The governments of Kano and Sokoto states have declared Tuesday, October 4, as a public holiday to commemorate the new Islamic Year.
One of the declarations was made in a statement issued on Sunday by Malam Imam Imam, Special Adviser on Media to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
In the statement, Tambuwal called on the people of Sokoto to use the occasion of the public holiday to intensify prayers for the nation.
He pointed out that Islamic virtues of unity, peace and honesty should be promoted by all persons.
The governor then prayed for a prosperous Islamic New Year for all citizens and assured that the Sokoto state government would continue to implement policies that would uplift the living standard of all citizens.
The new Islamic year started on Sunday, October 2, with Tuesday, October 4, equivalent to Muharram 3, 1438 AH.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III had earlier declared today, October 3, as the first day of Muharram, 1438 AH.
In the same vein, the Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, declared Tuesday, October 4, as a public holiday to mark the beginning of the new Islamic calendar 1438 A.H.
The governor urged Muslims to use the period of the holiday, especially the blessed days of the 9th and 10th of the month of Muharram to ease the socio- economic challenges facing the country and to strengthen our leaders to steer it to greater heights.