The Federal Government has declared January 2, 2015 as public holiday to mark the Moslem festival of Eid el Maulud.
The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, made the announcement on behalf of the government in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Makaji Abdulahi.
In the statement, Mr. Moro urged Muslim faithful and Nigerians to pray for the peace and unity of the country.
The minister also called on Nigerians to engage in violence free activities in the run off to the 2015 general elections and wished Muslim faithful and Nigerians a very peaceful celebration.
Muslims worldwide use the Maulud in celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammed (SAW) and in reflecting soberly on their faith.