To commemorate this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid festival in remembrance of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, the Federal Government has designated Monday, October 10, 2022, as a Public Holiday (Peace be upon him).
Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of interior, made this announcement on behalf of the federal government and thanked all Muslims for being present at the event this year, both at home and in the Diaspora.
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The Minister advised all Nigerians to imbue the spirit of love, patience, tolerance, and perseverance, which are profound spiritual virtues and which the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) exemplified, adding that doing so would ensure peace, security, and harmony in the nation. This advice was given in a statement by Dr. Shuaib Belgore, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry.
Aregbesola urged Nigerians, especially Muslims, to abstain from crime, violence, and other violent behavior.
The Minister said, “We must show responsible leadership in Africa as the undeniable leader of our race.”
The Minister urged all Nigerians, and the youth in particular, to embrace the virtues of hard work and a peaceful disposition to fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class, and ethnicity, and join forces with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable nation that all citizens would be proud of. He also called for an end to all divisive tendencies throughout the country.
The Minister advised Nigerians to take security seriously and urged people to alert local security agencies and the N-Alert app for Android and iOS of any suspicious individuals or activities.