The Federal Government has declared September 12 and 13 as Public Holidays to mark the Muslims’ festival of Eid el-Kabir.
The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.- Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd), announced the public holidays on Wednesday in Abuja.
He enjoins all Muslim and Nigerians in general to support, co-operate and join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained efforts to diversify the economy and progressively accelerate the pace of economic recovery.
Dambazau stated that government was aware of the present economic challenges the nation was facing following the downturn in oil prices.
He gave the assurance that appropriate steps are being taken to address them, especially through revitalizing the agricultural sector.
Other measures are the ‘Youth Empowerment Scheme’ in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the ‘Change Begins with Me’, a value re-orientation programme and other ‘Social Intervention’ programmes, as well as massive capital release all aimed at stimulating the economy towards the path of growth and recovery.
The Minister expresses optimism that the present economic difficulties will soon be over and therefore urges all to continue to support the government towards building a new formidable Nigeria where peace, unity, security and sustainable development are guaranteed.
He wished all Nigerians a happy Eid el-Kabir Celebration.