Monday, October 10 has been declared a public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
This was declared by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on behalf of the federal government.
He congratulated all Muslims at home and in the Diaspora for witnessing this year’s occasion.
The minister, in a statement by his permanent secretary, Dr Shuaib Belgore admonished all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, patience, tolerance and perseverance, adding that such are deep spiritual virtues which the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) exemplified, adding that doing so would guarantee peace, security and harmony in the country.
He enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence, lawlessness and other acts of criminality.
“As the indisputable leader of our race, we must demonstrate responsible leadership in Africa”, the Minister stated.
The minister urged all Nigerians, youths in particular, to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition to fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class and ethnicity and 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.