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Kano Govt. declares Tuesday holiday for Islamic New Year

The Kano State Government has declared Tuesday Sept. 11 as public holiday to mark the new Islamic year 1440‎ After Hijra (AH).

This was contained in a statement signed by the state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba on Monday in Kano.

Muslim faithful from the Ya Lateef Islamic Society sit as they pray into the New Year at Ibafo, Ogun State in southwest of Nigeria on December 31, 2017. Dozens of Muslim faithful of the Ya Lateef Islamic Society concluded forty-days of Muslim fasting to usher members into the new year in Ibafo land, Ogun State in southwest Nigeria ./ AFP

The statement quoted Governor Abdullahi Ganduje as congratulating Muslims faithful for witnessing the New Year, which commences in the month of Muharram, the first month in the lunar Islamic calendar.

It also urged Muslims to reflect on their deeds and activities during the past year and also to use the occasion to offer prayers for peace and prosperity of the country.

The statement reassured the people of the state government’s determination to work hard towards improving their living standards.

It also called on Nigerians to join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to build a peaceful and harmonious country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tuesday would be the first day of Muharram.


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