Hijrah 1445 : Oyo, Osun declare public holiday
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has declared Wednesday, July 19 as public holiday in the state in commemoration of Hijrah 1445 of the Islamic calendar.
The piece of information is in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Sulaimon Olanrewaju in Ibadan on Tuesday.
He stated that the announcement was made in a circular signed by the governor’s Chief of Staff, Mr Segun Ogunwuyi.
Makinde, therefore, congratulated Muslims on the commencement of the new year and enjoined them to use the occasion to pray for peace, unity and sustainability of the state in particular and the country in general.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Wednesday, the first day of Muharram (the first month of the Islamic calendar) 1445 After Hijrah (AH), is the beginning of the Islamic lunar calendar.
The calendar, which has 12 months, is used by Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has declared Wednesday, July 19 as public holiday in the state in commemoration of Muslims Hijrah 1445 of the Islamic calendar. around the world to determine the timing of important religious observations such as Ramadan and Hajj.
The first year of the Islamic calendar started in 622 CE when Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his followers migrated from Makkah to Madina to start a new life. The migration is called Hijrah. The Islamic year is then given as AH, which means After Hijrah.
Meanwhile, Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun state has also declared Wednesday a public holiday in commemoration of Hijrah 1445 AH.
This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in Osogbo by Mr Mudashiru Oyedeji, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Regional Integration and Special Duties.
As contained in the statement, the governor would preside over a special match past on July 22, at Osogbo township stadium as part of activities lined up to mark the Islamic year.
Adeleke congratulated the entire Muslim Ummah on the celebration of the new calendar year.
Meanwhile, the governor will also on Wednesday swear-in his newly appointed Commissioners
In another statement signed by Mallam Olawale Rasheed, the spokesperson to the governor, the ceremony would hold at the Local Government Service Commission building, Government Secretariat, Osogbo by 10 am.(NAN)