Abuja - A group of Christians in Nigeria, led by National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF), has condemned the extension of public holiday by the Federal Government over the non-sighting of the moon during the just concluded Eid-el-Fitri celebration, Tribune reports.
The coalition accused President Muhammadu Buahri of taking orders from the Sultan of Sokoto and the President-General of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Sa’ad Abubakar III.
It said the government and Islamic leaders should repay the country the extra day that was lost during the next Eid-el-Fitri by declaring only one day as holiday next time.
The coalition, in a statement by Asemota, obtained by Religious Affairs correspondents in Abuja, said it was obvious that the All Progressives Congress (APC), which promised Nigerians change from the lawlessness and impunity that seemed to characterise this country, was drifting the country to a wrong direction.
The Federal Government had declared Wednesday, July 5, and Thursday, July 7, as public holiday to mark the Eid el-Fitr celebration following the non-sighting of the moon on Monday according to a report by News24.
The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Tuesday in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Bassey Akpanyung.
He said the declaration became necessary following the directive by the President General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III to the effect that the Ramadan fast would continue on Tuesday as a result of the non-sighting of the moon.
- News 24