A file photo of a crowd of Muslims at a praying ground.
The Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday – August 12 and 13 – as public holidays to mark the 2019 Eid-Al-Kabir celebrations.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah, declared this in a statement on Tuesday on behalf of the government.
She made the declaration in a statement signed by Mohammed Manga, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the office.
Ehuriah congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion and called on all Nigerians, at home and in the diaspora, to use the period to embrace the virtues of love, humility, peace and sacrifice as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Mohammed.
She also urged Nigerians to shun any form of disruptive tendencies and join hands with the government to build a peaceful, strong and united Nigeria for the growth and development of the nation.
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The permanent secretary reaffirmed the determination of the Muhammadu Buhari led administration to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.
She added that security agencies under the Ministry have been directed to ensure the provision of adequate security, before, during and after the Eid-Al-Kabir celebrations.
Ehuriah also stated the government’s desire for all citizens to live a life of sacrifice, charity, and love for one another.
She wished Nigerians a happy, peaceful and fulfilling celebrations.
File photo: Abdulrahman Dambazau
The Federal Government has declared Friday, June 15 and Monday, June 18 as public holidays to celebrate the 2018 Eid-el-Fitr.
The Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd), announced this on Monday in a statement by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr M. Umar.
He congratulated the Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the Ramadan.
Mr Dambazau also urged all Nigerians, irrespective of their religion, to use the occasion of the celebration to pray for the peace, unity, prosperity and stability of the nation.
He said the government wishes that the people are inspired by the virtues gained during the holy month of Ramadan to live a life of sacrifice, charity and love for one another.
The minister further encouraged the citizenry to join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in taking the nation to greater heights.
He wished all Nigerians a happy, peaceful and rewarding Id-el Fitr celebration.
Transporters at the Jabi Motor Park in Abuja have recorded what they described as the lowest turn-out of travelers compared to other festive periods.
This is in spite of the fact that transport fares have remained the same.
The Park which is arguably the biggest and busiest in Abuja, purportedly experienced a mild traffic on Saturday morning, as travelers complained about hardship due to lack of money.
Some were seen lamenting bitterly about the state of the economy.
The motor park was said to be a bee hive of activities during weekends, especially the ones preceding public holidays. However, things seemed to take a different turn this time.
Some passengers, who spoke to the Channels Television crew, said they would rather send foodstuff to their loved ones than spend the money on transportation.
Transporters however took advantage of the few passengers rushing to their destinations by hiking the fares.
Also in the food stuff market, while some complained about not having money to buy what they needed, others said they were experiencing bumper sales.
Although the holiday period will afford majority the opportunity to visit their loved ones, the current economic realities would generally have an effect on the way the holiday is spent.