Yanju Uwala in Abeokuta
The Nigerian Government has declared Thursday October 29, 2020 as public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad .
Penpushing reports that the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made this known on behalf of the Government on Tuesday, while congratulating Muslim faithfuls both at home and abroad for witnessing this year’s celebration.
The Minister also enjoined them to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country.
‘Muslims are enjoined to follow the teaching of the Holy Quran in Chapter 4 verse 59, which stated, “O you who believe! Obey God and obey the Messenger, and those from among you who are vested with authority; and if you are to dispute among yourselves about anything, refer it to God and the Messenger, if indeed you believe in God and the Last Day. This is the best (for you), and fairest in the end”.
Penpushing further reports that Aregbesola enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, at this moment, to abhor violence, lawlessness, wantonness and daylight robbery as witnessed across the country most recently, stressing that 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 urged all Nigerians and the youths in particular, to embrace peace and cooperate with the President Muhammadu Buhari led-administration in its effort to build a virile nation, which all citizens can be proud of.
Penpushing also reports that,Aregbesola while pointing out to the youths as the hope and future of the nation, advised the youths to further deepen democracy and not dampen it, adding that it is with more democracy that we can overcome our challenges, noting that the challenges of nationhood that we face are surmountable if we work through the democratic process.