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Nigeria declares 2-day public holidays for Eid-el-Fitr

The Nigerian Government has declared Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14 as public holidays to mark this year's Eid-el-Fitr…

The Nigerian Government has declared Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebration.Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the government on Monday in Abuja, congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion and called on all Nigerians at home and abroad to use the period of the celebration to pray for peace, stability, and economic transformation in country,

The minister noted that development cannot thrive in a rancorous atmosphere and 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.

He also called on all security agencies in Nigeria to be more courageous and patriotic to surmount the ongoing battle against resurging insecurity and the activities of criminal elements in the country.

The Minister assured the people of the resolve of the government to end the scourge of crime and criminality in the country, as well as restore peace to every nook and cranny of Nigeria.

“This administration will not be deterred in its efforts, until every Nigerian and residents of the country, are free to move around without fear of any threat to their life and property,” the Minister said in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Shuaib Belgore.

While wishing all Muslims a happy and peaceful Eid-el-Fitr celebration, he assured Nigerians that the government was “putting necessary measures and strategies in place to strengthen the stability of the country, as well as ensuring the economic prosperity of our dear nation”.

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