Presidency declares extension of holidays following Ramadan delay

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Thursday a public holiday in addition to the earlier declared Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Wednesday, June 29, the Federal Government had declared Tuesday and Wednesday as public holidays for the celebration of Eid-el fitr- the end of the Ramadan fast for Muslims.

A delay however, came about when President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto announced that the Ramadan fast would continue on Tuesday because the moon had not been sighted.

The government has apparently taken the delay into consideration and in a statement released on Tuesday by the Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau, Thursday was declared as a public holiday.

The statement was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Bassey Okon Akpanyung.

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