Nigerian govt declares Monday, Tuesday public holidays


A file photo of the Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola. Photo: Facebook/Rauf Aregbesola

Nigeria marks Workers’ Day, Eid-ul-Fitr

The Nigerian government has declared Monday and Tuesday, May 2 and 3 as public holidays to mark this year’s Workers’ Day and Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations.

The Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this on Thursday on behalf of the Federal Government.

He congratulated workers across the country on the occasion and commended their hard work, diligence, and sacrifice.

In a statement issued by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, the minister declared: “Labour is the very essence of humanity.

“We are alive because we work and only the dead is incapable of working.”

Aregbesola, therefore, enjoined the workers to imbibe the culture of productivity, saying, “The end of work is productivity.

“It is productivity that leads to the satisfactory provision of goods and services and wealth creation. It is, therefore, the path to national and individual prosperity.”

Similarly, he congratulated all Muslims across the country for the successful completion of the holy month of Ramadan.

Aregbesola called on them to imbibe and practice the virtues of kindness, love, tolerance, peace, self-denial, sacrifice, and good neighbourliness, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).

“The self-restraint, self-denial, sacrifice, and deep spiritual consciousness that accompanied the fasting period should not end but be maintained and improved upon, in order to be a better person and true worshipper,” he said.

The minister expressed confidence that the security challenges in some parts of the country would soon be a thing of the past, noting that the government was putting determined efforts and all necessary measures in place for Nigerians to enjoy unfettered peace all round.

He assured Nigerians that the administration of President Buhari was fully committed to the security of life and property of every citizen and foreigners alike.


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