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  • Updated: December 22, 2021

FG Declares December 27, 28, January 3 As Public Holidays

FG Declares December 27, 28, January 3 As Public Holidays

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared December 27 and 28, 2021, and January 3, 2022, as public holidays.

This is to mark Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day celebrations respectively.

This was made known in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja and signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore.

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, felicitated with Christians and all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Aregbesola enjoined Christians “to practice the doctrine of Christ, which includes but is not limited to faith, hope, and love.

“We must emulate the life of Jesus Christ in His practice and teachings on Humility, Service, Compassion, Patience, Peace, and Righteousness, that His birth signifies. This will be the best way to portray Christ and celebrate his birth”, he added.

He emphasised that peace and security are two critical conditions for economic development and prosperity, urging Christians and Nigerians to make the best use of this festive period to pray for the total eradication of insecurity bedevilling our dear nation.

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

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

He urged everyone to observe all the stipulated non-pharmaceutical protocols and guidelines such as wearing of facemasks, frequent washing of hands with soap and water, using sanitizer, and avoiding large groups.

“Also, he urges 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 calls for spartan discovery to prevent the spread of the virus in our community and the nation as a whole.

“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,” he said.

The minister also assures 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.

Aregbesola admonished all citizens to remain focused and expresses confidence that the year 2022 would be a better year for us all.

 

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Maureen Okpe
Maureen Okpe

Maureen is a media practitioner and an impeccable writer with close to 4 years active experience wor...

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