The Federal Government has declared Monday, November 11, as public holiday to mark the 2019 Eid-el-Mawlud in commemoration of the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Interior, made the announcement in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
According to the statement, Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, congratulated Muslims on the occassion and enjoined them to live within the virtues and teachings of the Prophet.
He said imbibing the Prophet’s virtues of love, courage and perseverance would guarantee peace and security in the country.
The minister expressed confidence that the challenges confronting Nigeria at the moment would soon be over and therefore called on Nigerians to remain focused and determined.
He assured that with the immense potentials the country is endowed with, coupled with its human and natural resources, Nigeria will sooner than later join the league of developed nations.
“With love, commitment, self-sacrifice, patience and patriotism, we will certainly, build a greater Nigeria,” he said.
Aregbesola reiterated the government’s desire to ensure a peaceful and secure environment for all Nigerians.