THE Federal Government has declared Friday, 1st and Monday 4th September, 2017 as Public Holidays to mark the Sallah celebration.
Minister of Interior, Lieutenant Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Retd), who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement on Monday.
He congratulated Muslim faithful and urged all Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country’s democracy.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Dr Rufa’i Kawu Attahiru and made available to newsmen in Abuja.
The minister further urged all Nigerians to join hands with the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its avowed determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country, where the rights of every citizen, are protected and guaranteed, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He assured citizens of their safety in all parts of the country, emphasising that security agencies have been directed to maintain the peace and protect lives and property.
He condemned in strong terms the prevalence of Hate Speeches in the country and warned that the government would henceforth deal with perpetrators according to the law, while emphasising that the government would continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards actualising the full potential of Nigeria.
“The Honourable Minister wishes all Nigerians a most rewarding and Happy Id-el-Kabir celebration,” the statement said.