The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced a three-day public holiday for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
These work-free days include Friday, the 25th, Monday, the 28 of December 2020 as well as Friday, January 1, 2021 respectively.
This announcement was made by Dr Shuaib M.L Belgore, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja to mark the Christmas and New Year celebrations respectively.
Dr. Shuaib said Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior approved the dates on behalf of the Federal Government.
Aregbesola also urged Christians to adopt the creed of Jesus Christ on faith, hope and love.
The minister, while admonishing all Nigerians to remain focused, determined, patient and patriotic, expressed confidence that 2021 would be a better year for all Nigerians as he urged Christians to use the yuletide period to pray for Nigeria.
He 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 who reiterated the 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.”
The statement added, “He wished all Nigerians and Christians in particular, a happy Christmas and New Year Celebrations.”