The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has just replied the Nigerian Christian Elders forum on allegations that the Sultan declared a public holiday.
MURIC said the Sultan only announced the day for this year’s Eid-el-Kabir and not public holiday.
Recall that the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Sa’ad III had announced on September 2, that Muslims will observe the Eid-el-Kabir on September 12.
A coalition of 22 Christian groups in Nigeria led by NCEF kicked against the Sultan claiming that the Sultan declared a public holiday.
According to MURIC’s Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, “For the avoidance of doubts, there is a difference between declaration of Salah day and declaration of a public holiday.
“Only the Federal Government can declare a public holiday in the country while governors alone can declare it in their states.
“But the Sultan reserves the right to declare the day for a Muslim festival.
“The Sultan based the announcement on Saudi’s declaration of Sunday 11th September as Arafat Day. Normally, the following day should be Salah day.
“So the Sultan was right, he was even being proactive,’’ MURIC said.
“Let us join hands to rebuild our dear country. Let us come together to fight the ills of society.
“Our criticisms and commendations should be on the basis of an individual’s pedigree and not on his religious leaning.
“Let us celebrate our achievements together and seek corrections for our failings with one voice,” MURIC said.