13 August 2012

Nigeria: Eld-El-Fitri - FG Declares Monday, Tuesday Public Holidays

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Abuja mosque.

The Federal Government on Monday declared Monday, August 20, and Tuesday, August 21 as public holidays to mark this year's Eid-el-Fitri.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mrs Anastasia Nwaobia, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior.

The statement said the Minister of Interior, Mr Abba Moro, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, urged Nigerians to emulate the exemplary attributes of Islam which are "love, tolerance and peaceful co-existence amongst the people".

Moro further advised Nigerians, irrespective of their religious beliefs, to use the occasion for sober reflection and pray for the peace, unity and progress of the nation "in its march to nationhood".

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Eid-el-Fitri marks the end of the 30-day fast embarked upon by Muslims on July 20.


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