Nigeria Declares April 11, 2024, Extra Holiday for Eid-El-Fitr

Nigeria Declares April 11, 2024, Extra Holiday for Eid-El-Fitr

by Sopuru Sopuru

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Thursday, April 11, 2024, as an extra public holiday, extending the festivities of Eid-El-Fitr. Dr. Aishetu Ndayako, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, unveiled this decision through an official statement on Tuesday.

The announcement, disseminated via the ministry’s official communication platform, emphasizes the significance of acknowledging Eid-El-Fitr and offering citizens the opportunity to observe this religious occasion.

According to the statement, “The Federal Government has approved Thursday, April 11, 2024, as an additional public holiday to celebrate this year’s Eid-El-Fitr.” Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the Minister of Interior, extended congratulations to the Muslim Ummah for the successful completion of a spiritually enriching month of fasting. He also reiterated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s unwavering commitment to ensuring a safe and prosperous Nigeria for all.

Earlier reports had indicated that Saudi Arabia had not sighted the crescent of Shawwal, indicating that fasting would continue on Tuesday. Consequently, Eid-El-Fitr is slated to occur on Wednesday, April 10, marking the beginning of the new Islamic month.

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We previously reported that the Federal Government had declared Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9 and 10, 2024, as public holidays to observe Eid-El-Fitr. Moreover, Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), had declared Wednesday, April 10, 2024, as the first day of Shawwal 1445AH (Eid El Fitr Day) following reports that the moon had not been sighted anywhere in Nigeria.


Sultan Abubakar’s announcement came shortly after receiving the Sultanate Council Advisory Committee in Religious Affairs, in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee. The committee, in their report, confirmed that there had been no sightings of the new moon of Shawwal 1445AH on Monday, April 8, 2024, which marked the 30th day of Ramadan 1445AH.

Eid El Fitr, colloquially known as the holiday of breaking the fast, is celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting period of Ramadan. This additional public holiday offers Nigerians the chance to celebrate this joyous occasion with their families and communities.


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