The Jigawa State Government has declared Aug. 9, as public holiday to mark the Hijrah 1443 (Islamic New Year).
The government made the announcement in a statement signed by the state Head of the Civil Service, Alhaji Hussaini Kila, on Saturday in Dutse.
Gov. Muhammad Badaru of the state urged civil servants and residents to use the day and pray for the state and the country at large.
“The period of the Islamic New Year 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.
“People should also use the period to reflect and live their lives based on the teachings of Islam and practice of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
“During the occasion, it is expected that all public servants and the entire people of the state will also pray to Almighty Allah for continued protection and guidance of our leaders.
“For peace and the economic prosperity of the state and Nigeria at large and be law abiding,” it said.