In a bid to mark the 2021 Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration, the Federal Government has declared Tuesday, October 19, 2021, a public holiday.
The minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, stated this on Friday on behalf of the Federal Government. The statement was signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore.
The holiday is to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. Aregbesola felicitates all Muslim faithful both home and abroad for witnessing this year’s occasion.
He charged all Nigerians to “imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad,” adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country.
Parts of the statement reveals thus, “Ogbeni Aregbesola enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence, lawlessness and other acts of criminality. As the indisputable leader of our race, we must show responsible leadership in Africa.
“While calling for a stop to all divisive tendencies across the country, the Minister urges all Nigerians and the youth, in particular, to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition to fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class and ethnicity and cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari’s led-Administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable nation that all citizens would be proud of.”