Hijrah holiday will be declared if it falls on week days – Oyo Govt
Oyo State Government will declare public holiday to mark Hijrah, the new Islamic year, provided the day falls on week days.
Deputy Governor, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan who stated this in Ibadan at the 1441 Hijrah Grand Rally organised by National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations, NACOMYO, Oyo State Chapter, explained that this year’s Hijrah holiday was not declared because it fell on weekend.
Engineer Olaniyan noted that the present administration in the state would be fair to all religions and advocated unity among the Muslim Community.
In a lecture, an Islamic scholar, Imam Tirimidhi Ishola identified injustice and tribal as well as religious sentiments by leaders as some of the factors that aided insecurity in the country.
Earlier, Coordinator, NACOMYO, Oyo State Chapter, Alhaji Dawood Afolabi who lauded the state government for prompt payment of salary of workers, however decried lopsidedness in the appointment of commissioners which favoured a religion as against the other.
The programme also featured presentation of award to prominent personalities which included a philanthropist from Oyo town, Alhaji Ibrahim Ayeriyina (RMDMM) who received the award of Distinguished Muslim Ambassador.
Highlights of the Hijrah rally included March pass and displays by school children as well as Islamic organisations.