By Muhyideen Jimoh
The Federal Government has declared Friday, 1 September and Monday 4 September as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the statement on behalf of the Federal Government on Monday in Abuja.
Dr Rufai Attahiru, overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary in the ministry signed the statement.
The minister urged Muslim faithful and all Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country’s democracy.
Dambazau called on Nigerians to join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, in its determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country.
He assured Nigerians of safety in all parts of the country, emphasising that security agencies had been directed to maintain peace and protect lives and property during and after the celebration.
Danbazau condemned in strong terms, the prevalence of hate speeches in the country and warned that the Federal Government would henceforth deal with perpetrators according to the law.
He stressed that government would continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march toward actualising the full potential of Nigeria.
The minister wished all Nigerians a most rewarding and Happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration.