The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Thursday 30th and Friday 31st July, 2020 as Public Holidays to mark this year’s Eid el-Kabir Celebration, a statement from the Ministry of Interior in Abuja said on Tuesday morning.

According to the statement, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola expressed congratulations to Muslims and all Nigerians, home and abroad on the occasion.

It read in part, “He called on the Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country especially as the world is witnessing global health challenges caused by Covid-19 pandemic.”

The Minister also appealed to Nigerians to cooperate with the government as President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is committed to the fight against COVID-19.

Aregbesola urged the masses to support the government “in its avowed determination to build a peaceful, harmonious and prosperous country, where the rights of every citizen, are protected and guaranteed, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

While stressing the need for Nigerians to take responsibility against the spread of COVID-19, he called on all citizens to stay safe by observing physical distancing, personal and respiratory hygiene as well as other safety protocols stipulated by the health authorities.