The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the announcement on behalf of the Federal Government today Thursday April 28.
According to the FG’s press statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, the Minister congratulated workers across the country on the occasion of this year’s celebration while commending them for their hard work, diligence and sacrifice for the nation.
Speaking further, the minister noted that the workers efforts are largely responsible for the greatness of the country and the respect Nigeria now commands in the comity of nations.
In his words, “Labour is the very essence of humanity. We are alive because we work and only the dead is incapable of working."
Ogbeni Aregbesola therefore, enjoined workers to continue to imbibe the attitude of productivity, saying “the end of work is productivity.
“It is productivity that leads to satisfactory provision of goods and services and wealth creation. It is therefore, the path to national and individual prosperity”
He urged workers to raise the bar of their trade in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration’s drive to rev up the vehicle of governance and make all the people of Nigeria derive maximum benefit from the nation.
Ogbeni Aregbesola also called on all Muslims across the country to imbibe and practice the virtues of kindness, love, tolerance, peace, self-denial, sacrifice and good neighbourliness, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).
“The self-restrain, self-denial, sacrifice and deep spiritual consciousness that accompanied the fasting period should not end but be maintained and improved upon, in order to be a better person and true worshipper”, the minister advises all Muslims.
Aregbesola assured Nigerians that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is fully committed to the security of life and property of every citizen and foreigners alike.
The Minister commended all security agencies for the successes recorded in the fight against criminals across the country and the peace that has returned to the formerly embattled places.
He urged Nigerians to be part of the nation’s security architecture by being vigilant and reporting suspicious individuals and activities to law enforcement agencies nearest to them, noting that security is everybody’s responsibility.