- The federal government has declared two days as the public holiday for the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir celebration
- The two days declared are Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31
- Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government
The federal government has declared Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31, as the public holiday to mark the year 2020 Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government, according to a statement signed by the ministry's permanent secretary, Georgina Ehuriah, on Tuesday, July 28.
Legit.ng gathers that Aregbesola congratulated Muslim faithfuls and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on the occasion.
He also called on Muslims to continue to embody the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country especially as the world is witnessing global health challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The minister gave an assurance that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is fully committed to battling the scourge with the cooperation of all Nigerians.
He also emphasized that the government would continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards actualizing the full potential of the country.
He called on all Nigerians to join hands with the administration of President Buhari in its avowed determination to build a peaceful, harmonious and prosperous country, where the rights of every citizen, are protected and guaranteed, as enshrined in Nigeria's constitution.
The minister advised Nigerians to take responsibility against the spread of the Covid-19 virus and also to stay safe by observing physical and social distancing, personal and respiratory hygiene, as well as other regulations issued by relevant authorities.
He also wished all Muslims a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
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Meanwhile, as Muslims in Nigeria and other parts of the world prepare for the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir festival, the federal government has advised against non-essential travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in a brief statement on Sunday, July 26, said travelling this season could pose a risk of contracting Covid-19.
"Travelling this season could put you and your loved ones at risk of contracting Covid-19," the ministry posted on its official Facebook page.
"Stay alive and let's celebrate Sallah safely."
Similarly, Muslims across the country have been urged to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festival in their respective homes due to the highly-ravaging Covid-19 infection.
The Eid-el-Kabir will be held on Friday, July 31, but with little time to the event, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has cautioned against holding the Eid prayer in congregation.
The council, led by the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, noted that the pandemic is not yet over, warning people to celebrate with high caution.
In a statement by the NSCIA through its deputy secretary-general, Professor Salisu Shehu, the council also said Eid is not a compulsory religious activity if doing so would undermine the fundamental purpose of the Islamic laws.
Congratulating the Muslims, NSCIA also stated that there will be three Khutbah (sermons) that will run from Thursday, July 30, to Friday, July 31.
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