The federal government of Federal Republic of Nigeria has declared Friday 25th and Monday 28th Dec 2020 and still as Friday, January 1st, 2021, as public holidays to mark Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year Celebrations within the country.
Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Interior, Shuaib Belgore who known this famous during a statement issued made in Nigerian capital added that the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government.
The minister felicitated with Christians and every one Nigerians both at home and in diaspora on this year’s Christmas and New Year Celebrations.
He tasked Christians to adopt the creed of Christ on faith, hope and love. “We should emulate the lifetime of humility, service, compassion, patience, peace and righteousness that the birth and Ministry of Jesus of Nazareth signified, that will be the simplest way to understand Christ and celebrate his birth”, he said.
He additionally noted that peace and security are important factors required to enable Government accomplish its mission of renewing the economy, rising Foreign Direct Investments as well as generating employment opportunities for over a hundred million Nigerian youths within the next ten years.
Speaking additional, he suggested Nigerians and Christians particularly, to stick strictly to the COVID-19 protocols and tips, as stipulated by relevant authorities, throughout and when the yuletide, especially with the second wave of the irruption of the illness.
“The Minister who reiterated Federal Government’s avowed commitment to the fight against armed banditry, kidnappings and other crimes and criminalities in the country, 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 Celebrations”, the statement read in part.