The Federal government, through the Ministry of Interior, has declared Thursday 29th as a public holiday in Commemoration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad ( SAW).
This was contained in the Statement released today by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on behalf of the federal government.
The Minister urged Nigerians particularly the Muslim faithful both at home and abroad to use the occasion of this birthday to pray for the peace and the Unity of the country.
The Minister admonished Muslims to follow the teaching of the Holy Quran in Chapter 4 Verse 59 which says: “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”.
Ogbeni 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