The Federal Government has declared Monday, December 27; Tuesday, December 28, 2021 and Monday, 3rd January 2022 as public holidays to mark Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day celebrations respectively.
The declaration was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja, and signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore.
“Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Ra’uf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, felicitated with Christians and all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on this year’s Christmas and New Year celebrations”, he said.
Aregbesola enjoined Christians “to practise the doctrine of Christ, which includes but not limited to these – faith, hope and love”.
He emphasised that peace and security are two critical conditions for economic development and prosperity, urging Christians and Nigerians to make the best use of this festive period to pray for the total eradication of insecurity bedevilling our dear nation.
The minister also charged Nigerians not to be lulled into a false sense of security on the Covid-19 pandemic and called for deliberate responsibility and discipline on the part of all.
Aregbesola also assured that the Government has put in place effective measures for the security of lives and property and expects Nigerians to support the efforts of security agencies by providing useful information that will assist them in the performance of their duties.