By Nasiru Muhammad
Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has declared tomorrow, Muharram 1, as Work -Free day in the state.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba explained that the holiday was in commemoration of the new Islamic calendar 1443 AH.
The governor urged workers to use the work-free day to pray for the country to deliver it from the prevailing security challenges.
Ganduje also congratulated the Muslims on the dawn of the new Islamic year, which calls for thanksgiving and sober reflection.
The statement further enlisted the support and cooperation of the people for the government as it strives hard to better their lots in the face of daunting challenges facing the nation.
Meanwhile, Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State has also declared the day as work-free day to mark the beginning of the Islamic new year, 1443 After Hijrah(AH).
This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the State Head of the Civil Service, Alhaji Hussaini Ali Kila.
The statement congratulated Muslims faithful in the state and around the world for witnessing the new year, which commences in the Month of Muharram, the first Month in the lunar Islamic calendar.
The statement also explained that the period should remind all people of the countless favours bestowed on them by the Almighty God. As such, the people are enjoined to intensify prayers against the outbreak of Cholera in some parts of the state that had claimed some lives as well as for the country to overcome security challenges.
It urged the people of the state to reflect and live their lives based on the teachings of Islam and practice of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.