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Eid-Kabir: Interior Minister Declares September 1, 4 As Public Holiday, Warns Against Hate speech

Eid-fitri2The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, has, on behalf of the federal government, declared September 1st and 4th as public holidays to mark Id-el-Kabir Celebration.
The minister, in a statement issued by the Director in the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Dr Rufa’i Kawu Attahiru, warned against hate speech which he said would not be tolerated.
The minister emphasised that henceforth, government would deal with perpetrators of hate speech according to the law, adding that the government would continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards actualizing the full potential of Nigeria.
General Dambazau called on all Nigerians to join hands with the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its avowed determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country where the rights of every citizen are protected and guaranteed as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Minister assured the citizens of their safety in all parts of the country and that security agencies have been directed to maintain the peace and protect lives and property.
He congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country’s democracy even as he wished all Nigerians a most rewarding and Happy Id-el-Kabir celebration.[myad]