Tuesday, October 19 has been designated as a federal holiday by the federal government.
The official holiday, according to Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola, is to commemorate Eid-ul-Mawlud, the birth of Prophet Muhammad.
According to NAN, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Shuaib Belgore, released a statement on Friday.
On the occasion of Eid-ul-Mawlud, Aregbesola congratulated all Nigerian Muslim faithful, both at home and abroad. Also Read This: Nigerians More Attracted To Buhari Than Azikiwe, Awolowo, Says Femi Adesina
He urged Nigerians to imbibe the Holy Prophet’s values of love, patience, and perseverance, saying that doing so would ensure the country’s peace and stability.
Nigerians, particularly Muslims, were urged by the minister to desist from acts of violence, lawlessness, and other criminality.
“We (Nigerians) must exhibit responsible leadership in Africa as the undeniable leader of our race,” he remarked.
Aregbesola urged Nigerians to avoid any divisive tendencies that could lead to a crisis in the country. Also Read This: Umahi Closed down hotel hosting PDP temporal office ahead of congress
The minister advised Nigerians, particularly the youth, to embrace the principles of hard work and a peaceful attitude toward one’s fellow man.
“I urge you to work with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in its quest to establish a progressive and enviable nation that all citizens can be proud of,” he said, regardless of faith, philosophy, social class, or ethnicity.