According to Vanguard, the federal government has subsequently declared Monday and Tuesday, 12 and 13 September as public holidays.

This was made known by Lt. Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), Nigeria’s minister of Interior, who made this declaration for the federal government via a statement signed on his behalf by Muhammadu Maccido, the ministry’s acting permanent secretary.

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Dambazau noted that Muslims and Nigerians should join hands to support President Muhammadu Buhari as he tries to diversify the economy and accelerate the economic recovery, adding that the federal government is not unaware of the challenges facing the populace.

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He explained further that the agriculture sector “Youth Empowerment Scheme” in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is being worked on by the federal government.

The “Change Begins with Me” re-orientation programme among other social intervention programmes are also being worked on by the federal government.

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Meanwhile, Ishaq Akintola, director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on the federal government to give fair treatments to Muslims and Christians.

In an interview with The Punch, Akintola who is a professor of Islamic Eschatology said Nigeria does not recognise any religion and is a secular state.

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He said Muslims have not been treated fairly in Nigeria due to colonial influence and cited that Friday was a work day while Sunday was a work-free day.

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