The Federal Government has declared Tuesday as public holiday to mark the Eid – el Maulud.

The Minister of Interior , Lt . -Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau ( retd ) , made the declaration on Friday in Abuja in a statement by Dr . Mohammed Umar , Permanent Secretary of the ministry .

Dambazau called on Muslim faithful to align themselves with the Prophet ’s teachings which border on piety , charity , tolerance and peaceful co- existence, among others .

He also called on all Nigerians to uphold these virtues with a view to overcoming the current national challenges facing the country.

Dambazau assured that the Federal Government remained committed to the unity of the country, and as such , would put adequate structures on ground towards ensuring that forthcoming general elections were credible , free and fair .

He wishes all Nigerians a joyous and peaceful Eid -el Maulud.

( NAN )

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