Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) demanded the Federal Government recognise and declare every first day of the Islamic calendar as a holiday.
On Wednesday, a statement issued by Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola of MURIC demanded that the Federal Government of Nigeria declare a Holiday for the first day of the Islamic Calendar.
He said the government had ignored several calls and demands being made by Islamic organisations in the country to declare this day a holiday.
The Islamic group said it decided to put forward the demand as the date approaches.
The statement read as follows:
“We are calling on all state governors who are Muslims to identify with this noble, peaceful and divinely rewarding struggle by declaring this coming Monday (9th August 2021) as Hijrah Day holiday.
“Members of state executives (commissioners, chairmen of agencies, etc) who are Muslims have a duty to bring this to the attention of state governors as a matter of urgency.
“Also, chairmen of local governments who are Muslims should encourage and support Islamic organisations and schools within their jurisdiction to organise events to mark the Day.
“On the other hand, Muslims in public offices who fail to promote it will have questions to answer before Allah yaom al-Qiyamah because they will have to explain why they abandoned their faith and their fellow Muslims for worldly gains.”
In short, the statement made by the Islamic Human right group has called on the federal government to declare a Holiday for the new Islamic Calendar. While it also urges Muslims to be bold enough to practice the religion.