The Federal Government has declared Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th December 2021 and Monday, 3rd January 2022 as public holidays to mark Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day celebrations.
This was contained in a press release signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni 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 this year’s Christmas and New Year celebrations urging Christians to practice the doctrines of Christ, which include but not limited to faith, hope and love.
He urged Nigerians to emulate the life of Jesus Christ in His practice and teachings on humility, service, compassion, patience, peace and righteousness, that His birth signifies.
According to the Minister, this will be the best way to portray Christ and celebrate his birth.
While calling on Christians and Nigerians to make the best use of this festive period to pray for the total eradication of insecurity bedevilling our nation, Aregbesola emphasized that peace and security are two critical conditions for economic development and prosperity.
He 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, stressing deliberate responsibility and discipline on the part of all.
The Minister enjoined all to adhere strictly to and observe all the stipulated non-pharmaceutical protocols and guidelines such as wearing of facemask, frequent washing of hands with soap and water, using of hand sanitiser and avoidance of large groups.
He also urged quick report to medical authorities of any respiratory illness observed in self and others before, during and after the Yuletide.