The Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday, public holiday.
The announcement of public holiday which was made by the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, is to enable Nigerians celebrate this year’s eid-el-fitri.
Eid-el-fitri is the muslim festival marking the end of the annual Rahmadan fast.
The Federal Government urged Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to use the occasion for sober reflection and pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation in its march to nationhood.
“Shun hate speeches and divisive tendencies and join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to build a peaceful, strong and united Nigeria, which guarantees fundamental freedoms, including the right of residence in any part of the country, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the minister said.
He also stressed that the government was committed to ensuring that all lived in peace.
According to him, no one should test the ability of the government to deploy security agencies to deal with any individual or group that might threaten the corporate existence of the nation, as well as the peaceful co-existence of the people.