The Federal Government of Nigeria has extended the public holiday declared to mark the Eid el-Fitr celebration till Thursday July 7. This became imperative following the non-sighting of the moon on Monday.
The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Tuesday in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Bassey Akpanyung.
He said the declaration 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.
The minister urged 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.