The Kano State Government has declared Friday as public holiday to mark the new Islamic year.
The Kano State Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Mohammed Garba, made the disclosure on Wednesday in a statement in Kano.
According to the statement, the Islamic New year is the first new month in the lunar Islamic Calendar.
The statement also quoted the Acting Governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar as urging the people of Kano to use the auspicious period to pray for the unity, peace and stability of the nation.
He said the the acting governor reassured the people of the state government’s determination to work hard towards improving their living standards.
He also called on Nigerians to join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country.
In the same vein, the Osun Government on Wednesday declared Thursday, September 21, as public holiday to commemorate the Islamic New Year — Hijra 1439 AH, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The information is contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa, in Osogbo,
The commissioner quoted the state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, as saying “Osun State adopted the Islamic New Year as official public holiday on Nov. 15, 2012.
“The Islamic year started counting in 622 AD after the migration of Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Madinah in Saudi Arabia.”
He stated that the governor wished Muslims in the state and across the world a happy New Year celebration and urged residents of the state to continue to live peacefully with one another.
The governor advised the people to use the new Islamic Year for spiritual development.