Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th December 2022 and Monday, 2nd January 2023 have been declared as public holidays by the Federal Government to mark Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day celebrations respectively.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the government in Abuja on Friday.
The minister urged Christians to emulate Jesus Christ and His doctrines in faith, hope and love.
He urged Christians and Nigerians to make the best of the festive period to pray for the total eradication of insecurity bedevilling our dear nation.
Said Aregbesola: “We must imbibe 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 urged Nigerians not to be lured into insensitive crisis by criminally minded elements that wants to create anarchy in the country.
The minister called for deliberate responsibility and discipline on the part of all adding that should Nigerians should be security conscious, and report any suspicious persons or activities to the nearest security agency through the N-Alert application on Android and IOS.
He called for spartan discipline in order to protect lives and properties of everyone in our community and the nation as a whole.
He adds, “Moderately celebrate the festival avoid the spread of fake news and be responsible. Take it as a point of duty you own your father land ”.