Hijrah: Sokoto, others declare Monday public holiday

Hijrah: Sokoto, others declare Monday public holiday

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has declared Monday, August 1, 2022 a public holiday in celebration of the new Islamic year (Hijrah).

This is stated in a press release that the governor personally signed and sent to local news reporters on Friday night.

Hijrah, Sokoto


“After due consultation with the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar (CFR, Mni), on the citing of the new moon which heralds the new Islamic month/year today, I hereby declare Monday, August 1, 2022, as a work-free day.”

“Consequently, I enjoin our brethren to use the occasion as a moment of solemn reflection; charity and prayer for peace, prosperity and good governance.”

We should remember the heavenly lessons of the month; since this month is one of the four holy months of the year when fighting is prohibited.

“We should, therefore, eschew bitterness, rancour, restiveness and wanton violence.”

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“As I wish you all a fruitful new Islamic year full of bliss; may Allah shower His infinite beneficence and mercies on us all, Amin,” he added

Governors of Kebbi and Jigawa have also declared Monday public holiday in their respective states.

The Acting Head of Service, Alhaji Safiyanu Garba Bena signed the statement. He did it on behalf of Governor of Kebbi, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu in Birnin Kebbi.

Likewise, the Jigawa State Government has declared Monday, 1st August 2022 a work-free day to mark the Islamic New Year. The Head of the Civil Service, Hussaini Ali Kila on behalf of Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar signed the statement.

According to the statement, the Governor also congratulated Muslims around the world on the dawn of the new Islamic year (1444AH).

Hijrah symbolises the migration of the Prophet Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina more than 1,400 years ago.

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