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FG announces Monday, Tuesday public holidays



Tunji Ojo

The federal government has announced Monday, June 17, and Tuesday, June 18, 2024, as public holidays to commemorate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration. 

In a statement issued on Friday by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Aishetu Ndayako, the minister, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, was described as congratulating the Muslim Ummah members at home and in the Diaspora on the occasion.

Tunji-Ojo urged the Muslim Ummah to continue to embrace the spirit of peace, kindness, and sacrifice demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him), as well as to use the occasion to pray for national unity, prosperity, and stability.

The statement added, “The minister reiterated that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration was committed to safeguarding the lives and property of all Nigerians.

“He further enjoined all Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to support, cooperate, and join hands with the president in his sustained efforts to diversify the economy and progressively accelerate the pace of the nation’s economic recovery.

“While wishing the Muslim Ummah a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the Minister advised all Nigerians to take responsibility in the resolve to hand over a prosperous Nigeria to the nation’s children.”

Chronicle NG reports that President Bola Tinubu will depart Abuja, the nation’s capital, for Lagos State on Friday ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir festival.

In a statement on Friday by his spokesman, chief Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu will observe Eid-el-Kabir in Lagos, where he will also spend the Sallah holidays.

It added: “The President will mark the occasion with prayers and reflection on advancing the transformation of Nigeria in line with his Renewed Hope Agenda.”

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, declared Sunday, June 16, as Eid-el-Kabir day after affirming that Friday is the first day of Dhul Hijjah.

Sultan announced this in a statement on Friday by the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sultanate Council, Sambo Junaid, in Sokoto State.