Nigerian Government extends public holiday

Hajia Sani, Abuja

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Thursday 7th July, 2016 as Public Holiday for the celebration of Eid-el fitr, having earlier declared Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th July, 2016 as public holidays.

The declaration was made on behalf of the Federal Government by the Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau.

In a statement on Tuesday, signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Bassey Okon Akpanyung, the Minister said the addition of Thursday follows the directive by the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, to the effect that the Ramadan fast continues on Tuesday, as a result of the non-sighting of the moon.

He urged Nigerians to use this period of sober reflections to ensure harmony, unity and peaceful co-existence, while giving full support to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained effort to pursue socio-economic and political growth of the nation.