, sacrifice and spiritual consciousness that accompanied the fasting period should not end, but should be maintained and improved upon in order to be better people and true worshippers.
Aregbesola reassured Nigerians of the government’s commitment to ensuring security for every citizen and foreigner in the country.
He commended security agencies for their successes in the fight against criminals across the country and urged Nigerians to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the nearest law enforcement agencies.
The Minister also reminded Nigerians of their role in the nation’s security architecture and encouraged them to report any suspicious activities and persons through the N-Alert application. He wished all Muslims a happy Eid el-Fitr celebration and prayed for Allah’s peace, blessings, and favor to be with everyone.