- Monday, August 12 and Tuesday, August 13 has been declared as public holidays to mark the 2019 Eid-el-Kabir celebrations
- The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah, made the declarations on behalf of the federal government
- Ehuriah called on all Nigerians to use the period of this year’s celebration to embrace the virtues of love, humility, peace and sacrifice as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Mohammed (Pbuh)
The federal government has declared August 12 and August 13 as public holidays to mark the 2019 Eid-El-Kabir celebrations.
Mohammed Manga, director of press and public relations, Ministry of Interior, in a statement on Tuesday, August 6, in Abuja, said the permanent secretary of the ministry, Georgina Ehuriah, made the declarations.
Ehuriah congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
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She called on all Nigerians to use the period of this year’s celebration to embrace the virtues of love, humility, peace and sacrifice as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Mohammed (Pbuh).
She urged Nigerians to shun any form of disruptive tendencies and join hands with the federal government to build a peaceful, strong and united Nigeria.
Ehuriah reaffirmed the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.
She said that security agencies under the ministry have been directed to ensure the provision of adequate security, before, during and after the celebrations.
The permanent secretary restated government’s desire for all Nigerians to live a life of sacrifice, charity and love for one another.
She wished Nigerians a happy, peaceful and fulfilling Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Saudi Arabian Supreme Court had confirmed that Friday, August 2 is the first day of Zul Hijjah, the 12th Islamic month, as the Dhul-Hijjah crescent moon had been sighted.
An observatory group in Saudi Arabia and various bodies sighted the crescent on Thursday evening, August 1.
Following the development, the Day of Arafat, which is the day of Hajj, a day before Eid-al-Adha, the 'festival of sacrifice', is on Saturday, August 10.
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