The federal government has declared October 10 as a public holiday to mark the Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration.

Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, announced this on Thursday in a statement by Shuaib Belgore, permanent secretary of the ministry.

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The Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration is in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

Aregbesola congratulated all Muslims in the country and in the diaspora for witnessing this year’s occasion.