Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th December 2021; and Monday, 3rd January 2022 has been declared by the Federal Government as public holidays to mark Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day celebrations respectively.

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

This development was contained in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Shuaib Belgore, on Wednesday.

The statement was titled, ‘FG declares Monday, 27th, Tuesday 28th, 2021 and Monday, January 3rd, 2022 public holidays.’

The minister said, “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 urged Christians and Nigerians to make the best use of this festive period to pray for the total eradication of insecurity bedevilling our dear nation, emphasising that peace and security are two critical conditions for economic development and prosperity.

On safety and precautionary measures, Aregbesola also urged all Nigerians to adhere strictly to and observe all the stipulated non-pharmaceutical COVID-19 protocols and guidelines such as wearing of facemasks, frequent washing of hands with soap and water, using of hand sanitiser and avoidance of large groups.