Monday, Aug. 1 has been declared as a work-free day by the sokoto state government to mark Hijra, beginning of the Islamic New Year.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal made the declaration in a statement he personally signed on Friday in Sokoto.
“After due consultation with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, on the citing of the new moon which heralds the new Islamic month and year today, I hereby declare Monday, Aug. 1, 2022 as a work-free day.
“Consequently, I enjoin our brethren to use the occasion as a moment of solemn reflection, charity and prayer for peace, prosperity and good governance”.
He enjoined residents to bear in mind the divine lessons of the month as one of the four sacred months of the year when warfare is forbidden.
He also urged the people to eschew bitterness, rancour, restiveness and wanton violence