The Nigerian government has declared Wednesday, July 6, 2016 and Thursday, July 7, 2016 as public holidays to mark the Sallah celebration which comes at the end of the Muslim Ramadan fast.
“Following the directive by the president general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, to the effect that the Ramadan fast continues today as a result of the non-sighting of the moon, the federal government has declared Wednesday July 6 and Thursday July 7, 2016 as public holidays,” a e-mailed statement from Nigeria’s interior ministry says.
The statement issued on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 and e-mailed to The Trent is signed by Bassey Akpanyung, the permanent secretary in the ministry.
“In making the declaration on behalf of the federal government, the honourable minister of interior, Lieutenant General (rtd) Abdulrahman Dambazau, urged Nigerians to use this period of sober reflections to ensure harmony, unity and peaceful co-existence,” the statement said.
“While giving full support to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained effort to pursue socio-economic and political growth of the nation.”