Friday, August 5 2022

The Muslim Rights Concern has urged the Nigerian government to declare the first of Muharram Hijrah, which is the first day of the Islamic calendar, as a public holiday to favor Muslims.

The Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola revealed this in a statement on Saturday.



According to Akintola, New Year celebrations according to the Gregorian calendar were “unfair, unjust and undemocratic” for Muslims in Nigeria.

He said if the Nigerian government did not properly recognize the first day of the Muslim calendar as it recognized the Christian calendar, it should stop declaring New Year holidays.

Akintola said: “As usual, the federal government declared January 1, 2022 a public holiday in recognition of the first day of the Christian Gregorian calendar, but as the day fell on a Saturday, FG created an alternative by declaring the following Monday a holiday. vacation.

“It is an aberration and a gross injustice as Nigerian Muslims have been calling for the declaration of the first day of the Islamic calendar as a public holiday for over 20 years, to no avail.

“It just means that FG under President Muhammadu Buhari also supports the Christianization of Nigeria. It considers the first day of the Christian calendar to be sacred while the first day of the Islamic calendar is considered unimportant.

“MURIC frowns at this unbalanced arrangement. It is unfair, unfair and undemocratic. We demand an immediate review of FG’s vacation policy.

“We demand the declaration of the first day of the Islamic calendar as a public holiday to justify the January 1 public holiday declared annually by FG. The January 1 holiday is a Christian colonial creation designed to honor and dampen the pomp and pageantry of Christmas. In the interest of peace, FG should revisit this Christian colonial heritage.

“Nigeria became independent 62 years ago and 62 years is enough to right the wrongs perpetrated by British slavers. Democracy is fraudulent without equal participation, equal rights and justice.

“We demand parity now and only the recognition of the first day of the Islamic New Year can strike the balance and ensure parity, justice and fair play.

“Holidays are part of the dividends of democracy. However, dividends should not be distributed selectively.”

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