The Ministry of Interior of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has announced that the Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Thursday 30th and Friday 31st July as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, an Islamic calendar event signifying the absolute faith of Ibrahim (Abraham) to agree with God to sacrifice his own son (in this case Ishmael) on Mount Moriah. Also referred as Ed-al-Adha, it is the ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’.
The Minister, Ọgbẹni Rauf Aregbesola, conveyed this through the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Georgina Ehuriah. The press statement reads as follows.
MINISTRY OF INTERIOR PRESS RELEASE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DECLARES 30 AND 31 JULY, 2020 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS TO MARK EID-EL-KABIR CELEBRATION
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola while making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on the occasion.He called on the 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 especially as the world is witnessing global health challenges caused by Covid-19 pandemic.
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbosola who assured that the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is fully committed to battling the scourge with the cooperation of all Nigerians, emphasized that government would continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards actualizing the full potentials of the country.
He called on all Nigerians to join hands with the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in its avowed determination to build a peaceful, harmonious and prosperous country, where the rights of every citizen, are protected and guaranteed, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Minister advised Nigerians to take responsibility against the spread of the COVID-19 virus and also to stay safe by observing physical and social distancing, personal and respiratory hygiene, as well as other regulations issued by relevant authorities.Ogbeni Aregbesola wishes all Muslims a happy Eid –el- Kabir Celebration.
Georgina Ehuriah, MON, NPOM
Ministry of Interior
28 July, 2020