DECLARE ISLAMIC NEW YEAR PUBLIC HOLIDAY

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From   ALI  MUHAMMAD  RABIU,  ILorin
The Co-ordinator Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi has called on the federal government to declare the first day of the Islamic calendar a public holiday  for Muslims in the country .
Abdullahi who said this  in a statement issued in Ilorin muslims have been clamouring for the holiday in the last 32 years.
According to him, the government should follow the footpath of the governor of the state of Osun , governor Rauf Aregbesola who recently responded to the yearning and aspirations of  the people of Osun state.
He said this act has received the commendation of both muslims and open minded Christians in Osun state, adding that if the federal government follow  the step it would put to an end to the long standing by muslims.
He explained that muslims in Nigeria have been clamouring for the holiday since 1980 when Nigerian muslims gathered in Ilorin Kwara state to celebrate the commencement of the 15th Century Hijra.
He said at the occasion which was attended by scholars of various disciplines from all  over the world ,it was resolved that muslims in Nigeria deserve public holiday on every 1st of January Muharam ,like their Christians counterparts enjoy 1st January of the Christian Gregorian Calendar as public holiday.
“it is therefore condemnable for any right thinking person to condemn what is right that has been done by the governor of Osun state “
On the issue of removal of capital punishment in the constitution ,Abdullahi said the idea of removal of capital punishment in the nationas constitution is worrisome based on the security situation in the country.
He said the country is gradually turning into a lawless society where people kill for fun adding that this should not be allowed to continue unchecked.

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