The Osun State Government has declared Thursday (September 21, 2017) as public holiday to commemorate the Islamic New Year – Hijra 1439 AH, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
In a statement on Wednesday signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, in Osogbo, quoted Governor Rauf Aregbesola as saying that “Osun State adopted the Islamic New Year as official public holiday on November 15, 2012.
“The Islamic year started counting in 622 AD after the migration of Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Madinah in Saudi Arabia.”
He stated that the governor wished Muslims in the state and across the world a happy New Year celebration and urged residents of the state to continue to live peacefully with one another.
The governor advised the people to use the new Islamic Year for spiritual development, noting that Thursday was the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.
Kano announces Friday public holiday to mark Islamic year
Also the Kano State Government on Wednesday declared Friday (September 22, 2017) as public holiday to mark the new Islamic year.
Kano State Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Mohammed Garba, made the disclosure in a statement in Kano
According to the statement, the Islamic New year is the first new month in the lunar Islamic Calendar.
According to the statement, the Acting Governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, urged the people of Kano to use the auspicious period to pray for the unity, peace and stability of the nation.
He also called on Muslims in particular and Nigerians in general to join hands with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration in his determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country.
He congratulated the people for witnessing the new Islamic year, and prayed for the peace and unity of the country.