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Govt Declares July 8, Public Holiday



July 8, work-free day

The Oyo State Government has declared Monday, July 8, 2024, a public holiday in commemoration of the Islamic New Year, Hijrah 1446AH.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Prince Dotun Oyelade, saying that the state government acknowledged the significance of Hijrah in the lives of its Muslim residents.

“Monday, July 8, 2024, has been declared a work-free day to mark the Hijrah, which signifies Prophet Muhammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina in 622 AD,” Oyelade said.

Explaining the purpose of the public holiday, the commissioner emphasised that it is a gesture of respect and solidarity with the Muslim community. He called on all residents to use the occasion of the public holiday to pray for peace, unity, and prosperity in Oyo State and Nigeria.

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Oyelade urged everyone to reflect on the teachings of Hijrah and to come together in the spirit of solidarity and brotherhood.

“The Hijrah is a time for reflection, prayer, and community spirit. Let us come together on this day to pray for peace, unity, and prosperity in our state and our nation,” the Oyo State commissioner said following the declaration of the public holiday.

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