It’s going to be a long holiday of Christmas and New Year celebrations as the Federal Government declared Friday 25, Monday 28, December 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021, as public holidays.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola announced this on behalf of the FG on Wednesday.
In a statement signed on behalf of the minister by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, the minister advised Christians to adopt the principle of Christ on faith, hope and love.
“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.”
According to the minister, peace and security are critical factors needed to enable the government to accomplish its mission of revitalising the economy, improving Foreign Direct Investment and generating employment opportunities for over 100 million Nigerian youths in the next 10-years.
He urged Christians to adhere strictly to the Covid-19 protocols and guidelines, as stipulated by relevant authorities, during and after the yuletide, especially with the second wave of the pandemic.
He reiterated the FG’s commitment towards the fight against armed banditry, kidnappings and other crimes and criminalities in the country.
He asked Nigerians to support the security agencies by providing information that will enhance intelligence gathering.
“All Nigerians should remain focused, determined, patient and patriotic. The FG is confident that the year 2021 would be a better year for all Nigerians.
“Christians should use Christmas period to pray for Nigeria,” he said.
He also wished all Nigerians and Christians a happy Christmas and New Year Celebrations.