Interior Minister Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola announced that the federal government of Nigeria declared Friday the 25th, Monday the 28th of December 2020 and Friday, the 1st of January 2021, public holidays to celebrate Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year.
This discovery was made by the Minister in statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Dr. Shuaib ML Belgore.
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The Minister who announced this today congratulated Christians and all Nigerians, both at home and abroad, on this year’s Christmas and New Year celebrations.
He called on all Christians to adopt Christ’s belief in faith, hope and love and called on Nigerians to strictly adhere to Covid-19 protocols and guidelines, as established by the authorities, during and after the ceremony to curb the spread of the virus as the nation transitions to the second wave of the pandemic.
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Warning all Nigerians to stay focused, determined, patient and patriotic, Aregbesola expressed confidence that 2021 will be better for all Nigerians and therefore called on Christians to use that period to pray for Nigeria.
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The Minister said:
“We must emulate the life of humility, service, compassion, patience, peace and righteousness that marked the birth and ministry of Jesus Christ, which will be the best way to know Christ and celebrate his birth.
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“We should know that peace and security are crucial factors necessary to enable the government to fulfill its mission of revitalizing the economy, improving foreign direct investment, and creating employment opportunities for over 100 million Nigerian youth in the next 10 years.
“The government remains committed to the fight against robbery, kidnapping and other crimes and crimes in the country, however, Nigerians must support the efforts of security agencies by providing them with information that will strengthen intelligence gathering.
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What you should know: However, the federal government declared Monday a national holiday, because Boxing Day, usually on December 26, fell on a Saturday this year. Therefore, the next working day is marked for the citizens to celebrate the holidays as part of the julet.