Kano and Osun state governments have declared public holiday in their respective states to mark the beginning of the new Islamic year (Hijra AH 1439).
While Kano declared Friday, Sept. 22, as public holiday, Osun declared Thursday.
Kano State Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba and in a statement to newsmen in Kano yesterday, quoted the acting governor, Prof Hafiz Abubakar, as congratulating the people of the state and Muslims the world over, for witnessing the new year.
He said Abubakar had appealed to Kano citizens to utilise the public holiday to offer prayers for peace and prosperity of the country.
Also, Osun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, said in a statement in Osogbo quoted Governor Rauf Aregbesola as saying ‘Osun State adopted the Islamic New Year as official public holiday on Nov. 15, 2012.
“The Islamic year started counting in 622 AD after the migration of Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Madinah in Saudi Arabia.”
The governor advised the people to use the new Islamic Year for spiritual development, noting that Thursday was the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.