The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday 25th and Monday 28th December 2020 and as well as Friday, January 1st, 2021, as public holidays to mark Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year Celebrations in the country.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Shuaib Belgore who made this known in a statement issued Wednesday in Abuja added that the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government.
The minister felicitated with Christians and all Nigerians both at home and in diaspora on this year’s Christmas and New Year Celebrations.
He tasked Christians to adopt the creed of Christ on faith, hope and love. “We must emulate the life of humility, service, compassion, patience, peace and righteousness that the birth and Ministry of Jesus Christ signified, that will be the best way to know Christ and celebrate his birth”, he said.
He also noted that peace and security are critical factors needed to enable Government accomplish its mission of revitalizing the economy, improving Foreign Direct Investments as well as generating employment opportunities for over 100 million Nigerian youths in the next 10 years.
Speaking further, he advised Nigerians and Christians in particular, to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, as stipulated by relevant authorities, during and after the yuletide, especially with the second wave of the outbreak of the disease.
“The Minister who reiterated Federal Government’s avowed commitment to the fight against armed banditry, kidnappings and other crimes and criminalities in the country, called on Nigerians to support the efforts of the security agencies by providing them with information that will enhance intelligence gathering.
“While admonishing all Nigerians to remain focused, determined, patient and patriotic, Aregbesola expressed confidence that the year 2021 would be a better year for all Nigerians and therefore urged Christians to use the period to pray for Nigeria.
“He wished all Nigerians and Christians in particular, a happy Christmas and New Year Celebrations”, the statement read in part.
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MINISTRY OF INTERIOR
FG DECLARES DECEMBER 25, 28, 2020; JANUARY 1, 2021 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS pic.twitter.com/bSiv5BvZIS
— Ministry of Interior (@MinOfInteriorNG) December 23, 2020