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Eid al-Fitr 2016: Nigeria declares 5th, 6th July as public holiday

ABUJA: The Nigerian government has announced July 5, and Wednesday, July 6 2016 as public holidays to celebrate the Muslim festival Eid al-Fitr 2016.

The announcement was made by the Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau on Wednesday.

The minister enjoined all Muslims and Nigerians to exhibit the spiritual benefits of Ramadan, which are love, peace and justice, in their daily living and contribute to the development of the country.

He also urged all Nigerians to use the opportunity of the spiritual rejuvenation to reflect on the significance of unity and peaceful co-existence in strengthening the bond of togetherness for a strong, virile nation.

“I wish‎ Nigerians a peaceful celebration and urge total support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s avowed determination to bequeath to the nation an enduring political legacy,” he said.