The Federal Government has declared Thursday as a public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-el-Maulud celebration in commemoration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola congratulated the Muslim faithful for witnessing the occasion.
He urged them to imbibe the spirit of love, patience, and perseverance which were the virtues of the Holy Prophet, adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country.
The minister also appealed to Nigerians, particularly Muslims to abhor violence, lawlessness, wantonness, and daylight robbery as witnessed 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.