The Federal Government has declared Friday, December 25, Monday, December 28, 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021, as public holidays to mark the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year celebrations respectively.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the announcement on Wednesday.
He felicitated with Christians and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on this year’s Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Aregbesola urged Christians to adopt the creed of Christ on faith, hope and love.
A statement signed on behalf of the Minister by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, said: “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 mnister noted that peace and security are critical factors needed to enable Government accomplish its mission of revitalising the economy, improving foreign direct investment, as well as generating employment opportunities for over 100 million Nigerian youths in the next 10 years.
Aregbesola 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 reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to the fight against armed banditry, kidnappings and other crimes and criminalities in the country.
He 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.