The federal government has declared Monday 12 and Tuesday 13, September, 2016 as public holidays.
Abdulrahman Dambazau, the minister of interior, made the declaration in a statement signed by the acting permanent secretary in the ministry, Muhammadu Maccido.
The minister said that government was aware of the current economic challenges the nation was facing. He assured that appropriate steps were being taken to address the challenges.
The minister expressed optimism that the current economic difficulties would soon be over, urging all to continue to support the government in building a new formidable Nigeria.
He enjoined all Muslims and Nigerians in general to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained efforts to diversify the economy and progressively accelerate the pace of economic recovery.
Earlier, a coalition of several Christian groups in Nigeria had queried the alleged declaration of public holidays to celebrate Islamic festivals by the Sultan of Sokoko, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III.
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