The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday September 12th and Tuesday September 13th as public holidays to mark the Islam Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

The declaration was made on behalf of the federal Government by The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, in a statement signed by the acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Muhammadu Maccido.

You can recall that a coalition of 22 Christian groups in Nigeria led by National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) on Tuesday condemned the Federal Government  over the declaration of September 12th as public holiday in commemoration of Eid-el-Kabir celebration by the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, stating that it was not the duty of the Sultan or other religious leaders to declare public holidays but rather a function of the Federa; Government.

In his statement, Dambazua beckoned on all Muslims and Nigerians in general to support and continue to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained efforts to diversify the Nigerian economy and progressively accelerate the pace of economic recovery.

The Minister of Interior said that federal government was aware of the current economic challenges the nation Nigeria is facing. He also went on to assure the populace that that appropriate steps were being taken to address the challenges and bring the economy back to normal.

The Minister further stressed that the Federal Government was working to revitalize the agriculture sector and the ‘Youth Empowerment Scheme’ in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

He also mentioned that other areas of priority to government included the ‘Change Begins with Me’ initiative, a value re-orientation programme, and other social intervention programmes as well as massive capital releases.

Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau expressed optimism that the current economic difficulties would soon be over, urging all to continue to support the government toward building a new formidable Nigeria.

He wished all Nigerians a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

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