The Federal Government, on Tuesday, extended the ongoing Eid-el fitr holiday to Thursday, July 7.
With the latest development, Nigerians will now mark the holiday for three days.
Last week, the government had declared Tuesday July 5 and Wednesday July 6, 2016 as public holidays
Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), in a statement on Tuesday, signed on his behalf by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Bassey Okon Akpanyung, added Thursday to the two days.
While justifying the extension, he said the decision followed the directive by the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, to the effect that the Ramadan fast continues on Tuesday as a result of the non-sighting of the moon.
The statement 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 the sustained effort to pursue socio-economic and political growth of the nation”.