It is the new Islamic Calendar year, Muharram 1, (Hijrah) 1440 AH and many states across Nigeria are celebrating it with holidays.

The Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has declared Tuesday, September 11th as work-free day to commemorate the ‘New Year’

A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Olalekan Alli, said the governor wants all Oyo people to use the occasion to pray for the peace, unity and sustainability of the state in particular and the country in general.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has also declared a holiday for Tuesday, congratulating Muslims for witnessing the New Year.

He urged them to reflect on their deeds and activities during the past year and to use the occasion to offer prayers for peace and prosperity of the country.

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His statement reassured the people of his government’s determination to work hard towards improving their living standards.

It is a similar story in Osun state where Gov. Rauf Aregbesola’s administration had, since inception, celebrated Hijrah as a public holiday.

But this governor just wants Muslims and people of different faiths to imbibe the lessons of the Hijrah by abstaining from sinful practices for a new life and conduct that would add value to the state, and the country at large.

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