- The federal government has announced May 12 and 13 as public holidays
- Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior, made this known in a statement on Monday, May 10
- According to him, the holidays are meant to celebrate the end of Ramadan fasting
The federal government has declared Wednesday 12 and Thursday, May 13, as public holidays to mark this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration.
Daily Nigerian reports that this is contained in a statement on Monday, May 10, by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Shuaib Belgore.
Legit.ng gathered that the statement quoted the minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, while making the declaration on behalf of the federal government in Abuja, as congratulating the Muslim faithful on the occasion.
The minister, therefore, called on all Nigerians, at home and abroad to use the period of this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration to pray for peace, stability and economic transformation in the land.
Aregbesola who believes that development cannot thrive in a rancorous atmosphere urged all Nigerians to be law-abiding and embrace the spirit of love, self-discipline, kindness and tolerance, as taught by the Holy Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him).
He also called on all security agencies in the country to be more courageous and patriotic to surmount the ongoing battle against resurging insecurity and activities of criminal elements in Nigeria.
He assured that the resolve of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to end the scourge of crime and criminality in the country and restore peace to every nook and cranny of Nigeria was sacrosanct.
It was reported that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior, made the declaration in a press statement released on Thursday, April 29, by Shuaibu Belgore, the ministry's permanent secretary.
In a related report, the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), said the end of the fasting month of Ramadan would be on Wednesday, May 12.
The agency in a statement on Monday, May 10, said this is the date when the next astronomical lunar crescent would appear.
NASRDA revealed that the conjunction of the moon will occur around 8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 11, while the first lunar crescent will only appear in Nigeria on Wednesday, May 12, by 8:30 am, according to the report.