The Federal Government has declared December 25th, 28th and January 1, 2021, as public holidays, to commemorate Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year celebrations, respectively.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Shuaib Belgore.
While felicitating with Christians and all Nigerians at home and abroad, Aregbesola enjoined all Christians to “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.
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.