The federal government has officially declared Wednesday, September 27, 2023, as a public holiday to observe this year’s Eid-ul-Maulud, which commemorates the birth of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the Minister of Interior, announced this declaration on behalf of the federal government. He extended congratulations to Muslims both within the country and abroad for being part of this year’s celebration.
In a statement released by the Ministry’s permanent secretary, Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade, on Monday, Tunji-Ojo encouraged all Nigerians, particularly the youth, to embrace values such as love, patience, tolerance, and perseverance, which are deeply spiritual virtues demonstrated by Prophet Muhammad (SAW). He emphasized that adopting these principles would contribute to a peaceful, secure, and harmonious nation.
The Minister also called on Nigerians to endorse the values of hard work and a peaceful attitude towards fellow citizens, regardless of their faith, beliefs, social status, or ethnicity. Furthermore, he urged all to collaborate with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration in its endeavor to build a progressive and admirable nation that all citizens can take pride in. Finally, Dr. Tunji-Ojo extended warm wishes for a joyful celebration to all Muslim faithful.