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FG declares Monday, Tuesday as public holidays for Eid-el-Kabir



The Federal Government has declared Monday, June 17, and Tuesday, June 18, 2024, as public holidays to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.

In a statement on Friday, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Aishetu Ndayako, quoted the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, congratulating all Muslims at home and abroad.

Tunji-Ojo encouraged Muslims to continue practicing peace, kindness, and sacrifice as taught by Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon Him). He also urged everyone to use this period to pray for the unity, prosperity, and stability of the country.

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“The minister reiterated that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration is committed to safeguarding the lives and property of all Nigerians,” the statement said.

Tunji-Ojo also called on all Nigerians to support the President’s efforts to diversify the economy and speed up the nation’s economic recovery. “While wishing the Muslim Ummah a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the Minister advised all Nigerians to take responsibility in the resolve to hand over a prosperous Nigeria to the nation’s children,” he added.

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President Bola Tinubu will leave Abuja for Lagos State on Friday to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir. According to his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, the President will spend the Sallah holidays in Lagos, focusing on prayers and reflecting on advancing Nigeria’s transformation in line with his Renewed Hope Agenda.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, declared Sunday, June 16, as Eid-el-Kabir day. This announcement was made in a statement by Sambo Junaid, the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sultanate Council in Sokoto State.

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The Sultan extended his greetings to Muslims in Nigeria, wishing them Allah’s guidance and blessings. He urged the Muslim community to pray for the peace, progress, and development of the country and wished all Muslims a happy Eid-el-Kabir. “May Allah (SWT) accept our religious deeds, amen,” the statement concluded.