By Emmanuel Adeleke
The Federal Government has declared Monday, October 10, as public holiday to mark the 2022 Eid-ul-Maulud celebration, the birth of Prophet Muhammad.
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the announce in a statement signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Belgore, on Thursday.
Aregbesola, who congratulated all Muslims both at home and in the diaspora for witnessing this year’s occasion, admonished Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, patience, tolerance and perseverance, which are deep spiritual virtues exemplified by Prophet Muhammad.
He said by so doing, peace, security and harmony would be guaranteed in the country.
“Ogbeni Aregbesola enjoins Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence, lawlessness and other acts of criminality.
“As the indisputable leader of our race, we must demonstrate responsible leadership in Africa,” the statement read in part.
He urged Nigerians to be security conscious, asking them to report any suspicious persons or activities to the nearest security agency and through the N-Alert application on Android and ios, saying: “When you see something do N-Alert, as this would elicit prompt response from security agents.”