The Federal Government has declared Friday, September 1 and Monday 4, 2017 as public holidays to mark the Id-el-Kabir celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement on Monday in Abuja by the Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Rufa’i  Attahiru.

Dambazau congratulated the Muslim faithful and urged all Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country’s democracy.

He admonished the citizens to join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari “in its avowed determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country, where the rights of every citizen, are protected and guaranteed,” as enshrined in the Constitution of the country.

The minister assured Nigerians of their safety in all parts of the country, emphasising that security agencies had been directed to maintain the peace and protect lives and property.

“He condemned in strong terms the prevalence of hate speeches in the country and warned that the government would henceforth deal with perpetrators according to the law, while emphasising that the government would continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards actualisng the full potential of Nigeria,” the statement said.

Dambazau wished all Nigerians a rewarding and happy celebration.

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