The Federal Government has declared Monday, October 10, 2022 as public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made the declaration on Thursday, on behalf of the federal government.
The Minister congratulated all Muslims both at home and abroad for witnessing this year’s occasion.
A statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Belgore, Aregbesola admonished all Nigerians to: “Imbibe the spirit of love, patience, tolerance and perseverance which are deep spiritual virtues and which the Holy Prophet Muhammad exemplified, adding that doing so would guarantee peace, security and harmony in the country.”
Aregbesola who called for an end to all divisive tendencies across the country enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence, lawlessness and other acts of criminality.
He said: “As the indisputable leader of our race, we must demonstrate responsible leadership in Africa”.
The Minister also urged all Nigerians, and the youth in particular, to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition to fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class and ethnicity and to join hands with the President Muhammadu Buhari led-Administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable nation that all citizens would be proud of.
The Minister urged Nigerians to be security conscious and report any suspicious persons or activities to the nearest security agencies and through the N-Alert application on Android and IOS, saying “when you see something do N-Alert, as this would elicit prompt response from security agents.