The Federal Government has declared Friday, December 25, Monday, December 28, and Friday, January 1, 2021, as public holidays to mark the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year Celebrations respectively.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, announced this in a statement released today December 23. He felicitated with Christians and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on this year’s Christmas and New Year Celebrations.

The statement which was signed on behalf of the Minister by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore reads in part

“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.”

The Minister noted that peace and security are critical factors needed to enable the Government to accomplish its mission of revitalizing the economy, improving Foreign Direct Investment as well as generating employment opportunities for over 100 million Nigerian youths in the next 10 years.

He appealed to 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.


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