The Federal Government has declared Thursday, 28 October, a public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-el-Maulud celebration.

Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior, made the announcement on Tuesday on behalf of the Federal Government.

In his statement, Aregbesola congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion.

He urged them to inculcate the spirit of love, patience, and perseverance which were the virtues of the Prophet Muhammad. He added that imbibing such virtues would guarantee peace and security in the country.

Aregbesola called on Nigerians to detest violence, lawlessness, wantonness, and daylight robbery as seen across the country recently.

According to him, Nigeria is the pride of the black race and should provide responsible leadership for the greatness and development of the African continent and all black people.

The minister asked everyone to desist from all divisive tendencies across the country while stressing the need for Nigerians and the youths, in particular, to embrace peace and cooperate with the Muhammadu Buhari administration in its effort to build a strong nation the citizens can be proud of.

The minister said that with more democracy, the nation can overcome its challenges.

He wished the Muslims a happy Eid-el-Maulud celebration and all Nigerians a happy holiday.