To mark Eldi Fitri Celebration the Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday and Tuesday as public holidays.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja.
Aregbesola congratulated all Muslim faithful for successful completion of the Ramadan fast.
A statement by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Mohammed Manga, quoted Aregbesola as calling on Muslim faithful to replicate the life of kindness, love, tolerance, peace and good neighbourliness as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).
The Minister however expressed his concern about the spate of ethnic conflicts that has resurfaced in some parts of Northern Nigeria in recent times.
He advised Nigerians to see themselves as a single entity and learn to tolerate one another despite their ethnic and religious differences.
Aregbesola further assured Nigerians that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was fully committed to battling COVID-19.
While commending the security agencies for the successes so far recorded in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, he advised Nigerians to take responsibility against the spread of the COVID-19.
Eldi Fitri: Muslims ordered to pray at home
The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara Traditional Council, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has directed all Muslims in the state to observe the Eid prayers at home.
He told them to keep off praying grounds in compliance with the government’s directives and expert advice on coronavirus.
Abdullahi AbdulHameed, the Chief lmam of Ilorin, spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on behalf of the Emir.
AbdulHameed is the Vice-Chairman, Council of Ulamas in Ilorin Emirate.
He explained that the directive was to ensure continued maintenance of social distancing rules.
The cleric enjoined Muslims to observe the two raka’at supererogatory Eid prayers in their various homes with their family members without delivering sermons.
“The giant stride at combating the spread of Coronavirus in Kwara, His Royal Highness, Alhaji lbrahim Sulu-Gambari, in his capacity as the Vice President of the Jamatul Nasril lslam directs all Muslims to make sacrifices by keeping off from Eid praying grounds on Sallah day,” AbdulHameed said.
Chairman of the Kwara Muslim Council, Justice Salihu Olohuntoyin-Mohammed, gave the same advice.
The former Kwara Grand Khadi appealed to Nigerians to always ensure peaceful coexistence.
“Nigerians must comply with all the rules by NCDC on control of spread COVID-19 and maintain peaceful coexistence for more development to be recorded,” he said.