Nigerian Government Declares Public Holidays for Christmas, New Year Celebrations

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The Federal Government has declared December 27th, 28th, 2021 and January 3, 2022, as public holidays, to commemorate 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 in Abuja on Wednesday by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Shuaib Belgore.

While felicitating with Christians and all Nigerians at home and abroad, Aregbesola enjoined all Christians to “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 noted that peace and security were two critical conditions for economic development and prosperity. He urged Christians and Nigerians to make the best use of this festive period to pray for the total eradication of insecurity bedevilling the nation.

Aregbesola strongly charged Nigerians not to be lulled into a false sense of security on COVID-19 pandemic but to note that it is increasingly assuming a very dangerous and harmful dimension with the emergence of a virulent variant, Omicron.

“This calls for deliberate responsibility and discipline on the part of all”, the Minister stressed.

The Minister enjoined all to adhere strictly to and observe all the stipulated non-pharmaceutical protocols and guidelines such as wearing of facemasks, frequent washing of hands with soap and water, using of hand sanitizer and avoidance of large groups.

Also, he urged quick report to medical authorities of any respiratory illness observed in self and others before, during and after the Yuletide.

Speaking further, the Minister said this Yuletide called for spartan discipline in order to prevent the spread of the virus in the community and the nation as a whole.

Aregbesola said “Moderately celebrate the festival without large groupings and observe all the protocols stipulated by medical authorities. Take it as a point of personal responsibility to prevent the spread of the virus”.

The minister also assured that the government has put in place effective measures for the security of lives and property and expects Nigerians to support the efforts of security agencies by providing useful information that will assist them in the performance of their duties.


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