The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 21, 2021, as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Kabir 2021 celebration in Nigeria.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the apex government, congratulated all Muslim faithful and Nigerians at home and in the diaspora.
“I call on Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness, and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for peace, unity, prosperity, and the stability of the country, considering the challenges of insecurity we face at the moment. These mainly are bandits in the North West and North Central, insurgents in the North East, kidnappers, armed robbers, ethnic agitators, and sundry criminals in other parts of the country” Aregbesola stated.
Furthermore, the former Osun governor assured that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is “committed” to the security of lives and property of every Nigerian, empowering the citizens for successful living, the provisions of social investments programmes and adequate security in the schools, especially with the spate of innocent school children being targets of kidnapping.
Aregbesola, while wishing the Muslim faithful a happy Eid-el Kabir celebration, advised all Nigerians to take responsibility, by reporting any suspicious individuals and criminal activities to law enforcement agencies, especially during this festival.
He also advised Nigerians on adherence to all COVID-19 protocols, particularly the non-pharmaceutical measures – wearing facemasks, hand washing, and social distancing – designed to limit the transmission of the disease. “We must all take responsibility for containment of the pandemic during this year’s festival,” he said.
Aregbesola sympathized with families of school children who have been kidnapped or suffered one misfortune or another. “Our hearts and prayers of comfort are with you,” he said.