The Federal Government has proclaimed Friday 25, Monday 28 December 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021 as public holidays to stamp the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year Celebrations individually.
Pastor of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the revelation for the Federal Government.
He congratulated with Christians and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on the current 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 Minister noted that peace and security are critical factors needed to enable Government 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.
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 advising all Nigerians to stay engaged, decided, tolerant and devoted, Aregbesola communicated certainty that the year 2021 would be a superior year for all Nigerians and along these lines asked Christians to utilize the period to petition God for Nigeria.
He wished all Nigerians and Christians specifically, an upbeat Christmas and New Year Celebrations.