By Idowu Abdullahi,
The Federal Government has declared Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th, 2020 as public holidays to commemorate this year’s Eldi Fitri Celebration.
It explained that the public holiday is to mark the Eldi Fitri Celebration signifying the end of one month Ramadan fasting in the country.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said that though the celebration is coming in an unusual manner owing to the coronavirus pandemic, Nigerians, particularly Muslims, must adhered to all safety measures even while celebrating .
The Minister, through a statement released to newsmen on Thursday, in Abuja, by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Mohammed Manga, congratulated all Muslim faithful for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.
He urged Muslim faithful to replicate the life of kindness, love, tolerance, peace and good neighborliness as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).
“As part of his admonition to Muslims on the celebration of Eidul-Fitr and his emphasis on individual responsibility for adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines and regulations, the Minister reminded them to always obey constituted authorities as stated in the Glorious Qu’ran 4:59 where Allah says:
“O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination”, the statement read in part.
Aregbesola, however, advised Nigerians to see themselves as a single entity and thus learn to tolerate one another despite their ethnic and religious differences.
He further assured Nigerians that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is fully committed to battling the scourge of COVID-19 with the cooperation of all Nigerians.
Aregbesola advised Nigerians to take responsibility against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and also stay safe by observing physical and social distancing, personal and respiratory hygiene, as well as other regulations issued by relevant authorities.