The Federal Government has extended the public holiday till Thursday, July 7, the public holiday it declared to mark the Eid el-Fitr celebration following the non-sighting of the moon on Monday.
Initially, the public holiday was declared for Tuesday and Wednesday.
However, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, who announced the extension on Tuesday, in a statement, said, “it became necessary following the directive by the President General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III to the effect that the Ramadan fast would continue on Tuesday as a result of the non-sighting of the moon.”
Speaking on behalf of the minister, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Bassey Akpanyung, quoted Dambazau as urging Nigerians to use the period for sober reflections and ensure harmony, unity and peaceful co-existence.
He also called for full support to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained effort to pursue socio-economic and political growth of the nation.
He wished Nigerians a peaceful celebration.