Kano, Oyo, Kwara, and Osun States Declare Work-Free Day to Celebrate Islamic New Year

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The governments of Kano, Oyo, Kwara, and Osun states have declared Wednesday, July 19, as a work-free day to celebrate the beginning of the 1445 Islamic (Hijrah) New Year. This holiday is significant for Muslims worldwide, as it marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar. The day provides an opportunity for people to reflect on the past year and set new goals for the year ahead.

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In Kano State, the Commissioner of Information, Baba Dantiye, announced that Governor Abba Yusuf had declared the day a work-free day. The governor called on residents of the state to pray for peace and economic development. Similarly, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State declared the day a public holiday in the state and urged Muslims to use the occasion to pray for the peace, unity, and sustainability of Oyo State and Nigeria.

The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, also declared Wednesday as a work-free day for the residents. A statement from the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Regional Integration and Special Duties, Mr. Mudashiru Oyedeji, stated that Adeleke would preside over a special march past on Saturday at Osogbo township stadium as part of the activities lined up to mark the new Islamic year.

The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, also declared a work-free day for the new Islamic year. The governor approved that the day be observed annually as a work-free day in Kwara State, as it is obtainable in many other states of the country.

Furthermore, the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) have called on the Federal and state governments to declare Muharram 1, being the first day of the Islamic Hijrah 1445 A.H, as a public holiday. According to the National President, Alhaji Abdu-Rahman Balogun, such a declaration would be in line with the rule of law, fairness, and justice to millions of Muslims in Nigeria.