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Sallah Gaffe: FG declares July 6 & 7 public holiday

FG declares July 6 & 7 public holiday over Sallah Gaffe

The Federal Government has reversed the earlier declared public holidays slated for Tuesday, 5th and Wednesday, 6th July, 2016.

The newly fixed holidays now run from Wednesday, July 6th to Thursday, July 7th, 2016 to enable Muslim faithfuls to mark the Eid-il-Fitr. 

Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau stated this in a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja.

He  said it followed “the directive by the President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, to the effect that the Ramadan fast continues today (Tuesday) as a result of the non-sighting of the moon”. 

He said the Federal Government has now declared Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July, 2016 as Public Holiday. 

The statement was signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Bassey Akpanyung. 

“In making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, the Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, urged Nigerians to use this period of sober reflections to ensure harmony, unity and peaceful co-existence.

“While giving full support to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained effort to pursue socio-economic and political growth of the nation. 

“The Honourable Minister wishes Nigerians a peaceful celebration”, concluded Mr. Akpanyung.

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