Eid-el-Kabir: Osun govt. offers free train service as FG declares two-day holiday

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola

The Osun state government is to provide free train service for its people during Eid-el-Kabir celebration, Ismail Alagbada, the Commissioner for Commerce and Cooperatives, has said.

He said in a statement on Monday in Osogbo that the free service would be offered between Oct. 24 and Oct. 28.

Mr. Alagbada said the train would by 9 a.m. convey people from Lagos to Osogbo on Wednesday and Thursday.

The return journey to Lagos would start by 10a.m. on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, the commissioner added.

According to him, the gesture is aimed at facilitating stress-free homecoming for the people during the Muslim festival.

It will be recalled that the state government had made similar arrangements for its people in 2011.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has declared Thursday, Oct. 25 and Friday, Oct. 26 as public holidays to mark the Muslim festival.

The minister of Interior, Abba Moro, who made the announcement in Abuja on Monday wished Moslems and all Nigerian a happy eid-el-kabir celebration.

Mr. Moro urged muslims and all Nigerian to use the occasion to pray for peace and unity in the country.

He also urged Muslims to emulate the tenets of Islam as practiced by by Prophet Mohammed.

Earlier, Sultan Saad Abubakar 111,  the Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs had similarly declared Oct. 26 Sallah day.

The Sultan in council said the declaration followed confirmation by the moon-sighting committees across the nation.



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