Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
THE Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday 21st and Monday 24th April, 2023, as Public Holiday to mark the end of the 2023 year’s EIdil-Fitr Celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statemen signed by Dr. M.L. Shuaib Belgore, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry.
He congratulated all Muslims for the successful completion of the month of Ramadan.
Ogbeni Aregbesola, however, called on all Muslims to imbibe and practise the virtues of kindness, love, tolerance, peace, self-denial, sacrifice and good neighbourliness, as exemplified by Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).
“The self-restrain, self-denial, sacrifice and deep spiritual consciousness that accompanied the fasting period should not end, but be maintained and improved upon, in order to be a better person and true worshipper,” the minister advised all Muslims.
He further assured that President Muhammadu Buhari, was fully committed to peaceful transition of government, following the successful elections.
He also assured of the government’s commitment to the provision of security for the life and property of every citizen and foreigners in the country.
The Minister commended all security agencies for the successes recorded in the fight against criminals across the country.
He urged Nigerians to be part of the nation’s security architecture by being vigilant and report suspicious individuals and activities to law enforcement agencies nearest to them.
According to him, security is everybody’s responsibility and should therefore report suspicious activities and persons to the N-Alert application.
Ogbeni Aregbesola wished all Muslims a happy Eidil-Fitr celebration and prayed that the peace, blessings and favour of Allah be with them all.