The Federal Government (FG) has declared Tuesday, Oct. 19 as a public holiday in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
The FG statement issued by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Shuaib Belgore, stated that the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government on Friday, October 15, in Abuja.
Aregbesola congratulated all Nigerian Muslim faithful; both at home and in the diaspora, on the occasion of Eid-ul-Mawlud.
The FG admonished Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, patience, and perseverance which were the virtues of the Holy Prophet; as doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country.
The minister enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence; lawlessness; as well as other acts of criminality.
“As the indisputable leader of our race; we (Nigerians) must show responsible leadership in Africa,” he said.
Aregbesola called on Nigerians to refrain from all divisive tendencies; capable of causing crisis in the country.
He also urged Nigerians and the youth, in particular, to embrace the virtues of hard work; and a peaceful disposition to fellow humans.
“Irrespective of faith, ideology, social class, and ethnicity I urge you to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable nation that all citizens would be proud of,” he said.
Meanwhile, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Peter Obi, has denied knowledge of posters being circulated both offline; as well as online through different social media platforms.
Peter Obi also issued this disclaimer on Thursday, October 14; through a statement issued by his media aide, Valentine Obienyem; who said his office had been inundated with sought-for-clarifications; on the presidential posters being circulated through various media platforms.
The statement revealed that Peter Obi was not in any way connected to; neither had he contracted or authorised anybody or organisation; to promote such on his behalf.
He said the former Governor is not the one to jump the gun on a matter the party is yet to give final directives.
“As a faithful party man he will abide by the final position of the party on the issue,” he said.