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 celebrations respectively.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, according to a statement by Permanent Secretary Dr Shuaib Belgore.
The minister felicitated with Christians and all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on this year’s Christmas and New Year celebrations.
He enjoined them to practice the doctrines of Christ, which include but not limited to these – 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 noted.
Aregbesola meanwhile 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.