The Federal Government has declared Thursday October 29, 2020 as public holiday to mark this year’s Eidul-Mawlid Celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
In a declaration, the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Muslim faithful at home and abroad for witnessing this year’s occasion.
Aregbesola’s declaration was contained in a statement by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Mohammed Manga, who quoted the Minister to have enjoined Muslim faithful to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance, which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet.
Furthermore, the Minister admonished Muslims to follow the teaching of the Holy Quran in Chapter 4 Verse 59 which says: “O you who believe! Obey God and obey the Messenger, and those from among you who are vested with authority; and if you are to dispute among yourselves about anything, refer it to God and the Messenger, if indeed you believe in God and the Last Day. This is the best (for you), and fairest in the end”.
Minding the situation across the country, the Minister urged Nigerians, particularly Muslims, Eidul-Mawlid Celebration, to abhor violence, lawlessness, and wantonness and daylight robbery.
Ogbeni Aregbesola added that Nigeria is the pride of the black race and should provide responsible leadership for the greatness and development of the African continent and all black race.