The federal government has declared January 14 a public holiday in commemoration of the Eid-el-Maulud celebration.
This is contained in a statement issued by the permanent secretary, ministry of interior, Fatima Bamidele.
Eid-el-Maulud is held to observe the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and occurs in Rabi’ al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.
The statement enjoined all Muslim faithful and all Nigerians to use the period to pray for peace and progress in the nation.
It also urged all Nigerians to support and cooperate with President Goodluck Jonathan in his sustained effort to build a peaceful, united and virile nation.