Eid el-Fitr: FG declares Wednesday, Thursday public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Wednesday, July 6, and Thursday, July 7, as public holidays to mark the Eid el-Fitr celebration following the non-sighting of the moon on Monday.

The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Tuesday in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Bassey Akpanyung.

The Federal Government had on Thursday last week declared Tuesday and Wednesday this week as public holidays based on the expectation that the moon would be sighted on Monday and Tuesday would be Eid el-Fitr.

However, the President General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, gave a directive late on Monday that the Ramadan fast should continue on Tuesday as a result of the non-sighting of the moon.

Dambazau said the declaration of Thursday as public holiday became necessary ‎as a result of the development, which indicated that Wednesday would now be Sallah.

The minister urged Nigerians to use the period for sober reflections and ensure harmony, unity and peaceful co-existence.

He also called for full support to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained effort to pursue socio-economic and political growth of the nation.

He wished Nigerians a peaceful celebration.