FG Declares Two-Day Holiday for Eid-el-Kabir Celebration


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

In a statement released on Friday, the Ministry of Interior’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Aishetu Ndayako, quoted the Minister, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, who extended his congratulations to all Muslims both in Nigeria and abroad.

Tunji-Ojo encouraged Muslims to embrace the values of peace, kindness, and sacrifice exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon Him) and to use this period to pray for national unity, prosperity, and stability.

The statement also highlighted President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s commitment to the safety and well-being of Nigerians. The Minister urged all citizens to support the President’s efforts to diversify the economy and accelerate economic recovery.

“As we celebrate Eid-el-Kabir, let us all take responsibility in ensuring a prosperous future for our children,” the Minister added.

Additionally, President Bola Tinubu is set to leave Abuja for Lagos State on Friday to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir. According to his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, the President will use this time for prayers and reflection, in line with his Renewed Hope Agenda.

Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared Sunday, June 16, as Eid-el-Kabir day, confirming that Friday marks the first day of Dhul Hijjah. In his statement, the Sultan wished all Muslims Allah’s guidance and blessings and urged continued prayers for the nation’s peace, progress, and development.

“May Allah (SWT) accept our religious deeds. Amen,” the Sultanate council conveyed.

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