The Nigerian Federal Government has announced its decision to mark Wednesday, June 28th, and Thursday, June 29th, 2023, as nationwide public holidays. This decision comes as part of the broader national observance and celebration of the annual Islamic festival of Eid-el-Kabir. This key information was relayed to the general public in a statement released by Oluwatoyin Akinlade, a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, on the preceding Monday.
Eid-el-Kabir, also known as Eid al-Adha or the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’, is one of the two major Islamic festivals celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Recognizing the importance of this holy occasion, Akinlade stated, “The Federal Government has declared Wednesday, June 28th, and Thursday, June 29th, 2023, Public Holidays in commemoration of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration. We extend our heartfelt felicitations to the Muslim Ummah both within our national borders and in the diaspora.”
In his statement, Akinlade urged both the Muslim community and the wider Nigerian populace to utilize the spirit of this festival for the betterment of their communities and the nation at large. Eid-el-Kabir is a festival that commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. Reflecting on this, Akinlade emphasized the need for all Nigerians to make their own sacrifices for the continued growth and development of their communities and Nigeria as a whole.
Moreover, the Permanent Secretary expressed optimism that the prayers and sacrifices made during the Eid-el-Kabir season will have a transformative effect on the country. He voiced hopes that these collective efforts will foster peace, unity, and progress across the nation, helping Nigeria overcome any challenges and progress on the path of socio-economic development.
By honoring the observance of Eid-el-Kabir with nationwide public holidays, the Federal Government reaffirms its commitment to religious tolerance and communal harmony. This celebration also serves as a timely reminder of the significant contributions that the Muslim community makes to the vibrant and diverse tapestry of Nigerian society. It stands as a testament to the unity in diversity that continues to shape and strengthen the Nigerian national identity.
In conclusion, as we approach the dates of Wednesday, June 28th, and Thursday, June 29th, 2023, let us remember the significance of Eid-el-Kabir and embrace its underlying themes of sacrifice, obedience, and communal solidarity. Whether you’re part of the Muslim Ummah or from other faith communities, let’s come together to celebrate this important festival and use it as a platform for fostering unity and accelerating development across Nigeria.