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FG Declares Public Holidays For Eid-el-Fitr Celebration

The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Aishetu Ndayako.

The federal government has declared Tuesday, 9th, and Wednesday, 10th April 2024 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el- Fitr celebration.

Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, minister of interior, announced the public holidays in a congratulatory message by Aishetu Ndayako, permanent secretary of the ministry.

Eid-el-Fitr, also known as the Festival of Breaking the Fast, is a momentous occasion that holds profound religious and cultural significance for Muslims worldwide. It marks the culmination of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, prayer, and self-reflection observed by Muslims as a time of spiritual renewal, repentance, and devotion to Allah. As the fasting period comes to an end, Muslims gather with family, friends, and neighbors to celebrate the blessings of Eid-el-Fitr, expressing gratitude for the strength, resilience, and spiritual growth achieved during Ramadan.
The Eid-el-Fitri festival is celebrated by Muslims worldwide after observing Ramadan fasting for 29 or 30 days.

Tunji-Ojo’s call for the Muslim Ummah to embody the virtues of kindness, love, tolerance, and peace during Eid-el-Fitr resonates deeply with the core principles of Islam and underscores the importance of fostering unity and harmony within society. The teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) emphasize compassion, generosity, and empathy towards others, regardless of their background or beliefs. As Muslims come together to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr, it serves as a reminder to extend these virtues beyond the confines of religious observance and embrace them as fundamental values that unite humanity.

The minister congratulates all Muslim Ummah for the successful completion of the fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.

He called on faithfuls to imbibe and practice the virtues of kindness, love, tolerance, peace, good neighbourliness, and compassion as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).

“The Minister wishes all Muslim Ummah a happy Eid-el-Fitr celebration and prays that the peace, blessings and favour of Allah be with everyone and our Great Nation.”

Tunji-Ojo urged Nigerians to continue in the spirit of unity to improve and achieve peace and oneness in the country.

The declaration of public holidays for Eid-el-Fitr not only provides an opportunity for Muslims to observe this sacred occasion but also promotes inclusivity and cultural diversity within the national fabric. As Nigerians from all walks of life join in the festivities, they reaffirm their commitment to tolerance, respect, and mutual understanding, transcending differences and building bridges of friendship and cooperation. Eid-el-Fitr serves as a symbol of Nigeria’s rich tapestry of cultures, traditions, and faiths, celebrating the country’s pluralistic heritage and collective identity.

Beyond its cultural and religious significance, Eid-el-Fitr holds economic implications as well, as businesses, markets, and enterprises adjust their operations to accommodate the holiday observance. The declaration of public holidays allows workers and employees to participate fully in the celebrations, spending time with their families, engaging in communal activities, and rejuvenating their spirits after the rigors of Ramadan. Moreover, the festive atmosphere surrounding Eid-el-Fitr stimulates economic activity, as people engage in shopping, dining, and leisure pursuits, contributing to local businesses and commerce.

As Nigeria marks this year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebration with a spirit of unity, peace, and solidarity, it serves as a testament to the country’s resilience and collective spirit in the face of challenges. Tunji-Ojo’s message of compassion, tolerance, and goodwill resonates deeply with Nigerians across the nation, inspiring hope for a brighter future built on the foundation of mutual respect and understanding. As the country embraces the festive spirit of Eid-el-Fitr, it reinforces the timeless values of unity, diversity, and harmony that bind its people together in shared humanity and shared destiny.

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