Eid-el-Kabir: FG Declares Monday, Tuesday Public Holidays

The Federal Government has announced that Monday, June 17, and Tuesday, June 18, 2024, will be public holidays in celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.

Eid-el-Kabir: FG Declares Monday, Tuesday Public Holidays

This announcement was made in a statement on Friday, signed by the Ministry of Interior’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Aishetu Ndayako. In the statement, the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, extended his congratulations to all Muslims both in Nigeria and abroad.

Tunji-Ojo encouraged the Muslim community to embrace the spirit of peace, kindness, and sacrifice as demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon Him). He urged them to use this period to pray for the unity, prosperity, and stability of Nigeria.

The statement further quoted the minister saying, “President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration is dedicated to protecting the lives and property of all Nigerians.”

He also called on all Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to support the President’s ongoing efforts to diversify the economy and to enhance the country’s economic recovery.

As he extended his wishes for a joyful Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the Minister reminded Nigerians of their collective responsibility to ensure a prosperous future for the next generation.

PUNCH online earlier reported that President Bola Tinubu would leave Abuja for Lagos State on Friday, ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir festivities. According to his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, the President will celebrate Eid-el-Kabir in Lagos, using the occasion for prayers and reflecting on his Renewed Hope Agenda for Nigeria’s transformation.

Additionally, PUNCH online reported that the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, declared Sunday, June 16, as Eid-el-Kabir day, following the confirmation that Friday is the first day of Dhul Hijjah. This was confirmed in a statement by Sambo Junaid, the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sultanate Council in Sokoto State.

“His Eminence, the Sultan, congratulates Nigeria’s Muslim community and wishes them Allah’s guidance and blessings,” the statement read. “He urges the Muslim Ummah to continue praying for peace, progress, and development in the country and wishes all Muslims a Happy Eid-el-Kabir. May Allah (SWT) accept our religious deeds, amen.”

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