To mark the celebration of Eid-el-Fitri.  | By Grace Joe

The federal government has declared Monday, August 20, and Tuesday, August 21, as public holidays to mark this year?s Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

A statement on Monday, signed by Anastasia Nwaobia, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, urged Nigerians to emulate the exemplary attributes of Islam which are ?love, tolerance and peaceful co-existence amongst the people??.

The statement further advised Nigerians, irrespective of their religious beliefs, to ?use the occasion for sober reflection and pray for the peace, unity and progress of the nation in its march to nationhood??.

Eid-el-Fitri marks the end of the 30 days fasting embarked upon by Muslim faithful on July 20.

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