The Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday, May 25 and 26, 2020, as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
This is even as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has asked states relaxing restrictions because of Sallah celebrations to exercise caution in doing so.
During the PTF’s brief on Thursday, Mr Mustapha urged all Nigerians to take personal responsibility during Sallah so as not to cancel the gains of the past weeks.
The SGF warned that states must ensure that there are no gatherings of over 20 persons.
He further asked state governments to ensure compliance to restriction guidelines and take community ownership to the grassroots.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, declared the public holidays on behalf of the Federal Government through a statement by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Mohammed Manga, on Thursday.
The minister in the statement expressed concern over the spate of ethnic conflicts in some parts of Northern Nigeria in recent times.
He however urged Nigerians to see themselves as a single entity and learn to tolerate one another despite their ethnic and religious differences.
Aregbesola called on Muslim faithful to replicate the life of kindness, love, tolerance, peace and good neighbourliness as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
The minister also advised Nigerians to take responsibility against the spread of the COVID-19.