Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola, has announced that Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May 2020 have been declared public holidays to commemorate the Muslim feast of Eid-el-Fitr.

In a statement from the Ministry signed by Director Press and Public Relations, Mohammed Manga, the Minister congratulated Muslim faithful for successfully completing the Ramadan fast.

Eid is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal and marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and prayer.

In Nigeria Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to sermons and give charity in the form of food during the festival.

Aregbesola asked Muslims to emulate the virtues of Prophet Muhammad which he listed as “kindness, love, tolerance, peace and good neighbourliness.”

The minister also joined the call for Nigerians to take responsibility against the spread of COVID-19 by staying safe through “observing physical and social distancing, personal and respiratory hygiene as well as other regulations issued by relevant authorities.”