FG extends Eid-il-Fitr holiday to Thursday

FG extends Eid-il-Fitr holiday to Thursday
July 05 16:34 2016

The federal government on Tuesday extended the Eid-il-Fitr holiday to Thursday. The government had last week declared Tuesday and Wednesday public holiday to mark the end of Ramadan fast.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Interior said the holiday was extended “following the directive by the President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, to the effect that the Ramadan fast continues today (Tuesday) as a result of the non-sighting of the moon.”

The statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Bassey Akpanyung, said the Minister of Interior, retired Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau urged Nigerians to use this period of sober reflections to ensure harmony, unity and peaceful co-existence.

The statement also said the minister stressed the need for Nigerians to give full support to the present administration under the leadership President Muhammadu Buhari in its sustained effort to pursue socio-economic and political growth of the nation.