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FG Declares Public Holidays For Christmas, New Year Celebration




Christmas/New Year: FG Declares Public Holidays

The Nigerian Government has declared public holidays for the celebration of Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Year respectively.

Naija News reports that the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the announcement in a statement signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Belgore Shuaib, on Friday in Abuja.

The minister disclosed that December 26 and 27 as well as January 2, 2023, have been set aside as public holidays to mark the festive season.

He asked Christians to emulate the doctrines of Jesus, noting that “we must imbibe the life of Jesus Christ in His practice and teachings on humility, service, compassion, patience, peace, and righteousness”.

The minister called on Christians to use the festive period to pray for the total eradication of the insecurity ravaging the country, adding that peace and security are two critical conditions for economic development and prosperity.

Aregbesola asked Nigerians not to be swayed by “criminal elements” who intend “to create anarchy in the country” and urged them to avoid the spread of fake news.

The minister said the federal government has put in place measures to secure lives and property while he encouraged Nigerians to support security agencies by providing useful information.

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He urged Nigerians to be security conscious and advised them to report suspicious activities through the N-Alert application on Android and IOS.