The Federal Government has declared Wednesday, September 27, 2023, as a public holiday to commemorate the Eid-ul-Maulid celebration, which marks the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad. This declaration was made by the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo.
The declaration was warmly extended to all Muslim faithful both within Nigeria and in the diaspora by the Minister. He emphasized the significance of this year’s occasion and encouraged Muslims to embrace the virtues exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad, such as love, patience, tolerance, and perseverance.
In a statement released by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Oluwatoyin Akinlade, it was reiterated that Nigerians, especially the youth, should adopt the values of hard work and peaceful coexistence with fellow citizens, regardless of differences in faith, ideology, social class, or ethnicity. The Ministry also urged citizens to join hands with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration in its commitment to building a progressive and enviable nation.
The Minister, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, conveyed his best wishes for a joyful celebration to all Muslim faithfuls, encouraging them to reflect on the teachings and virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad during this auspicious occasion.
Remarkably, the Eid-ul-Maulid holiday comes ahead of the October 1 Public Holiday to mark the country’s independence.