The Muslim Rights Concern 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.
MURIC director Professor Ishaq Akintola revealed this in a statement on Saturday.
According to Akintola, New Year’s celebrations according to the Gregorian calendar were “unjust, unfair and undemocratic” for Muslims in Nigeria.
He said if the Nigerian government does not correctly recognize the first day of the Muslim calendar as it has recognized the Christian calendar, it should stop declaring New Year’s holidays.
Akintola said: “As usual, the federal government declared January 1, 2022 as a public holiday in recognition of the first day of the Gregorian Christian calendar, but because the day fell on a Saturday, FG created an alternative by declaring Monday following a public day. holidays.
“This is an aberration and a blatant injustice because Nigerian Muslims have been demanding 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. He 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 public holiday of January 1 which is declared annually by FG. The feast of January 1 is a Christian colonial creation designed to honor and cushion 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 ago is long enough to right the wrongs perpetrated by the British slave masters. 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 balance the balance and ensure parity, justice and fair play.
“Holidays are part of the dividends of democracy. However, dividends should not be distributed selectively. “