The federal government has declared Monday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 26, as public holidays to mark Eid-el-Fitr celebration after the successful completion of 2020 Ramadan fast.
The minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government in Abuja on Thursday, May 21.
Aregbesola congratulated all Muslim faithful for the completion of the Ramadan fast.
A statement by the director of press in the ministry, Mohammed Manga, quoted Aregbesola as calling on Muslim faithful to replicate the life of kindness, love, tolerance, peace and good neighbourliness as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).
The minister, however, expressed his concern about the spate of ethnic conflicts that have resurfaced in some parts of northern Nigeria in recent times.
He advised Nigerians to see themselves as a single entity and learn to tolerate one another despite their ethnic and religious differences.
“As part of his admonition to Muslims on the celebration of Eidul-Fitr and his emphasis on individual responsibility for adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines and regulations, the minister reminded them to always obey constituted authorities as stated in the Glorious Qu’ran 4:59.
“Where Allah says: “O ye who believe! Obey Allah and obey the messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah & the last day.”
Aregbesola further assured Nigerians that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was fully committed to battling COVID-19.
While commending the security agencies for the successes so far recorded in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast, he advised Nigerians to take responsibility against the spread of the COVID-19.
The minister reminded Muslims to adhere to the coronavirus guidelines and regulations.