The Federal Government has declared Friday 25th, Monday 28th December 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021 as public holidays.
This is to mark 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 on Wednesday.
He urged Christians to emulate the life 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 indicated, “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.”
Aregbesola said peace and security were 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.
With the second wave outbreak of COVID-19 , the minister 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.
Aregbesola expressed Federal Government’s commitment to the fight against armed banditry, kidnappings and other crimes and criminalities in the country.
While he called on Nigerians to support the efforts of the security agencies by providing them with information that would enhance intelligence gathering, he noted 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, especially Christians, a happy Christmas and New Year celebrations.